Supply List: Surprise Teachers’ Lounge Makeover
Yesterday, we shared the background on the surprise makeover for the teachers’ lounge at Mount Vernon Community School. The project was truly a community effort with parents, neighbors, and local businesses pitching in time, money, and support. Today we thought we’d share some more photos and a source list for all the materials.
Our budget was limited for this project, so we were very thankful the following local businesses pitched in to cover some of the cost:
- Plants: Greenstreet Gardens
- New carpeting in the lounge area: Advanced Construction Group
- Breakfast pastries for the reveal: Buzz Bakery
- Financial support for new dining chairs: Discovery Time Learning Center
- Coffee table and workroom table: MV Big Flea
- Party supplies: Del Ray Variety
We tried to repurpose as much as we could (tables, cabinets, sofas), but also added some new items to the room:
- Slipcovers for existing sofas: Ektorp Svanby Grey, Ikea
- Lounge area rattan side chairs: Holmsel Chair, Ikea
- Pillows and blankets: Home Goods
- Orange TV stand: Target
- Rug under coffee table, runner by sink, bathroom rugs: Target
- Orange dining chairs: Tabouret Tangerine Stacking Chairs, Overstock.com
The list continues…
- Floor and desk lamps: Barometer, Ikea
- Desk: Linnmon/Ullrik, Ikea
- Stool for desk: Target
- Terrariums: Ikea
- Wooden planters: Home Goods
- Books: Duncan Library Book Sale (plus some donated by parents)
- Baskets: Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market
Some of our favorite elements of the room were the DIY projects here and there. One of our parents made the fabulous geometric print curtains with fabric purchased from Fabric Guru. The curtains are lined and were sized to fit the existing curtain tension rods.
The upper kitchen cabinets were basically empty, so we decided to treat them as a focal point by taking off the doors, lining the interior with contact paper, and using the cabinets as bookshelves. The colorful baskets hide tea bags and sugar packets. Some of the books were donated by parents, others were purchased at the Friends of Duncan Library Book Sale, conveniently going on next door the same day we were working.
Parents also donated stacks of magazines, displayed on a rustic old ladder which just so happened to be sitting in someone’s garage, unused.
You can’t tell from the photos, but we also made a point of getting rid of the bulky trash cans throughout the room. Since the base cabinets in the kitchen area were practically empty, we turned one of them into a trash storage area. There’s one for waste and one for recycling.
For playful wall art in the workroom, another parent painted a few blank canvases and an entire wall with chalkboard paint. She hand wrote inspirational quotes with chalk pens. In these photos, you also get a peek at the vivid paint colors we used for the bathrooms (one teacher noted that they no longer look like gas station bathrooms — all it took was a coat of paint and some decluttering).
And finally, paint. Picking a grey paint is a daunting task. One of the volunteers brought over a sample of a paint color used in her house, Sherwin Williams Agreeable Grey. When we first tried it out it had a slight lavender hue, but once it dried, it was certainly an agreeable grey and perfect for the room. We also gave all the trim and baseboards a fresh coat of white paint.
We hope you enjoyed reading about this project as much as we enjoyed working on it! If you have any questions about the materials used, please feel free to use the comment section below.