Sep 6, 2011

Playroom Big Reveal

Woohoo!!!  The playroom is decorated and was finished just in time for the start of school.... perfect timing!  I'm excited to be doing some of our school work in such a fun room (and I love that I feel a little more organized since books, toys, games, etc now have their own designated spot in the house).

Playroom

The Ikea Expedit, that I purchased here, is a tremendous help in keeping the playroom organized.  The divided shelving makes it really easy to put toys away and keep them organized in separate areas. The galvanized bins on the bottom are a huge plus..... perfect for storing Lego's, play food, toy cars, etc.

Playroom

Playroom

Playroom

Playroom

To add more color on the shelving wall (besides all the toy colors), I flanked the bookcase with two frames, colored decorative paper and my daughter's scribbles here....

Playroom

Playroom

To keep their scribbles, doodles and artwork highlighted, I painted an entire wall in black chalkboard paint here.  I was a little nervous to have one whole wall black, but I LOVE it!  The kids are constantly chalking and are thrilled they can draw huge, life-size pictures on the wall.....

Playroom

To display all their art creations that are done on smallish-sized paper, I strung yarn across the room here and clipped their work using dressed-up clothes-pins here.

Playroom

I thought one huge black wall needed something else (and I needed a place to put a keyboard), so I painted a table that used to be in our hallway in VA with the same black chalkboard paint as the wall and placed the table on one end of the wall.  I added the keyboard, a Bygel rail and three Asker containers from Ikea (I modge-podged small pieces of decorative paper on the containers), and recovered a round ottoman in a chevron print (I used the backside of the chevron - Flatiron Pacifica available thru Tonic Living - so the color was a little muted).

Playroom

Playroom

Across from the chalkboard wall is a huge window that lets in plenty of natural light.  I wanted bold curtains that would help balance the dark wall on the opposite side.  I ordered several fabric samples here and ended up choosing Varenna Charcoal, available thru Tonic Living.  I made the curtains floor to ceiling length....

Playroom

Next to the window is another table for the kids.... their own activity table!  I used a round wooden table top and plumbing materials to make the height of the table at my kid's seated comfort level (more about that here).  I painted a few kid chairs Heirloom White by Rustoleum and sawed off a few inches from the legs of two larger (adult-sized) chairs here to make them comfortable for the kids.  I painted one chair a peacock blue color and added a few pillows for more color....

Playroom

Playroom

On the top of the table is a tray to encourage the kids to create more artwork.... I love rotating their pictures on the clothes-pins and in frames throughout the house....

Playroom

Behind the activity table is a bulletin board to hang more artwork....

Playroom

The kids love having their own space for creativity and play.... I love that it's organized (and neat at the moment)...

Playroom

And now for my favorite part..... the before and after.  This is what the room (office) looked like when we purchased the house.  I removed the french doors here to open up the space, I also removed the curtains and painted three of the walls Floral White and one wall in black chalkboard paint from Benjamin Moore.

Playroom

Playroom

Playroom

Playroom

71 comments:

  1. O MY GOODNESS!! I wanna come play! it looks amazing! My favorite thing is the boldness and fun of the blackboard wall! question, do you have lots of chalk dust on the floor now? ;)

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  2. Love that chalkboard wall! What a great before and after.

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  3. Kristy, Awesome job!!! i absolutely love it!!!
    hey, is your super-mom cape pink???? ;)

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  4. Thanks for the sweet comments :)

    @Abby - As for the chalk dust.... most of it lands on the ledge of the baseboard, a little on the rug. About once a wk I use the vacuum hose and run it along the baseboard, then the rug. The time it takes to switch to the hose is sooo worth the fun the kids have with a chalkboard :)

    @Jenny - I wish I had a pink cape.... maybe I could wave it around and the dirty dishes would disappear and my house would be clean :)

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  5. This is gorgeous!!! Visiting from House of Hepworths.

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  6. WOW! You have some very lucky kids. That is a great play room! This makes me want to paint a wall in our house with chalkboard paint. I'd be doodling on it all day. Found you through Hookin Up with HOH.

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  7. This is incredible!! That chalkboard wall is amazing. Pretty sure I want to be a kid again and play in this room!

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  8. Thanks!!! You'll even catch me making swirls with my jumbo chalk in hand.... I love that chalkboard. I think it's a must-have for every house, especially a playroom :)))

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  9. This looks fabulous! How nice to have a room on the first floor like this to use. You did a great job.

