Saturday, January 23

School room is done!




Welcome to our school room! I started this project back in November. It's taken me forever to finish it, and now we are moving, at least it will show well, although it never stays this clean! I took these photos on a Friday afternoon, just after school was over for the day.  I think it lasted just long enough for me to take them before the children all decided to start a craft project! That is what this room is for, we spend a lot of time in here, doing our lessons, reading, computer, crafting, coloring, and it also happens to be the warmest room in the house. It gets a lot of use. It started out as the nursery with striped yellow walls. I loved it, but it started to look like a circus tent when all the school things moved in and the crib went out. Here is a before picture.

 There were just to many things competing and it was very distracting. So I painted, which took forever, since I had to sand down every stripe or it would show through to the new color. I went with Behr's antique white, it is a lovely soothing color and really makes the accents stand out. The curtains are drop cloths that I edged with red trim, and tied back with soft cloth tape rulers.Most of the furniture is from IKEA except for the computer desk. That is an Ethan Allen yard sale find, I paid 20.00 for it. Someday I'll refinish it as the top is stained, but we need it to much to work on it.
The alphabet is from My Father's World curriculum and it just fits on that wall. My son found the cast silhouettes of Washington and Lincoln at the antique store when we were browsing and I "framed" them with empty frames I found at good will. The bulletin board I made using an old frame and a broken bulletin board I cut down and covered in fabric. I'll show you how I did that soon!
I love the flag in the center, it's an old parade flag that was missing it's pole so I used some spray adhesive and glued it to a piece of foam core and it just happened to fit perfectly into that frame I had in my stash. Behind the curtain is a large filing box that holds all of our paperwork, on top is more storage and office supplies. Inside are things like wooden puzzles, math manipulative's, lacing shapes, leapsters, and coloring books, all easily accessible, but out of sight.
It's so calm and peaceful that my easily distractable son gets his work done in record time, leaving us more time to do fun stuff.
This chalk board was given to me by a dear friend who homeschooled her children, on the shelf above are crayons, markers, colored pencils, pattern shapes, and paint. Below that is our little science shelf, it houses a dead lizard, rocks, arrowheads, feathers, fossils, and whatever else two young boys find fascinating.
Behind the door is the mess! That's where the puzzles, games, printer, teacher manuals, and whatever else one needs in an office goes. The little desk is for anyone who can't sit still at the big table or is staring out the window to much.
Some of the details. I made the pencil art based on something I saw in the Pottery barn catalog years ago.




Does anyone have any suggestions on how to rehab this chalkboard? It still works but had those white scratches making it hard to read through. I would love to fix it without painting over the alphabet.

Well I hope I didn't bore you to death with all the photos, I am just so excited to have the room all finished, even the details!



38 comments:

  1. I love your classroom! So inspiring! Gotta love homeschooling! ;-)

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  2. I just love your room!
    My son is 4 and we haven't decided yet about homeschooling. However, either way, I would love to have a room like this in my house!

    Great job!
    ~Amy

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  3. beautifully done! But what else could YOU do?! I LOVE how it all turned out!

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  4. This room looks fabulous! I love the wall art and alphabet - You did an amazing job on this! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. It's so nice to get a project completed. It looks very inspiring, I think the kids are lucky to have such a creative mom.

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  6. Great space!! I like the wall art with the colored pencils and the glass jars are a great idea.

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  7. That was a fun tour. There were so many little details that made the room unique and special. I love the colored pencil art and the paint brush mobile. Very clever you are! Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my blog. :)

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  8. Looks amazing!! So many creative touches! Hands down favorite decoration though- the Stonewall portrait- I pray my sons might be godly men of character like he was!

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  9. You can buy chalkboard paint. It really works.Tape off the alphabet with painters tape and start painting!! If you need to make the alphabet whiter..white sharpie marker and go over the letters. The room looks great. Homeschooled for 18 years. School areas are great!!

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  10. I love what you've done! Those pencils and cards over the wall look great :D

    I love your pencil art too :)

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  11. We homeschool as well, but we currently don't have an official homeschool room. Can I use your's? :)
    Love the pencil art..so colorful and clever. Your kids are darling!!

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  12. This is utterly fabulous! I love all the attention to detail and especially the colored pencil art! You are just amazing girl! So glad you stopped by my blog so I could visit YOU.

    blessings,
    LMM

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  13. What a nice space for learning! I tried having a room but my children kept migrating to the kitchen table!

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  14. That is the coolest school room I've ever seen! This year is my first of not homeschooling in 6 years, and there are many aspects I do miss. Having a room like this might actually entice me to consider doing it again! :)

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  15. I am in love with all the details. And that colored pencil art is the best :) love all the photos as well!

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

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  16. LOVE your school room! I dream of a school room one day!

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  17. Wow! That is wonderful! Our school room also doubles as our guest room, and I haven't finished it yet. You have inspired me!

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  18. This is a really great room! Gives me alot of ideas, thanks!

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  19. Stopping by from Simple Homeschool. You did a great job with your schoolroom.

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  20. I love the art! So much fun :)

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  21. Bekki~
    I have had this post bookmarked for months. I absolutely LOVE what you have done with your schoolroom.
    I would like to post your first picture (and, of course link back to you) on my blog, with pictures of our own newly-moved-into, not nearly finished school room for the NOT Back-to-School Blog Hop.
    Let me know if that's OK, I would like to get the post up on Thursday.
    Thanks so much!
    Kathi

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  22. I like the color scheme, the classic look; it looks calm.

    I also have an Ethan Allen piece in our learning room mixed with mostly IkEA main pieces and two school desks. Both companies have amazingly versatile pieces.

    I like the snack can. What's in the jars? Are those staples?

    Mariposa

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  23. Okay, I love it. I want to copy everything! Great job! You have quite an eye for decorating. I love that it is functional, not too kid-like and still a very nice looking room!

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  24. Your school room is amazing! It's layout is simple but you have soooo many amazing little touches. I have major school room envy :)

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  25. I have looked through almost all of these blogs, and your room is my FAVORITE hands down! I really LOVE it. The colors, the dark wood, the classic look, the decor (love that pencil art). Really enjoyed these photos, and am now following your blog.

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  26. love your decorative touches. i'm sure your new school room will be just as cute.

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  27. I love your room! I really like the flow. Love how you positioned the table between the two book cases.

    Thanks for sharing! Have a great year!

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  28. Thanks for the tour. You are so crafty. I love how you've made use of so many finds. The pencil art is really neat. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  29. So many wonderful details in this room! My favorite is the tape measure to tie back the curtain.

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  30. I dont EVEN know where to start! I LOVE IT ALL!!!! you have done such a great job of making this room be a school room without looking too 'schooly', I love it!!!!

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  31. i love looking at schoolrooms. i'm always looking for ideas. your room looks great. i especially like your decorative touches. (pencil art, paint mobile...)

    thanks for sharing.

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  32. Wow - so many incredible details in this space! You really have gone above and beyond to make this such a great learning room. Love it like crazy and am so glad you shared!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  33. This is a great space! I love the table by the window. I will be renovating our clasroom soon and I am looking for ideas. I never thought about placing the desk in front of the window. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. This is such a cute room! I love all the details! You put a lot of thought into this and made it a pretty neat homeschooling spot! :) I would love to have you link it up to the linky party I just started for homeschool spots/rooms, organizing tips, and back to school fun. I plan to leave the party open through the month of August in hopes of getting a nice collection of spots and ideas for other homeschooling moms out there.
    http://www.thenatureofgrace.blogspot.com/2012/07/reading-spot-and-homeschool-havens-link.html

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  35. Chalkboard spray paint by rustoleum.

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