Jul 29, 2011

Classroom Update

Lots of things have been happening in my classroom, namely getting ready for September and some painting, actually a lot of painting. More on this later. 
 Here are the first pictures I've taken of my room. As all of you well know, it's work in progress. 

 Don't you love the mess on the shelves? Since this photo has been taken most of it has been returned to it's correct location.

Now for the painting project. I have decided to paint my GORM shelves from IKEA. They are great shelves for the classroom. I've cut them into smaller shelves to accommodate little people who can't reach really high. They were the standard brown and I thought it would be nice to add some bright spots in the room. 
I've made quite a mess with the spray paint. I can't work outside because we've got a tremendous amount of wind here and spray painting in the wind isn't recommended. I tried it and it didn't work.

They are so much easier to paint when not assembled. I'll have to remember this for the new ones I buy next week.

This is nice and bring but I think have 10 of these bright shelves around the room will be too much.
This has since been primed and it's ready to get it's paint tomorrow.
After painting one full shelf and returning it to it's original location and starting on the others, I'm not sure I'm going to love the yellow. Don't get me wrong, I love the brightness of the color but having the larger shelf at the front with this big bright color might be WAY too much for me. Especially when I put brighter colored baskets on it. I think it's going to be way too much color. I thought I would redo them a light blue color but upon further thought, I think I'm going to paint them white and let the contents stand out. If you look around the room, I've got splashes of color and some white to tone it down. White is my background color and I think the perfect choice for these shelves. I don't want one color to overpower the rest of them. What do you think? 
 I'm hoping to have the shelves finished tomorrow, the mess cleaned up and things put back where they belong. Until then...


  1. Wow! You energetic woman you! I agree with the idea of too much yellow... it's a nice colour but would definitely be a LOT of yellow; white will blend into the walls and allow the bins to 'shine'. Especially under your SmartBoard, the yellow might be too distracting. P.S. Put a plant in that silly TV holder thing in the corner.

  2. I have lots of yellow in my class, but I agree that all those shelves should stay white! I like Mem's suggestion to put a plant in the TV holder...unless you can get someone to remove it? or is a TV being replaced? :)

    Melly <><

    Second Grade Strategies for Sizzlin' Second Graders!

  3. Thanks ladies for your comments. The TV holder will be coming down. I know it's an eye sore. I just might have Darcy remove it rather than wait for PW's "handy guy" to do it. So tomorrow, I will re-prime the yellow shelves and do them white. I'm looking forward to seeing the stuff shine.
    Thanks again.

  4. It looks amazing, April. I'd love to be able to come up and see it in person! I think the shelves will be great white, especially when you add the baskets onto them. I can hardly wait to see the finished product!

  5. Thank you Jennifer. I wish you could come and see it as well. I guess that's why we have the web and photo's. I will post pictures of the finished product as it happens. I can't wait to finish it today. I think the white is going to be so much better.

  6. You're off to an awesome start! My room is a WIP too (work in-progress)...Your room looks nice and large too :-) good luck! I'm a new follower!

    Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!

  7. Ahhh... shelves that are not falling apart! Lovely! :) My school was built in the 60's and I think most of our furniture is from then.

    I agree that the shelves might be too much if they are all in yellow. I hate that you have to redo them though!

    I am getting ready to start a teaching blog and am also a 2nd grade teacher. We don't start until the 24th, but I went in on Friday to a pile of furniture in the middle of the room and started making sense of it.

    Looking forward to reading your blog. :)


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