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It is back to school time people!
For me back to school means something totally different than for most of you. Some of you may know that I am a school counselor at an elementary school. So instead of my children heading back to school leaving me home in peace, I am heading back to school. (And having to leave my sweet baby at the babysitter. Sob).
Back to school time means I have to face up to my dirty little secret. You would probably be shocked if you saw my counseling office. It is tiny and, if I am perfectly honest, ugly. Even though this will be my fourth year in that office, I really haven’t done a single thing to cuten it up. I pretty much just gave up on it from the beginning. As I said, it is small. With an industrial tile floor and white cinder block walls. And a huge black intercom system which can’t be moved and a bunch of mismatched bookshelves that look like they were rescued from the trash. And I am not allowed to paint anything – or tape anything on the wall. So, yeah, I gave up. Everything is very neatly organized – but still ugly.
I am pretty ashamed about it. It is completely unlike me. And doesn’t make for the most inviting space for the children. And that is the reason I am putting my whining aside and doing what I can with what I’ve got. (I mean really, isn’t that my motto anyway?)
I still have all the ugliness, but I am working around it. Good news: I was able to trade an ugly brown bookcase for a white one someone else didn’t want. Bad news: the bookcase was put together backwards so the backing is plain brown cardboard. But that is nothing a little shelf liner can’t fix. I brought in a rug I wasn’t using at home. I am working on some cute inspirational art. And I did a cute little bulletin board redo.
It was easy and super inexpensive. Which puts a smile on my face.
I had quite the ugly bulletin board hanging over my desk. You may have a similar one in your homework area at home. (And if not, you can find them at thrift stores or yard sales sometimes for less than five bucks)
A few weeks ago I picked up a roll of super cute wrapping paper for a dollar. It was just too cute to pass up. I covered the bulletin board with the wrapping paper. Just cut it to fit and then staple it around the edges a few times.
Then I picked up some cute Duck Tape® at Walmart to cover the frame. I was pretty impressed with the selection they had. Plus it was super convenient to buy Duck Tape at Walmart when I was doing my other back to school shopping. Duck Tape® is sporting some super cute patterns these days but I decided to go with solid turquoise for this project.
No instructions really needed for this part. Wrap the Duck Tape® around the frame, folding all of the extra over to be hidden behind. The color is gorgeous and I know the Duck Tape® can handle the wear and tear it is inevitably going to take in a large elementary school. (To see lots of other great back to school ideas, you can always follow @TheDuckBrand.)
I am pretty excited about how this simple makeover turned out. I know it looks a little loud right now but it will soon be covered with lots of boring papers which will give the perfect balance. And I am so excited to have finished a project so quickly. (As in like five minutes). All my projects lately have been dragging on for months and it is nice to actually see a finished product for once!
What do you think – major improvement right? Sharing this simple redo at the Inspiration Gallery and Link Party Palooza.