Decorating

A Playroom Makeover: Part 2

Playroom Makeover // 7thhouseontheleft.com // #targetinnercircle

As promised, I’m back to share the outcome of our weekend playroom decorating project! If you didn’t catch last week’s post with the 411 about this project, check it out here. If you don’t have time to click back and read a whole post, basically, Greg and I spent this last weekend decorating the playroom over at our good friends’, Tiffany and Josh’s, house. They have two boys who are 3 1/2 (gotta get that half in there) and 7 months. Here’s what the playroom looked like before…

Playroom Before // 7thhouseontheleft.com

The playroom is open to the living area, so Tiff and Josh wanted 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. After a 48-hour decorating/DIYing/organizing/shopping blitz, here’s what the playroom looks like now…

Playroom Makeover // 7thhouseontheleft.com

So, I have to admit, I was a little nervous there wouldn’t be enough of a difference for a “good before and after” since this was a mini makeover. It’s not like we were painting the walls or doing any major renovations. Not that they needed it; I love this wall color. As it turns out, my fears were misplaced. The power of hanging curtains and wall art is ridiculous! I’m so, so happy with how this room turned out – and so are Tiffany, Josh and the boys – which makes me even happier.

Playroom Makeover // 7thhouseontheleft.com

We ended up not labeling the baskets like I mentioned in the Part 1 post due to the fact that, at this age, the boy’s toys are more categorized by size than type. That said, Jen’s toy-basket labeling system is genius, so Tiff will probably be adding that down the road.

Kid-Friendly Table Lamp // 7thhouseontheleft.com

I wanted to put a table lamp on top of the storage unit to add some “non-overhead lighting” and overall coziness. This Threshold wood lamp in particular is perfect for a playroom because it’s solid wood and won’t break if it’s accidentally knocked over. It’s super durable, and the fact that it already has some weathering to it will make any future scratches/dents less noticeable, if noticeable at all. With the lamp topped off with a simple linen shade, we were in business.

Playroom Makeover // 7thhouseontheleft.com

I brought the faux grass trough over from our house (you might remember seeing it on the kitchen island before we built the one we’re currently using). I thought it would be a fun way to bring in some green “plant life” while still being in the “kid-friendly” category. Actually, it’s fun to run your hands across the top, so I’m just going to call it a toddler sensory activity. Ha! I might have just laughed at that a little too hard. I’m bringing Tiff some picture stays (basically, they’re just little rubber feet) later this week to put on the bottom so it doesn’t move around too easily and end up scratching the top of the cubes if things get boisterous. Boys will be boys.

For the artwork, Brayden loves firetrucks, so I made him a 24×36 print of a vintage firetruck and hung it in a simple black poster frame. Since there was already so much color throughout the room, I used a chalkboard texture background. I love how it ties in with the chalkboard easel on the other side of the room and the chalkboard label on the front of the toy basket nearby.

Playroom Makeover // 7thhouseontheleft.com

On the other side of the room is another storage unit. Again, we filled the bottom row with baskets and the top row with toys.

DIY Burlap Pinboards // 7thhouseontheleft.com

On the wall, we hung four DIY burlap pin boards for the kid’s artwork. You can make these with any type of fabric, but we went with burlap to bring in a slightly rustic texture and to tie in with the baskets throughout the room. I can’t wait to see it filled up with lots of art and craft projects. I’ll be posting a “How To” on how I made these later this week!

DIY Marquee Light // 7thhouseontheleft.com

The small marquee letter is one of my favorite things in the room, and Greg was in charge of tackling it. Tanika, from Virago Demure, sent us an 18″ wooden letter “P”. Check out her Etsy shop because she has some awesome letters right now. We turned it into a marquee light by drilling holes for the lights with a paddle bit, giving it a few coats of glossy spray paint (Rust-Oleum’s Apple Red) and inserting a string of patio lights through the back. We did this same project for our carport-turned-covered patio. You can see the full tutorial in this post.

Friends Gather Here // 7thhouseontheleft.com

I love, love, love this sign – especially for a playroom. The worn texture ties in with the other slightly rustic elements throughout the room and the dark storage pieces. We hung it above the door with a few 3M Picture Hanging Strips. (I know I’ve said it a hundred times, but I love those things!)

Playroom Makeover // 7thhouseontheleft.com

We originally thought we would spray paint the art easel’s frame, but once we saw it in the room with everything else in place, we kind of liked the lighter color wood and how it went well with the lighter baskets in the storage units. I corralled their crayons and chalk in a small utensil caddy that fit perfectly on the little built-in shelf. I realized my not-so-aweseome chalk writing would be “redesigned” by 3-year-old hands in a matter of minutes after finishing, but I couldn’t help myself. 

Playroom Reading Corner // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Now for my favorite corner of the room… the reading corner. Let’s start with the chair. It’s a medium-sized chair and a perfect fit for this corner. The fabric is durable enough to stand the normal wear and tear of a playroom for boys. The pillow is fun and traditional at the same time and the pops of red tie in well with the marquee letter in the opposite corner of the room. On the floor next to the chair is a toy basket with a fun chalkboard label. Yet something else I know I’ve probably said this about a tons of times, but I love these baskets. We have one in our living room for movie night blankets, but I’ve always thought it would be great for a toy basket, so it was fun to finally get to put one into action.

