As you know we’ve started homeschooling our twins recently. Initially I wanted a schoolroom set up in our house using one of our extra bedrooms (the playroom). Chalkboard, desks, cubby areas for the kids to put their stuff, the alphabet stapled to the wall… you get the idea.
Then I realized, I need to make this as stress free as possible. Limit the chaos and additional check lists of things to do before we can start homeschooling.
I also have friends that homeschool and I follow a few homeschool blogs, and many people conduct school at the kitchen table.
Our kitchen table (with bench seating) really sounded perfect. Afterall, it is recessed into a little nook in the kitchen giving it a space all of it’s own. But, there were a few things I wanted to address. The wallpaper and the lighting.
This is the only area in the entire house with wallpaper. (Do people still use this stuff?) Why have I never addressed this wallpaper issue before? (Because I eat bon bons all day long, right?)
I headed to Walmart and took a look at the lighting area. Our fixture above the kitchen table is pretty new. All we really needed were some new bulbs.
GE offers an Energy Smart Efficient Light Bulb.
You can get it in different sizes and wattages.
What I like about this bulb is the annual savings it brings (which is indicated right on the package) and the fact that the spirally bulb is on the inside. Did I also mention these bulbs last for 6 years. Wow! (Some last longer.)
You can buy them in groups like these.
You can also buy them as singles.
To see many of the other lights offered in this line, check out all of the photos from my shopping trip over on Google+.
So, we came home and tore down the UGLY wallpaper.
I mudded the walls and the ceiling.
Spruced up our window treatment a bit as well.
(I still need to paint. The never ending projects.)
We’ve put up a simple, magnetic, dry erase board to make some of the learning easier for my boys who are visual.
(I will take it down to paint.)
I changed out the lighting above the table with the #GELighting Energy Smart Bulbs.
Goodbye old spiral bulbs. (Really, I just moved them to one of the ceiling fans for now.)
Hello Energy Smart.
And I used the third one for the new lamp in the living room.
Yes, the lamp shade matches my tablecloth.
Have I not told you yellow is my FAVORITE color. Ever.
Spruce it up baby!
And my estimated savings by changing out 3 lights:
Do you have some home makeover projects your tackling? Is lighting one of them?
You can learn more about the GE Energy Efficient Lighting by watching this video:
- Website: www.gelighting.com
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Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Biasâ„¢ Social Fabric® Community. This shop is part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Biasâ„¢ and GE. (#CBias #SocialFabric #GELighting) The opinions and thoughts in this post are 100% my own.