We have a lot of large projects going on that are kind of out of our control as we’re depending on contractor’s timelines. But! We also have a LOT of small projects in the works that we started and have complete control over and last week I said, “Let’s tie all of these up!” The playroom is one of those spaces that we’ve been working on for the last couple of months and we’re excited to share more photos today of how it’s looking now!!!
This angle you might have seen:
But you may not remember, it used to look like this when we moved in:
That carpet still haunts me to be honest. Tearing it out and laying wood floors (Ingrid by Stuga Studio) allowed this area to flow a lot better in the house.
One big snafu we ran into was when the peel and stick wallpaper I fell for from Chasing Paper wasn’t going to work with our orange peel walls. After we spent a day hanging it, it was already coming loose in areas. I was bummed, but also elated to find out they sold the same pattern in a traditional paste the wall–which has worked WONDERFULLY! So it wasn’t back to the drawing board, just a little pivot.
There’s one part of the playroom you haven’t see!:
That’s Greta’s room through that door down there! There’s no door leading into the playroom, but there’s a doorway to the area which gave us a good starting point for wallpaper and defined the space. I think the previous owners used the playroom as a sewing room (I remember seeing bats of fabric in the cabinets during our walk through).
Speaking of, those cabinets were the BIGGEST selling point on making this the playroom to begin with. They are packed with toys and games and tupperware of blocks and shopkins. Closed, built-in storage for the win. And painting them a golden yellow completely transformed this room. We feel extremely fortunate to not only have this nook dedicated to toys, but also to have that storage!
In the hall leading to Greta’s room, we put an additional chest of drawers (that used to be in our old closet) for bed linens for the girls. One of my favorite things to do is 1. Pin point pain points in this house. and 2. Put systems in place to solve those! (It honestly makes a house feel like home!)
With the cabinets filled with toys, I really needed a central-ish location for their bedding. All 3 girls’ rooms are next to the playroom so I love having these drawers to stash spare sheets (linked all the sources at the bottom of the post!). Not to mention–a cute place for books, lamps and their current favorite toy–the stable for horses!!
Above, I put together a little gallery of silhouettes using this tutorial I made from 2010! (But there’s a bunch of way better ones out there if you google, I’m sure).
Willow, just one of the girls. <3
I put the cozy sherpa chair in the corner and in the evening, this hallway really shines.
Maybe one of my favorite things about the playroom is that it has a purpose now. It works hard. Definitely plays hard. And what once was a awkward hallway that felt more like wasted space (I’m the first to admit that!) now is filled with memory making and laughter and our girls love this hideout.
Floors: Ingrid by Stuga Studio
Cabinet Color: Restrained Gold Sherwin Williams
Tall basket with lid
Cuddle & Kind Lamb
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