Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Children's Table and Chair Sets

A few months ago I was researching a children's tables and chairs for my small childcare.  I was looking at what the Land of Nod, Pottery Barn Kids, and Kidkraft Table and Chairs had to offer, they have several styles and features in their tables and chairs that I liked.  I just needed to narrow it down just a bit!

The Land of Nod has a really neat classic little table and chairs set.  This one is very quaint and somewhat unique from the other table and chairs styles.  I really like this one and hope I can find a good used one, if not I might have to pay full price, because it has the style of what I was looking for in a table and chair set that had a true classic tea time feel!   This table and chair set stir up thise feelings in me!

It's Time for Tea!

White Bin Table and Chelsea Chairs
Table : 32" dia. x 23"H
Bin interior measures 16.5 sq. x 4.5"d
Chairs: 13.75"Wx14"Dx28"H

Other tables and chairs Land of Nod carries here below. 

Trestle Table or Antique Elementary Table
and the Parker Play Chairs 

Bin Chairs

Activity Table

Activity Table with Storage Bins

Square Table and Parker Play Chairs

I found a few more tables and chairs at Pottery Barn Kids.  There was a couple of nice table and chair sets that they carry that really interested me for my Daycare.

My First Table and Chairs

Table: 24" square x 17.5" high
Chair: 11" wide x 12.5" deep x 21" high
Comes in White and Espresso Color

This one below is another style that I was looking for...the Carolina table and chairs has real classic simplicity to it, and is gender neutral.   This set also has several color choices which is real nice, so your can customize your childs room just a bit thru color.  This large table fits six comfortably and the small one fits four nicely also.

 Carolina Large Table ad Chairs
Table: 45" wide x 30" deep x 22" high
Chair: 13" wide x 14" deep x 26" high

Carolina Small Table and Chairs

Small Table: 24" wide x 33" long x 22" high
Kid-Sized Chair: 13" wide x 14" deep x 26" high

This farmhouse style was one of my favories...it truely is a classic and somewhat unique style to everything out there on the market today also.  The only draw back for me is I'm looking for something that could seat six in a pinch and alittle more table top space for project time!

Farmhouse Small Table 
Table: 30.5" square, 22" high, white and espresso 

Finely Table and Farmhouse Chairs
Table: 30" diameter, 21.5" high, comes in white 
Chairs: 15" wide x 16.5" deep x 28" high, they come in several colors

Now for the KidKaft table and chairs sets. There are several, but here is a couple that I really liked and considering.  This table will fit six children easily... no tight squeazes and lots of project space too. 

Wood Long Oslo Table ~ 41.38"L x 23.5"W x 24.25"H

Brighton Table and Chairs

White ~ Table: 35.75" L x 23.75" W x 24.38" H
Chairs: 14"L x 13.5"W x 27.5"H Seat 13.75"H, comes in several colors...white, lavender, sage, sky, buttercup, pink. 

Avalon Table and Chairs
Espresso ~ Table: 36"L x 23.75"W x 24.50"H
Chairs: 13.25"L x 14.25"W x 26.75"H Seat Height: 13.75"H , come in several colors.

 Aspen Table and Chairs

Table: 24" L x 24" W x 19"H
Chair: 11.5" L x 11.75" W x 21.5" H

Nantucket Table and Chairs
White and Pastel

Table: 31.75" L x 23.5" W x 19.62" H
Bench: 23.62" L x 11.62" W x 23.5" H
Chair: 11.75" L x 11.5" W x 23.25" H

Here is my storey behind the table and chair set that I purchased for my small childcare.  A while back... before I was really looking and searching real hard for a table and chairs.  I had saw the Land of Nod Bin Table and Bin Chairs on Craigslist in my area.  Even though the set didn't have the Chelsea Chairs like I really wanted... it was a good price.  When I decided that I that I was ready to purchase a table and chair set for the daycare... I went back on Craigslist to see if it was still there.  Unfortunately it wasn't there, but then I looked for Pottery Barn and KidKraft children's tables and chairs.  I found a white brighton KidKraft table for $50...it look brand new and was barely used... so I bought it immediately!  Then, I started looking for the chairs.  I ended up finding two brighton chairs on Ebay that were brand new one white and one sage, so I got both of them for $20 plus shipping included.  I still need two more chairs and am looking for a good deal on them also.

Which one of these table and chair sets are your favorite? Or maybe there is a different one you would like to share that is your favorite.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Inspirational Childrens Poem ~ Words for Thought!

I found this poem, and I want to share it with you. 
It struck a very personal cord in my heart, I hope that it touches you in some small way also!

<>Inspiration from a Poem!<>
At Stepping Stones Childcare, here in Moreno Valley, California...
we feel that this poem by Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D. says... it most excellently!

