7.17.2014

Throwback Thursday... Again!

I can't believe it's Thursday again already! This summer is flying by which makes me a little bit sad.

Debbie over at Crockett's Classroom has a great blog post and linky with thrifty ideas for the classroom. I thought this would be a great opportunity to revisit another old post from my old blog. Take a look at this one from July of last year...



Classroom Decor & More
I'm going to let you in on a little secret... my husband has a nickname for me. It's not Sweetheart or Honey Bunny or Hot Wife. It's "The Mad Starter." He has called me this for approximately 25 years, since we were friends in high school. Now what kind of nickname is that, you ask? Apparently an entirely appropriate one, even if I hate to admit it. I seem to have some kind of adult onset ADD which causes me to start one project after another without actually finishing any of them. If you don't believe me, please scroll down to the post about my kitchen cabinets. I have almost the bottom part done now, several weeks later. Okay, so what's the point of this? Well I'm onto another project. But it's an IMPORTANT one! I have to get my classroom organized and pretty. If you'll recall, I had to move to a new building on the last day of school. Everything had to be stuffed into the closets so they could put in new carpet and paint. So, now my room is a blank slate and this my chance to start from scratch, to make it look just right.  First step is decor... I (along with my partner teacher) have decided on a black and brights theme. We painted most of our book shelves black and I bought these great bins from Really Good Stuff in the lime green color...


We also have a collection of these baskets from the dollar store which we'll use for our easy readers...

Then I got 30 (that's right, THIRTY) of these awesome stacking baskets on clearance from Really Good Stuff which we will use for our centers and supplies...


I even made some super cute labels to hang on them...


So today I'm making organizers for our chapter books. Because I'm cheap thrifty, I've taken the awful, hideous cardboard things that came with our leveled readers and am painting them lime green. Here is what they looked like before...


And this is how they look after a little spray paint...

Much better, right? You can see I didn't quite get all the way back on the inside but I think it will be okay.  They will be full of books anyway. My plan is to put these (I have about 6 of them) inside my long black book shelf and organize our chapter books by series. The lime will look great on the black!

So that's my project for today. Unfortunately, I've run out of paint and will have to get more tomorrow which means my husband will be calling me "The Mad Starter" again tonight.

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Now here's a look at how those organizers ended up looking in my classroom...


Do you have a thrifty idea for the classroom? If so, head on over to Crockett's Classroom and link up!

2 comments:

  1. Love the idea of turning that organizer on its side to store books. The renewed color looks great.
    Debbie
    Crockett's Classroom . . . Forever in Third Grade

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  2. Your book organizer make-over looks fabulous! I love the black bookcases--I have all of mine painted black, too. :0) Just found your blog today, and am a new follower. Looking forward to future posts!

    Smiles,
    Sarah

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