School Wall

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We have this awkward in-between room that separates a first floor bedroom and the only downstairs bathroom.  Sort of like a giant hallway.  A roomway!  It took us a good six months to figure out what to do with it.

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Until the kids have flown the coop, it will serve as a schoolroom of sorts.  Some of their homeschooling  is done on the computer, so we decided to have a dedicated area for computer set-up.  It also serves as a spot for Charlotte’s Brailler. 

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In a later post, I’ll show you the floor to ceiling bin system set up on the opposite side of the room that holds all of the school supplies.   I’ve come to love this room for all the organizational goodness it provides.  This room (like so many other rooms) is far from finished, as you can see below: 

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I can at least show you what we did with the big empty wall in the room. My husband built a long table which I’ll be sharing more about in another post.  I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate a map, a chalkboard, and a bulletin board above it, and this is how we ended up going about it… 

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We measured and cut (with a circular saw) a big piece of inexpensive “hardboard” to fit the space and the map and spray mounted the map onto the center of it. 

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Our map is a 4’ x 2.5’ Rand McNally World map.  I liked the vintage colors in this particular one.

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After applying the map, I brushed chalk board paint on the right side. 

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And on the left, we applied the burlap also using spray mount. I don’t have pictures of us applying the burlap but you can imagine.  Spray and press. 

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And then my handy  husband made a simple frame using inexpensive 1 x 2  pine.  Otherwise known as “fingerboard”. 

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We put it up on blocks to make staining easier. 

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I used a “Weathered Oak” stain to make it look old.

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My husband attached the board to the frame from the back using wood screws.  And WALLA! 

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A custom bulletinboardmapchalkboard-thingy-me-bob!   :)

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For the bulletin board, I used the same braille flashcards we had in our last house.  You can read about them here

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Once again,  the flashcards are a good visual reminder of what we’re all supposed to be learning (yes, the whole family is learning braille!), but it’s also handy being able to take the flashcards down from the clips to quiz Charlotte.  It’s really just a faux bulletin board, since I used stickies to attach the metal clips.  If you really wanted to use  tacks, you would likely have to use cork board instead of hardboard.   Because hardboard is very… hard.   

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The verse written on the chalkboard reminds us of how we are to work, and for whom. Fitting for a school room.

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The lights came from  Restoration hardware at 50% off!  I’ve long admired them and so happy to have them for this space.

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I can’t tell you how thrilling it is for me to be organized again!  After this crazy move, I spent so many months feeling discombobulated.  But now I feel like I can finally let out a sigh of relief.  It’s all coming together…little by little, wall by wall. 

52 comments:

  1. I was going to ask for details on the table. Guess I'll just have to wait for the planned post ^_^ Love the uncluttered and warm look.

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  2. well done! i like it all. especially those light fixtures.

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  3. As usual Rie, I look at your sense of aesthetic and sigh... and wish my home were as organized and as lovely as yours. But then that would be near nigh discontentment so I just decide to just pin them up in my mind as pictures of 'calm' to aspire towards.

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    1. all you had to do was come for a visit in these last 8 months, and you would totally feel better. :) this whole fixer house thing has been a lesson in contentment for me.

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  4. what a great learning space- can't wait to see the other side!

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  5. gorgeous! i wish i had school space!!!

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  6. Ingenious design! And I love the Bible verse. May I ask where you got the world map? My daughter is looking for one. (you can see some of her designs with maps here http://www.eclaireart.com/2012/02/diy-map-trays.html) We're local in the Raleigh/Durham area. Cheers, Barbara.

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    1. I honestly don't remember! It's one I picked up many, many months ago. Maybe Amazon? Not sure. Sorry!

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  7. Ahh, it's beautiful! Your handwriting is gorgeous! I love it!

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  8. I just love it! and even in all its unfinished state...makes it more rustic. Being a retired Homeschool teacher I can admire the details of this space.

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  9. What clever use of an awkward space, it is really great, and your handiwork is much to be admired. Have a great week, love Linda x

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  10. Your home is beautiful...Along with your family...And the school wall I'm speechless what talent...I'm new to blogging and I invite you to visit my blog...Blessings Lori

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  11. Your homeschool wall and board turned out beautifully!

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  12. What a great space for the kids and their homeschooling..Great job..

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  13. Wow, this is such a cool space! I really love the chalkboardmapbraille thingamajig :)
    I love seeing your home come together. Such great ideas. And those lights are perfect!

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  14. what a perfect project for that space....I love it!

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  15. This is a great project! Love the vintage looking map & the dedicated workspace for the kiddos.

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  16. Oh my word, is that your handwriting??!!

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  17. Beautifully done! Love that verse, too...my husband was just talking about it today.

