The Playroom Reveal

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Playroom ideasAre you excited?  You should be!  It’s time for another reveal.  This time, it is the living room turned playroom reveal.  Let’s start by reviewing what this room looked like when we moved in, shall we?  Only two words come to mind…BORING and DEPRESSING.

As I explain a bit on the Tour My Home page, we are not a family that has a need or a desire for a “fancy room,” which is what this room is intended to be.  But, we are a family that had a strong desire for a dedicated playroom.  When we viewed the house, I knew this room would be perfect for our twin girls’ playroom.  It has FABULOUSLY large casement windows and tons of wonderful natural light, which I feel is ideal for a playroom.  I also love that it has glass french doors that open to our family room.  LOVE that layout.  (Note that ugly, outdated fireplace you can see in the family room is now GONE.  Stay tuned for the family room reveal :)  I purposely avoided any “after” shots of the playroom that revealed part of the family room.  You’ll just have to wait!) UPDATE: THE FAMILY ROOM REVEAL IS COMPLETE.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

It is not totally ideal that the room can been seen from the foyer.  I mean, a playroom is probably not the first room you want anyone to see.  But, none of our friends, family or other visitors are the stuffy type, so exposing our playroom to visitors was just fine by us.  Plus, it gives the girls, who were potty training shortly after we moved in, quick and easy access to the downstairs powder room.  (If you want to check out the first floor floor plan, you can see it by clicking on the Tour My Home page).

To make it over, I knew we would have to get rid of the baby poop brown walls and the dingy carpet.  And we did all of that.  But before I show you how we got there, let me share with you the glorious results!!!

Isn’t it a happy playroom?!  And though I did “tidy up” some for these photos, I did not remove any toys from the room or clean the chalk board so what you are seeing is TRULY how our playroom looks on a day-to-day basis.  The storage really does hold all of the girls’ toys and makes it easy for us to stay tidy and organized.  Most importantly, it enables the girls to retrieve AND put their books and toys away on their own.  The few items that are stored up high are stored there for a reason–they are items that require supervision (markers, toys with small pieces, etc.).   For those inquiring minds that want to know if we really leave the crayons on the table all the time, the answer is yes.  By some miracle, Attley and Avery do not color anything except the paper that we give them, so they have earned our trust with the crayons :)

Now for the details.  Phase 1 consisted of painting the walls a gorgeous blue color and hanging golden yellow grommet curtains.  We also painted the trim a true white, a nice change from the dated taupe/beige color that it was previously.  Joe also changed all of the electrical outlets and light switches from almond to white–it’s shocking what a difference such a small change can make.

I painted the wall to the right of the french doors with magnetic primer and then with a chalkboard top coat, which the girls love.  DISCLAIMER: If I had it to do over again, I would have skipped the magnetic primer.  It was messy and can barely hold a magnetic letter.  Definitely not worth the time or effort, but it was a good idea in theory.

As for the furniture, we already had the chaise lounges.  We chose chaise lounges because we find them to be more comfy for snuggling up and reading with the girls or watching movies than a traditional couch.  We also already had the Trofast storage system from Ikea, which is amazing and reasonably priced.  The little table and chairs also came from Ikea.  The bookshelves are made from rain gutters–a project to be featured in another post sometime in the future.  The bean bag chairs are from The Land of Nod {affiliate link below*} They are FABULOUS because the covers are removable and washable.

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Now for the best part…the decorative details!  I ordered the paper mache letters to spell out TOYS (in conjunction with an inexpensive clock from Target) from Consumer Crafts–this was very inexpensive and I think has a high impact.  I simply spray painted the letters black.  Easy!

To add some interest to the walls without spending a fortune, I ordered a set of 12 Eric Carle Decorative Prints {*affiliate link} and framed 4 of them.

I just love how they look in the room.   We already had the wall lamps from Pottery Barn that were used in a different room in our prior house.  All of the frames you see also came from Ikea (yes, I LOVE Ikea, especially for kid spaces).  Frankly, I think the room could use a nice area rug, but it is not in the budget right now!

Phase 2 (which took place several months after phase 1) consisted of tearing out the nasty carpet and replaced it with the MOST GORGEOUS hand-scraped laminate (yep, laminate) floors I have ever seen.  A huge thanks to Sarah at The Yellow Cape Cod for turning me on to these floors.  They are amazing in quality and price.  More details on the floors and the installation and finishing process coming soon.

As many of you DIYers already know, the “getting there” process can be pretty darn ugly and messy, but it’s important to show the process.  The wonderful, handsome, handy man you see in the photos is my Joe :)  You can see how gross the floor looked after we ripped out the carpet and the padding.

Just look at these GORGEOUS floors up close.  I bet you can’t wait to hear more about them?!  Check back or follow me so that you do not miss that post!

Floors close up

How about a few side-by-side comparisons?

And now two more photos, because I cannot help but show you a photo of Attley and Avery actually USING their wonderful space.

So, what do you think?

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  1. Hollie says

    I can’t find the follow up post about your floors. What and where are they? I’m using a lot of these ideas for my new playroom. Thanks,

    • says

      Oh goodness, Hollie! I am so sorry. I never got around to that post :( But, I can tell you that the floors are made by Select Surfaces and they are the Canyon Oak color. We have been SO impressed with them. They are holding up perfectly. You can purchase them at Sam’s Club. They are an incredible value! Hope that helps.

  2. Anna says

    What an adorable room! I have twin daughters as well—totally random question—where are those gorgeous skirts from that they’re wearing? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Anna! Thank you :) YAY for twin girls! Aren’t they so much fun? How old are yours? Those skirts came from Mini Boden. I rarely shop there, but I got those skirts for 60% off!

    • says

      Thank you so much, Jillian! I cannot believe you have TRIPLETS! My twin girls are wonderful, but goodness, I can’t imagine having a third one at the same time. My hats off to you! I look forward to getting to know your blog better and following you on Pinterest!

  3. sarah says

    hi! love your chalkboard wall! have you found the chalk dust to be a problem? we have a carpeted play room and would love a chalk board wall!

    • says

      Hello, Sarah! No, we have not found the dust to be a problem at all. Every once in a while when an eraser falls on the floor, we have some dust to wipe up, but it’s not bad at all!

  4. Katie says

    Not sure how I found this playroom reveal, but I’m so glad I did. I’ve been looking for a blue that would look great with similar colored flooring in my little boy’s room. Do you remember what color and brand this blue paint is?
    thank you!

    • says

      Hi Katie! I will double-check tomorrow, but I am pretty sure the color is “Nostalgia” by Valspar! So glad you found my blog also. I hope you will come back some time!

  5. says

    You are such an inspiration! Thank you for your blog. I own an apartment building and am ready to decorate because it doesn’t look like moving is in the plans for now. Therefore, you have to create an oasis where you are and you have given me some wonderful ideas! Also, your girls are just beautiful.

    • says

      Awww! So glad you found some inspiration on my blog. That’s what it is here for! And thanks for the compliment on my sweet girls :) Have a great night!


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