Thursday, August 21, 2014

$3 Personalized Classroom Stool Makeover

School is almost here!! We go back Monday and I've been busy putting things together in my classroom this week. You can follow along with my 'back to school' adventures on Instagram! Although I'm usually walking around during my daily lessons, I sometimes like to sit down in front of my classes, particularly when we are reading or when I'm observing a class discussion. I like to sit slightly higher than my students so I can easily make eye contact with them. Enter the counter stool...
personalized classroom stool

All summer I searched yard sales for an inexpensive stool that I could give a little makeover for use in my classroom. I found a basic oak wood stool for $3 (I didn't take a 'before' picture so the picture above left is basically what it looked like before it was painted)! After two coats of aqua blue spray paint, I decided I wanted to make the stool a bit more personalized by adding an initial stencil!

Silhouette stencil ideas

I used Silhouette Stencil Material and my Portrait cutting machine to cut out the stencil pattern (the pattern is 'circle scalloped' by Lori Whitlock which can be found in the Silhouette Online Store layered with a letter 'R'). After painting the stencil with white acrylic craft paint, I sprayed a couple layers of Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer on top to ensure my design stays put!

personalized classroom stool

I love how it turned out and the fact that it is both functional and will add some whimsy and color to my classroom space! This would be an awesome and inexpensive gift that any teacher would LOVE!

Silhouette is offering some awesome back to school deals for the month of August! I've used my Portrait cutting machine for the stool and MANY other projects including putting together my bulletin boards...

My next post will be a tour of my classroom with lots of inexpensive and easy ideas for classroom decor (secondary teachers can spice up their classrooms, too)!  Have a great week!

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