A Playroom Makeover: Part 1

Playroom Makeover // // #targetinnercircle

This weekend, we have a really fun project lined up that’s something we’ve never tackled before. However, before I get into the details, let’s back up a bit. As you may know, Greg and I are lucky enough to be a part of Target Inner Circle. We love working with the Target family. We’ve had opportunities to go to fun places, been able to work on some super fun projects and get a look “behind the brand.” Well, a month or so ago, the folks at Target asked us if we had any project ideas for Spring. We rolled a few ideas back and forth with them and thought it would be really fun to switch it up a bit lot, stretch our brains and spread the Target love. We ended up with something that would be completely different than anything we’ve ever tackled before… We’re decorating a playroom, people!

Playroom Before & After //

Meet Josh, Tiffany, Brayden and Judah. (Brayden is the big guy and Judah is the little guy.) If you’ve been reading for a while, you might recall me mentioning my “BFF Tiff” whom I tried to convince she should paint her nursery navy blue, is married to “Mr. Christmas” (Josh is obsessed with Christmas), hates Miracle Whip and, all around, helps me generally stay sane. Well, this is that Tiffany. We’ve known each other since I was about 9-ish, and she’s been my dearest friend since freshman year of college. Actually, Josh, Tiff, Greg and I all “grew up” in the same church and went to the same college. Fast forward a few years, Josh and Tiff have been married for eight years and have two absolutely adorable – I mean, handsome, sorry Josh – boys.

So, here’s what we’re doing: Josh is a pastor (our pastor, actually), and he often works from home. As a result, Tiff and Josh are in the process of reassigning a few rooms in their house so he can have a designated office space. One project they’re tackling is turning their rarely-used formal dining room into a playroom. That’s where we come in! Right now, the playroom basically consists of a bunch of toys lined up against the walls with a train table in the middle of it all. Seeing as how Greg and I don’t have kids, we’re really excited about helping them out with this project, and we hope it will be a nice change of pace. Here’s a quick iPhone photo of what it looks like now…

Playroom Before //

Brayden and Judah are currently 3 years and 7 months old, respectively, so this really needs to be a room they can grow into. The playroom is open to the living area, so Tiff and Josh want a space that “cleans up nicely” when people come over, meshes well with the style of the rest of the house, and functions as an area where they can spend time as a family.

Ordinarily, I’d suggest removing the chair railing so it would look less like a dining room and more like a playroom. However, since this room might become a dining room again sometime down the road or if they ever decide to sell, we’re going to roll with it. Another thing we’re going to keep is the wall color. They recently had it painted, and they love the color (it’s Valspar’s Winter Flannel in case you’re wondering). It’s a nice “greige” blue color and I think it will serve as a perfect starting point for the room.

For starters, we needed to come up with a “room plan.” Here’s what we came up with:

Playroom Layout //

First off, the layout. Since Brayden plays with the train table a lot, it needs to stay in the middle of the room. It and the toy storage pieces we’ll be bringing in are narrow enough to still offer enough walking (and running, hopping, skipping, jumping) space around the table. Speaking of toy storage, we’ll be bringing in two short storage pieces as well as a toy basket or two. We needed to keep the path between the two doors pretty open, so we decided to put a reading chair in the corner to the left of the doorway and tuck the arts & crafts into the corner on the right since the easel will take up less floor space than the chair.

Now for my favorite part… decorating! I put together the initial mood board, asked Tiff what she thought, and then we tweaked it here and there until we came up with a solid plan (Greg and Josh will join in when it’s time to put furniture together and hang curtain rods, haha). Here’s what we came up with…

Playroom Makeover // // #targetinnercircle

Pieces of the mood board might look a tad “grown up” for a playroom, but once we add all of the toys and fun stuff, I think it will be perfect. Also, as I mentioned earlier, Tiff and Josh want a room that will mesh well with the rest of the house and “clean up” nicely when people come over, so it needed a slightly more “grown up” vibe. Here’s the breakdown of the mood board…

1 // The moment I saw this chair online, I knew it would be the perfect reading chair. In person, it’s like a small adult/large child sized chair – perfect for a playroom. The fabric is also pretty durable, so it will be easy to clean up if necessary.

2 // This pillow looks a lot cooler in person than it does online. It’s the perfect mixture of fun, trendy and traditional. The touches of yellow in the design will go nicely with the curtains.

3 // Speaking of the curtains, I love these. The design is kind of like a “rustic paisley” – if that makes any sense. Tiff & Josh have some touches of yellow in the adjoining living room, so these will be a perfect way to marry the two spaces.