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  18. Love it! What a great use of the space, and I love the chalkboard/braille card/map thing. Beautiful writing too! Did you freehand that?!

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    1. I wrote the verse on my computer using Edwardian Script font. i looked at the screen and used the font as a guideline to freehand it onto the chalkboard (thick and thin areas, embellishments, etc)

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  19. Everything looks wonderful! The chalkboard-map thingy, the lights, the table and those wood walls!

    It looks like you used the "bumpy" side of the hard board? Isn't the other side smooth? Just wondering why you chose to use this side? I would think it would be more difficult? Just curious :)

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    1. Forgot to mention how lovely your writing looks! Absolutely, beautiful!

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    2. The other side was sort of glossy. We were afraid the paint wouldn't stick well. Thanks!

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  20. You must feel fabulous to have such an important part of your life organized again. So happy for you. I'd love to be one of your students. :)

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  21. It's perfect, and so is your handwriting.

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  22. Such a fantastic space! So much character. Almost makes me want to repeat school just to have a similar space. Almost. ;-)

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  23. Rie, you are amazing. The school space is perfectly charming. I cannot believe you have done so much to the house while living in it and homeschooling. Just amazing! I look forward to every post. :)

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  24. I love it!!!! I finally got my hubby to hang up my antique chalkboard that weighs about 100 lbs. in my basement laundry room. This chalkboard has been around the house but for the last year was just leaning against a wall. I can't wait to see the other side of the room!!!!! Sara

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  25. Wonderful space! You are so endlessly creative!

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  26. How great that the children have their designated school/office space. I feel it makes you happy to be organized without chaos...but also children like order too. Bravo, you are a woman after my heart. I love organized space!!! Please don't make us wait too long for the bin storage post. Can't wait.

    Your house is coming together and a while back I asked you about the new floors. How are they holding up on foot traffic? Washing? Do you still love them...as we are thinking of using the flooring in our cape breezeway and kitchen. Please advise.

    Barb

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  27. Oops! Sorry for not responding earlier. We love the floors so far. I think they scratch as easily as hardwood flooring, so we are careful about sliding things across them,etc. the dogs nails do not make marks, however. Also, the floor is waterproof, so in that respect, it is more practical than hardwood. i usually just do a little mopping with water now and then. Let me know if you have any other questions. So far, they have been great!

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  29. It looks wonderful~ I love the walls too. Great job! ;)

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  30. I love it! You are doing a wonderful job!

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  31. I love this idea! I have the very same map. For the person that was wondering it was purchased at Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Classic-World-50x32-Wall-Map/dp/0528934767/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1329914095&sr=8-2

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  32. Rie,
    This is awesome! I love maps and this is perfect for your space. Great job. Love everything you do.
    Lindsay

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  33. Just lovely! Anxious to hear about how the desktop came to be! Looks great as always.

    Jen
    athomeinthenorthwestblog.com

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  34. I love this, and the light fixtures are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Rie!!!
    I love how the room is coming together. Okay, I have to know. Did you write the verse on the chalkboard? You have BEAUTIFUL handwriting. :)))

    I pinned it to pinterest!

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  36. What a lovely space. I have that same map in my cart on amazon. Looks great!

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  37. It's beautiful-fun. I just love seeing your home unfold.

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  38. Looks so pretty. (p.s. I can never tell on the internet whether "Walla!" is a joke or not. Is it?)

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  39. Hi Rie, I just saw Laurie at Heaven's Walk put in Allure wood flooring and remembered you did too. I am so impressed that I am now considering it for our home. I've been waiting 6 yrs. to pull up the carpet and put down Pergo laminate. The Allure is more affordable that I believe we could do it this year. I am wondering which do you like better? I don't know if you ever had Pergo but you did mention that laminate makes a click clack noise. And do you like the dark better than light. I loved the light in your old farmhouse but the dark is beautiful too. Thank you for any helpful advice whenever you get a moment. I know you are busy mothering and teaching...I've been there. So no hurry. Kerrie

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  40. What a sweet space! I'm new to your blog and looking forward to hearing more about your adventures. I stopped by via Today's Creative Blog's feature on your kitchen.

    Happy Weekend!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  41. These are beautiful! What a lovely project! Enjoy the gorgeous weekend, Kellie xx

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  42. I just happened to see this wall and I am so glad I did because it provided the inspiration I have been looking for! We have an awkward space in the upstairs loft of our old farmhouse that we have been planning on converting to a school/office area and this is exactly what I am looking for. I'm so glad you shared.

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  43. Love this roomway! Do I spy your island from the old house in a new color? I love watching your new home unfold and wait impatiently for new posts!

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