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How to Setup a Homeschool Room for Cheap

Fun and easy ideas for setting up an inexpensive, multi-purpose homeschool room that will meet all of your family’s needs. 

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Woohoo! We made it! The first week of school is under our belt, and we’re all the better for it. I hope you are all faring as well as we are. With that behind us, I finally have some time to share our newly completed Homeschool Room with you!

Most of our August was spent getting this room ready for occupation the first of the year so that we could begin our home school journey. You can check here for a looks-y view of the before-disaster at where we started. With just paint left, we are so happy with our final result.

The goal: To provide a space that acted as both a family area and a classroom, as well as a craft room.

How to Setup up a Multi-Purpose Homeschool Room for Cheap

The outcome: A sitting area provides a place to read together, watch movies together, and relax and hang-out together. It also doubles as a guest bed when needed.

homeschool room sitting area guest bed
Adding fun pillows and accessories brought whimsy and fun to the futon sofa – it truly is a place we like to spend time in, and fun is what we were going for!

homeschool classroom pillow talk

dedicated desk area provided space for a sewing desk, as well as our family computers. It’s a nice quiet spot that we use for crafting and homeschooling sessions, as well as homework.

homeschool classroom - desk area makeover
Storage was obviously a necessity – we provided inexpensive, not to mention super cute, storage using these file boxes providing hidden, decorative storage for the entire room.

But, the most integral part? The classroom. We started off with a table.

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The pedestal table was a Goodwill find – it was a steal at $49.99. It was a tad bit beat up, filthy and nicotine stained, and came with a cigarette burn (or two!). After a good sanding, two coats of Zinsser,  a coat of paint and a thorough cleaning, it is perfect for our classroom. It’s sturdy, small enough for the room, but large enough to accommodate all of our needs. It’s a great cutting table, crafting table.. well, you get the picture. The chairs were our old dining chairs. After a coat of Rustoleum, in black satin, they quickly became our new classroom seats! After meeting the basics, we were on to necessary accessories.
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A large, framed chalkboard sits upon one wall. The frame was another Goodwill find. We made an instant chalkboard by applying chalkboard paint to a piece of hardboard then inserting into a large frame, painted Rustoleum’s Gloss Apple Red. 
 
homeschool classroom - writing materials
I gave this fun tray a makeover with Rustoleum Lagoon, added a few containers to catch-all, and now have a super functional desk supply caddy. I attached felt to the bottom to protect the table finish, as it often is moved around the table to make room for projects, or moved closer for easier reach. It is so nice to have everything at arms reach and know exactly where to find what I need!

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We also added an easel of sorts, using binder clips and hardboard attached to picture hangers and then to the wall – the place the art magic happens. A small decorative shelf acts as a paint or supply tray, and a hook to the side stores Ayden’s art smock and paint palette, that he picked out himself.

homeschool calendar area

Our calendar/bulletin board area is made up of both cork and foam board, with various printables and pieces from numerous places. A small side table and chair act as storage and seating during circle time.

homeschool classroom - pillow story time

Large floor pillows and a basket full of books provide an instant reading nook.

homeschool classroom - art frames

And finally, framed cork boards, painted to coordinate, provide a space to show off artwork, creating an instant gallery wall. They were painted using Rustoleum Lagoon, Apple Red, and Fire Orange.

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We set out to create a happy, relaxed space, that sparks creativity, and supports learning, and managed to accomplish something pretty close to that. I take that as a win! I know our family will be able to enjoy this room for many years to come – once it’s painted, of course. Thanks for following along on our journey!

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The Happy Room – A Seating Area Sitting Pretty

If it happens that you’ve noticed I’ve been a little MIA this month… then, I know, I know, where have I been?! Well, this past week was spent relaxing beach side with the family. We visited Oak Island, NC, a quaint, quiet, family oriented beach area. Our week was filled with lots of family time, and of course sand, surf and sun. Hopefully, I’ll have more time to share later next week. If nothing else, you’ll have to hear about our dear Ayden getting the fishing net stuck on his head. True story.

Mostly, we’ve spent a good part of August frantically working on the Happy Room, making sure we were completed in time for the first day of school. As you may remember, we’re planning to home school this year. Although we could start off the year without an actual classroom, I really wanted to start the year off as organized and ready as possible. It was quite the undertaking – check here for a view of our original disaster quick trip down memory lane. There was so much to do, and although we still didn’t get to painting, we are at least in a much more functional place than we were to start with.  I’m happy with our progress!

Our goal was, and still is, to provide a space that acted as both a family area and a classroom, as well as a craft room. Creating a dedicated desk area that provided for a sewing desk, as well as a family computer area, was a step in the right direction.

