So for fun, let me show you a little picture of what our basement family room/school area looked like when we moved into this house:
Then Mike and my dad worked their behinds off and made it into this:
On the other side of the room is the "home school area", which was a little bit limiting (teeny tiny table and chairs), and a lot un-cute (all school stuff stuffed into my sewing desk), and has been for the last few years, which was ok because I was doing pre school and kindergarten, aka, Little Einsteins.
However, now that we're moving to 1st grade, my stress levels at the thought of more legit home schooling have been, um, high, but the thought of a semi-cuter home school area sweetened the deal in my head greatly. After eying up a yard sale table that had been sitting in our garage, ready to be given to Goodwill, and scheming about whether to sand and stain it, and then settling on painting it, but debating over whether to go with brown or white or red, I finally took the plunge and the result is this:
After many days of this:
(Mom knee deep in painting project + 4 kids home most of the day = neglect neglect and more neglect.)
But I finally prevailed!
I found some solid wood chairs at a near by store that sells old furniture from buildings on Notre Dame's campus that have upgraded their furnishings, they were $5 a piece.
And repaid Lucy with lots of one-on-one time during the girls' VBS and let her have her way with the their school things without having to share:
I made the fabric circles on the wall and the coordinating cork board on the other side.
The stencils on the table and chairs did not turn out great, which was entirely due to the fact that I just went for it without practicing on anything, I'm a smart one, I am.
But! My practice on the table and chairs made for perfection on the book shelves, and I learned a valuable lesson.