January 2, 2013

Playroom Reno

Happy New Year!

Hope you enjoyed the holidays!  Can you believe I forgot to photograph all the little projects I made for Christmas gifts?  I know!  I think I could make a post out of what I have left over (not 'reject gifts', just things I made for Rowan or extras) so perhaps I'll get on that later this week.

In the mean time....



I found a home for all of the toys and books little R-man received over the holidays.  And I'd like to introduce you to the first part of my PLAYROOM RENO series.


I have a few rooms that I'd like to transform this year, but instead of doing things in scatterbrain fashion, I'm going to take a civilized approach and concentrate on doing one at a time.  And in the most cost-effective manner.


So, this is what I have to start with.  I really liked the idea of bench seating and storage with a pair of Expedit IKEA shelves as seen on i heart organizing.  I am on the hunt for some funky fabric for the cushion and pillows.  Hopefully Tonic Living will unveil their new arrivals soon!  I also need a home for all those mini hockey sticks and stuffed animals that are not bedtime must-haves.


I need to paint this table and chairs set (given to me about a year ago already primed) and figure out a storage cabinet for arts and crafts goodies.  I'm thinking a small dresser or bedside table should do the trick.  I'd also like to add an area to dry/display art work.


The handyman table was Rowan's big gift on his second birthday (dreamed up by me, but built by his dad) and I'd also like to do a little DIY play kitchen too.  I'm not entirely sure what to do about that blue and red desk set.  I'm going to have to do a bit of research on painting plastic; it may end up in Rowan's room.


My colour palette will be inspired by this alphabet set from K&Company.  You can find it at Michael's if you're not into online shopping.  I Mod Podged the cards to some foam core board...not a great idea.  It warped and now it looks all funky and weird.  And I'm not a fan of the random blocks of scrapbook paper I threw in.  This method from Teal & Lime is much better.  I may re-do it :(



The ceiling is unfinished (thanks, previous homeowners) and not a high priority at the moment.  I prettied it up with my bird mobile that use to live over Rowan's crib.  It doesn't really work.  Since the playroom is in the basement and the only natural light comes through a window in the adjacent spare bedroom, I need some fun art work or other wall treatments.

I was proud of my post-Christmas organizing until I returned to the main living area in the basement and saw this...


...trains and trains and trains.  Ahhhhhhh crud.

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