I made mention when I posted my huge alphabet wall that I would show you the playroom in its entirety. This room has been a work in progress for like six years and I am sure I could use another six to make it perfect. But I am to the place where I feel like form, function and friggin awesome have finally come together. At least enough to show it on my blog. So here is the room where fashion shows, coloring pictures, Nerf gun battles, Ninja warriors, Teenage Mutant Turtles and video games are played. This room has big shoes to fill in my home.
Let’s keep in mind this is a playroom. Toys are often ugly so to decorate around it can prove challenging. Just as a reminder that my kiddos are 5 and 8. The main objectives of this room are HIDDEN storage out of the yin yang, a place for art, Barbies, video games and make believe. After many failed systems and storage woes I have found what works for our family. Hopefully some of these ideas might inspire you.
Here is the view from when you walk in the front door. I used to be really anal about this being clean since it was the first room you saw when you entered my home. I have long given up that battle. HA! And just for you, this is the most clean it will ever be – I guarantee you that!
And here are some views as we walk around the room.
The hallway to the left leads to the family room and kitchen. You can also see the kitchen from the right side as well.
Below is the view standing in the kitchen. It is really nice to be able to cook and prepare meals and have the kiddos right in the room next to me, but not in the room I am in. HA! Even though the room is supposed to be a sitting room and dining room I am a firm believer in making the space work for your family and not using rooms for their intended purpose if it doesn’t work.
Here is the view from the hallway just inside the front door.
The room started out a big, blank awkward L shaped room. Like I said, it was supposed to be half dining room and half sitting room. I painted huge vertical yellow and cream stripes on the walls to make the room one large cohesive space. Then I made some tie-up shades for the windows. That set the primary color pallet for the room. Which basically means – any color goes in this room.
The main storage area is the Expedit 5 x 5 cubby from IKEA (no longer sold) for $200. It was pricey but worth every penny to have something that big for the expanse of that wall.
The polka dot bins came from Target and the Chartreuse and Aqua ones were the Drona boxes from IKEA ($5.99). I scored the pink DRONA boxes on Craiglist for $2.50 each. I used 3M Super 77 adesive spray to attach Identa-Labels to the front of the boxes. I didn’t get fancy – I just used the labels and wrote with a Sharpie pen on the cardstock that came with them. Since what is contained in the bins are ever changing I thought I wouldn’t go fancy on cute labels to have to swap them out the next week. Another great find was the Sterilite plastic flat locking containers I picked them up from Wal-Mart for around $2-$3. This helps corral board game pieces that otherwise would be gone by now.
The PLAY letters are just wood letters painted and glued onto painted canvas. They are super easy to make and a simple way to add a decent sized art piece to the walls.
The cute plastic table and chairs are the Mammut collection from IKEA. We have had this for years. It is very functional, easy to clean and perfect for the kids to use for art. The gigantic “I heart you” alphabet wall I made a few weeks back and it really added punch to that wall.
Also on the wall kiddie corner from that we have the magnetic wall. Each of the kids have their own area to showcase art and school papers they are proud of. This area has made it really easy when the hoarders, pack rats, kids say they want to save a paper. I always ask them if it is good enough to make the board. It allows them the decision to take something off the board to put a new paper up. I can’t tell you how many arguments this has saved us.
We also have a small area for Kayla to play Barbies. I haven’t gotten cute with her area at all. We just make her put all her Barbies in the white bin. When it overflows it is time to declutter. The pictures hanging above are some Andy Warhol inspired pictures I made of my kiddos four years ago.
The big blue Wii Cabinet is an old armoire I bought for $7 at a yard sale that I made over to make some awesome sleeves for Wii games and movies (check out the post). The organization system has worked as well as I hoped it would. My only rule is the doors remain closed when not in use and Isaac does as great job of keeping that up.
The oldest project in the room is the snack shop. It was a Roadkill Rescue project I did with an old hutch. It remains one of the best projects to encourage imagination. Many a kid has cooked and served “food” from back there. It has also served as a puppet and Barbie stage. I repainted it last week and added some vinyl letters to the front. I should have used lighter vinyl than the dark blue. #projectfail. I might fix it, I probably won’t.
Another great find from IKEA is the pull down Trones shoe boxes that I have on either side of the big cubby. I have 9 of them in my laundry room (I will show you that soon) and two in here. They are great for storing coloring books and sticker books. And again, HIDDEN storage is my favorite.
To make corralling stuffed animals easier I turned a hope chest my father-in-law made for me into a Pottery Barn inspired open toy chest and painted it red. It makes cleaning up a basketball game as the kids launch the stuffies across the room into the toy box.
The wall that you see when you first walk into my house is where the Pottery Barn inspired oversized flash card art I made resides. Also I made the Weathered Gray Bench from Ana White’s The Handbuilt Home to go below it.
Since I pride my home in being the hub – this room has plenty of wear and tear daily. There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t have kids in our house. While it is often the messiest place in my home it is also the happiest.
Thanks for joining my playroom tour. You are welcome to come over and see it in person anytime you want. I mean it!