2/19/2012

A New (memory filled) School Area

Remember how I said we like to do things differently?  Well, we do.  We've changed things up yet again in our house.  The desk from this post is back in the basement and something new is taking over that area. 

My dear friend is moving to Scotland for three years (sniff, sniff), while her husband pursues a doctorate.  They are selling and giving away almost all of their earthly possessions (since you can't fit tables and couches and a house full of knick-knacks in two suitcases per person). 

One of the items they were selling was a rustic, red, drop leaf table.  I have admired this table since I saw it gracing the middle of their kitchen.  I wanted this table for more than just its rustic charm.  I wanted it for its memories.  A worn wooden reminder of good friends adding sugar to steaming cups of tea.  Laughing, talking, sharing. I'm excited for her and her family, but I'm also going to miss them.  Quite a bit.


In my house, I'm using the drop leaf table right where this pretty white hutch (now in our basement) used to reside.


I always liked how the hutch looked and how much storage it offered.  However, I also desired to have a place where the kids could do their school work.  A place where they wouldn't always have to clean up everything before I could set the table for lunch or dinner.


After brainstorming and looking in our basement for supplies, Nate helped me make my headboard-turns-shelf into a reality, even if he did think it was a little weird.  :)


He did the carpentry and I did the painting and sanding.

 

He thinks it turned out great even though he likes to tease me by saying (in a Rocky accent no less), "There's a bed.  Hangin' on a wall".



This same friend is super creative and crafty.  She made the little bird hanging in the frame.
She also made the "Grace" picture.  And she gave me the teacup.  :)

I really, really like how this project turned out.

And I like it even more because it reminds me of a great friendship.   

Here's the view of where this area fits into my kitchen.  Not a large area, but it's so functional!


14 comments:

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That looks really good! I love it. Can you come decorate my house? Really, I need some ideas.

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Katie!!! I really like how you decorate. Your house looks great!

Aunt Denise said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love it! Great job! Where did you end up putting the hutch (which I have loved in every photo)? I have a gate that will someday be a headboard. Uncle Geff made me a shelf and a hanger with hooks for coats, etc. from an old buffet before we got married. Love to see old pieces reused in new ways.

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks Aunt Denise. The hutch is in the basement for now. I still really like it and think I would use it again if we ever move. :)

Aunt Denise said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

If it ever needs a home let me know! I would try to squeeze it in somewhere. Love what I've seen of your decorating.

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you Aunt Denise!

Ann said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Heidi, I am so impressed by your creativity!!! I never would have thought to turn a headboard into a shelf! And it looks absolutely beautiful! I also love the red table!
Its been fun being in the "blogging world together!" :)

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks Ann! It has been so fun reading your posts and seeing your pics. :)

the pleated poppy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i love it! such a genius use of space, and you managed to make it look so pretty!

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you Lindsey! I appreciate you stopping over to look at it. :)

swannymomma said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh my goodness...this is a wonderful change up....how creative....you amaze me girl! Such an inspiration, as usual. Blessings on the happy homeschool area. I have to agree....it's more about whatcha got going on and staying functional...but you seem to have merged stylish too! Love you!

Colleen

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you Colleen!

Jamie @ The Unlikely Homeschool said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Heidi,
I love your homeschool space. Thanks for sharing!

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you Jamie. :)

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