For those of you waiting for the big reveal, I apologize for the delay. I had to wait until nap-time to get a minute to blog :) I cannot believe the difference a little paint makes! I'll give you a tour ...
Let's start with a few horrendous "before" pictures. Keep in mind that I had forgotten to take any until we were already in the process of tearing everything down and getting ready for the painters so it's pretty cluttered -
Here's what it looks like now. Feels like I've been on one of those makeover shows ;)
This little play area has the rug with the roads on it, and the discovery cove which you can just barely see on the left side of the picture has shelving on each end. The cars are on the side next to the rocking horse, so they are hear the car rug.
I'd like to get some of those sun-catcher crystals that make rainbows on the walls to hang in that high window to make the place sparkly.
When the paint cures pretty well, (maybe by this weekend) I'm going to attach a vinyl logo above the cove. It has a cowboy swinging a lariat above a speeding horse and has my business name "Little Buckaroos Daycare" on it. I also want to make a fabric bunting - or several of them - to swag along the top of that wall. I definitely want to do one with western fabrics - bandanna fabrics and such - and then maybe seasonal ones (but that would mean I would have to climb a ladder to the top of the 10 foot ceiling each time I wanted to change it. I'm trying to figure out a tool to use to hook those - kind of like they use in clothing stores to put the clothes up on those high hooks. Still thinking about it...
The next thing you would normally see is the dining room, but we'll come back to that. My office area is in the nook just to the left of the entry (if you could see the entry, you'd see we've come full-circle. This area still needs work too. I used to have one of the shelving units with the file drawers in the dining room, and was using it for a different purpose, so I need to sort through all those files and replace them with my daycare files. For now, those are in that end table (light colored wood on the end). That will move once I get the filing switched over. The green crate holds all my preschool idea books, which I haven't figured out where to store yet. I'll get it all done in the next week or so.
We also usually have the flat screen tv mounted on that empty wall. It would be okay with me if it didn't go back up ... ever. We don't have television service anyway, but the guys (all of them) really like to watch videos - disney, and learning shows etc. so I'll probably lose that battle.
The table is another project waiting to be done. We need to sand it and paint it white, then let the nine year old get creative with sharpies. We're almost finished with ski season, so maybe that can get done one of these coming weekends sometime soon.
So, do you like it?