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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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!