Finally, after months and months of little projects and redos, our Playroom Makeover is finished! The room started out as a guest room/office but since the double bed took up so much floor space, the kids and I rarely used the room. Kyle worked at the desk some nights and weekends; but unless we had visitors, the room stayed pretty much empty.
Once I got pregnant with K2, we started having conversations about bedrooms and who should sleep where. I was also thinking more about homeschooling and really wanted to designate a space somewhere in the house for that. And around that same time, we purchased our Rockwood Roo camper trailer, which we store in the backyard. So after much discussion, we decided the best use of space would be to take down the guest bed and turn the room into a Playroom / Schoolroom / Craft Room / Office. We’d put all the kids in one room and use the camper as a guest suite when we needed to. It was definitely the right choice!
The shelving on the wall was already installed by the homeowner, I just rearranged it to my liking. Kyle installed a countertop from IKEA to be my desk and hung pegboard above it. He also hid a surge protector under the desk so I have plenty of access to electricity and best of all, he hung canned lights underneath the bottom shelf so I can actually see when I’m working on projects late at night after the kids go to bed.
Having such a huge workspace that does NOT need cleared for dinner is amazing! It’s great for spreading out projects or cutting fabric. Both the Silhouette and my embroidery sewing machine need hooked up to my laptop to work and now I have space to do that. The laminator and paper cutter are life savers for homeschooling, but previously they were stored in the tops of closets and now they are so accessible. Really, everything is more accessible after the makeover. Before, most of my craft supplies, scrapbooking tools, fabric, etc were stored in bins under the guest bed. Now it’s all just right there. Another favorite feature is my Craigslist office chair. I can adjust the height, which my back and shoulders are so thankful for, and it’s so much more comfy than the Costco folding chair I had before. The picket fence cord hider is doing it’s job perfectly, while still looking cute.
On the other side of the room, we purchased a massive wardrobe from IKEA. It is filled with homeschooling stuff, toy sets (like Legos, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs and Gears), and a little bit of seasonal home decor. The best part is that there’s still room to grow! We opted for the mirrored doors to help the room seem larger and reflect more light. The old school school desk is one I used when I was homeschooled and Mom & Dad brought it out to me a few years ago. Now that we have a Playroom, we could finally bring it in from the garage. The kids love it! The pictures on the wall are magazine covers for Kyle’s games. There are even more in the closet. I’m trying to gently break it to him that I’d like to take these down and string wire on the wall to clip the kids’ art to and hang learning posters on. Do you think he’d go for it if I spun it that the hallway could be his Gaming Gallery?
I purchased a few storage containers from IKEA (the button jars and the pink and green boxes), but the rest I had on hand and modified to go with the color scheme. The three fabric crates I recovered with left over bunting fabric and I repainted a couple of the cardboard storage boxes. All the labels are made from chalkboard vinyl that I cut out with the Silhouette. So far the only problem with that idea is that almost every time I lift down a box onto my desk, my enormous belly erases the label. :)
I love having a sewing nook! After painting my flea market drawer, I filled it with all my sewing miscellaneous (needles, pins, chalk pencils, thimbles, etc) and then I organized my thread by cutting down a few dowel rods. I like how the bunting turned out and think it helps tie the room together, but I ended up making about twice as much as I actually used. My original plan looked half-hazard once I hung it, so I ended up simplifying it and now I have extra. Not the world’s worst problem…
It’s probably a disease to have so many types of scissors and writing implements, but in my mind, they’re all necessary. I love the buckets from IKEA to keep it all organized.
The new Playroom has been a hit with everyone. The kids love having all the extra space. So many more toys are getting used now that we can access them and leave them out for an extended bit of time. Schoolwork is fun! Crafting is easy! It’s like we added on a whole room to our house with all the floor space we’re now using on a daily basis. Last Saturday, the entire family spent the afternoon together in the same room! Better late than never…