We were so excited when this middle school classroom was chosen out of the hat for a classroom makeover! Our lovely Social Studies teacher at Sagewood Middle School wanted to give her students a modern, bright, and cheerful learning space. The color inspiration for this one was simple… we took the colors right from the world map mural that was already on the wall!
Since we wanted to brighten up this space, we focused on the cheerful spring green color. We knew we also wanted to add accents in white, whitewashed wood tones, and a little touch of navy.
One of our biggest challenges was that this classroom needed to seat large classes, and the desks with attached chairs took up a lot of space.
We buddied up to our friend Toby at the district warehouse (which reminds me, I want to bake him some cookies!). The district warehouse is where furniture that schools no longer need is sent. We looked through the warehouse to see what solutions we could come up with. There had recently been a big delivery of tandem desks, which are 2ftx4ft student tables, so we grabbed enough for Mary’s classroom.
We still wanted to do something special with the tables, so we picked up a box of dry-erase paint, grabbed some leftover primer and several amazing teammates from the office, and got to work!
Now that the desks were done, we considered storage options. This classroom had some open shelving, so we covered some of it with cute fabric. Voila, covered storage!
Another consideration was bulletin boards. Usually we use fabric or fadeless paper, but this time we decided to use our favorite shiplap vinyl wallpaper. It worked and we LOVE how it turned out!! We kind of broke the bank with navy burlap ribbon as trim, but it was totally worth it.
As for furniture, we wanted to add a few special touches. The sofa added a soft seating option for students, and the green stools might just be the cutest things we’ve ever seen (other than puppies, and that one time we saw a wallaby at a lunch meeting, which is a whole other story!).
Finally, it was time for finishing touches… chalkboards hung under the dry erase board, burlap trim everywhere, placemats with plants and bins of pencils, etc.
We had a can of spray paint donated by Home Depot, and weren’t sure how to use it. One of our teammates had the amazing idea to use it to spruce up Mary’s stool, and our other teammate insisted on buying a new cushion for it. We couldn’t believe how cute it turned out!!
We love how this classroom turned out!! It’s bright, colorful, fun, and beautiful while being age-appropriate for middle school students.
Some of the items we used in this makeover:
Dry Erase Paint:
Peel and Stick Vinyl Wallpaper:
Set of 2 Green Stools (great deal – these are cute and very sturdy!)