Friday, January 27, 2012

Playroom Progress

Hi, friends!!  Man, I just realized I’ve been pretty MIA this week!!  Yikes!  Sorry about that.  I literally cannot believe it’s already Friday!!  Where did the week go??

Well, my week started off pretty hectic.  I had made up my mind Sunday night that I was going to start painting the playroom on Monday (more on that in a minute).  Well, Monday morning the hubs tells me that he would like to invite some coworkers over for dinner on Wednesday night.  No biggie.  I probably shouldn’t have started painting the playroom and focused on cleaning and getting ready for guests on Wednesday, but I had already made up my mind that I was going to paint.  You know how when you decide to do something, it kind of can’t wait (please tell me you guys are like that too)?  Well, I was in full-on playroom project mode and there was no stopping me.  So I spent Monday and Tuesday painting the playroom and Wednesday cleaning and cooking.  Naturally on Thursday, I crashed!  I napped when Em napped which I NEVER do! 

But, it’s FRIDAY and no one can complain about that!  Whoop!

So….back to the playroom (that is what this post is about, right?)

rain gutter bookshelves
Earlier this month when I was thinking about my home goals for 2012, I knew the playroom was one area I really wanted to tackle.  It’s one of the first rooms people potentially see (depending on if they look left or look right) when they first walk in the front door.  Although this room is usually a disaster thanks to my busy little 15 month old, I would feel better if it were a cute, decorated disaster.  Wouldn’t you feel better??

First things first…..PAINT!  I mean, painting really is the worst.  Some people love it and find it so relaxing.  I can’t stand it.  But I do it because the end result just tickles me pink for months on end.  So I knew I had to paint this room. 

I’ve mentioned before that the playroom and dining room are like one giant room (they are totally open to each other).  So, the paint color I chose for the playroom was close to the same color as the stencil in the dining room.  I say that it’s “close” to the color because when I went to Lowes to get the paint for the playroom, the color match machine was broken.  Not to mention, there were dried up paint drips that ran right over the label that had the numbers of the formula for the paint color.  DOH!  So I took the paint swatch to Home Depot and crossed my fingers.  And I’m happy to say it’s pretty darn close.  It didn’t have to be perfect anyway.  By the way, the paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Crystalline but I had them take a little bit of the blue out.

On Monday as soon as I got Em down for her nap, I set off to paint!

IMG_7421-1IMG_7424-1toddler playroom

I’m not labeling that last picture as “after” because I still have a lot to do in here.  First off, I need to hide those ugly cords coming from behind the TV.  I guess my method of sticking them to the back of the TV with blue painter’s tape was a major fail (as evidenced by the above picture).  Plan B.  I’d also like to add labels to the black storage bins.  I’m also still thinking about adding some stripes to the curtains in here like the ones in the dining room.  I just LOVE the curtains in the dining room and I think they’d be fun over on this side of the room too!

We hung some rain gutter bookshelves that I just adore!!  It’s another one of those projects that makes me wonder why we didn’t do it sooner!

DIY fabric pennant bunting

I made the fabric bunting with some scrap fabric I had in my stash and some white grosgrain ribbon.  Easy peasy and it looks so cute!  I’m really trying to “de-stash” so this was a good little project for that!
See that little wooden desk and chair?  It is a handmade piece that I got that from my aunt and uncle for MY 1st birthday!!  It is such a great piece and is still kickin’ and quite sturdy 29 years later!!  It is sooooo incredibly special to now have this in my daughter’s playroom.  I plan on painting it with some white DIY chalk paint and doing some chalkboard paint on top!  The little tin bucket hanger came from Ikea.  I would like to put some frames above it on that blank wall to hold Emily’s art!  Picture a gallery wall of scribble scrabble.  Smile

So, this room is still a work in progress but I’m excited about the progress I made this week.  The paint is just perfect and it really makes the white trim just pop!  Oh….and I love the way the framed pattern pieces look against the blue paint!

free printable art

So fun!

So that’s what has been going on in our crazy house this week.  Painting and dinner parties.  Good times.

What have you been up to?  What do you think about the playroom so far?  If you like what you see, won’t you be a dear and “pin it”.  There’s a nifty button at the bottom of this post!  Thanks guys!

new signature copy

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  1. The playroom is looking so cute! I love the bookshelves. We need a playdate so I can see it in person!

  2. Amy - this looks sooo awesome! I love the color and the frames. The fabric bunting is probably my favorite though...I think I need some in my craft room! Love it!

  3. I'm loving your playroom! Ours is on my project list too! The buntings and bookshelves are adorable and I really love the wall color!

  4. Wow!!! It is looking great!!! I wish we had a play room for our kids! I would love for you to come link up to my new link party!!!
    Have a great day!!!


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