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 to cover the frame.
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.
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?