Storage was obviously a necessity – we provided inexpensive, not to mention super cute, storage using these file boxes. This provides hidden, decorative storage for nearly the entire room.

But, one of the greatest impacts, was a simple makeover in the rooms seating area. Pretty much all of the furniture pieces we’ve had hanging around forever. The futon specifically is a great seating solution in this room, as it is very comfortable, it’s durable and it provides a guest bed when folded down, if needed. It’s also great for sleepovers for the girls!

We updated by recovering the mattress in a neutral fabric and adding fun, bright, funky throw pillows. Coordinating fabrics were found on the fat quarter wall at Walmart – $.99 a piece.

The bird pillow was really fun – I found an embroidered dish towel at Homegoods. After cutting it down, adding coordinating fabric, voila! An embroidered pillow for $5.99. When time permits, I’ll add a tutorial for this process.

The tables in the room were moved from other areas of our home. The coffee table received a coat of paint – parchment white on the bottom, and my fave, black suede, on the top.

The orange chair, while very worn, was a funky find that once wore a frilly slip cover in my girls’ shared room. We removed the slip cover, and just decided to love on our funky chair as is.

The art work was made by me with inspiration from here. The frames, we had. I painted the frames using Rustoleum Ultra Cover Painter’s Touch in Satin Heirloom White and the mats using the same in fire orange. I love, love, LOVE them – they are whimsical and bring a shot of color to neutral pallet of the futon. Tutorial to follow! This was SO easy – literally, it took longer for me to find a matching scrapbook pad than it did to make them!

All in all, this area is comfy, cozy, and bright. It turned out exactly how I’d envisioned – how often does THAT happen?? Which of course makes me.. Happy.

There is more to come – check back over the next few days for more on the classroom portion of the Happy Room!

Deperate Desk Area Makeover

The Happy Room is nearly complete, and I’m so excited with how it is turning out! I really think it’s going to be a functional space we can all enjoy – as a matter of fact, we already are enjoying it amid redecorating.

Study Table For Kids

The latest project, was to improve what was to be an inspiring kids study table. With it looking so uggggggly, the last thing the area was doing was providing any kind of inspiration to study!

BEFORE

The update gave a much needed update to a couple of Target folding desks we’ve had for years – so long, in fact, that they once lived in my big baby’s, Brandon and Megan, rooms. Since they both moved out two and a year ago respectively, and hadn’t used them in more years than that, we really, truly, have had them for years. We also recovered two stackable office chairs that were freebies during Shay’s office remodelling. Lastly, we provided some cute storage and decorative accents.

The desk area has a few purposes in the Happy Room. First, we intend to use it as  a computer area, which works out nicely, as the area is located in the “classroom”. When needed, it can also serve as a sewing table – the sewing bug hits me on occasion and it’s nice to have  a place, other than the kitchen table, to do this!  It is also a nice, quiet spot for homework. The desks themselves,  are light and easy enough to move around, adding table space where needed for entertaining.

We started off with the chairs. They were your basic run of the mill, black iron, stackable chairs. They had a few redeeming features – namely a padded seat and back, that was removable.

A little bit of rub-n-buff and some faux leather fabric later, we have something a whole lot less boring and a whole lot more inspiring – definitely more in line with where we are going!

The desks, were a bit more work. They started off looking like this – Yup, mismatched and all. On top of that, the white one especially, had seen much better days.

If you remember, our original inspiration for the Happy Room looked very much like this, and I was still very much on board with striving for a room with this kind of feel, in a kid friendly kinda way:

I love, love, love that coffee table, but I wasn’t really in the market for a new one in this room – I was trying to reuse as much as possible, so, I applied the look of the coffee table to the desks. I’m so happy with how they turned out!

We started off by filling, sanding, and priming where necessary. The paint is Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover in Fire Orange (wow, that was a mouthful). The edge, I painted by hand in Valspar’s Swiss Chocolate.

We finished with three coats of Minwax Polycrylic in a semi-gloss finish, that literally went on perfectly and smoothed out just like glass.

Our decorative accents include a cute lamp that I picked up at Goodwill for $4.99, and world map poster from Target – $5.99.

We added a bunting made out of clothes line twine, Dr. Suess Alphabet cards from the Target Dollar bins, and clothes pins painted using the same paint as the desk. Ayden especially loves this!

And finally, we added an odds and ends storage bar, using an old curtain rod and brackets, shower curtain hooks, and $1 tins from Target.

We are so pleased with the results, and can’t wait to share more of our progress on the Happy Room with you! Stay tuned!
Follow up:
So excited to say this post and makeover was featured on stylemotivation.com in their “27 Briliant DIY Home Decor Projects That Will Make Your Home Unique” post. Check out the other 26 projects for more inspiration!

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