A New Playroom

A New Playroom

Last week, hubby and I were on our now weekly Friday morning date jogging over a bridge, through our quaint downtown, along a sidewalk lining the water’s edge. Feeling quite happy with the moment, we talked about being here for almost 5 years and how completely perfect a Friday morning was in this place, enjoying the sunshine and a little exercise together. While on that run together, and later when we stopped at our favorite local coffee shop for a little refueling, we discussed an idea I had for our home – to turn our current 4th bedroom and guest room into a playroom for our kids. It bothered me that a space that was used for sleeping guests about 5 nights/year meant that we had a space in our home that wasn’t being used to it’s full potential 360 days each year.

It seemed a little silly.

I suggested we move the queen bed from the guest room into our daughter’s room. Guests could use her room when they come and she can sleep in a another space that we create sometime. There are a lot of options for her when the time comes for that – and she’s still little enough that crashing in our bed for a weekend isn’t a big deal if we don’t have that sorted out by then. I wanted the space to be much more useful for our daily life.

My son’s room – small!- had his bed, his train table and a play kitchen in it. This left little room for anything else and barely any room to even move/play/walk through it. His toys weren’t getting used and his space could be much better served with just a bed and dresser and space to move.

Before we even drove home that day from our date, we swung into Home Depot and got paint, trim, and some shelving brackets. I was convinced we could do this without anything else. I didn’t want this project to cost a lot but I wanted big impact. A space my kids would feel at home being creative and playing. I was sure I could pull elements from the rest of our house to cover the rest of the space.

We started Saturday morning by emptying the room of the queen bed and the small desk that was in there with my computer on it. The bed went to my daughter’s room, the desk moved to the kitchen and the rug moved to the living room. We were left with a blank slate:


My handy dandy helpers got to work:



And now my kids have this to call a playroom:

We bought paint and some shelving for the closet (which isn’t ready for it’s closeup). The paint is the tintable chalkboard paint in charcoal gray. The window and door trim and chairs are Behr Intense Teal and the table is Behr Daredevil. I chose these on a whim in the paint department – I figured we’d make it work, and I think we did. It’s so cheerful and playful and perfect for a playroom for both my girl and my boy.

Everything else came from around the house. The table and chairs were curbside freebies painted for just this room. They were the standard oak table and chairs that you can find all over Craigslist. The toys were in bedrooms.

There are some finishing touches – like touch up to the paint job and choosing what artwork to put on the walls, but it’s pretty good now, I think.

I am glad they have their own space to play and create now. For not a whole lot of dough.

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  1. ok I’m REALLY supposed to be typing away on another project, but OH I HAD TO CHECK THIS OUT!!! I love it!! Am so so so jealous of all that wonderful play space, and how open you’ve left it for creative thought.

    not perfect, because that would be too Martha-y, but perfectly imperfect. Just right.

    (oh, and I *love* D’s miniskirt! We have the same one, can’t wait for #3 to fit into it next summer.)

  2. I LOVE it! Also love the bold pops of color. Great idea!

  3. oh this is great.. nice to see the kids pitching in

  4. Love it! What a quick make-over and a great play room for the kids! The teal and red paint look fabulous together. My son’s room sound very similar to how your son’s room was previously. Train table, toy box, cozy coupe, slide, big dump trucks…not to mention bed and 2 dressers. He needs a play room. I may have to sacrifice my office for a play room for him. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  5. Emily,
    I love it! Such a great little space. We are going to be moving soon, and I am facing the same dilemma of whether to use a room as a guest room or not?
    I like how you decided to do what was best for your family. I know your kids love it!!

  6. What a great room! I just know they love it!

  7. It looks great. Gives me some ideas.

  8. What a fun fun playroom! Great job to you and all your helpers! Have a good day!

  9. I love it Emily!! The turquoise trim and door make me super happy! Your kids are blessed to have such a fun playroom!

  10. Great idea – I agree about wanting to use space to it’s full potential. How’s your little guy liking more space to move in his room? Love the bright colors of the table and chair and how fun to have chalk board on the bottom!

    Emily Reply:

    He actually has nothing to do in there now except sleep. I should teach him how to fold his laundry and put it away so he could do that in there too :)

  11. That looks amazing! So inspiring :)

  12. I love everything about this room! It makes so much more sense to have this space as a room your children will use daily, rather than just a guest room. You’re a smart lady! Your kids must be in love with their new playroom. :-)

  13. oh, wow! those are some lucky kids! what a great place to play!

  14. Heck yes!!! I love it. And good for you guys for not lolly-gagging around about it and just DOING it!

  15. lindimity says:

    Good thinking, and great job! Sometimes we get so used to things as they are that we don’t stop to think that another way would be better. Sounds like you and hubby have some great dates!

  16. The playroom is amazing. I think it makes perfect sense to get full use of the space in your house. In fact, that’s part of what makes it a home. I’m sure the kids love it.

  17. Love the chalkboard paint!

  18. What a great playroom! I dream of having an extra room someday just for toys and kid stuff.
    Burning question – Where did that play kitchen come from?? I’m planning on getting my daughter one for her birthday in a few months and I just LOVE that kitchen! It would be perfect for us! alcyone0606 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  19. I do like what you’ve done there – what a fabulous space! I’ve got this linked to my playrooms post too today, nice job!

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