School Room Makeover: The Reveal

A few weeks months back I started talking about doing a couple mini makeovers at our house. First up was the dining room. That makeover showed me the power of paint color. With a simple change in paint and few new accessories the entire space was transformed. If you missed the dining room reveal you should check it out.
Today I am back with a transformation that is equally as drastic. When my husband and I built our home we placed a small open room off our kitchen. Initially we thought it would be nice for the girls to have an extra space to play in and would be convenient for me to have them so close. The room served its purpose for 3 years but eventually it just wasn’t being used. Earlier this spring I came up with the crazy idea to turn it into a home school room and the some how my amazing husband made it happen.
Let’s take a look.

Before


After

Custom made built in desk.
With plenty of storage space.
My Ikea Raskog is finally in use as our art cart. 
I found the perfect pails to hold our supplies in the Target dollar bins. 
The new walls are the perfect color of graige, Behr wheatbread, just like the dining room.
I can’t believe I thought about changing these curtains. As soon as I saw them with the new paint color I knew they had to stay.

This wall isn’t done yet. Eventually the TV that was once on an entertainment stand will be mounted on the wall, but I think Russ is feeling pretty done with this room for at least another week or so. 
I changed up my art display area making it the focus on a smaller wall.
This was not the desk I had initially drawn up, it is much bigger and better. It gives the girls lots of space to really spread out. I also added a cork board for each of them since staring at a blank wall isn’t much fun.
Custom made chalkboard and the perfect comfy chair for a little reading nook. 
Words can’t even tell you I am how happy I am to have this special space in our home. A room that was no longer working for our family just became a room we will spend HOURS in over the next several months. 
A space that is all our own where we can learn, grow and play without having to worry about making a mess on the table or shuffling things around so we can eat lunch.
What a blessing.
Russ you knocked it out of the park, again!
Thanks for taking my silly sketches and crazy ideas and helping me turn them into something wonderful.
I love you!
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Our Home: Mini Makeover Plans

Update: You can check out the dramatic transformations when we completed the rooms in the following posts.
Dining Room Reveal & School Room Reveal

We moved into our home almost exactly 3 years ago to the date. After loosing our first home to a tornado in 2011 we were able to do something we never imagined doing. We got to build our realistic dream home.

 I’ve shared my home tour before but if your new and want to “snoop” around, go for it.

Three years later and I still love our home. There is a small list of things that I would do differently if I had the chance. But that list is definitely small. 

However, as our family has grown up our needs just aren’t the same as they were 3 years ago. The “play room” that so nicely sits off the kitchen really isn’t used anymore. I have also discovered that if it takes 3 years to finish decorating a room. You may end up hating the color of paint you originally chose.
 
So here I am three years later finally ready to finish a project and make another room a more usable space
 
The Dining Room Before

For the after check out the room reveal
Dining Room Reveal
 
The first stop is the dining room. Here lies the paint color that is starting to bug me. I originally chose a green that ended up looking like guacamole so I repainted with this sea foam green.
 

 


Now I am envisioning something a bit lighter. Something like this.
 

Behr ‘Wheat Bread’
What I am considering the best color of “graige” for us. 
 
The paint isn’t the only thing I want to change. Those paintings were supposed to just be a quick, temporary art project until I did something more permanent. I am ready to take them down and do some kind of small gallery type display. 
  
 
Wall decor ideas could include:
 
Little Brick House: Reclaimed Wood Project: DIY Wooden Arrows
 
An old radiator shell
 
Or a sign like this…. only with Missouri instead.
 
 
Or anything else. Who knows what we will come up with. After all we do have a back splash made with license plates
 
I would also would like to add some mirrors to the back wall (the wall with the door). I am hopeful it will bring in a bit more light and make the room feel larger. I am thinking something similar in style to this, only in white.
 
Full Length Barn Wood Mirror For hallway DIY with cheap mirror and repurposed wood
 
The Play Room/ Future School Room
 This is the current space.
 
For the after check out the room reveal
School Room Reveal
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plans for this room would include getting rid of the love seat, desk and entertainment stand.
Empty that room out! I still have to decide if I want to paint the room.

What do you think paint or don’t paint?

Then we are going to need a desk. I drew up this plan a few months ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Here are a few Pinterest finds I have used for inspiration.
This desk

How to Build Your Own Desk Tutorial and Plans for under $80, great for that first apartment after you move out of your dorm 

And this desk

DIY craft desk tutorial (I would love to have a whole wall in my garage of these cabinets!)

As for what material we use for the top. I am not quite sure yet. I can’t imagine it would be easy to write on laminate flooring. 

Some form of storage for the top of the desk is a must.

a smaller version for the bedrooms/bathroom to keep cotton balls, etc in… 15 Creative And Useful DIY Desk Organizers

 A chalk board would be fun.

See how easy it is to make a giant chalkboard using DIY chalkboard paint which can be used in a home office, play room, or kitchen! MountainModernLife.com

 Mount the TV on the wall. Maybe add a books shelf area, A couple bean bag chairs maybe?

DIY Kids Bean Bag Chair (in 30 minutes!) - no fancy sewing skills required! #DIY #playroom

 I’d also like to add some new art or art displays.
 Like these frames

Easy Change Artwork Frames. Holds 50 pieces of kids artwork. Only $8.95. These are at JoAnn's. awesome!

 Or these clipboards

You can follow me along on Pinterest as I find more ideas for these rooms.

Follow Our Pretty Little Girls’s board Inside the Home on Pinterest.

 
The most exciting part about these mini makeovers is getting two finished, more defined spaces. We have been doing school work in our dining room for 2 years now. Being able to separate those two rooms is going to be awesome.


Update: 
You can check out the dramatic transformations when we completed the rooms i the following posts.
Dining Room Reveal & School Room Reveal

 
Are you working on an home improvement projects right now?

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