I didn't make too many changes to my classroom this year. I'm still loving the cupcake theme (although considering a pineapple theme for future years), but I updated my bulletin board to hold the CUTEST reading concepts posters. I'll post about those once I've finished the board. I also did some organizing, completed some things I've been meaning to do for a while, and rearranged some of my desk area items. I also have a goal to set as much stuff up for the beginning of the next school year so I'm not running around like a crazy person (which is how you could have described me this year).
BUT! I redid two classroom items that hold a special place in my heart. My nanny and pawpaw always had the best furniture. I loved everything in their house. When they passed away I received some very special items to me- a director's chair that I would always sit in and a table with chairs that I loved to play with. I wanted to incorporate them into my classroom so I fixed them up a few years back but they were in need of some TLC.
I painted the director's chair and got new canvas seating for it. I want to start by saying that I am the worst spray painter EVER. But when I get a bottle of the Rustoleum Satin (Paint and Primer), I can make miracles happen. This white was sprayed over black paint. It only took a couple of coats (which was really just for evening out). Then I used my Sillhouette Cameo (and my trusty iron) to make a personalized decal for it. This is my chair I use for read alouds, so it gets a lot of use! I picked the color to match my classroom rug and the carpet.
The little table and chairs I have are originally yellow with some scratches. I had covered it a few years ago, but lots of kiddos have used these chairs, so they needed a little redoing. I picked a light blue quatrefoil pattern to use. *love* The best thing is that I didn't have to SEW (by the way... I can't sew). All I had to do was iron, cut to fit, pull it tight and hot glue.
I hope everyone is having a great start to the school year! I can't wait to really get working with my new class of students. It's going to be a terrific year!