It’s Back to School Day at our house, and this year there was one extra little pink mouse backpack being loaded up last night. Yes, that’s right, the little Miss starts Pre-Kindergarten today and out of the 2 of us you can guess which one had the hardest time with it.
For that matter, dropping my oldest off for 2nd grade wasn’t so easy either!
Ok…pull it together Vanessa!
In honor of this momentous occassion, I decided it was time to spruce up our “where the school papers come to die” zone and make room for the newest addition to the ranks of school-goers.
Now, we all know that the kitchen is the heart of the home, but in our house, the mudroom gets the most traffic by a long shot. Backpacks are dropped, shoes are thrown about and sometimes even make it into their appropriate baskets. And this is where I attempt to keep all of the school stuff under control. Attempt being the operative word here!
Until now, this area over the sink has looked like this…
But the leftover beadboard stacked against the wall of the garage was begging to have something done to it. Every time I pulled the car in I saw it just daring me to come up with a way to use it!
Really, I did…doesn’t beadboard taunt everyone that way?
So, I thought, why not make a bulletin board out of it?
My sweet hubby cut it down for me and we nailed it to the wall over the sink.
$6 worth of molding framed it out.
Loving it already!!
Using thick squares of cork, I decided to velcro them to the bulletin board as opposed to doing anything more permanent. My desire is for this space to grow with our family and I’m guessing these little squares are only going to cut it for so long!
I wanted to create a personalized zone for each child and these little wooden plaques were the perfect way to do that. Painted to match the beadboard, I then stenciled their names onto them.
Some of you hard-core frame-building sorts will no doubt notice that I didn’t caulk the corners here. And well, I could have lied and told you that I was going for more of a
But, who am I kidding? I just ran out of steam, you know?
I wanted it done ASAP….it was getting late…I had already had a DIY temper tantrum (after realizing how difficult the molding I purchased would be to cut and then slicing into my fingernail with the miter saw) and I didn’t want to mess with the caulk. So there!
And if you didn’t notice the un-caulked corners, well then, it looks pretty darn good don’t ya think?
My desire is for this to be the “Show Off” spot where all of those coloring pages and tests have a spot to hang out prior to being sorted through. And then, if they don’t make the “special box”cut, getting sneaked out of the house in a sort of “covert operation” and buried at the bottom of the trash can the night before the garbage truck arrives. Those of you who have ever had a child come to you holding a crumpled up, covered in coffee grounds craft project or school paper and asking, “why was this in the trash can mommy?” will understand the need for being stealthy when it comes to weeding out the papers.
My two rascals were pretty pleased to see their names up on that board. And since this will be the only time it will look this clean, I am so glad I have these photos!
The end of summer is always bittersweet. I love Fall and the changing of seasons, but I so treasure having my kiddos home with me. We have had such a fabulous summer and to cap off the fun, we had our annual All-Family Water Balloon Fight this weekend.
Of course, as is the case every year, once the balloons are gone, you better start running because the buckets and the hoses soon become the weapons of choice!
And, as always, Daddy reigns supreme and it all ends when he tosses mommy into the kiddie pool!
With her clothes on…
Ahhhh…farewell Summer Vacation!
Thanks for joining me at the Fence today,
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