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A sixth grade math teacher in Waco, Texas, got the ultimate classroom makeover thanks to HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines.
The "Fixer Upper" couple took a break from their busy schedule of renovating houses to tackle the project for a deserving teacher in their city. Joanna wrote on her blog that Ms. Nixon of Tennyson Middle School was quickly nominated by locals for the makeover, which was done in partnership with city magazine, the Wacoan.
“Our team came up with a design we hoped would inspire her and her 6th graders for the upcoming school year,” Joanna wrote. The updated room is a cozy chic look with nods to the couple’s farmhouse style.
The windows feature light wood awnings and adorable flower boxes that match the desktops.
Whiteboards in the front of the class are also framed with the same color wood, bringing the different pieces together for one cohesive look.
There’s also a gorgeous vintage-looking wood desk at the front for Ms. Nixon and white metal bar carts to add extra storage space for things like pencils and books.
According to the blog, one of Ms. Nixon’s favorite spaces in the room features a metal sign made by Jimmy Don Holmes, who occasionally makes appearances on the show. The quote reads, “Life is a math equation. In order to gain the most, you must convert the negatives into positives.”
And of course it wouldn’t be a Joanna Gaines original without her signature touch of shiplap, which covers the classroom walls in a clean crisp shade of white. “Not every school district will let you hang shiplap or build window awnings in your room,” Joanna wrote. “But everyone can plant a succulent garden in a window, put down an area rug to warm up all of the white, or use interesting containers to keep the room organized.”
Joanna added that Ms. Nixon was thankful and loved her new classroom. “More than anything, she was excited for her kids. That was what mattered to her the most. She knew a fun classroom would make her 6th graders excited about coming to math class.”
To see more pictures of the makeover, visit Joanna's blog.