This has been a long time in the making, but today I am finally showing you the Room Reveal for our Playroom Makeover! Yippee! This will be a long post, but stick with me because I promise tons of beautiful pictures showing how I cleaned, organized, designed, and decorated our awesome playroom! And don’t worry, I have links to all the projects we did at the bottom of the post : )
It all started back in January, after dear old Santa left a big pile of new toys at our house. Once the holiday rush was over and it was time to put everything away, I realized the monstrosity our playroom had become! There were toys stacked EVERYWHERE and definitely no room to put away new ones! It was unorganized, dysfunctional, and a straight up eyesore. I decided it was finally time to get things in order and give the boys a fun space where they could play, create, and read together!
Warning: These photos contain the real deal disaster that had taken over our playroom. Boxes of Legos stacked twenty high, pieces of train tracks scattered all over the room… you could probably even find a small child missing in there. Photos like these can cause Moms to hyperventilate and you may need to avert your eyes.
The first order of business was to get all those toys organized. My kids and I went through everything together, and we donated a lot of toys we don’t use anymore and threw away piles of broken, useless stuff. It is amazing how much these kids accumulate over time! The majority of our toys got organized into storage cube shelves (like these) with fabric drawers (like these).
We decided what each drawer would hold, and the boys put all their toys away in the correct spots. The drawers are awesome for corralling toys with a lot of pieces like Lincoln Logs, blocks, and train tracks! You can read the full post about our toy organization here.
To make it easy for the boys to put their toys away, I created these Faux Chalkboard Medallion Tags to hang on each drawer. They have the trendy chalkboard look but won’t rub off!
There was a lot of empty wall space above the toy storage, so I added two shelves to hold some of the boys’ artwork and knick knacks.
This Framed Giraffe Art only cost me $1 to make and added a ton of cute to the room!
And these Plastic Elephant Bookends may just be my favorite project from the entire makeover. So simple to make and SO cute! A little spray paint makes everything better, right?
I added a few other pieces to fill in the shelves like a baseball with little sports figurines, some big wooden letters, our Disney pin collection shadowbox, and a piece of stripe art I created using leftovers from our Herringbone Watercolor Art.
I’m still playing with the look of the shelves, but for now I think they turned out pretty cute. The canvases my boys painted with artist extraordinaire Leoma Lovegrove always make me smile and bring back such sweet memories. You can read all about our painting lesson with Leoma and the story behind the paintings here.
Moving around the room, I used a small, empty corner to setup a Creative Center for the boys where they can build Legos, color, and do crafts!
I found a school desk at Goodwill for $10, which gave the kids some workspace plus a little additional storage inside the desk.
I took advantage of vertical space for storage and hung tool organizers from the hardware store on the wall above the desk. The bottom one holds Legos and the top holds crafts supplies. On the opposite wall I hung three clear wall files that I covered in a pretty blue chevron contact paper to hold the boys’ coloring books.
The boys are always wanting to draw or build something, and now they have their very own space to do it! You can read the full post about our Playroom Creative Center here.
Next to the creative center is a toy box for some of the bigger toys and a little reading area. A bookshelf full of books, a rocking chair with a comfy pillow (which I made to match the curtains I also made!), and a soft rug is all it took to create a cozy and inviting space to read!
I added a fun gallery of colorful old records above the reading area to spice up the boring gray walls.
And I gave a washi tape makeover to an old lamp for our bookshelf. Yes, I said washi tape! I spray painted the lamp base a pretty turquoise blue and wrapped the middle in a polka dot washi tape. It took no time at all and looks super cute! I just love washi tape… don’t you?
In the center of our room is a big train table that the boys love to play at.
We also have two Baking Sheet Magnet Boards for the boys to have fun with. It keeps all those crazy magnets off Mommy’s clean refrigerator and keeps the kids busy for hours. It is definitely a win-win : )
And above the magnet boards is a gorgeous piece of Modern Watercolor Art that my boys helped create! They made watercolor paintings, and I cut them up into strips and created a fun herringbone pattern with them! The bright colors look stunning with a white frame.
On the last wall sits one of the most brilliant organizing/up-cycling ideas I’ve ever come up with: What do you do with a baby’s changing table once you’re done using it? Turn it into a parking garage!!
Even though ours was a cheap one from Walmart, it had good shelving and was still in great condition once our youngest baby grew out of it. And let me tell you Moms, big open shelving like this is PERFECT for all those big trucks and tractors! My boys are little farmers-in-training, and there is never a shortage of giant tractors in our house that are impossible to store. But our old changing table was the perfect solution to house all those vehicles, and the boys love “parking them in the shed” at the end of the day.
On top of the
changing table parking garage sits the containers we use to store video games. I got tired of finding games all over the house and tripping over charging cords, so I used simple dollar store bins to store, organize, and charge their handheld games.
My kids are 100% boys, and that means we own quite a few dart shooters, swords, and toy guns. My boys think they need to have a full arsenal in case the aliens attack or Loki comes to steal the Tesseract. (Please tell me I’m not the only Mom who knows what that means!) They’re fun to have, but absolutely impossible to store. I was about to get rid of an old wrapping paper organizer when I realized it would make the perfect “weapon holder”. A garbage can would probably do the same thing, but I like that this organizer is tall enough to hold the long swords. I just hide it away in a small closet in the playroom to keep it out of sight since it’s not all that pretty.
As part of the makeover, we also installed some extra shelving in that small closet to give us more space for games, puzzles, etc.
And that, my friends, is our Playroom Makeover! Whew, that was a lot of playroom to go through! Here’s a little Before and After so you can see how far we’ve come with this awesome transformation:
Big improvement right? I hope I’ve inspired you to tackle your own playroom and give your kids a space that is fun, playful, and organized!
What was your favorite part of the playroom makeover? Did you find an awesome organizing idea or a DIY project you can’t wait to try? Leave a comment and let me know what you liked!
Here are all the playroom projects again with more details and step by step instructions:
1) Plastic Elephant Book Ends 2) Modern Watercolor Art 3) Playroom Storage Solutions 4) Record Wall 5) Framed Giraffe Art 6) Baking Sheet Magnet Boards 7) Faux Chalkboard Medallion Tags 8) Disney Pin Shadowbox 9) Creative Center 10) Video Game Storage 11) Kids Canvas Art
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