Friday, January 27, 2012

Our Playroom Is Done!

welcome to our play room tour!

before we painted the room (originally intended as an office) it was a very boring shade of painter's beige.  boooooring!

we found "rona eco" recycled low-voc interior paint in "ocean" for a great deal at  the colour looked nice on the container (they didn't have any swatches available, at least not that we could find) so we risked it!  i'm so glad we did, the colour turned out exactly how i'd hoped.  not too blue, not too green, not too grey, just a nice, warm, beachy colour.
we also painted the bulk-head white to match the ceiling instead of the colour of the walls.  i think it looks better.

here it is!
the kids love it, and we're really happy with how it turned out.

there's a comfy adult-sized chair (an ikea poang) near the entry for somewhere to kick back and relax with a book.  the kids have all their measurements since they were born on the height chart i made for them out of a recycled glass-front cupboard door and a drawing on paper (that i can change out for something else when they grow out of this drawing).  there is also an art wall, table & chairs, a kitchen, an easel and a fold-up barbie dollhouse.

our ikea expedit shelf fits perfectly in the closet-sized nook in the corner and houses more toys and storage bins.  shelving is key in a kids room, it was mismatched before looked messy, so although they aren't all the same still we thought we should at least keep them all the same pine/birch colour for a sense of cohesiveness.  favourite toys can make great decorations, too.

kids love fish, have you noticed that?  our goldfish now live in they playroom for the kids to see and feed.  there are alphabet magnets on a magnet board (which can also be used for all sorts of magnet games they have).  
although she's not even 2 (almost) my daughter loves barbies already.  she has a bunch so we found this fold-up doll house to play with them in.  i loved barbies as a kid, too, so i have fun playing with them with her.

see my last post about the clip-board art wall and picasso quote we put together for the kids to enjoy.  we didn't spring for the $50 top half to this kitchen, instead we hung up a $8.99 rail with hooks to hang pots and pans, oven mitts, and play-aprons.

when my 4-year-old son saw that we'd hung this menu above the table he was excited at the idea of his "customers" sitting and ordering from him so he could cook their food in his kitchen.  pretty cute.

also in this room is a staircase that leads to my in-law's house upstairs.  it's hard to tell in this picture but it was the same boring beige as the rest of the house before so we painted it all our in a bright crisp white.  it really brightened it up and looks more modern now, which we love.

thank you for joining me on the tour of our playroom.  i hope you've been inspired!


  1. You seriously did a *great* job on this room. The wall color is great, the styled shelving is great, the art and kitchen areas are great, the awesome glass height-measurer is great, it's all great. Your kids must love it!

    Also, I love that Elliott has a captain america action figure. I'm jealous actually.

  2. thanks, @tim!
    you too could be so lucky to have a captain america action figure if you ate kids meals at mcdonalds...

  3. Oh my gosh I would play here!! It looks beautiful Katie! Painting the soffet white was a great idea - it looks a lot better. The pictures look great too! I love your balance of creative close-ups and wide shots. Seriously perfect!

  4. Wow, love it!! The wall colour is awesome, and I love all the thoughtful detail.

  5. Wow it looks awesome!! Love that bluey beachy color you chose! I also love how much storage you have and how neat it all looks. I definitely need to organize our kids rooms to be more functional with toys! Great job Katie!