Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Playful Playroom Reveal

For those of you who are new to the blog, we built our house - well, WE didn't build it. We hired a builder to do it. But we picked everything out. So, from the moment, I picked out and designed my floorplan, I have been dreaming of this playroom. When we framed the house, I could envision a room where my kids would have so much fun. When we drywalled the house and the windows went in, I started decorating it and making a plan for where things would go. I could see my kids reading, dressing up, inventing games of house and playing with dolls...I could see my kids throwing blankets and pillows on the floor to make a cozy bed, eating popcorn, and watching movies...I saw them building forts and making a disaster in this room. So when we moved in, I knew I couldn't wait to start!

We have been working on this playroom since about June and I keep feeling like we're getting closer. We were almost done with it this summer, but then I still needed baskets. It took me about 4 months to find baskets that I thought would work and now it is mostly done. I thought about not posting it until it's ALL the way done...but it could be another four months (Ha! Seriously...) and that'd be ridiculous! So...without further ado, here is our playroom:
 
Do you remember what it looked like before?
First, we painted the walls a grey color by Sherwin Williams SW7030 Anew Gray. 

Then we installed blinds. We went with Home Depot's Home Decorators Collection premium faux wood blinds in espresso. They were about $40 and home depot cut them down to the exact size we needed to fit our windows.

For the bench seating, we bought these EXPEDIT shelving units from Ikea for $59.99 each and followed this tutorial on how to add a bench padding for the seating.
 
We bought 10 of these ClosetMaid Cubeicals in charcoal gray from target for $5.99 each to fill them for storage.

We bought the Ikea HAMPEN high pile rugs (I tried to find them to link to them, but they don't have them in yellow online) to create this reading nook for the kids. This is the one area that's not done yet (we're going to add a chandelier over the reading nook and the letters READ over this area) .


For the art area, I borrowed inspiration from Clean and Sensible's art display with clipboards and letters nailed to the wall. I can change out the art super easily with these clipboards and I'm in love with the way I can display my kids' art!
 

For their play table, we used the table that some family friends bought the kids for their birthday a few years ago. The kids like to have their stuffed animals sit at the table when they're not there.
The artwork was gifted to the kids for their birthdays this summer from their Auntie Jen. She ordered them from an Etsy shop and then I framed them in silver frames from Ikea. The frame sitting on the shelf has Connor's ultrasound photos in them. I want to frame Cole and the twins' ultrasound photos too to put in this room, but they are packed somewhere.
More artwork from an etsy shop:
My mother-in-law made the curtains for us by taking grey fabric and cutting them to size. She sewed a hem at the top that allowed us to put a rod through and then took a 6 inch strip of fabric (left over from the benches) and sewed it about 12 inches from the top. She then repeated that five more times to make six panels of curtains.
 

We weren't really sure about the curtains before they were finished, but once they were up on the rods, we knew we had made the right decision. They finished the room perfectly!!
The kids love it and it's the perfect space for them to make a mess...and then, like magic, hide the mess away in a matter of minutes with all those storage cubicles! I would have never imagined years ago how happy a playroom would make me - but my-oh-my it makes my heart so happy to have that space filled with such giggles and laughter!
For more on our Building a House Journey, see our other posts HERE.

8 comments:

Mrs. Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It looks wonderful! I love the color scheme you chose and the small table in the middle! Did you make the cushion on top of the cubbies? I have been wanting to do that for our boys' room!

Mrs. Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ashley, we did make it!! We used http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2012/04/playroom-progress-sweet-seating-part-1.html to figure out how to do it, but it was SOO easy!!

Mrs. Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Super cute!!

Mrs. Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks so much!!

Mrs. Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love the color scheme, everything turned out beautiful! We are heading to Ikea at the end of the month, I can't wait to pick up some goodies for the twins room :)

J Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

this room is absolutely beautiful!!! and the same colors I would like to use in our future playroom!! I think I will have to add Velcro to the bottom of the cushions though, as my silly boys like to take the cushions off of everything! :) Wonderful job though! I love it!

J Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Velcro the seats down? Why didn't I think of that!! Such a great idea. My kids really only moved the cushions on those benches once, but they love moving the couch cushions and it drives me bonkers. Maybe I could use Velcro... Hmmm!

J Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love what you were able to do in this room! I plan on stealing a few of your ideas for my daughter's playroom. Come over to my blog to check out how we put together our playroom at www.mathmomwithablog.com. I love connecting with other bloggers with similar interest.

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