How I wish I could have remembered to take a before picture of this room! It was truly dismal. Dark wood paneling with picture molding made this office into an absolute cave, it was so dark. We have used it as a guest room since we moved into the house, but now we needed a school room. So, we took a chance and pulled down the paneling. Behold! Dry Wall! (I thought there might be just studs under the paneling, and that would be not so good...) So, a little patching and some paint made a perfect, bright room for learning.
We used furniture that we had, except for the new desks and lamps from Ikea. They were very frugal, and they are lightweight enough that we can easily move them around if we want to.
I purchased this map at a garage sale for 50 cents. It is really old and was falling apart on the creases, but I loved the colors, so I took it to the teacher supply store and had it laminated. It totally worked! I also got this globe at a garage sale, as well as the little cases.
Of course, we must have a computer in our school room, so we moved it in here from the master bedroom. I must say, I am happy that it has a new home. My desk and shelf were things that we already had. In fact, the shelf was made by Mr. Sahm's grandfather. We used to have it in the kitchen, but it hasn't had a home since we got a new hutch in its place. I'm thrilled we could use it in here! I made these curtains, and I just love the fabric! I still need to get hooks for the tie backs.
This corner always had bookshelves, but we had to get longer ones once all the paneling was down. I am thrilled to have a spot to put all our books. I know that over time, I will need to add more book storage, but this works for now. We even have a great spot to stash our bean bags. I got both of them for $5 at another garage sale. Mr. Sahm got us our little fish tank, which now is home to 5 happy fish. How do I know they're happy? They told me.
Miss Mae painted the R-E-A-D for our room. The wire baskets were also from yet another garage sale, and we had been using them in Miss Mae's closet. Now they hold our library books as well as the books we are currently reading for school in the top basket.
The white file box holds timeline materials and our geography stuff, and our memory verse is written on the chalk board.
This is our biggest splurge of the whole room...a genuine white board! Magnetic too! We use it a LOT.
As expected, we do spill out of this room a little every day. Sometimes we take books and beanbags to the front entry, and sometimes we read or watch videos in the living room. I'm sure that when we start doing science experiments, that will happen in the kitchen. I hope that will happen in the kitchen... In any case, we love our room. It is just what I wanted it to be- bright and colorful, but not overwhelmingly bright. Everyone has a place to do some work and all our supplies are in reach and organized. What more could I want?