Upcycled Homework Room

When school age children rush through the front door at the end of the day, bags are tossed, shoes are kicked off, and the pantry is raided.  Having a separate, private space designated for homework assignments can save a life (and your dining room table)!  Luckily, you don’t need a lot of square footage to design such an area … but natural light definitely helps inspire little minds!

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We turned our unused “mud room” into a peaceful, tranquil homework room.  Having a door on each wall limited furniture placement, but with the space technically being the size of a hallway, we didn’t need much furniture anyways!

Using my little sister’s old childhood desk, I gave it a fresh face lift with new paint, compass draw knobs, and map accents.  I purchased the draw knobs at Hobby Lobby on clearance, and used a 40% off coupon at the same store for the world map.

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This particular desk had changeable drawer faces, so it was super easy to slide them out, attach the map with Mod Podge, and replace them without ever harming the actual dresser itself.

We had a few extra patio chairs stacked in the garage, so it was a no brainer to grab one for this space.  Originally, they came from Big Lots during a summer sale.

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I think maps are such an easy and inexpensive way to decorate, but they make a fun impact!  I painted a coat rack to match the desk top, and it instantly became a backpack holder.  Funny how paint can do that to an item.  ; )

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Have you heard of Katie Daisy?  You MUST check out her Etsy site!!!  I’m slightly obsessed.  The art hanging on the painted canvas are actually cut from an old calendar, and the pieces on the magnetic board are greeting cards!  This is another way of adding unexpected art and still be super budget friendly.  If you love the month of March in your calendar, cut it out, mod podge it to a painted canvas, and wah-lah!  Art!

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Overall, we were able to upcycle the desk, chair, coat rack, and calendar to create an inspiring room for my little people.  Although we no longer live in this house (we’ve recently moved cities), this space was well used and enjoyed by everyone in the family!  I even got some bill paying and grocery list making time in here ; )

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