Our children’s ministry is located in the 1940s wing of our church facility. Needless to say, it is old. It needed a big overhaul, but not everyone was ready for that. Since I WAS, I began with my own classroom.
The first thing I did was to strip the room down. There was a huge bulletin board and a chalkboard. I wanted the walls free so I could do whatever I wanted. I also took down the bookshelves and wall brackets.
The bulletin and chalkboards were glued to the wall, so it was a big job to take them off. Our resident contractor filled the holes with Spackle and primed the wall.
Now it was time to choose the colors. I chose colors that popped and that both boys and girls would like. Actually, someone offered me 2 cans of leftover paint and the blue matched the color I had chosen for the new flannelboards, so that went onto some of the walls! At right you can see the wall opposite the flannelboard wall; the paint matches flannelboards (the lighting makes it look off). I use this wall to make different scenes for Bible stories -- the sheep is attached with Command Strips and can be removed. There are curtain rods for hanging scenery.
This is the same wall, transformed into a throne room with the aid of some curtain rods I installed near the ceiling. This is great for creating different atmospheres in the room, like the throne room pictured above, or the hillside where the shepherds were watching their sheep when Christ was born.
Next on my list was to get rid of the space-hogging cupboard you see in the top left corner of the first picture. You can read about the Pinterest project (magnetic board with wire baskets for art supplies) that replaced the cupboard in the post below. That gave me six extra square feet of floor space!
Moderator's note: These room design posts are from Rotation.org member Joan Eppehimer's KidFrugal blog, which she is sharing here at Rotation.org in order to preserve it for posterity and make it available more widely with our community. It is part of a large group of lessons and resources that she developed to make "ministry happen when there are no resources to make it happen." Thank you, Joan, for sharing your creativity with our community!
You can read more about Joan and her ministry here.