Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My drawers get an ocean themed face lift!

Well, I hate to say it but it looks like summer is quickly coming to an end.  
(Insert sad face here!) 
I have had such a great summer spending so much quality with my two kiddos and my husband! I'm grateful for the time we had together but I guess it's time to get back to the grindstone! 

At the beginning of this week, it was time to get back into the classroom and get decorating underway. I'm only been working in my classroom for a few days but I'm exhausted. Maybe it's because I'm trying to get up earlier in the morning to get my body back on a "school schedule". Our in-service professional development days start next week and the kids start the following week.  I'm so excited to meet all of our new kindergarten kiddos.  

Our school has a school-wide theme that changes yearly. Our theme this year is ocean. I was excited about getting to use all different tones of blues and greens! 

First thing on the decorating list is to update the faces of my plastic tubs. I love to creating and getting everything set up for the new school year, but boy is it time-consuming. You don't realize how much time it takes to decorate by yourself!! 

I'm so excited about the face lift that my plastic drawers got again this year!
Here is a before picture:
And here is an after picture:
Voilà!

Here are some close up pics! 
I love how they turned out and I love the blue color combinations! 

To update my drawers, I simply bought a variety of scrapbook paper from my local Hobby Lobby. (And yes, I spent a solid hour picking out papers---there were some hard decisions to be made!!) I have a total of 18 drawers so I decided on six different coordinating papers and I purchased 3 of each paper. When I got the papers to my classroom, I took out the old papers and used one as a template to cut the new papers.  I then laid out all the papers on the floor to make sure it flowed and this is what that looked like! 
After my eyes agreed that it all flowed and looked good together I simply slipped in each of the papers into the front of the drawers.  I love the final outcome!! 
Since these drawers are the first thing you see when you enter my door, I think they make such a huge impact on the look of my classroom!  I'm in love with them!!

5 comments:

  1. Did you glue or tape them in? I have been having trouble getting my paper to look good.
    Thanks!
    Pam
    http://mrspspecialties.blogspot.com/

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    1. Actually, my drawers just have a little lip on the inside so it holds the paper in there just right! I don't need tape or glue! I take it that yours don't have the inside lip to hold the paper? I'm not sure what I'd do if it didn't have that.... I would probably use a little clear masking or packing tape!

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    2. I used double-sided adhesive. You can't see it. Another teacher friend of mine used rubber cement.

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