What a labor of love this Homeschool Room was! I am seriously tickled with the results and just love how happy and cheery it is. This also functions as our Playroom, so I needed lots of storage, (although many of the bigger toys found new homes around the house). I know that we do not “need” this room to do homeschool. But I also know myself. And I know that if we do not have a separate place to get away from the house and get our homeschool on, that I won’t be as diligent. I justified the cost because overall, we are saving a lot of money by not private-schooling our kids this year. Not including a few things (seriously, just a few) that we already had, this Homeschool Room makeover was about $850.
We already had the train table (which is so multi-functional, I just had to keep it in here) and the shelves for the games. We also had some of the plastic drawers. Aside from the fabric for the valances, just about everything came from Ikea, in case you couldn’t tell And speaking of the valances, I have to brag a little because I am sooo not a sewer … so if I can make these, anyone can!
At the desk area, you can see the Timeline
on the wall – it was quite the project, but totally worth it.
This kiddie-sized green table and stools are for Sunshine and oh man, she loves having furniture that’s her size! She also really loves the little book shelf/bench under the window – my mom is going to make a nice coordinating cushion for that too.
We are using a Workbox Organizing System
this year … I like the simplicity, so I’m hoping it works for us. The drawers in the middle of the desks are the kids’ workboxes, I got them on sale at Michael’s for about $60 total.
Our game shelf was already here. It’s wonderful to keep all of the little pieces to games out of little hands, but still easily accessible.
My intention will eventually be to cork board the wall above the chalkboard paint. I painted the chalkboard a couple years ago and just couldn’t bring myself to paint over it, so I kept it and am sure we’ll use it a lot. The only thing that’s really missing in this room (as I can tell so far) is an area to display art work. I used to have strings running along the walls at the ceiling with artwork covering the entire room, but it’s a little too much with everything else in the room now. I am also sure that other things will come up that will require tweaking in the room, but we have a good place to start now!
I’m planning on officially starting school next week, although we have been unofficially working on some subjects for the last several weeks. Oh this is so exciting!!
If you are interested, here is some information about the room:
Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Parakeet, $70 for 2 gallons
Valance Fabric & Trim: JoAnn’s, $50
Cubbies: Ikea Expedit Shelving Units, discontinued, $320 total (they offer a different line now)
Desks: Ikea Micke Desks, $100 total
Red Chairs: Ikea, discontinued, $30 total (I’ve since found nice red substitutes)
Rolling Storage Carts: JoAnn’s, $60 total
Green Table & Stools: Ikea, discontinued, $80 total
Red Pillows: Ikea, discontinued $12 total
Green Cubby Bins: Ikea Trofast Storage Boxes, $12 total
Large Red Bins: Ikea Lekman Boxes, $40
White Bins: Ikea Scubb Boxes, $15
Smaller Red Bins: Target, $1 each (in the dollar section)
Smaller Green Bins: Target ClosetMaid Fabric Drawers, $13 total
Train Table: Melissa & Doug Train Table, $95 (we already had this)
Game Shelves: Ikea Lack Wall Shelves, ~$30 total (we already these too)