Again, since there was so much color going on throughout the room, we kept the artwork simple and hung an 11×14 Bomb Dot Com print from our Brown & Barkley stock in a simple back frame. This is admittedly more for us adults because it’s something we say a lot – because we’re cool like that.

Since the curtains are in this shot, this is a good time to talk about them. These are the Threshold Paisley Window Panels, and I’m kind of obsessed with them. They’re what I’d describe to be a “rustic paisley” – kind of like a classic grandma with a modern twist. They look even better than expected with this wall color. I think they’d look great on a medium to dark gray wall as well.

Playroom Makeover // 7thhouseontheleft.com

So, that’s the tour of Brayden & Judah’s new playroom. Decorating a playroom is something I’ve always wanted to sink my teeth into, so it was a lot of fun – even though Greg is now looking for an excuse to get a train table… So, there’s that. PS – Be sure to check back in tomorrow for a fun Target gift card and gift bag giveaway!

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31 Comments

  • Reply
    Amanda
    May 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    This is too cute! You did a great job with this room. Love the DIY art wall.

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    Ann Lynn
    May 19, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Looks so good! Great job!

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    Michelle B
    May 19, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    What a happy room! It’s also a perfect look to have just off their living room. I’d be proud to have this room in our home.

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    ASLYN M
    May 19, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    My son has that exact same train table and he loves it! Can you tell me where you found the two fabric cubes at the far side of the room? They are a perfect size for the train table.

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      Ashley
      May 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Oops, forgot to mention those! They’re from Target and are really great. Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/1tbMUgB

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    Diana
    May 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I wish my kids were friends with Brayden and Josh! Ha!

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    Tanika Bell
    May 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I love everything in this room. Very creative use of space.

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    Serena
    May 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    LOVE this! We just found out we’re expecting a little one this Fall and I can’t wait until they’re old enough to have a playroom.

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    Rach M
    May 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I know you always say you aren’t an interior designer, but you could definitely be one! This is so good!

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      Ashley
      May 19, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Haha, thank you! Though I’m not sure I could take the pressure of decorating someone else’s house – well, someone I haven’t been friends with since I was a kid, haha.

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    Melanie
    May 19, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Wow! For 48 hours, that’s truly impressive!! I want a friend like you hahaha!

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    TANYA
    May 19, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Those are the Kallax right? Do you like them better than the Expedit?

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      Ashley
      May 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Yep, these are the Kallax. They aren’t solid wood like the Expedits were, but they’re still pretty good. Tiffany noticed they clean up a lot better than the Expedits, so that’s a plus – especially with kids.

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    caroline [the diy nurse]
    May 19, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    What a sweet sweet room! It looks fantastic

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    Lillie
    May 19, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    This room looks so fun and inviting! You did a wonderfully beautiful job!

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    Anne B
    May 19, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    yellow curtains? i never would have thought to use yellow curtains with blue walls but i love this. i also love the balance of kid and adult in the room. having an adult chair in the corner is a wonderful idea when you have small kids.

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    Molly
    May 19, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Getting ready to do decorating our playroom. Definitely going to use this as an inspiration! Thank you!

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    Sara
    May 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I love how it’s a room that grownups can enjoy too. Very clever excision!

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    Sally G
    May 19, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    This is fantastic. I really am in awe of what a huge impact simple changes can make.

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    Brittney
    May 19, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Cute!! Did you pick up the utensil caddy at Target too? It looks like the perfect size for all of those art supplies.

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      Ashley
      May 19, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks! It’s from Garden Ridge : )

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    Liz
    May 19, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    It looks amazing, great job!! I loved it

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    Kathy
    May 20, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Great job!!! What is the wall color….love it!!!

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      Ashley
      May 20, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Thank you! It’s Winter Flannel by Valspar – great color!

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    Ashley
    May 20, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Where did you get the black organizers with the baskets from? Im OBSESSED with this room!

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    Dana
    May 20, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Love the room. Fantastic job! I’m going to check out those curtains at Target.
    Does the marquee P actually light up? I didn’t see a cord so I wasn’t sure.

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      Ashley
      May 20, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Yep, it lights up. It can be plugged into the wall or you can use a small battery pack.

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    Sarah
    May 21, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I adore that wall color! I really love the burlap notice boards and the IKEA shelves, so simple and yet perfectly functional for the space. What a great job, I am so jealous of your friends 🙂

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    Betsy
    May 23, 2014 at 7:48 am

    This room looks adorable. If I can make one other suggestion for the mom, it would be to stop by the container store and buy a product called Museum Gel, which is a clear rubbery gel that does not mark or mar surfaces, but which helps objects stay firmly anchored. Just a little bit used under the lamp will would make sure that the children do not inadvertently knock it over and hurt themselves. Museum Gel is awesome stuff. It has saved so many delicate objects in my house from my own kids!

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      Ashley
      May 23, 2014 at 7:52 am

      I had no idea such a product existed! Very neat!

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