Playroom Makeover - Part 1
In our home, we are fortunate enough to have a second living space that many would traditionally use as their "formal living room." Having a two-year-old at the time we moved into our home meant we were anything BUT formal, so transforming that space into Jackson's playroom was a great option. The former home owners had begun to turn this room into a 4th bedroom and had built a large closet on the inner wall. This gave us a great place to tuck our large Ikea storage system filled with all of J's toys. And when we didn't want to see all of those toys, the closet doors could be easily closed!
When I originally styled our playroom, I used what we had - our former dining room rug that had seen better days, an antique armoire that hadn't found a spot anywhere else in our home...even the Ikea storage system had originally been a right-out-of-college purchase for my first apartment. This room never felt fully put together, but certainly did its job of keeping Jackson contained to one room right off of our kitchen, where I knew he was safe.
The same year we moved in, my dad built Jackson a large train table from designs that I had found. With 2 drawers on each side and a chalkboard top, it was a great space for Jackson to build and play. But it also took up a LOT of the playroom space and eventually became a catch all for EVERYTHING. As Jackson's love for Lego developed, I attempted to turn the train table into a Lego table, but Lego just ended up everywhere and he had no dedicated place to build.
Jackson's love of Lego continues to grow and in fact, our entire family is quite fond of Lego. So recently, I was inspired to restyle the playroom to meet our ever growing boy's needs. It was time to remove the train table and find a better Lego storage solution.
I planned for a large DIY floating desk to be mounted inside the closet with rolling tiered carts as Lego storage. Floating wall shelves would provide extra storage as well as a display area for special creations. Two wall sconces would provide sufficient light for building and a small wall mounted TV is an extra perk that will be great for Jackson as he grows up and becomes interested in video games like his daddy. Remember, this room didn't always have a closet, so there was already an electrical outlet on the back wall, making it easy for us to plug in electronics, like the sconces and TV.
Other plans for the room included:
Rearrange art and choose a more intentional arrangement for the playroom walls
Add a coffee table to create a lounge area opposite the Lego closet/TV
Replace the playroom rug
Purge toys and reorganize using one part of our Ikea system and the armoire
Create an accent wall
After I had a rough plan, the first thing to do was to remove everything from the room, deep clean, and purge what was no longer wanted or needed. I separated toys into: items to keep, broken toys to throw away, and things to sell or donate.
The only furniture I really intended to move were the storage unit from the closet and, of course, the train table. The Ikea storage unit is actually 2 pieces stacked together so I chose to keep this piece because I could uniformly use storage bins to contain and conceal toys. It fits perfectly under our large front window without blocking any of the light. It's also much narrower than the train table, so we now have much more floor space! When Jackson has outgrown his play kitchen and the fire station my dad also built, I will add some seating that can be moved forward for gaming. Simply moving everything out of the closet completely transformed the space! It instantly felt more open and brighter.
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The next item I wanted to decide upon was the rug. The wall color is fairly neutral, so I knew that a lot of my design choices would depend on the rug. This is the playroom wall color.
Much like in my post on styling a family photo shoot, the rug is my main statement piece that everything gets built around. As soon as I saw this rug, I fell in love, and the low price sealed the deal! I love that the colors are playful without giving off a childish vibe. My intention was to thoughtfully choose pieces that would continue to be appropriate as Jackson gets older.
For the accent wall, I chose to go with peel and stick wallpaper to add some sophisticated whimsy to the room. Originally, I chose 4 options and created a mood board to help me decide what worked best.
I initially chose the alphabet jumble print, but once the rug arrived and I saw it in the space, I questioned my decision. My original instinct for a black and white print didn't seem like the right choice, and I started to look at prints that primarily contained blue to compliment the walls, armoire, and rug. *This is why it is so crucial to first choose your statement piece - your anchor! As you select pieces to compliment the anchor, things will naturally compliment one another without having to be matchy matchy.
After another wallpaper search, I chose this print. As soon as it arrived I knew it was the perfect choice to compliment the rug and the rest of the room. This was my first experience with the Tempaper brand, and I was impressed with the quality. While I didn't film an entire peel and stick wallpaper tutorial, I have some great tips for you, which you can find here!
I LOVE how this wall turned out! The print just pops with our charcoal sofa! I rehung a few pieces of art that we genuinely love - Jackson's first piece of art, which you can find the tutorial for here. My grandmother's old Parcheesi board that I had framed, a photo I snapped in Venice, Italy of the cutest little house I've ever seen, and my "keep it poppin" art I found at Home Goods years ago.
We've had this old coffee table in our attic for years. It is a curvy slab of wood filled with knots that originally sat in my grandparents' basement. I plan to repaint it once the weather warms up and we are able to use our paint sprayer. It's large enough to play a family board game or use as an art station. And it's a great table during pizza movie nights! I haven't nailed down a color yet. What color would YOU paint it???
We already had the end table and gold reading light. A few plants and pillows help to make the space feel homey. Up to this this point, my only purchases have been:
Next week I'm going to share the armoire transformation as well as our entire tutorial for the Lego closet. But for now, I can't leave you hanging without a little peak at the finished space!!!
I'll share all the details on how we did it, and where to shop the look next time! What do you think??? Do you love it as much as we do? If you love it, share it! And don't forget to subscribe to keep up to date on all of my projects!
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