Reviving the Homeschool/Art Room

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If you were hoping for “before” photos, I am afraid you will be sorely disappointed. I couldn’t bear any more damning evidence that my homeschool/art room had devolved into a mass of half-finished projects and clutter.

Yesterday morning I woke up thinking of the art room. I wanted to:

  • conquer the clutter
  • make more room to move around in
  • utilize the storage spaces better

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I began by removing two pieces of furniture – the country-style china cabinet which had some china stored in the bottom section and then books and art in the top. Danielle and Dave were kind enough to lug the thing all the way up to the attic, where I will put all of the remaining china that isn’t stored in the dining room hutch.

Dave and I lugged the six-foot-long folding table downstairs where it can serve as a “painting station” for the front porch stairs project he is working on.

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I moved the low-slung white organizer to the opposite wall, opening up the wall with the window. We will put the elephant ears in this window over the winter, freeing up space in the dining room.

And I moved the white metal and glass baker’s rack to where the china cabinet had been.

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We brought over the expandable kitchen table that we found in The Cottage. It needs to be sanded and repainted with some chrome spray paint. It also needs one of the extenders fixed underneath the table top, it won’t stay up.

Then it was simply a matter of decluttering and organizing all of the stuff into categories.

Paints, markers and pencils

Paints, markers and pencils

I filled two bags full of trash, and 1 1/2 bags full of donations. At some point in the next few weeks, I hope to get some organizing solutions from IKEA that will make the room even more attractive, along with displaying more of our completed art projects.

I wouldn’t mind adding a sisal rug to the floor and curtains on the windows. I’ll probably make curtains from the drop cloth fabric and possibly stamp them with a decorative pattern. I’ll have to look through my stamps and see what I can find.

At some point, I may want to paint the rest of the walls to match the chalkboard paint sections on the other walls.

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Overall, it was a great experience and I’m pleased with how it looks. I look forward to sitting down with Em and making art, creating crafts, and more. Having a smaller workspace means that I am forced now to keep it clean!

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I still have a bit of organizing to do…

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And plenty of empty baskets now…

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What do you think?

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2 Responses to Reviving the Homeschool/Art Room

  1. Casie says:

    Looks fantastic! I remember the before and this is a 180! Great job! Makes me wanna come over and go to school there. 🙂

    • Christine says:

      Thanks! I’m loving it. The smaller table means we have to clean up our messes, but that also means its ready the next time we want to use it. Yesterday Em and I worked with clay and I tried to sketch a dinosaur (badly). We had fun though, and that’s what is important.