Last week we finally finished the kid’s playroom! It’s been a long process. It first started back in April when we started painting it. But I have been waiting ever so patiently for my husband’s awesome skills in building things.
Ok, I wasn’t really very patient….(But I am ooooh so grateful!)
Before we got to work:
Blah tan walls…and a black outlet? What!?
(Very dated, closet doors!) They had to be removed and they were removed almost immediately when we moved in.
When we moved in, fixing up the playroom was at the bottom of our to-do list, so we literally just threw the toys in this room and let them play for a few years before I decided I thought they deserved a little better.
The kids were happy, but it was a bit drabby….
As you can see behind “B”, I threw a table in there for them to color or do puzzles at.
But that didn’t help the “blah ness” of it at all.
Then after “paroozing” Pinterest one of my favorite sites to get ideas, I knew what I wanted to do with the closet. I was going to turn it into a bench seat toy box nook area! All I needed was the right contractor for the job. Good thing my husband’s got skills! 😉
Before we even started on the toy box bench seat part, I knew we had to change that drab color. It’s a small room so I wanted to brighten it up. Brighter colors make rooms look and feel bigger. A very vibrate airy green is what we chose, and the lower half of one of the walls under a window is a light yellow color. Once we get out of the toddler phase where my kids know that walls are not to be colored on, we will eventually have a “Disney” dry erase finish on it so that my kids can draw on that wall with crayons or dry-erase markers and it will just wipe off.
So in April, I painted the room. My husband helped put the finishing touches on, one weekend. Then we decided to build the bench seat toy box after our Disneyland trip.
The weekend after we got back, we got to work building the toy box.
We first measured the closet walls so we knew what to cut the wood by. We used 2 by 4’s for framing and knew 2 by 4’s would hold the romping of two boys.
Before putting the lids on. (Two sides, one for each child)
Now I originally planned on sewing my own bench seat cushion. However after going to Joanne’s and seeing just the foam cushion part cut to my specifications would be $80 bucks, I decided to buy some outdoor chair cushions. I bought three that measured the length of the closet space and my husband built the toy box to match the width of the cushions.
Next I was on a mission to make the nook look homey to both girls and boys my kids might have over one day. I got $5 Serta pillows at Wal-Mart, and got Wal-Mart’s Mainstay throw pillows and chose some bright patterned pillow covers.
I also wanted the space to have decorative curtains. Not necessarily to open or close, but more just to frame the nook and make it look cozy. I got curtains at Target and a simple tension rod at Home Depot and it completed the look!
And here it is:
I am in love with this space!!
And so are the kids!
It turned out so good!
And the rest of their play room is somewhat “Planes” themed.
So we took an ordinary closet space and turned it into an extraordinary nook!
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The total cost of this project:
Building Materials: $96.09
Decorative Materials: $154.02
*Paint: Not added into this, for paint and trim that was about $50 bucks extra.
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