4 // As I mentioned earlier, they recently had their walls painted Winter Flannel by Valspar. In some lighting, it looks blue, in others, gray. It’s a really nice color and will be a great backdrop for the punches of color we’re bringing in.

5 // I’m so excited about this. We’re going to be DIYing a marquee letter (just like the one we did for our carport-turned-patio). Only this time, it’ll be a bit smaller, and we’ll be doing a letter “P” for their last name.

6 // These baskets have always been a Target favorite of mine; they’re perfect for so many things. We’re going to grab one (maybe two) of these to store some toys.

7 // Poufs are all the rage these days, and this playroom has the perfect space for them in front of one of the windows. Not only are they the perfect size for the kids to romp around on, they’re also large enough to serve as extra seating for mom and dad while the kids are playing. Plus, the burlap covers are super durable and will be easy to clean if needed.

8 // We’re going to be taking their existing art easel (which is a natural wood color) and giving it a mini makeover with some spray paint to help it tie in with the black/brown storage units we’re bringing in.

9 // I love this clock because it will bring a fun schoolhouse chic look to the room. The large, clear numbers will come in handy when Brayden is learning to tell time in the next year or two.

10 // These are the baskets we’ll be using for the bottom rows of the Expedit Kallax storage units. We might be adding some toy labels a la iHeart Organizing – she’s a genius – but the jury is still out on that one until we get all of the stuff in the room. Update: since making this mood board, we’ve switched to these baskets.

11 // Pretty much every kid at our church is between Brayden and Judah’s ages (yes, something is in the water over there), so they will have many many friends to play with in the space. Hence why I love this plaque for a playroom.

12 // We’re planning on filling up the “arts & crafts” corner with a bunch of toddler-friendly craft items and repurposing plastic jars and such to store art supplies.

So, that’s the plan, Stan. A lot of the mood board items are sitting here in our living room waiting to be taken over to Tiff & Josh’s house this weekend (and a few things are still on the way). We’ll have the finished room for you guys next week with before and after photos (and a really fun Target giveaway!). In the mean time, make sure you follow us on Instagram to see playroom updates over the weekend!

Now I have the sudden urge to watch Disney Channel (which, actually, I do all the time anyway) and color in a coloring book… anyone else?


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  • Reply
    Karen M
    May 15, 2014 at 11:21 am

    This looks like such a sweet fun project. You two are perfect for getting this room done!

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    May 15, 2014 at 11:22 am

    What a neat idea! Kid room are so fun!

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    Lindsay S
    May 15, 2014 at 11:26 am

    A perfect project for you! Love what you did with the mood board. It’s going to look lovely.

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    May 15, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I can’t get enough of those chalkboard label baskets from Target. I think we have four of them floating around our house.

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    May 15, 2014 at 11:28 am

    We did the i Heart Organizing labeling system in our toy room and it has worked wonders for my girls. Highly recommend it!

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      May 15, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Good to know!

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    May 15, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I’ve been eyeing those poufs on the Target website for MONTHS! Looking forward to seeing them in this cute room!

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      May 15, 2014 at 11:31 am

      They’re even nicer looking in person!

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    Lori H
    May 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Love the whole thing! Looking forward to the finished room 🙂

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    May 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    SO freaking excited to see how this room evolves! Your inspiration board looks fantastic! Target is such a great place for playroom furnishings!

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      May 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Ahh, thanks Jen! I wish you were here to help me, haha!

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    Hannah S
    May 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    It’s going to look adorable. A great collection of ideas and colors! Lucky little boys:)

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    Karen Lee
    May 15, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I’m a new follower of your blog and have been enjoying it so much. I enjoy the variety you offer and look forward to seeing the playroom finished next week.

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      May 15, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you so much, Karen!

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    May 16, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Such a sweet family. I love your ideas. So excited to see it all come together.

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    May 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Curious – are the curtain from target as well?! Love the board – looks fantastic and I can’t wait to see what’s to come!

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      May 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Yep, the curtains are from Target. If you click the number in the rundown of the mood board, it will take you to them.

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    May 21, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Love the mood board !! What software did you use to create it? I am still in the magazine clipping and tape era 🙂

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      May 21, 2014 at 11:04 am

      Thank you! I used a mixture of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. If the product photos need to be edited (the background taken out or cropped), that’s done in Photoshop. When it comes to laying it all out, Illustrator is used to put all of the pieces together (you could also easily do the layout in Photoshop though!). If you don’t have access to those programs, Polyvore is a great (and easy-to-use) option.

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