Back to School with the Hack of a Lack and Chalkboard Charm!

Back to it! I was thinking today about why it takes me soooo long to get my classroom ready for school.
I mean, I should have this down by now, right? After all this is my 26th Back to School!
If I could just. Stop. Doing new things. And stick with something for a couple of years. Yes! That would be a great idea. Wonder when that will happen for me?

My name is Pam & I have a problem. I. Like. Getting my classroom ready for school.
I shouldn't, I am exhausted!  I haven't been home before 6:30 in a week. What is wrong with me?!!
Here's some of my trouble.
Last weekend we were in IKEA to get a few things for our daughter for moving back to college very soon (sniff, sniff!) and I see it.... a Lack. No big deal, nothing exciting, I bought one last year for our son's night stand...  but this time when I saw it, I had .... a vision. You see I have another problem. I am obsessed with chalkboards. I had a vision of a new little table for my classroom Book Nook.
Muahhahahaha.... I burst with excitement!! My husband thinks I'm nuts. I might be. Oh my.

Would it work? Not sure, but for $4.99 (IKEA Family Member Price) I decided it was worth a try.
The idea hinged on my sweet, smart, and very talented daughter Chelsea. She and I worked on some sketches for the top and legs, I helped out a little with the ideas and artwork, and she got busy!! She really is amazing. :o) She used a little bit of regular chalk for shadowing, but mostly Chalk Markers that I had gotten from Amazon.
After it was all done we sprayed it with several coats of  Krylon, to seal and protect.

My new bookcase is so super cute too!  It was a lucky find at Lakeshore. I found it  all put together and marked half price for "damage". Never figured out what the damage is! It is exactly what I was looking for. It has little label holders in the front that I made chalkboard labels for. This is such a cute book little shelf for littles to be able to easily access books that are organized into different categories.

My chalkboard obsession has continued to drift into my resources too! In my previous post I told you about my No Prep Photo Props for Back to School. I have another new resource out called Chalkboard Charm Alphabet and am working on several products to add to the "Chalkboard Charm" line! (Look for them coming soon!)

If you get an itch to be creative, then hacking a Lack might be a good project for you!!
If you try it send me a picture, I would love to see it!
Also... I have no affiliation with any of the above (IKEA, Amazon or Lakeshore). Just wanted to share! (The little stools are from IKEA too) :o)

Happy Back to School!

1 comment

  1. Pam,
    That is absolutely the cutest! I wish I had the talent to write lettering like that. Pinning it ;) -Leslie