When we started our search for this house about a year ago, we had one pretty major request. We wanted a dedicated playroom. We didn't want a bedroom conversion or a multi- functional space that we had to make work with something else. We knew we didn't need a theater room...but what we DID need (and want!) was a space dedicated to FUN! A room Everleigh (and her WAAY-in-the-future sibling) would be able to grow into and use for play dates and eventually sleepovers with their friends. We wanted a room that we could close off when the mess was too big and the company came quickly. A room to let them run "free". A room that was theirs, where they would rarely hear the word NO.
So when we came upon this house, with a room that the previous owners had used as a theater room, we knew we had a perfect space and set-up for our family.
This has quickly become the other room in the house that has received a lot of attention since we moved in. And although it's most certainly not done, I feel it's finally at a point where I can share our progress. :)
I knew early on that I wanted the playroom to be colorful, (leaning towards gender neutral), in case our next child just so happened to be a boy. (and NO, we aren't expecting.. ;) So first order of business was taking this room from a dark and dungeon-like theater room space, into a light and bright playroom.
BEFORE - The Theater Room, aka our Playroom.
It's amazing what a little...well A LOT of paint can do to a room! Down with that DARK, DARK maroon (Gig Em AGGIES!) and up with a sunny, buttery yellow that instantly made the room feel 10x BIGGER than it already was!
The one thing that we've really come to love and appreciate from the previous owners past theater room, is the raised platform they made that we quickly converted into a "daybed" of sorts. Sturdily built and covered with leftover carpeting, they had used it to lift their theater room recliners. After simply adding a twin sized mattress on top, it has become the perfect spot for snuggling, bird watching, reading or just watching TV when Everleigh is playing with her toys.
Still a work in progress. I have a couple fun projects left for this wall.
Will post updated photos as soon as I'm done. ;)
Our DIY, laminated picture wall.
Can be easily (and CHEAPLY) changed out once our family expands.
I made and painted this little cardboard canopy from an IKEA dining chair box we had in our garage.
View from in front of one (of two!) pretty large sized closets in this room.
We truly got lucky with this house and all its space!
Oh and did anyone else notice the Duckie print way over on that far wall? If you follow me on Instagram, you'll recall that on a recent outing to IKEA not too long ago, our little bear spotted this print from across the room and instantly fell in WANT for it. ;) Not really thinking about actually purchasing it (we were on a mission for other things that day).. she gave the saddest, sweetest "Bye, Bye Duckies" when we finally walked away.
A couple days later, at daddy's specific request, lo and behold, look what made it into our basket. ;)
Daddy's such a sucker for that little girl. ;) As ugly as I originally thought that print was.. It's actually been a nice, colorful addition to the room.