Monday, July 25, 2016

New Table for Alternative Seating

Thanks to Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for the  "Monday Made It" link up!  This is my first time trying to join a link up and I'm excited to share what I made.




Don't you love getting something new from something old?  I found a small table at the thrift store for $25, and I had a coupon for $10 off. (Woohoo!)  With a little crafting fun,  I got a new table for my classroom, and it only cost $15.



I have decided to try some alternative seating in my classroom this year.  I have already purchased a few rocking seats and some stadium cushions for my classroom.  I needed a low table for students who want to sit on the floor.

I didn't really want a huge table as I am just dipping my toe in this alternative seating thing.  I want to try it out and see how it goes in my classroom.  I was excited to find this table at the thrift store because it was just the right size… sort of.

"Before" table
It was the right width and length, but it was a bit too high for what I wanted.  So I had my husband cut the legs down to a height that would work for students sitting on the floor.

Table with legs cut

Next, I had to decide what I wanted the finished table to look like.  Since my classroom has a paw print theme, I knew I wanted to have that.  Also, most of the colors in my room are primary colors.  I love chevron and polka dots, so I thought I might want to incorporate those.

I have to be careful not to get over zealous with the painting thing.  I'm like the kid who starts painting, creates a pretty and colorful picture, but finishes with a big black blob because she can't stop painting.  I have a hard time remembering that you can't erase paint!  Anyhoo, I decided to add some chevron and leave the polka dots for another project.

In the end, I'm happy with how the table turned out.  I plan to use some stadium cushions as seating for this table.  I can't wait to put it in my classroom!  I love starting the year with something "new."


12 comments:

  1. The table looks great! I like how you cut down the legs to make it low to the ground. I'm guilty of the same thing when painting...it's hard to learn that less can be more in some instances!

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  2. Thanks! I love painting and creating things for my classroom. I'm still learning the less is more rule!

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  3. I've seen many posts about alternative seating in the classroom, I'll have to look into that!

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    1. I have been inspired by a couple of my colleagues. I'm looking forward to trying it out this year.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Oh my goodness. This is one of the cutest things I've seen yet. I hope you put this on Pinterest, because I imagine this would spread like wild fire ;)

    https://ladyliteracy-sixthgrade.blogspot.com/2016/07/more-books-please-mosaic-monday-made-it_25.html

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    1. Thanks! I love your book mosaic too! Talk about WOW!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Ahhh oh my gah your table is adorable 😍 I love going to thrift stores and making things new! It's the best😊

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    1. Without thrift stores I would have no clothes or books!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Super cute table! I love how you re-purposed it!

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    1. Thank you, it's such a good feeling to make something new from something old.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Awesome makeover on that old table!! Great buy too!!

    Dee
    Teaching at the Beach

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