The Beginning. Our Classroom 2013-2014

I was SO excited when we moved into our current home to make this huge garage a room. Music lessons, school, sleepovers, parties….I was giddy really. HUGE project and not much funds to do it. Challenge accepted.

About 60% in to completion and we are now moving to Missouri. I think somewhere inside myself I may have had a tantrum that I could never finish this room, but really what’s a girl to do? Silver lining? Every single home I have looked at in Missouri has big fat giant basements, so lets just say I am 60% ahead of the game when I get there and call it a day. I have a great start and am excited to finish it.

Proverbs 16:9.

So, should I point out what I was going to do? Hmmm, I think I shall not for the sake of potentially sounding like a whiner. It’ll be like a where’s waldo game blog post. Find the unfinished projects, the empty spots, the burned out lightbulb, the calendars dated October when it is November, etc. o.k.? o.k.? I commit to not talk about how I was going to decorate the chalkboards cutely, get fresh flowers, wait for correct lighting, vacuum, and all of the other things swirling in my head to make these pictures cute. I won’t do it. I won’t, I tell you. πŸ˜‰ So, enough chatting. Let us go on a photo tour…..focus on the beginnings and the fabulous deals God gave me in this project because there was alot.

I had a VERY clean and finished walls with a bay window to begin with. A huge step in the right direction at the starting line.



moving day…one of the last times the big garage door would be opened.


fabulous school room red front door? yes please.

first step, carpet! a huge change already.



vintage theatre seating ($20), school desk($40), and zebra rugs($10) from Craig’s.



This room is comfy cozy, I tell ya. We LOVE it! It is big enough we can all be in here during the day on not be totally on top of each other. It is my favorite space we have had so far in our homeschool days.



I am a firm believer in class pets. If you can kinda tell there hanging in the window is a parrot. She is from Ikea. She received a coat of gold spray paint upon purchase and she is super well behaved.


I used tissue pom pons to hide the garage door opener. Long lengths of material from a fabric outlet, trimmed out with fabulous tassels and feathers and such from Hobby Lobby.


o.k. the story on this art box. We had a fridge that we didn’t want to part with just yet and didn’t want to look at it either, so I came up with the idea to make a box for chalk boards and magnet walls and hide the fridge inside. I asked my neighbor and look what he did? Oh yeah, did it all. So, much better than what was in my head. So fun, right? We use it all the time.

He’s a superhero type of guy.


Big bulb Christmas lights, maps, white boards, and posters line the wood wall. The wood wall is actually covering the garage door, which is still functional but hidden because we want to pretend we are not in a garage.


I purchase 4 4×8 panels from Lowe’s. They were already this color and were kinda a splurge, but an important one. $160 for an 8 foot tall and 16 foot wide distraction.


Files for each student, calendars, president charts, and spelling lists…


The shell chandelier was on clearance 80 percent off at Pier One. It plugs nicely into the ceiling where a plug was present for the garage door. I purchased a remote control for $15 at Lowes so we can turn it on and off without climbing a ladder. I should have purchased a clapper because that would have been more fun. #claponclapofftheclapper

This cutesy white shelf reminded me of one in the fabulous Ms Amy’s darling room and I picked it up off of Craigs for $50. I filled it with some fun little trinkets including that fabulous vintage camera that Cara surprised me with when I started my photography business.




Cutest clock in the world? yup. $20 at Ikea. $10 for the sticker and $10 for the actual clock. Those evil genius’ did it again.

The chicken wire made its way back in to this room. Floor to ceiling to hold lots of art projects and important things.


I am mildly obsessed with black and white stripes and Good Will pictures for as low as .49 cents.



Red couch? Craigs came through again. $50. In perfect shape.




true antique typewriters, little girl doodles, and chalkboard painted lockers for the win.


Be Still and know that I am God.

It was the only vinyl that I could find to fit in this space. God sure knew that I would need to hear that a lot this year.

Happy Homeschooling…

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15 Responses to The Beginning. Our Classroom 2013-2014
  1. Brenda Miller
    November 14, 2013 | 12:50 am

    Gosh, I love it all Darcy! Such a great learning environment for your students.

  2. Alicia @ La Famille
    November 14, 2013 | 4:46 am

    The first thing I thought of when you said you were moving: Your schoolroom!!!!! You know what though? This place is awesome and you will miss it, and you only got to enjoy it for like 5 minutes, but you will create another awesome space. You just will. And look at all the great deals you found that you can take with you!

  3. Rikki
    November 14, 2013 | 6:11 am

    Love it and trusting God has another space waiting for you.

  4. Trish @ Live And Learn Farm
    November 14, 2013 | 3:55 pm

    LOVE it Darcy! God knows what He is doing… Trusting Him to be faithful! If a homeschooling family looks at this house, they will want to purchase not only the house but all of your homeschool equipment (including the chicken wire)! You are a creative genius!

  5. Heidi (Dearly Loved Mist)
    November 15, 2013 | 12:16 pm

    Are you kidding?! That garage looks amazing! Way to go Darcy! And I love the idea of a class pet too…also of the non-living variety. πŸ˜‰ Well, I have NO doubt that your next home will have a homeschooling room that looks just as beautiful, if not more so. You have a gift!

  6. Veronica
    November 17, 2013 | 4:59 pm

    I love it! We are currently doing the exact same thing to our garage. May I ask, how did you get the large wood panels to stay put and be secure??? I would really like to do the same to cover our garage door! Thank you!!

  7. Lottie
    November 25, 2013 | 8:21 am

    We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
    Yourr website provided us with valuable information to work on.

    You’ve done an impressive job and our entire community will be grateful to you.

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    February 9, 2014 | 4:33 pm

    Oh it’s so pretty, good job! Can’t wait to see what you do with your new space πŸ™‚ here from the HHH

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    February 9, 2014 | 4:33 pm

    Oh it’s so pretty, good job! Can’t wait to see what you do with your new space πŸ™‚ here from the HHH

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