School Wall


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.


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. 


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: 


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… 


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. 


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


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


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. 


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


We put it up on blocks to make staining easier. 


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


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


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


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


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.   


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


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


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. 

Girls’ Room Grown Up


Two years ago, I posted about our girls’ room for the first time.  Back then, they were all sharing, and still little:  


But now our oldest two are going on 11 and 13.  Too old for pink pom-poms and rag dolls, they say.  So we’ve been doing a little here and a little there to make their new bedroom grown up. 


It all started with these little Anthropologie frames I’ve had for several years.  I used to have the pair hanging in our old dining nook.  They are sweet, but sophisticated.  Grown up!


We painted the walls “Sea Salt”, a Valspar color.  I love the combination of gold and bluish-green.  I found the perfect gold fabric to drape the ends of their beds.  I simply hemmed a yard of fabric for each bed.  Easy.


I contemplated coordinating pillows at the head of the bed, but we chose to keep it simple.  Pillows would have detracted from the detail of the headboard, and taken the focus away from the little framed mirror.  The absence of throw pillows means their beds are quick to make each morning.


Their matching bed frames came from craigslist for $75 a pop.  I painted them a creamy white, and found some matelass√© coverlets from Homegoods to match. 


Space is at a premium, so we use baskets under the bed for storage.


We found the bird cage picture hanger from World Market. 


The girls are infatuated with birds, so it was the perfect addition. 


We played musical pets during this photo shoot :)  Here’s Paris trying to get her lovebird to pose on the bed post (it was unsuccessful, as he didn’t want to leave her elbow)…


The curtains we kept simple but romantic with $13 patterned sheers from Target.


I used $2 strings of beads from the craft store to drape the curtains back. A bit of a bohemian vibe.


We used an old cubby to hang above the other bed…


but switched out the original hooks for these World Market knobs to hang their necklaces:


After telling my mother approximately 1000 times how much I liked this particular dresser, she finally gave it to me.  :) 


It’s here only temporarily though.  I’ve been picturing it in our downstairs bathroom.  Can’t you see a sink in it with a wall-mount faucet?  Yup, me too.


The lamp was a thrift store find, and I like the vintage flair it gives to the space:


I gave the girls my “watch dog”, along with the loan of my watches. 


Seems my whole wardrobe is on loan these days.  My oldest daughter is starting to outgrow my shoes.  Like I said, a lot can happen in two years!


I wonder what the next two years will bring.  :)

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