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Lego Room to Homeschool Room Makeover

It’s been a million years since I’ve blogged about anything. I’m hopping to change that, starting now! I’m going to put the cart before the horse here and spoil my announcement, by posting about our latest room makeover. The title says it all. We have decided to give homeschooling a try for this up-coming school year (2015-2016). That’s a whole different blog post. But for now, we needed a space to homeschool. We had to get a little creative since we didn’t have a spare room lying around, and we actually use our dining room six out of seven nights for dining.

Because I’ve been such a blog slacker, I don’t even have a post to refer to from our previous makeover of this room. It is supposed to be a breakfast room, to the best of my knowledge. It was really a selling point for the house (well, that and the workshop for Hubby). It’s located right off the kitchen and my studio. It was the perfect place for a playroom (read: LEGO room). I can keep an eye on those kids while I’m in the kitchen, or in my studio.

For Christmas break 2014, we painted and remodeled the playroom a bit. We like to work our arses off on breaks like that, because….Weekend Warriors, FTW! So needless to say Hubby was not too pleased when I said I was going to remodel it yet again a mere six months later. I needed to make it dual purpose for Lego/playing and homeschool. However, it did get that last bit of shelving we never completed last Christmas finished in the process. I’ll call that a win!

So a bit of back pictures, since I never did blog about it:
This was what it looked like when we moved in. Ugly paneling. Unfortunately the paneling was hiding some pretty awful walls, so we opted to keep it (for now) and paint the paneling.

And here is a “finished” shot of the room on Christmas eve. We still needed to hang shelves for the rest of the legos, but that needed to wait. I apologize for the crappy cell phone picture.

Fast forward to last week. Here is our new Lego-slash-Homeschool room:

Sorry about the pixelated puppies, lol. This was my first ever panaorama picture.

We moved the desks closer to the window for more natural light, plus added another table for more work space. The kids chose to paint one wall orange. We learned that the color orange stimulates the brain and stuff. They thought that was a great choice for their homeschool room. Plus, Middle K really likes orange. 😉 I think it was just what the room needed. I didn’t liked the paint when we finished back in December, but really didn’t know why. The orange adds a little funk and also some warmth. Just what it needed.

We finally got those shelves up to house the rest of the Legos. And, as Hubby pointed out…there’s room for more. Oi vey. I really hope someday they’ll be organized better than just random Legos in every box. And bonus puppy photobomb. Oh Banner, you’re so pretty.

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Now the kids have a bigger table to work on Legos at, thanks to Hubby making me this table last January. They had really outgrown those smaller tables. It still baffles me the amount of time they actually do spend playing Legos. It’s been this way for YEARS. I could probably give away every other toy they own and they wouldn’t notice.

The Trofast (Ikea) shelves that will house our homeschool curriculum. I’ll have it better organized when our materials arrive. I’m not really sure how much space they’ll take.

I tidied up our “Command Center” on the back of the door. It will have our schedule, important things we need to see, a calendar, and the whole thing can be used as a dry erase board. Right now it has our Summer schedule and Chores list. Also, here is their little tv that they can stream Netflix on, or listen to Pandora. They really don’t need much more than that.
Here is another “Command Center” of sort made with Ikea Vaggis boards. This will be for the kids to display art and I think those bins I attached to the wall will be for finished school work, or something. We’ll see once we start. I’m sure there will be a little re-arranging until we find our groove. The kids came home from their last day of Master Builder Camp today and hung up their Camp pictures and lanyards.

Here is their work space. I love that it’s near the window so they can have natural light. I added some swag lights and task lights on each desk as well. Good lighting is important for little eyes.

Middle K’s area.
A Micke desk and drawer unit from Ikea and the Linnmon table top and Orange Adils legs, are (hopefully) enough work space for a ten year old.

Littlest K’s area.
She also has a Micke desk, but her drawers are Helmer. Both desk chairs are Snille Chairs, and the extra chair is just one that goes to the (now) Lego table.

We made these dry erase boards to keep near their desks to jot notes down. I left them each a little love note when I hung them up this after noon. It’s just a cheap Ikea frame and some scrapbook paper. I’ve seen it a million times on Pinterest.

