I got a children's easle off freecycle. It had marker stains on the wood and the calkboard. So I sanded the wood, repainted the chalkboard with chalkboard paint (we decided blue would be cooler), I mod podged the tray, it was a ugly red before, and mod podeged ABC's and 123's on it. Now it's tucked away and ready for Christmas! Only cost me $6 in supplies. Sweet!