BEFOREYikes! Those are gross! A few months ago my mom and I found some pitiful, stained orange couches at a thrift store. After bargaining with the owner I got two orange couches for $25. Then my mom who is a wonderful sewer helped me strip the couches down to the frame. We sanded the wood frame down and painted it white. We searched over 100 miles for fabric to fit my classroom perfectly. In Wilmington, NC we found the perfect fabric for $73. My mom spent the rest of the week working on her sewing machine. Five days later we had two beautiful couches. If you could see tyhe couches in real life there is a lot of time and detail put into the. My mom made the cushions so they can unzip and be washed. We also found the table in the corner from a church who was giving it away and we painted it pink, it was multi colored before that.
* The Book Nook letters I bought at AC Moore and I wrapped in newspaper.On another shopping spree at Goodwill my mom purchased a $20 white bookshelf for my classroom. When I got it, I knocked out three of the shelves and painted it pink (it's my favorite color!). I moved it into my classroom, but it was too tall so I decided to lay it on its sides. Now it is the perfect place for students to buddy read! Sadly, I do not have a before picture.