THIS. THIS is finally finished after months of work. If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen this little hashtag floating around: #allisonspeechroom. It symbolizes a dream I’ve had since I was a little girl. I’d love for you to stop in and get a little sneak inside my therapy room (also known as, my house!)
Since I decided to take a year leave from my public school job, I’ve also had the opportunity to pick up a few students I see at my house. A lot of people since then have asked me if I was doing private practice and the answer is no. Nor will I ever lol. Friends who do private practice, you have all my respect. I just would not do well at billing and all the responsibility that goes into private practice. Instead, I see students who are homeschooled who have speech services on their IEP. A company I work for does all the billing and coordinating, I just see the students, in my home. It’s perfect, really :).
After talking to my WONDERFUL husband, we decided to renovate a room that was above our garage initially planned on being a man-cave and turn it into a speech therapy room. See, I told you. He’s WONDERFUL. If you don’t know it already, we’re a little crazy. We bought this 125 year-old house and over the course of 3 years, have been doing what I often need God to do to me: throw out all the junk and rebuild it from the inside, out. I wrote a separate blog on it HERE.
Here’s what this beautiful room looked like before. Friends, I have to admit, I didn’t even want to post this picture, but you have to get the full picture of what this room looked like before. Words just wouldn’t do it justice, you know? So here it is, in all its glory:
It was made with some sort of fibrous cardboard that attracted dirt like it was going out of style. Who’s ready to sign their kiddo up doing speech therapy here? I know, I know. Don’t all jump at once, y’all.
We (aka my husband) started tearing everything out. We put in some nice, cozy insulation, new windows and redid the electric. It’s so nice now getting my choice of more than once outlet to plug my lovely laminator into. Should I laminate on the north wall? Or maybe the south? Hmm…decisions.
And then we went to town putting up the drywall. My job was to screw the nails in the rest of the way. It takes talent, you know. And yes, I’m sporting my fabulous “Speech Nerd” shirt in the photo in case you noticed :).
NEVER underestimate the beauty of walls.
If you know my husband at all, he’s not big on spending money (which is okay, because I’m not either). He would never consider buying new white trim if all he had to do was painstakingly remove each. and. every. piece of the old stuff and prime and paint it himself.
I knew I wanted to do something special with the stairs. After all, they are the very first impression my students will have when coming to speech.
I also LOVE pottery barn furniture. But…not so much the price tag. #aintnobodygotmoneyforthat. Or…. at least, I don’t. So…after careful searching, I found a set of Potterybarn bookshelves and a desk on Craigslist for a fraction of the cost. Whoot! The desktop was a little beat up but after some sanding and paint (and nail polish remover), it looked as good as new.
So, are you ready to see the room now? I owe a huge thanks to my amazing, handy husband for all the long hours he put into making this little dream of mine come true. If you’re reading this darling, I love you and I’m SO thankful for you.
Come on up.
I bought 7 tiny containers of paint samples to paint these stairs for under $20. The paint samples were more than enough to paint each stair. Then, I bought these wall decals from DecorDesigns on Etsy and am really loving the look.
Come up the stairs and now instead of the dirty, cardboard room, you’ll see my new speech therapy room:
This is what I call, “the business bookshelf.” I keep my certificates, binders and lovely laminator here.
Here’s the fun bookshelf. Craft supplies and games go here.
With bins for prizes and my SPEECH sign in the middle.
It was a lot of hard work and sweat but in the end, I’m loving it and know I will be spending a lot of time up here.
Oh, and one more because the handsome man behind the camera (aka my husband) makes me laugh.
Thanks for stopping in! Let me know if you’ve ever been part of a renovation!