Children Learn What They Live
If children live with criticism,
They learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility,
They learn to fight.
If children live with ridicule,
They learn to be shy.
If children live with shame,
They learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement,
They learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance,
They learn to be patient.
If children live with praise,
They learn to appreciate.
If children live with acceptance,
They learn to love.
If children live with approval,
They learn to like themselves.
If children live with honesty,
They learn truthfulness.
If children live with security,
They learn to have faith in themselves and others.
If children live with friendliness,
They learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

 Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.
This is the author-approved short version.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cabinets and Storage for Craftrooms

I was doing some research on what cabinets and storage that I wanted to use in my craft room, I thought I'd share what I've found... just in case someone else might be wondering what kind of cabinets and storage units are out there.  This would even benefit someone that might even be wanting to give their craft room a face lift!   

 I think that I have decided to do my cabinets and storage units in white for my craft room, but I sure do like the black look also!  It has been a real hard decision to make because oddly enough... I really like the color black, this goes way back to when I was a young girl.  The first color that I can remember saying was my favorite was black, I was probably about 10-12 years old.  My parents probably thought I was something deeply wrong with me... I remember wanting to paint my bedroom black!  We'll of course I didn't get my way, my parents painted my room a pretty creamy ivory silk color.  I do remember liking this color also ....it went with everything!

I found these at Storage Cabinets at Target.
 5-in-1 Modular Storage System - White, Black, and Honey
Priced at about $130 

Target also had ClosetMaid Cube Organizers and Cubeicals

 ClosetMaid 9 cube organizer cabinet in white or black at about $52.00 and the ClosetMaid fabric drawers come in a wide range of colors and are about $7.00 a piece.  These cabinets also come in a 6 cube and 8 cube cabinets, ranging at about $45.00 to $52.00.

I found these cabinets below at Walmart....These are OIA cube storage doors and drawers cabinets that range from about $38.00 to $70.00 a piece.  The cabinets above are from Target they are real simular to the ones from Walmart.  The ClosetMaid cabinets above from Target and are a little cheaper than the OIA cube storage from Walmart.  Targets ClosetMaid brand was about $20.00 to $52.00 a piece.  I'm not sure about the durability of these pieces, because I haven't seen any of them in person yet.  I plan to go see these storage units in person real soon to make some final decisions of what I will do in my craft room. 

Then I found these Jetmax Modular Storage System Cabinets at Michaels, these cabinets look like they would be very functional, they have lots of storage options.  I'm not sure if this is what replaced the Making Memories Series they used to carry a few years ago?  Here is some different combinations and these pieces of this storage system.



These are interesting pieces that would make great cabinets for a craft room.  They have lots of charm and personality!  I think that I might use one of these styles in my room, I'm leaning towards the first two cabinet pictures, I think they will blend better with some of the other storage systems I'm looking at for my craft room.  

These cabinets here on Amazon seem to be cheaper than they are at Walmart!

These range from about $80.00 to $140.00 at Walmart.  These are called Classy Collection.

These range from about $80.00 to $145.00 at Walmart.  This are called Heritage Collection.

Below I found these neat little organizers at Target... I think these are so neat and would work great for jewelry pliers and other little crafting tools.  I think that I want one or two of these also!  These ranged in price from $43.00 to $53.00.  I can't wait to go to Target to see these in person too!  These are called Richard Homewares Personal Organizers.

I was looking at Ikea Expedit Series, they look pretty durable and inexpensive for what your getting.   The Expedit 5 shelves across and 5 shelves down unit is about 72" X 72" and comes in birch effect, whilte, black-brown.  The cost is about $200.00.  These units come in different variations of shelves/tiers - 1 X 5, 2 X 2, 2 X 4, 4 X 4, 5 X 5 - there is different prices for these combinations of shelving units.

The desk is about $50.00 and comes in the same colors.   This would look great with my koala sewing cabinet, it is this birch effect color!

The 4 x 4 shelves is 58 inches and about $130.00

 Expedit insert with 2 drawrer and is about $35.00
Expedit insert with 2 door and is about $20.00

BRANĂ„S ~ Basket they come in... white, rattan, black  $15.00. These fit in the cube holes of the Expedit System.
Some other systems from Ikea that might work for cabinets and storage is Billy Systems Products and the Hemnes Storage Combinations.

Here is a closet systems converted into craft storage.

More inspiration, what small spaces..... smart craft storage area ideas.

More inspiration!


I really like this shelves!

Urban Daisies has it going on! 

We in this process I have narrowed my search down a bit, I will post a picture of my craftroom when I complete it. 

I hope you have enjoyed and gained some knowledge of what is out there.  Well this isn't even the tip of the iceberg, there is alot more out there, but this is as far as I'm going with it.  I have found what will work for me and hopefully it has help someone else as well!

Which one would work for your crafting space?  Please share your thoughts and ideas, we would love to here from ya!