I switched our current school/playroom that is an extension of our kitchen with our formal dining room. Now our old dining room is the kids' playroom and the old playroom is now a large eat in kitchen with a beautiful 8 foot farm table. Here are the before/after pics:
Jack did an incredible job on the table. It is gorgeous. We got the wood at a sawmill- so it is imperfect with knots and swirls and I LOVE IT. And it has 4 drawers to hold this kids' pencils, crayons, Bibles and notebooks. I still have to refinish the chairs. The table holds 10 easily! The centerpiece is a work in progress.
As an added bonus, what used to be the playroom has a fireplace- that we never used because it was in the playroom. But now it is in the awesome country kitchen! I found an awesome old mantel and fireplace surround at this place in North Carolina called Cline's Antiques for $50. I don't really know how to describe this place- kind of like the places that you see on American Pickers- barns and out buildings and trailers and fields full of junk and antiques and trash and treasures. I still have find things for the mantel and hearth, but it's already looking so great.
I also found this window at Cline's for $2! After I got it home I realized it had blue paint on it. It was perfect to hang on the big wall.
Then I used some reclaimed wood from an old shed to make a word art piece. Jack helped me attach the boards together and I dry painted them with a blue paint. I had Jack use his graphic design skills to put the phrases I liked together. Then I ordered the words in vinyl wall lettering from a local print shop. It looks great beside the window!
I reorganized the built in desk so that Caleb will be able to sit there and do his computer work. Everyone's books and curriculum are in the bins so they can be easily transported to the farm table for school each day.
All the kids' toys fit nicely in the new playroom- I got a second bin organizer and threw away 3 trashbags of things!
I really love the way everything turned out so far! I have another trip to Cline's in September to look for mantel and center piece decor. Ready to have a big dinner party now!