Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Made It - July 15, 2013

I'm joining Tara @ 4th Grade Frolics for another edition of Monday Made It.

This week, I tackled recovering an office chair. I have never done anything like this before and it was kind of a learning experience. I was trying to save money and used fabric that I already had.  When I first began, I had a lot of trouble using the heavy duty  stapler. I could not get it to staple without using both hands to squeeze the "trigger". As I continued, I found that it was much easier to squeeze if I had the stapler on a flat surface instead of hanging off of the chair. I used spray adhesive to keep the fabric formed to the seat and seatback. I also had trouble with the back cover. I couldn't use the little hidden nails, they were rather bent up and I couldn't get them nailed in. I took them all out and thought I would use upholstery nails. There must be some trick to using them, I couldn't get any of them nailed in so I used my trusty can of spray adhesive. I think it turned out OK, I might even try recovering something else.
Here's the chair before.
Here it is after.
I had planned on taking the chair back to school, but as I was working on it, I realized that it would look really good in my poor excuse for an office that I am trying to re-vamp. The colors in it go great with the curtains. Last week, a neighbor put a round, black pedestal table on the side of the street. I brought it home and cleaned it. Now it is in my office area as a work table, the brightly colored chair will be perfect with the black table. I also decided to hang the bulletin board I made last week by the table. I remember that Reagan @Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits had framed a picture of her blog logo in her beautiful office. My redo won't even compare to hers, but I did make a picture of my logo.
If Once I get it all together I'll post a picture.


I saw this graphing idea HERE. I loved the idea of having a graphing board that was easy to use. I changed mine a little bit. I made a border around my dry erase board using duct tape and then because I was impatient, I also folded the duct tape over to use instead of ribbon. I wanted to make it where I could use more than 2 graphing choices so I put 5 velcro dots on the back and I made 5 strips that I could attach depending on what the question is. Here's what the back looks like.
Here it is with 3 strips
Here it is with 2 strips. 

The last thing I made this week is a bunting to hang out in the hallway.  After I got it made, I decided that the font was a little hard to read. UGH! I'm not redoing it because I don't want to use anymore colored ink. If you can't read it, it says, "Welcome to 1st Grade", so original.  ;P



Hope this is the beginning of a fantastic week for you and me!


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14 comments:

  1. You have been busy. Love the colors of the chair.
    Tammy
    Primary Paradise

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  2. Thanks Tammy. It was some fabric I have had for years that never got made into anything. ;P
    Kelly

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  3. OH I love that chair. So clever! Those office chairs can get so gross... Love the graph idea, too. I like how you did it. Thanks for sharing.
    Carolyn
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

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    1. Carolyn, I think I spilt something on the chair within the first month of buying it. ): I think I need to scotch guard this one. ;) I'm hoping the graph will make it easy to do an impromptu one if the moment presents itself.
      Kelly

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  4. I like the colors in your Welcome sign. Very cute!

    Jessica
    Wild & Fun in Pre-K

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    1. Thanks Jessica, it goes with the colors in my newly renovated classroom.
      Kelly

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  5. Your chair turned out cute!!! You are better than me, I am so bad about throwing stuff out instead of taking the time to fix it. I love the title of your blog {so funny}!

    Jamie
    Teaching Tidbits and More With Jamie

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    1. Jamie, that's not a bad thing getting rid of things...at least you don't have to worry about hoarding! ;P
      Kelly

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  6. I love your chair! The colors are fantastic

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    1. Thanks Donna, I love bright colors!
      Kelly

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  7. I love your chair! I nominated you for a Liebster Award. Hop on over to my blog to check it out!
    Sara
    First Grade Funtastic

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    1. Thanks Sara, I like it so much better than before! Thanks for the award, I'll check it out.
      Kelly
      I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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  8. Kelly, We are trying out your great tip for leaving comments. I hope I did it right and that this works. Thanks so much!
    Deanna

    A Pair of Teachers

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  9. Okay, trying it one more time because it didn't seem to work the first time. I did notice that I had an extra space on the link. Thanks for letting us practice on your blog :)
    Fingers crossed!

    A Pair of Teachers

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