Classroom Reno!

Well here I am on SUNDAY writing my made it Monday post! I can't believe it! Do I have the amount of things completed that I projected? Nope! Not even close! However, I did get a boatload of shopping done, and pretty sure that I have influenced a few of my friends to shop as well! Poor things!

Well, I have so many projects going on at once. I am pretty sure my husband is going to have an appointment with a divorce lawyer soon if I bring home one more project. I need to finish a few before I bring home anything else! Does anyone have things shipped to their school just to avoid their spouse finding out they purchased things?! I have a rug being shipped directly to school for that very reason! I couldn't find a cute purple one at all the back to school sales no matter how hard I looked, so I ordered one!

 Ok well, I am linking up with Tara over for her Monday Made It!
Made it Number 1
I got these magnetic holders to hold my calendar numbers and birthday numbers for my magnetic boards. I got them from Dollar Tree years ago when my theme was red. I still used them each day last year even though they didn't match. 
I wrapped the box with masking tape to hide some of the dark red color. 
Enter Washi Tape. All my bloggy instagram friends have driven me to figure out how wonderful this stuff is. I don't know its longevity, but I like how it turned out!!! :)
This is one I did for my lunch choices - also magnetic.
See my red ones for morning meeting money holders... I am redoing these as well! 
Enter Big Lots PURPLE Duct Tape! Whoot! 

Look how great these look!

Now, to figure out how to paint those pocket charts that don't match!!! 
Made it #2

My two friends in first grade inspired me to try fail  this project. 
Here is here original post, or you can click her picture. 

I gathered my materials. My friends in first said they used inflatable balls, but I wanted to use balloons because they are more cost friendly. 
The purple is multi-colored purple and looks good,  but I think that the yellow thicker yarn is going to hold better. I think I need to more yarn. Man it takes forever though. 
We will see how they turn out once they dry tomorrow. I will keep you posted...

                                 Made it #3
Here is my old green polka dot lamp from my previous black, white , red and green classroom theme from years ago... even then it didn't really match my room. It has bothered me for years. 
I knew I wanted to change my theme this year, but wasn't sure of what to do to change my lamps. 
First, I tried wrapping the lamp in my trusty purple duct tape. 
Not bad, right? 

Do you see how many projects I have going on at once? Top right corner is a  half finished wreath, in the middle  right I have another project that is currently in progress. 
I decided to use these ribbons I previously used on my lampshade. Yes, I hand painted that lampshade a few years ago. 

This didn't look too bad, but how would I do the remaning curvy parts of the lamp post? Overwhelmed, I thought I would do the lamp shades before tackling the rest...
I added chevron ribbon and hot glued it on the pointed edges first. 
Then, I put in the purple ribbon - in a V-shape and hot glued that down. 
Added two strips of yellow and a strip of black polka dots! x 3 more sides! 

We will just need to see how it turns out...

Oh, the lamp posts. I primed the remaining parts with white primer. 

Then I sprayed with my Big Lots Purple spray paint, right over top of the tape but of course  it looked awful! 
Look at that hideous two toned purple!!!

I unwrapped the purple tape, and just spray painted the purple on to the post.  I am spray painting right on top of next week's made it Monday! :)
Look how cute it looks now! :) I LOVE IT! 
I am going to do a different lamp shade though for the other one. 
The shade turned out so much better than I thought! It matches my room perfectly! :) Plus, I only  had to buy the spray paint. The rest I had on hand from my wreath that I made! 
Here is the wreath that I made for my door! I can't wait to hang it! :)

Now, if you made it this far, I am going to add a freebie on my TPT page just until Wednesday morning.
I am toying around with the idea of making all of my items only $1.00 for the rest of the summer since I know how much money we spend on our classrooms!

I made my own chevron reading strategies. I hope that you like them, and can use them in your classroom!

Please be sure to leave feedback, and be a follower of my TPT page. 

Aren't they the cutest ever? I just love how they turned out!!! 

Here is a hundred's chart that I also made that I will be sending to staples to have blown up for $5 to replace my old boring one! You can click here to pick that up in my store as well. There are several different choices. 

At the end of the year we have to have everything off the floor and put away. This made me so sad to see everything down, but it is kind of nice to have a fresh start. I also had to change rooms for next year so all my things were moved five doors down too. 

Initially, I wanted my bulletin boards to have the yellow chevron like the picture above, but the pattern was too small and it looked busy, and I just didn't like it up there. 

Here is my fantastic chevron ottoman from Kohls and I just love how my chair turned out!!!
Don't forget my crate seat that I made too! I just love how this area is starting to look! :)

Have a great day! 



  1. oohh I LOVE the purple. Your lamp is too cute. I LOVE it and now want to redo some of mine.

