Elementary School Makeover: A Gift of Hope for Kids (PHOTOS)

Sheri Reed

Cortney Robert Novogratz
Cortney & Robert Novogratz
Celebrity designers Cortney and Robert Novogratz of HGTV’s Home by Novogratz took part in some designing from the heart recently when they headed up a $50,000 classroom makeover at Winegard Elementary School in Orlando, Florida. 

You'll love the colorful, creative, and inspiring space that Cortney and Bob designed for the kids and teachers at Winegard Elementary. Such a great gift of hope when times are so tough in our country's public schools.

Keep reading to check out the Before & After photos of the project.

The classroom at Winegard Elementary that received the makeover is dedicated to art and music. The school hasn't had any upgrades since the 1970s, so the Novogratzes aimed to not only update the outdated classroom but also to create a well-designed, organized, and inspirational space for the K-5 public school. Dr. Jhunu Mohapatra, principal at Winegard Elementary, said: 

Our teachers do the best with what they have in our current classrooms, but with this makeover, our kids will be inspired to become even more hands-on in their new and improved work spaces.

Designer Bob Novogratz talked about the many muses behind the redesign -- his and Cortney's own seven kids!

Consulting with our 'experts,' a.k.a. our seven children, we know the needs schools face and our hope is to help take the load off of these teachers so they can focus on what’s most important, our kids’ education.

Let's take a look.

Classroom BEFORE:

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before shot classroom

before shot classroom

And now, the classroom makeover reveal!

Classroom AFTER:

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Cool and comfy reading zone!


after classroom makeover shot

Love the pops of color and the bright reminder to "Dream"


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Lots of new equipment! Yay music.


after classroom makeover shot

Teacher's area gets modernized look plus new equipment


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Happy teachers and kids


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We love our school!


For the classroom makeover, the Novogratzes shopped at Design Within Reach (orange chairs), 1618 Something Different, Washburn Imports, Discount Music Center (musical equipment), and IKEA (stainless work tables, teacher's desks, some chairs). The school was the grand prize winner in the “We Love Our School” sweepstakes sponsored by Bounty.

The classroom looks beautiful! Such a fun, cool place for learning.

What do you think of the makeover? Could your kids' school use one?


Images via Matthew Williams

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