Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Big Book Stand Makeover

Today, we had a teacher workday, so I had the time to give one of my oldest classroom resources a makeover.  Years ago, a friend built me a big book stand for my classroom.  I love it and I've lugged it across two states and to three different schools.  It's beginning to look a little rough, so I decided to update it in a way that's both pretty and functional. This same idea would work well to update an old file cabinet or the back of a bookcase.

                                                    Here's what it looked like before.

I bought some Chalkboard Contact paper
and cute decorative Duck tape from Amazon.

I decided to cover both sides of the big book stand with the chalkboard paper.  It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be.  I got lucky and the width of the paper exactly matched the width of the stand.  So all I had to measure was the length.  Then I lined the paper up and worked from the top down, peeling the backing off as I went.

After making sure the contact paper was smooth, I was ready to line the top and bottom with the Duck tape.

 I'm looking forward to giving students the opportunity to practice their word work using our new chalkboards!

I added a little more of the Duck tape to line the front, added my Erica Bohrer Whole Body Listening poster and voila! Now, my old book stand looks great and it's more functional, too. I can't wait to see my students' reactions tomorrow!

I hope you all have a great week!

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