Monday, August 15, 2011

Easy-Peasy Bookshelf Project - my classroom makeover

I've s-l-o-w-l-y been making over my classroom.

I started back in the early spring with the goal of transforming it completely for the new school year.

A project here. A project there.

It's getting done.

It all started with the fact that I used to be a crafty person and hadn't had the time or a purpose to get my craft on lately. A classroom makeover was the perfect opportunity to use up some of my supplies and really personalize my classroom with creative details.

In years past I was a Theme Queen. I do love themes. I think part of the reason I did my Classroom Theme Series was because I was having theme-planning withdrawals. In place of a theme, I went with a color combo: lime green and aqua. I used black as a base so that I could change things out relatively easily in the future.

In addition to my daily Classroom Management Series that is kicking off tonight, I plan to share the personal touches I made to the classroom each morning.

Today I want to show you an easy way to transform shelves.

My inherited wooden shelves were really worn and tired looking. There was nothing special about them.
That all changed with a 15-20 minute project (save for drying time). I took a roller and ran it over the sides, top and front of the shelves.

I applied 2 quick coats. Next, I selected scrapbook papers in bright, fun patterns.
And attached them to the back of the shelves with double-sided tape.
I love what a difference it made and how coordinates so well with my room for a cohesive look. If you are doing a theme, this would be an easy way to make an impact because there are so many themed scrapbook pages available. You could even skip the painting step and it would still make a big impact. The finished product houses my chapter books in small teal baskets.
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