Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Just a little catch up.....

Good morning friends.
It's been the usual chaos here at the moment and today I thought I'd share something that's kind of crafty but on a slightly larger scale.......
Towards the end of the school year, my wife was looking for ideas to revamp her classroom style. Her  class has always been known as the Cool Cats and that was't going to change, but something somewhat more "grown up" and more suitable for year 5 and 6 was called for.
I, in my wisdom, suggested that a bit of grungy steampunky decor could be fun along with Victorian style "Cool Cats"
So last week I ended up spending a few days at school changing this corner from this
 and these filing cabinets from this
 to this......
 Lovely "rusty aged" cabinets

 I used some texture spray paint, Santoro decoupage paper for the central panels and gems for rivets.
 Along with similarly "aged" metal effect cupboards. It was fun to do, though as there are around 6 stages it took a bit longer than expected to complete.
 The tall cupboards started out with the same metal effect but then we faded it down to a chalkboard paint to turn it into a graffiti wall.

Then, last week I had a little giveaway on my blog for one of my little keyrings, congratulations Karen Gist, yours was the name my daughter chose so if you can let me have your address I'll pop it in the post for you. (my email is on the sidebar.)
I've also indulged in a little retail therapy.
 The stamps were from Poundland. The Tim die from Hobbycraft.
 These flowers were also Poundland, what a bargain.
The plane and butterfly chain from a boot fair and this fab book from The Works.  Now I just need to find a moment to play with them....
Take care folks and I'll be back soon.


Lynsey McGreavey said...

Neil - this is AMAZING! Wow! I think you totally succeeded in keeping them extremely cool cats! I actually love this, such a great learning environment... :D Lyns

Pauline Wheeler said...

Impressive Neil
P xx

Artyjen said...

Sure to be a creative classroom now :)
Super buys too for your stash.
xoxo Sioux

Karen Gist said...

I can see that you may be asked to do other classrooms now Neil, this is such an amazing transformation and sooooo cool for yrs 5 and 6!!! A lovely environment for Susan to teach in too!

Thank you for my key ring, I have emailed you x

Belinda Basson said...

I see some paint and maybe a little foil in that plane's the look of that book, I am so into steampunk at the moment too.

Nikki C said...

That looks fantastic :)