Of all projects playrooms are some of my favorite. When my mom enlisted my help to redo her play room I was ecstatic. My sisters were also on board to help. At the base of her stairs is a large room that all the grandkids play in. Although it’s big (about 14×20) there are no windows, so it’s kinda dark. Also, my mom has 27 grandchildren so the place gets thrashed and she has little desire to buy new furniture for such a crazy zone (I wouldn’t either). Mom is very clean, but here’s a before shot of the playroom AFTER the children hoopla-ed:
Yep, needs help. Her objectives were simple:
- Create an inviting room to play
- Brighten it up
- Make it kid friendly and gender-neutral
- Re-purpose existing toys and furniture and stay under $300
The easiest way to brighten a room is paint. We painted the entire room Sherwin-Williams “blue horizon” and it instantly felt better:
Then we attempted my second-ever wallpaper project. I saw this amazing map on one of my favorite blogs, Oh happy day! and instantly knew it would be perfect. One night when my sisters were in town and the kiddos were finally asleep (so, ya it was really late) we hung the map. Let me just say I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time…
The wallpaper came in eight sections and was pretty easy to hang, but there were a lot of us there! We started off-center and had to cut and rearrange, which was adventurous, but it ended awesome. If you are going it alone or you’re an amateur wallpaperist like me (totally just made up that word), check out a youtube video on hanging wallpaper before diving in. A helpful hint, we bought wallpaper glue from the hardware store instead of mixing the paste that came with the map.
Still to come, part 2 includes painting the entertainment center, and organize all the toys! I hope to post it next week… huge shout out to mom, Andi and Zub, you guys rock wallpaper.
Have a great weekend and happy creating!