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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hooray Home Depot!



I'm finally ready to begin assembling my crate seats as seen on Pinterest and just about every other teaching blog ever created. I may be late to the party, but boy am I excited!

I ordered the crates online from Staples, a little pricier than Target or Walmart, but much sturdier. I had a coupon, so 6 crates (and a big box of pencils) came out to $40. They arrived today.

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I went to Home Depot to get my plywood and boy did I luck out! I had the most helpful, generous and friendly associate help me. Say hello to Steve. (Apologies for blurry photos today)




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Thanks to my new best friend, I mean Steve, I am now the owner of perfectly measured plywood. If you know me, you know I'm not the measuring type. I wouldn't have known where to begin and I can guarantee if I had to cut these myself, they would look more like puzzle pieces than perfect rectangles.
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The BEST part about my Home Depot experience was that when he found out this was a classroom project, he only charged me $4.00. What a steal.

I've searched high and low for the best price and product for the foam padding. I didn't realize how expensive it was! After much shopping around, I decided to go with a memory foam pad from Walmart. This came to $25.00. My mom and I will cut it up into smaller pieces before adding the fabric. This should give me more padding than necessary for 6 stools, so I plan on sharing the wealth with a fellow teacher.

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The fabric I chose can be found in this post. Of course, now that I already have my fabric, I heard of an even better idea. Some people are making these crates with vinyl table clothes. What a great idea! That sounds much easier to clean. I think I will stick with my fabric for this year and try to find a clear plastic tablecloth for protection.

Side note: Check out this fantastic roll of duct tape I scooped up at Walmart today. How Cute?






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Okay, time for some outdoor boot camp!

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