Just about everything you see in this room that wasn’t built by Hubby, comes from Ikea, or handmedowns. It was not a really expensive transition. We’d been sort of collecting things for this room since we moved in. I’ll include an Ikea list at the end of the post.

I am very happy with all we have been able to do in this small space. We managed to keep the Legos together. We’ll have space for school materials, and even kept the love seat so they can watch tv in their down times. I love Ikea. Their modern color schemes makes it so easy to just throw a room together and have everything match. I’d like to claim I’m an amazing interior designer, but really, I just picked stuff that looked good together.

Ikea product list:
Trofast shelves (ours are the old style that they no longer make)
Trofast (TV unit)
Micke desk (ours are orange)
Micke drawers
Helmer drawers
Vaggis notice boards
Skojig (our is yellow, though. Maybe they don’t carry it anymore?)
Orange Joxtorp light shade
Green Joxtorp light shade
Navy Joxtorp light shade
Hemma light cords (swag lights)
Nyttja frames (little dry erase boards on their desks)
Tjena Magazine files

As far as Lego storage goes, we used one Trofast shelf, Hubby built the cabinet, and the hanging shelves are from Home Depot; Closet Maid Garage shelves with a sheet of plywood for the shelves. Most of the Lego bins are Really Useful Boxes from Office Depot. We collect a few whenever they go on BOGO. I’ll be happy when my eyes can only see the even shaped boxes.

I hoped you enjoyed our little show and tell. I’m going to make a point of posting more. We are very excited about our new endeavor. I think this is going to be a wonderful and organized homeschool year!

further evidence my brain hates me

This is what keeps me awake at night. Thinking up s*%t like this.

A friend showed me a picture of someone else who was going to make a knitted sweater for a Lego Minifigure and that was all it took to set my brain on fire. How to do it? what would work best? Do I have any small enough yarn and needles?

I did not have any knitting needles smaller then 0 so I decided to try my hand at crochet. I have an itty bitty hook (don’t ask me what size, I’m not a hooker) and some “thread” for lack of better description. (Years ago I was going to try to crochet little snowflakes for everyone for Christmas. Then I remembered I don’t know how to crochet.) And with my primitive crochet skilz this is it what came out:

no legos were harmed in the making of this photo

So in order for my brain to move on, I had to get this out of there.

and clearly its been raining too long and we are all going a little stir crazy.

Super Saturday

So, today, Saturday, usual day of laundry and groceries and house cleaning and errands and all that crap you don’t have time for during the week, was instead, slacker day. Which translates in to hang out with family day. Except, the hanging out part wasn’t everyone at the same time. Weird, yes. That’s life with teens and toddlers. The day started sad, but ended nice.  And after all was said and done, we did end up in the same room.

Started with trip to pediatrician with littlest. Another ear infection. Then to big K’s game.  This time I got to go alone and was able to focus on the game. The littles stayed home and played Legos and had daddy time, while big K and I had some time. JellyBean, the pooch, came along to the game as well. It was a good game. I was pleased to see friends and a former teacher there to help cheer her on.

The afternoon brought us into town to get some bins for organizing the plethora of Legos, which of course because we live in world’s crappiest shopping town, couldn’t find what we were looking for. So we went to Starbucks instead. We also picked up some kiddie sized Lacrosse sticks & wiffle balls (In hopes to keep them entertained at next weeks’ out of town game). Picked up dinner on the way home, but decided to take advantage of the last few minutes of daylight before eating & family movie time.

The little ones had a good time playing outside (finally nice enough).  Who knows, we may have more lacrosse players in our midst. My favorite time of day is getting the kiddies ready for bed and snuggling down with them while they relax and wander off to dreamland. Let’s hope that littlest’s medication works and she will rest tonight.

What seems like a boring ho hum day to an outsider, was really a much needed time out day for our family.  Life gets so busy and crazy sometimes.  We get so caught up that we forget to stop and play ball, even if only for a few minutes.  I sure hope the little ones will remember those times and not the mommy-daddy-cranky-times that seem to be more then not these days.

And tomorrow, if you need me, I’ll be left of center, under piles of laundry and stuff.