Monday, July 1, 2013

Classroom Chic

So this little bad boy has been waiting a looooooooooooooooong time for a makeover....

I swear I've cleaned this. Multiple times.

This is just a cheap-o desk chair I got at staples years ago (I took these pictures after I took the back rest off). It has been the envy of many teachers for 5 years. People would come into my room and say, "OMG I love your pink chair!" I swear. But this past year, no one said anything about my chair. Because, let's face it, it looks disgusting. With moving to a new school, I knew I couldn't bring this into my room as is. So after a little staple gun magic....


And when all was said and done, I decided not to put the back rest back on. It wasn't padded so I couldn't recover it with the same fabric, and I decided I really liked having a little rolly polly stool to scoot around on. Plus the lever that raises and lowers the seat is broken (did I mention I paid $15 for this chair 5 years ago???) so the seat is permanently stuck in the lowest position possible. I think I will use this at my guided reading table and/or to scoot around the room while students are working (I'm lazy. Walking is for fitness geeks).

Along the same vein - I've been collecting/making things to display as decor in my new room. I don't know why I'm so concerned that my room is "cute" this year, but I am. So I found this at Target on sale for $11

I wanted the chevron one they had, but it didn't come in the right color. I thought the polka dots were too plain and wanted to add something to spruce it up. My original thought was to add a monogram or something but I decided to make it a bit more.... fabulous...

I drew the outline of the flamingo on the back of the canvas so it wouldn't show if the glittering didn't go as planned. The bottom picture is right after I glittered, so there is residual glitz hanging around that got removed once everything was dry. Also the picture doesn't do it justice. My camera is refusing to use a flash for some reason and it was cloudy so there was no sun to make it sparkle for you.

Then I found this cute mirror at Hobby Lobby on sale for $6, but it was the wrong color. It would be the right color to hang up in my house, but not my classroom. But I loved the shape and the little knob I will use to hang my badge so it doesn't get lost so I bought it anyway.

Hello there! I was sticking out my tongue at you but it didn't show. I may take some sand paper to this to rough it up again but I'm not sure about that yet.

Now are you ready to see what I'm planning to do with these things? Mind you I laid it out on the floor because I am lazy, and don't have access to my classroom, and I didn't want to put holes in the wall. I'm thinking of hanging these up (with a clock I found at Target and frame I got at Home Goods) as a gallery wall, or whatever you call it on one of my strange shaped walls.

Maybe like this?

Dakota is curious

Or maybe like this. Not sure yet.

Thanks for the motivation Tara!


  1. Great things you have made:) Thanks for linking them up:) Love the pic with the flamingo:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. I'd say your really getting your money's worth from that chair! Fabulous craft projects!

    Lizzy from *The Teacher Chick*

  3. I love that mirror!! I like the first arrangement. :)

  4. Great job on your chair! I'm thinking of doing my ugly blue one when I can get back in my room! I'm your newest follower!
    Fabulous and Fun 4th Graders

  5. I am also really wanting my room to be cute and comfortable to be in. I love it when I walk into my room with a breath of relief, knowing that myself as well as my students are going to enjoy the classroom. Also, I never thought of using a staple gun to attach fabric, must get one!!
    Darling Little Learners

  6. I love your new chair!! I was thinking of taking the back off mine too since it keeps falling off, I think I will do it :) Thanks for sharing!

    The Resource(ful) Room

  7. Your chair make-over looks super cute!! I wish I had a chair like that!

  8. Love your chair. Super cute projects!

    Success in Second Grade

  9. Your chair is cute! Have you tried spraying it with some Scotchguard to keep it from getting dirty?

  10. All your projects turned out great... especially love the "new" chair!!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

  11. CUTE! Great job. I always have to arrange things like 50 times before I pick my favorite way. You should see me trying to create an arrangement on the mantle. Oy. :) Your new room is going to super cute!

    Teach On.