A friend and former colleague of mine posted on Twitter a day or so ago the question..."anyone else out there nest before a new school term?". I answered with a resounding YES!!! I've cleaned the refrigerator (you know, the kind of cleaning where you take every single thing out, including the shelves and drawers) and I've re-organized and cleared two closets. But, mostly my nesting has been preparing for the library! Today is, unofficially, my last day of summer break.
I don't return to school officially until next Monday, but received an email last week inviting the staff to come and work in our rooms for three days this week. I simply cannot refuse. I also found out that almost every single day of pre-planning will see a flurry of meetings and trainings, all of which occur in the library. So, if I want to tackle anything in terms of bulletin boards and displays prior to Open House, it will have to be during these three days.
I wanted to share one of my ongoing projects with you. I was inspired by this photo on Pinterest...
I just adored this lemonade stand when I first saw it! I immediately tried to think of a reason why I needed one. I don't have young children any more, but I do have a library and a lemonade stand just seemed like something that a very happy library needed. So, enter Michael's.
My husband and I purchased four wooden crates from Michael's priced at $10 each. They were not on sale, but I had a coupon that got me a bit of a discount. We then went across the street to The Home Depot where we bought three boards. These are 1x boards, but I'm not sure of the length of the two taller boards. We bought them "off the rack" and the third piece (that serves as the "sign" portion) was a scrap board that was roughly 38" long. These three boards were less than $10.
I first primed the crates with a whitewash of latex paint. The raw wood was really soaking up the paint and I knew I wanted to spray paint, but I feel like doing a base coat (or primer of sorts) was worth the effort. My husband then began by screwing the four crates together with simple wood screws. This didn't take very long. He then attached the two side boards and the final piece...the sign board. Then, I spray painted the entire thing white!
The top board looks splotchy in the photograph, but in person, it looks solid white. Maybe it was the way the light was hitting the wood? I do think I would like to apply black chalkboard paint to the sign portion so that I can write things on it, but it's fine as is for now. I did have my hubby go back and add two of these almost flat hooks on the side. I got these for about $3 each at The Home Depot. I had him add these because I wanted to be able to easily hang buntings or pennant banners on the stand. They work like a charm and won't impale any little bodies that happen to run into them.
I think it turned out simply adorable! I couldn't resist styling it a little...
Now you might be wondering what on earth I'm going to do with a lemonade stand in a library?! My first plans are to use it for kindergarten book selection. Before the kinders learn how to select from the book stacks, I want to pull smaller collections of books from which they can choose. Instead of just sitting them out on a table, I think stacking them inside the lemonade stand seems like so much more fun! What do you think?
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