Tackle it Tuesday – An Art and Homework Station

by Lolli

Tackle It Tuesday

Guest poster Tonya Staab, mother of 5 year old twins and a teen and owner of the blog Create-Celebrate-Explore shows us how she created an art and homework area for her kids.

Moving to a new house

We moved house over the summer. Our garage is still full of unpacked boxes consisting mainly of the kids ‘stuff’. We haven’t unpacked a lot of the twins’ toys, mainly because there has been nowhere to store it. The family room is now their play room, and although it’s a large space, there’s absolutely no storage in there. They began kindergarten this fall and were in need of an area for homework and being creative so this week I pulled out my husband’s tools and set to work.

My project began a little like this: An almost empty corner of the room that contained a table which the kids had painted over and that had a few cracks in it, and a thrift shop find wooden box.

art and homework station before

Step 1. Sand the table and wooden box.
Step 2. Apply a sealant and paint the table top with Martha Stewart chalkboard paint – this took 4 hours and 4 coats.
Step 3. Apply a sealant and paint the wooden box in a sky blue.
Step 4. Hang a rail, attach hooks, and hang buckets for art supplies.
Step 5. Use the old artwork hanging system (from our previous house) to display the kids artwork and screw it into the wall.
Step 6. Attach a container to the wall that the kids could keep their monthly homework packets as well as their supplies in.
Step 7. Assemble shelving to store other ‘educational’ type items such as magnifying glasses, stamps, notebooks, their flower press, and activity kits.

 
The result:

art and homework station

There is still a little work that needs to be done. The shelves need to be filled with their craft and educational supplies and I need to hang art on the other wall too, but I’m thrilled with the results and so are they.

homework storage tips

For now, they have buckets filled with art and craft supplies, the blue wooden box contains their worksheets and coloring books, and the green submarine houses their homework and a small tub for each of them with a pencil, eraser and glue stick – I will be adding a ruler, sharpener and scissors to these too.

Want to know where I found items to make over this space?

Project supplies used:

  • The black shelving units were on-sale for $24.99 each at Target.
  • The silver buckets were purchased for the twins birthday party for $1 each from Target.
  • The silver rail and blue hooks were purchased at Ikea – the rail $2.99 and the hooks 99c.
  • The blue wooden bin was a thrift shop find for $2.99.
  • The green submarine was purchased at Target for $17.99.

 
Written by Tonya Staab, the creative mind behind Create-Celebrate-Explore, where you will find craft tutorials, recipes, party planning and travel tips.

 

Calling All Tacklers!

We’re looking for YOU – guest bloggers to post about your own tackles right here. If you are interested in showing off your tackles (we all need some tips and ideas!) then send a quick email to lolli.5m4m at gmail (link in the About Lolli section at the bottom of the post). Thanks for your inspiring tackles!!

Mom Bloggers — what are you tackling this week?

Link up your Tackle it Tuesday post…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the Linky below!

We are Tackling Our To-Do Lists Together and making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about how Tackle It Tuesday began.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Here is a fun thumbnail linky:

And here is a basic linky if you prefer your linkies the good old fashioned way!

 



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Lolli is a busy mother of five kids, ranging in age from 8 to 16, photographer, and author of Better in Bulk. Her blog has a little bit of everything – parenting, life in a large family and photography with a central tie-in: Bringing moms together to learn, connect, and enjoy life. Connect with Lolli on Twitter (@1momof5) and on Facebook.

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1 Lara October 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

Thanks for sharing it step by step. You are very organized and I feel like I should be doing the same.

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2 SoCoMom4James October 26, 2011 at 2:01 am

Love it! It’s just their size and packs a lot of organization in a little place. Very cute and functional.

I posted a similar project today.

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