I am very excited about our newly painted and decorated schoolroom. It had been over 8 years since we painted this room and since we spend a large portion of our day in here doing school, crafting and playing it was time to spiffy up the space. The big inspiration for my room was my friend Jolanthe of Homeschool Creations. I absolutely love her schoolroom.
I agonized over the color and our walls looked like this for a while.
There was a big mix up with the paint and they store had a hard time matching the color sample. I have to put a plug in for Lowe’s here, because the person who helped me seriously spent 45 minutes trying to get the color exactly right. After mixing 3 different gallons of paint I told him not to worry about it, that it was close enough. He offered me the off color gallons for a discount and I ended up getting 3 galloons of paint for $15.00. SCORE! We took it home and mixed up the color in a big paint bucket and I loved the end result.
I was very lucky to find our Ikea Expedit Shelving Unit on Craigslist. It holds the majority of our books, reference books, some toys and things I want the kids to use on a regular basis, such as the microscope and Draw Write Now books.
We already had the Ikea Trofast System, which are using as a table in front of our futon. It holds paper, play doh, stamp pads, stamps, miscellaneous crafting supplies, and our extra school supplies (glue sticks, tape, etc.).
Our one big purchase was this futon, which we LOVE! Our schoolroom was lacking a comfortable place to snuggle and read together. The lovely owl pillow came from Etsy. The quilt draped over the side was made by my grandmother.
Anther comfy place for the kids to plop down and read. The beanbag chair came from Walmart and the curtains from here (make sure and check online for coupon codes).
The bookcase behind my desk contains all of the kids curriculum for the year and things that I use on a regular basis. More on our curriculum choices this week.
Emily’s desk, Trofast storage system, and rail above her desk all came from Ikea. I ordered online since I figured the gas and all the extra things I would be sure to find would cost as much, if not more than the shipping.
Aiden’s desk is the same with things we use on a daily basis close by (calendar and world map).
The table is used for craft projects and when we are all working together. I painted our existing table white and the chairs red. Just an FYI for you folks, do not spray paint chairs red while wearing flip flops. My feet still looked sunburned after 3 weeks.
We started school last week and so far the updated space has been perfect for our needs.