  2. Miss Nelson, it was SO fun to do. I watched Cars 2 while I did the ribbon. Mindless busy work! Thanks for looking at my blog today! I would to have you follow me on Instagram ajoe3398 or here! :)


  3. I am so impressed by your blog - cannot believe I've just found it. I love your idea of using washi tape. I've seen it a couple other places but really am getting close to grabbing some. Right now I've just got patterned duct tape. Is washi cheap? Where do you buy it?

    PS - LOVE your new theme! Too cute! Can't get enough chevron. I"m your newest follower. Come stop by if you get a chance!

    The Sweetest Thing
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    1. Hey Lauren
      Thank you so much! It can be cheap if you can find it. I had a hard time finding any. I ordered mine through Etsy when I couldn't find my pattern. Office Max and Michaels in my area were slim pickings. I am so jealous of all the stuff I see others find. I don't know how long it will last on that plastic. I was thinking of using mod podge or clear coat adhesive spray to adhere it better to ensure it doesn't come off. I am heading over to your blog now! :)

  4. Totally sympathise with your post! I had a full scale rocking chair delivered to my classroom away from my OH's prying eyes :D Also, I read about someone dying their pocket charts and thought that was a fabulous idea but have since stumbled on far too many horror story posts! I shall stick to sewing or making do with plain old blue I think!

    Sorry About The Mess But...

    1. I am going to try this, and I will let you know what happens! Thank you for following and for the links! :) Aly

  5. You got SO much done!!!! I am impressed and jealous! Way to go!!! (:

    Tailor-made Teaching

  6. You got a ton of stuff done. I am happy with one project a week during the summer. You go girl! :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners
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    1. Thank you for following! :) I have a very good kiddo that naps well!

  7. You have been a busy girl! I love, love, love the purple lamp project. They turned out great!

    Your blog is so stinkin' cute. Following you. :)
    Read With Me ABC

  8. Way to go! You are on a roll. I love the dark purple theme color for your room. The boards on the wall look great with that purple.

    Papers, Pencils and Books, Oh My!

    1. Thank you! I am so excited about the purple! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Very cute! Thanks for giving me an idea for my zebra lamps...I am changing from zebra/pink to a gray, lime and briht blue...yeah, zebra lamps aren't going to fit...

    1. IT wasn't too bad Randi, just pop a movie on and you will be done in no time! Thanks for following!

  10. You have been really busy!! Love the lamp!



  11. Thanks so much for linking up! You've been super busy this week! By the way, did you know you're a no-reply blogger? That means people can't respond to your sweet comments :) Google for a super quick fix! Have a fabulous day!

    Lucky to Be in First

    1. Hello, can you try it now? I have no clue what I'm doing. I appreciate you letting me know!!!

  12. Wow! So many cute Monday made it ideas!! and I thought I had been busy lol. I like the lamp revamp... I think you have inspired one of my next projects (when I return from my honeymoon ;-). Thanks again for stopping by my blog. ~Cara Lee

    The Sweet Life of Cara Lee

    ps - I feel you on the NOVA traffic... I'm in the DMV area too and I dread driving into VA if I have to.

    1. I am glad I inspired someone! It wasn't too bad! I can't wait to see your update!

  13. I have a few things in my class that could use a makeover. I am thinking Duct tape may be a good investment! Thanks for the inspiration, your projects came out great!

    Corinna (✿◠‿◠)
    Surfin' Through Second

  14. I love how your lamp turned out and LOVE the chevron chair and ottoman!


    1. Thank you so much! I wish I had more pictures for a tutorial of the chair, but it took forever!

  15. Your classroom is coming along very nicely. I love the chair and ottoman.

    Foreman Teaches

  16. I love your little calendar numbers holder and your lamp --- chevron makes everything cuter!!! So glad I found your blog!

    That's So Second Grade!

  17. What a great idea! I've got some of those little plastic holders and never thought to cover them. Love it! :)

    My blog: Building a House of Love

  18. Do you have a link to the crate seat you made? I love it and I'd LOVE to make one!!!!

    ~Miss McDonald :)

    1. Hi! The link is either one or two back on my Monday made it. It was much easier than the whole set of seats. Less cutting! Be sure to post and link back to me. I'd love to see your finished seats

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  20. Love this! Thanks for sharing. I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Make sure you check out my post to see what to do next!

    1. Thank you so much for the award and for following!

  21. All of that looks GREAT!! You have been quite busy!! LOVE the ottoman--you chose some great colors and patterns!

    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes

    1. Thank you so much! I am going to be posting a few more tomorrow, be sure to check them out!

  22. I love the lamp revamp! :) I have so many lamps that don't match and are just not cute, I never thought of doing a complete makeover on them!! Thank you for posting such a great idea!

    1. YOu will not be disappointed! Thanks for stopping by!


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