Forget about spelling lessons! A well-placed chalkboard lets you concentrate instead on dinner menus, family reminders, or your favorite quotes. Frame a patch of chalkboard paint to mimic the classroom's real deal. (Cue flashbacks to staying after school to write "I will not forget my homework" a hundred times.)
Pull-Down School Maps
Because you're never too old to learn something new, an old school map works as both decoration and a sixth-grade geography refresher. If maps aren't your cup of tea, with a little digging you can find a variety of pull-down styles featuring everything from botany diagrams to anatomy lessons.
Once home to thousands of cards decipherable only by those familiar with the Dewey Decimal System, these classic wooden cabinets make the perfect home for craft supplies, jewelry, and other small items. Tap an old filing cabinet (the big brother to a card catalog) to use as a substitute for dresser drawers.
Nothing says "old school" like a typewriter. If you find one in working order, keep it both on display and hard at work printing embellishments to your decor—we love the look of a typed menu at each place around the dinner table. And don't worry if you can't find a functioning typewriter; a defunct one will still catch plenty of eyes.
Locker Storage Units
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