Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Procrastinator's Party round 1: School Room Makeover

Today is reveal day for the procrastinator's party over at the Inspired Room. I took on three projects for this reveal. Yes, three....spoken like a true procrastinator with unrealalistic expectations....right?
My reveal is going to take three days.....or more....because I have three different projects to show you. It wouldn't be right to show you everything at once.

I am starting with my school room first because it has been the one that I have put off the longest.....5 months I think.
Remember this picture?


This shot doesn't really look like a school room. This is my work area. The teacher needs a well organized inspiring space, right?
I wanted to use a bright color in here. I couldn't paint the walls so I had to add color with accessories.

These are my favorite little frames. I know the pictures are missing. At least they are on the wall. I want to fill them with silhouettes of my children....

Please ignore the hole in the wall and the ugly cover that my husband says hides something important. It's a work in progress.

I added a bit of spray paint and a bit of cork to a few old frames I had. They are cute and functional. It is difficult to see in the picture, I do not have a good camera, but I made cute little magnets for my homemade chalkboard and pins for the cork frames.

Did I ever mention that I have a small obsession with jars? I had to add some to the school room.

I also like small shelves.

I took the drawer out of the little cabinet and placed it on the opposite side to house my collection of blank cards. I love my wire bin for storing paper.

I finally bought desks for each of the kids. They are so excited to have their own space for all of their school books.

This is the storage area. All of our school supplies, curriculum and preschool manipulatives are stored here. I love that everything is in one area all nice and organized. The pictures hanging above the shelf are from a store similar to Goodwill. They are vintage school posters that have cute little character building sayings on them. Please pay no attention to the drawer pull that is just hanging there. Just keeping it real. My one year completely broke the drawer pull before I took the picture. Oh yes, a day in the life of me...he he.

I have tons of paper that needs to be filed....but I don't have a file cabinet in here. I bought this great wall organizer from discount school supplies to hold all my files.
I also display a few of our art projects throughout the year on this wall as well as our weekly bible verse on the dry erase board.

This is my homemade chalkboard. I made it from the top of an old table. I just taped off the edges and went to town with my chalkboard spray paint. I love the way it turned out.

The alphabet above the chalkboard was made by my sister-in-laws brother. He cut out each letter. At some point I want to have a rod of some kind below the letters to display more art work.

Come back this week to see the reveal of the boys room and this cabinet all fixed up!

I am also linking up to A Soft Place to Land for her DIY day.


  1. Oh my goodness what a wonderful area to teach/ learn in .. I know the kids are going to love school now. hugs, Cherry

  2. Melissa, this looks so fabulous! I LOVE it all. One of my very favorites in the whole space are those vintage school posters. So perfect. I love all the jars and what you filled them with of course! Adorable. I also really love the magnets and pins you made. Too cute. The wire bin for storing paper is perfect too and the drawer to hold cards was a great idea! You did such a great job! Now, that is a perfect room for teaching and learning! Lucky kids.

  3. Wow that is beautiful! I love white and turquoise though :) Great work!

  4. Wow! A VERY nice school room! Your kids are lucky! Great job.
    pk @ Room Remix

  5. Your classroom looks great! I love jars too and do the same thing- storing all different kinds of things in them. Great job!

  6. Love your school room! I am always looking for ideas as it seems that with every year of school there are always changes to be made. What a great idea to use the storage drawer cubes for school supplies. I have them for scrapbooking, but they would work well for school. Great idea!
    I'll have to fime these ideas away until after we move and I see what our new spaces look like.

  7. What an awesome job you have done!! I am amazed at how ordered and pretty everything is. I love the blue contrast with the brown walls---so pretty!! I love the blackboard you did-WOW!! I need to pass that idea on to my daughter. Love the cute jars---well you get the point--it is a great room. (my post for this is on my regular blog called nannykim)

  8. What a fun idea for the chalkboard! So creative! The alphabet - love that! I can't wait to see what our schoolroom looks like one day. Hopefully this good! Haha!

  9. This is beautifully done! congratulations. It looks fabulous! I'm a home school Mom too. ;)

  10. Hi fellow homeschooler! Love your new school space. It looks like a great place to learn many new things, it is so peaceful and organized. Love it!!

  11. Melissa, this room is SO cool, I love it!! I get inspired everytime I visit your house, to start a project of my own. Now I just have to pick an area, and start one!! Great Job!

  12. Fantastic job on the room! What a great place to learn, and to foster creativity!

  13. Oh, I love it. What a wonderful room to learn! So inspiring!!!

    Thanks for joining in on the party!!