A Playroom Adults Can Love Too


When we moved into our home 4 years ago, we turned the bonus room into an office / craft room. We loved the way it looked, but it wasn't getting much use. Fed up with the lack of space for our children to play downstairs, we turned the office into a playroom.
We LOVED this office, but it didn't get used!
We LOVED this office, but it didn't get used!
We also wanted this space to double as a guest room, so we chose a color scheme that was less primary colors and a little more mature. Navy, red, light grey, and accents of Savannah Moss (by Ben Moore.) We also purchased a convertible sofa for the room. Having a place to sit or read while in the playroom has been one of my favorite things, and of course, it can fold out to be a full sized bed when needed. I wanted to have a lot of pillows, so the kids could build pillow forts. Most of the pillows were DIYed from scrap fabric. The mustache pillow was made using an old crib sheet and iron on vinyl.
Most of the pillows are from scrap fabric.
Most of the pillows are from scrap fabric.
Our biggest DIY project was the pipe shelves. We used longer pieces of pipes, corner braces and conduit hangers to keep the cost of the 6ft x 6ft shelves under $200. (We have a full tutorial up on our blog.) The shelves hold everything from craft supplies, small toys, and even an authentic rotary phone, which the kids love to play with.
Whimsical gallery wall
Whimsical gallery wall
We had a lot of fun with the gallery. We have a French Alphabet print, gradient rain drop print, and quotes like: "Dance your heart out" and "Let your joy rise to the surface". The prints were either free printables (We share the link on our blog.) or from an art pad by Me and My Big Ideas that I found at Hobby Lobby.
Be smart with toy storage!
Be smart with toy storage!
The baskets below the shelves are from Ikea. I used a sample of Savannah Moss by Ben Moore to paint the numbers 1 and 2 on them. The #1 basket holds legos. The #2 baskets holds an extensive train set. We also used a fun, vintage bucket and boxes that look like books to store the kids' smaller toys. I love that the kids can easily access their toys, but it doesn't look cluttered.
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To the right of the shelves, we used chalk board paint on a magnetic board (also from Ikea) to make a chalkboard. I used string to tie the chalk to the board, so that the younger kids can't use it to write on the walls or the furniture. We also hung mismatched hooks on the wall to hold dress-up clothes. I made the poufs using leftover white fabric. To make the pattern, I cut a plus sign into a potato and hand stamped the fabric with the same paint sample used on the baskets.
DIY poufs and hooks for dress-up clothes.
DIY poufs and hooks for dress-up clothes.
We also made an art / craft space for the kids to use. The red desk is from Target. The navy chair is from our garage. We spray painted it and recovered the seat, with (You guessed it!) left over fabric. I bought 4 cork squares, taped them off and used white paint to make the pattern. I also used mounting tape to attach mini clothes to the cork. The clothes pins are great, because the kids can hang their own art without messing with tacks.
If you have any questions, please ask! Also, if you want to see the whole project start to finish be sure to check out our blog. here-lately.com/playroom-reveal-jack-sparrow-approved/
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Blair Rincones

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