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Vintage Schoolhouse Chic

Schoolhouse Chic has been emerging for some time now and I thought it was time to take a break from the flurry of images in my head and examine the look.

Rising out of this design comes the love for globes, educational charts & maps, chalkboard everything, glass beakers as vases, card catalog storage, schoolhouse lighting, use of letters & numbers and the industrial feel of school desks, stools and chairs.

Some images to illustrate,

Margot Austin

Margot Austin

Design Sponge sneak peek

Design Sponge sneak peek Lynda

Letter wall hooks, C.S. Post & Co.

CS Post hooks

Schoolhouse Electric Company

Schoolhouse electric

Iron jack, C.S. Post & Co.

CS Post jacks

Learn about the conifers of Canada with lovelydesign’s Conifer print

Sharilyn conifer poster

 Three Potato Four

Three Potato Four

Design Sponge sneak peek, Katarina Andersson

Design Sponge sneak peek

Design Sponge sneak peek, Jack and Lulu

Design sponge sneak peek Jack and Lulu

Swim locker, Museum of Useful Things

Museum of Useful Things swim locker

Design Sponge, Amy Zurcher

Design Sponge Amy Zurcher

Metal gym lockers, Extra Virgin Home

Extra Virgin Home lockers

Incredible chalkboard in a playroom featured in Charlotte Home & Garden

Charlotte Home & Garden chalkboard

Old School book, Uppercase

Upper Case Old School

the converted Federal-style schoolhouse of Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke, Country Living

Federal schoolhouse John Loecke

 letters & numbers, C.S. Post & Co.

CS Post letters

vintage Sears fan, Vintage Interiors

sears fan Vintage Interiors

My vintage school chalkboard on a stand

the estate of things chooses vintage chalkboard

  the estate of things chooses sarah's vintage chalkboard  the estate of things chooses vintage chalkboard for sale


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34 Responses
  • Chris Topher
    August 27, 2009

    i like!! makes me miss school, when we had no responsibilities except recess!

  • Betsy
    August 27, 2009

    Sarah. Holy Crap.. You’ve totally pulled together the biggest best selection of images.

    I LOVE the big old chalkboard for sale.

  • Bromeliad
    August 27, 2009

    Great trendspotting. But I’m not going for it. I don’t remember school as a pretty place.

  • Sarah
    August 27, 2009

    Come now Bromeliad, you don’t even like a little swim locker basket action in the home office?

  • Betsy
    August 27, 2009

    8 year old Betsy: Let’s pretend we are in school.

    11 year old Brother: Okay!

    Betsy: (smiles ear to ear……. while setting up imaginary classrom)

    Brother: Let’s pretend I’m absent.

    Betsy: (heartbroken)

  • Beth
    August 28, 2009

    I love this collection of images! I hope you don’t mind, but I posted a link to your blog from mine. Just wonderful!

  • Sarah
    August 28, 2009

    Thanks for the link, glad you enjoyed the post!

  • Mary Grace Thomas
    August 28, 2009

    Wow! Great collection of photos representing vintage schoolhouse. I LOVE the fan from Sears and the blue clock in the photo from Lovely Design. Go Green…Go Vintage!

    September 22, 2009

    NICE COLLECTION OF PHOTOS , CHECK OUT for some other vintage schoolhouse repurposed furniture.

  • Danelle
    October 9, 2009

    What a stunning collection! I have begun collection old school pieces to remind me of my rural elementary school days. Really beautiful stuff here!

  • jen manuele
    October 29, 2009

    By any chance is your chalkboard still for sale? I would LOVE to buy it if so.


  • Sarah
    October 29, 2009

    Hi Jen-It is still for sale. Please send us an email.

  • henry hudson
    November 16, 2009

    hello. Have you still this wonderful chalkboard? im a london artist looking for black/chalk boards to create drawings on. thanks for your time. henry hudson

  • Sarah
    November 16, 2009

    The chalkboard is still for sale but its a biggie, putting it on the boat might make it cost prohibitive.

  • Alyssa Cassatto
    November 25, 2009

    Hi Sarah i was reading the above messages and am wondering if the chalkboard is still available or if henry got it? I am a designer in Atlanta and am interested in it for a client. thanks in advance
    Alyssa Cassatto – Stanton Home Furnishings

  • Sarah
    November 26, 2009

    Alyssa-Thanks for writing…it is still available.Send us an email!

  • Dotty
    January 8, 2010

    Is the chalkboard still for sale? I’ve been looking for one for my tutoring. Thanks! ~~Dotty

  • Sarah
    January 9, 2010

    Dotty- The chalkboard is still for sale but it is so large that I think shipping costs would be prohibitive. Perhaps you live relatively close and can pickup?

  • Dotty
    January 9, 2010

    I live in Seattle, WA. I didn’t think to ask where you were from. Do you have any idea how much it would cost. I also have family in San Diego, CA. Thanks!

  • Dotty
    January 13, 2010

    Hi Sarah-
    Have you checked out shipping costs to Seattle, WA? I’d be very interested in paying for the extra cost of shipping it. Please let me know. Thanks! ~~Dotty

  • Sarah
    January 13, 2010

    Hey Dotty,
    I haven’t checked yet but will. I’m not even sure what shipper to approach because of it’s size. As soon as I find out I will let you know.

  • Dotty
    January 15, 2010

    Thanks! I apprecaite it! When find more info I’ll give you my contact # and we can figure payment, etc….Dotty

  • sophie
    January 16, 2010

    That large chalkboard on the stand is stunning. We are looking for a large vintage chalkboard for our wedding, to scribe the wedding breakfast menu on. We would love to purchase that if still available, please could you let us know the size, and price, and shipping cos.
    Thanks x

  • Sarah
    January 16, 2010

    Hi Dotty,
    Can you please email me your zip code, you can use the “Contact TEOT” link at the top of the page.

  • Sarah
    January 16, 2010

    If you are interested in the chalkboard please email us your zip code so that we can research shipping costs. Thanks!

  • Dotty
    January 19, 2010

    Hi Sarah-
    Hopefully you received my info…here it is again. Thanks!

    Seattle, WA 98109
    206-283-5368 (home)

    ~~Dotty Carreno

  • Sarah
    January 19, 2010

    Dotty- I did get it.

  • Barbara Thompson
    June 28, 2010

    Hi…I stumbled upon your website searching vintage chalkboards and read that there are people looking for a large chalkboard on a stand. I have one almost exactly like the one in the photo although mine may be older. I am interested in selling it. It is large and unable to be shipped however, if there is anyone who contacted you that live in my area that are still interested, would you give them my contact information? I live just outside the Memphis, TN area.
    I bought this for my nieces and nephews to keep them entertained while they visited me at my house. A chalkboard is fascinating to children. Anyway, they are all grown and moved away so I have no need for it now.
    I look forward to hearing back from you.
    BTW…I love your website!
    [email protected]

  • Molly Keegam
    December 8, 2010

    I have two student individual chalkboards for sale circa early 19th century. Please email if interested. [email protected]

  • Natalia
    August 5, 2011

    You can find vintage school charts here

  • thecartographer
    July 25, 2012

    great style!

    we happen to have our own shop for these beautiful vintage school charts and educational posters… you should check out our site:

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