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  10. LOVE this! You did such a great job!

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  11. WOW! You did a lovely job! It looks amazing! It makes me want to go play! Thanks for linking up to my party! Hope to see you next week for more!

    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife
    http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/

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  12. That is absolutely beautiful! What lucky kids to have such a fun room! The chalkboard wall is awesome!

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  13. I love this room. You put it together so well with your personal touch on it! I'm sure the kids will love it!

    Jodi

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  14. I love your chalkboard wall. The entire room looks so organized and put together. You did a fantastic job. Visiting from HoH.
    ~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 

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  15. This is incredible! I love this room! I featured you today on my blog:

    http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2011/09/wednesdays-wowzers-almost-30.html

    Thanks for inspiring!
    ~Alison

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  16. Great job. I love it! So fun and organized.

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  17. Ignore my earlier post, I'm barely awake and easily confused in the morning :D

    This playroom is A-MA-ZING! I truly love everything about it. LOVE that everything can easily be kept tidy and in it's proper place thanks to the shelving. And the chalk wall with the hanging art - so great! As are those adorable chairs at the table. I really can't say enough about this space :D I'm going to be pinning all of this to Pinterest - I'm in LOVE!

    Shelley
    www.westermanfam.blogspot.com

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  18. Love it all! I fell like you thought of everything. I would just want to hang out in that room!

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  19. I LOVE it!!! I found you on remodelaholic, and had to click cuz i just submitted my playroom reveal as well. I love the chalkboard wall, and all the details that went into your room.

    So, i have a link party starting tonight, i'd LOVE so much if you have time to come link this up!!!

    www.familyeverafterblog.com

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  20. Amazing! Your kids must be in there all day! I love the shelving from Ikea and the chalkboard painted wall, if you have some time I'd love it if you could come over to my link party and share this!
    www.mysimplehomelife.com

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  21. Wow what a fantastic playroom, I bet they are thrilled to have something that special

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  22. Looks great! I love all your organization, that way you and the kids know where everything goes.

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  23. This is pretty great. I think we are going to do something similar with the amazing IKEA shelf.

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  24. That chalkboard wall is AWESOME!!!

    We would ♥ for you to share this with our readers at our linky party going on this weekend! XO

    http://lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com/

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  25. That chalkborad wall is crazy cool!!! I bet ANY kid would love to play in there...including me! I hope you will link up with me here:
    http://www.thegingerbreadblog.com/2011/09/sweet-saturday-v5.html

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  26. Lolly Jane & April - Thanks for the invites... all linked up!!!

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  27. Love it, especially the curtains! Great job! I would definitely want to come play in there! Found you via I Heart Nap Time. Looks like we're close...I'm in Cypress, TX. Toodles, Kathryn http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/09/voice-studio.html

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  28. What a wonderful, family friendly space ! I love that the kids room is front and center in your home and looks amazing !


    thanks for sharing,
    gena

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  29. What a fun room! Great choice on the curtains!

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  30. Cute, cute! I bet the kids LOVE it. Everyone will want to come to your house!

    Dropping by from Met Monday.

    Allison
    Atticmag
    Vintage Gumwood Cabinet Kitchen

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  31. SO great! Love all the details!! THANK YOU for sharing!

    We host a linky party every Tuesday "Help a Momma out" This would be perfect! I would appreciate if you linked it up! Thanks for your consideration :)

    Kristine
    www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

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  32. Kristine - Thanks for the invite.... all linked up :)

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  33. What an awesome space you have created! I am envious ;) In a good way of course. Thanks so much for linking up with us, and sharing this awesomeness! Very inspiring.
    Britney
    www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

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  34. I still haven’t taken the jump to painting something with chalkboard paint for the kiddo to color. We’re still trying to teach about not coloring on everything!

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  35. This is AMAZING! What an inspiration you are :)

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  36. Lets just say I drop off my son for awhile...that's all.

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  37. I featured your beautiful playroom at my party!

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  38. wow! this is awesome! i saw it over at jacqueline's and love it! my kids would love this room.

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  39. this is amazing, hope you dont mind if i share on my blog!!!!! i love it x

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  40. AMAZING job!!!! I took a few ideas for my self, thank you so much for sharing!

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  41. The playroom came out beautifully! I wish I was the kid getting to play in there. I hope you don't mind that I'm using your photo of the art supplies on the IKEA bar and linking to your post tomorrow.

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