Saturday, May 26, 2012

Homeschool Classroom/Dining Room!

We've been working on our "Classroom" space for the last couple of weeks. Buying things here and there for it, painting the walls, and finding the right furniture to fill the space and still be functional! It's not 100% done, there is still a lot of empty wall space, but that will be filled over time! 

So here it is, our dining room and classroom:


Most of the organizational stuff for this room came from IKEA

The red chest I finished a little while ago is perfect for hiding holding our school supplies!

Mason jars to store all the little craft items for easy finding!

Our "Masterpieces" wall! We love it! 
( A friend made the vinyl for me.)

There are board games and other craft items inside of this cabinet. On top we are keeping our printer, laminatior, and big roll of paper!

Here we have our reading wall where we are keeping the cardboard books on the bottom for Emmelyn and the paper books on top for Landon. I'm thinking about adding a beanbag chair to the corner.

We used picture ledges from IKEA for our books.


The flower hand print artwork on the wall was a pinterest inspired project I did with the kids for Mother's Day!

In the previous pictures, I forgot to hang up our magnetic board. Landon added his glow in the dark letters and numbers to it. He wanted it at his eye level, which will be great for practicing his sight words! 

So, there you have it! We love this room and Landon said it was, "The most awesomest room, EVER!" To me, that's all that really matters. ;)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Project to End All Projects?

This might be the project to end all projects. 

Okay, not really. But for now, I am DONE with furniture projects. This was a lot of work, and by the end I just wanted to throw it away. 
I had to keep telling myself it would be worth it and to keep chugging along. 

I found this chest thing at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago for $50. This thing is SOLID. When I say solid, I mean it! The doors alone weigh about 30lbs each, if not more. I actually hated the doors and had decided not to use them in the finished product. But after sharing that idea with a few friends they convinced me that these doors would be amazing. 

They were right, the doors really make the finished piece! I especially love the original hardware. 

Okay, so here's what I started with:


When I saw the inside shelves, I knew it would be a perfect place to hold our arts and craft supplies in the dining room. I am now using it for homeschooling supplies, as well. 

Initially, I was going to paint the thing white and antique it.

 After two coats of primer, I decided I wanted something that would POP! I thought about yellow, but eventually decided on a red. I found this "Candy Apple Red" at Walmart in the "oops" section! It was half off, so I got it for $8! Woohoo! I added 3 coats of the red to try to make it look even. After awhile I figured that was enough because the stain would make it look uneven, anyway. I also, only did two red coats on the inside, because no one would be looking in there. 


Maybe, but I was so over painting at this point and I hadn't even touched the doors!

The doors...
OH THE DOORS! I hate them. But I love them. 
They were a PITA to work on, trying to get that red paint into every small detail. Also, I didn't prime them first.
 Oops, another lazy moment? 
So the doors look darker than the body. 

Do I care? 

No, I think it adds to the character! 

After the doors had three coats of red I moved on to the fun part... 

When all my hard work started to actually look like the picture in my head! 

(I really should have had better ventilation in the room, it gave me a headache)

Besides the headache, staining was the best part. Here are the final pictures. I added the stain to the wood and let it sit a minute or two and then wiped it off, making sure to leave some in the details to make them look more worn. I love the finished result!

Love the hardware! This is the original hardware and I didn't paint it. I had thought about spray painting them black, but decided it look great, already.

I also didn't stain the inside, because it didn't matter. 

It kind of looks like it's from China, now! 
Like I said earlier, I may not do another furniture project for awhile. At least not a BIG one!!

Totally worth it, though!

Perfect addition to our homeschool room!

Saturday, May 12, 2012


We've decided to homeschool Landon for first grade. He's finishing out Kindergarten at a local school near our house. But, honestly, he's not adjusting too well to our move. He's been bullied a couple of times on the bus and in class, all within his first week of school! It's sad. And then his teacher called me to tell me he's been crying every day in school, (this was week two). He did so well at his old school in Nebraska. It appears he's having some anxiety issues with going back to school after our move. It's really heartbreaking. I have always thought about homeschooling, anyway. So, this wasn't a big jump for us.

He daily tells me he's "sick" and wants to stay home with me. I was starting to get pretty worried, but we had already planned on teaching him ourselves for 1st grade, so I sort of let it go a little. I tried to tell him how fun school will be next year and he is super excited for first grade. I also tried to talk up his new school and reassure him that there was only about 5 weeks left of school. (School ends mid June, here)

After the phone call from his teacher, I decided it was best to talk to the school's principal. I had a discussion with her about what we could do and she suggested me taking him to and from school and avoiding the bus, since that morning I had taken him to school and he was thanking me over and over again for not making him ride the bus. Which is crazy because he couldn't wait to ride the bus before he started school. She also said she'd speak to Landon and try to hype up all the fun, end of school year plans they had! Like a trip to the zoo, a picnic, Kindergarten graduation, etc. Hopefully this will work.

He's still asking to stay home, but we only have 4 weeks left now, hopefully he'll come around.

For first grade, we decided to use the Sonlight curriculum. I wanted something already put together for us, at least for this first year and then I will venture into making my own curricula, you know, once I am familiar with the process and what all needs to be done! We can't wait!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Red Bench for our Entryway!

I bought this bench back in Nebraska... probably last summer, with plans to some day paint it for our future home. We knew we were moving and I didn't want to waste my time painting something just for it to be ruined, ya know?

Finished this project last week and couldn't wait to share it! Here it is before hand:

And here it is after two coats of paint! I used the same paint as I did in Landon's room, because I had it on hand and I wanted it red, anyway! =) Did I mention this bench only cost me $5? What a steal!

 Here is the view from my living room!

I think it fits nicely!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Emmelyn's Room

Emmelyn's room has been completed for a week or so now and I thought I'd share it!  I just love her room, it's so girly. The stripes were a bit hard to do... as far as perfectly straight lines go, but it was totally worth it!

The picture above her bed, Landon made for her, before she was born.

The bench is one I refinished and covered with matching fabric from her curtains.

Well, that's it! What do you think? Emmelyn seems to love it. =)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Super Hero Bedroom!

We're getting settled into to our new house, nicely! I finished unpacking and setting up Landon's room a week and a half ago and surprised him with it when he came home from school, he was thrilled! He is ALL about Super Heroes!  

Welcome to Landon's room!

This shelf is my favorite part! I took one of those vinyl stickers and made it look as if it were sitting on his shelf. This shelf holds his soccer trophies, I just hadn't found them yet when I took this picture.

New bedding to match the walls and the quilt I made Landon for Christmas is neatly folded at the foot of his bed!

Well, that's it for the tour of Landon's room! 

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