Tuesday, March 6, 2012

THE BIG TOY ROOM REVEAL! (and totally embarrassing BEFORE picture)

I am so excited to show you our new toy room! I've worked long and hard on this and am SOOO happy to finally have it done! Now maybe I'll be able to actually sleep at night. I feel like it's been the ultimate trash into treasure!

Okay. Are you ready for the before picture? It feels like I'm about to let you see me without makeup on. Hellooooo scary! Just kidding....sort of. Here you go...

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*shudder* See? Tan. Catch all room. Beige curtains. BORING. I am embarrassed that this room was ever in my house! Sometimes it can be scary to add color, especially if you are used to neutrals. But let me show you what a little paint and imagination can do!

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Can you believe that this is the same room?

Okay. I'll break it down for you now. First, the wall color. I chose:

Valspar Summer Splash for the top half
Valspar Citrus Tickle for the bottom half.

I also added some trim half way up the walls. I only hammered my thumb three times!

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Then, there was the toy organization issue. Originally, we had these bin things and it just wasn't working. It looked messy and awful. Then I saw THIS on Pinterest and blatantly copied it. :)


And here is the hanging wall art I designed in Photoshop! (Click HERE for the free 8x10 downloads!) The frames were from our local thrift store, Rainbows End, for $1 each. I spray painted them red with Krylon Cherry Red spray paint.

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Next is the TV area. Remember the before picture??? (UGH.)

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Here it is now! I put the TV on another white cube thing, and put a little bookshelf next to it filled with the kid friendly DVD's. They also each get their own bean bag to chill in. And I have to say, getting them their own color has been AWESOME. We haven't had any fights about who sits in what bean bag. {giving myself a pat on the back here.}

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They can also bring their bean bags to the reading area. Eventually I'll get a nicer bookshelf, but this one will do for now! I even brought out my inner librarian and showcased a few books on top.

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And above the reading area, a little splash of color.
I found all of these felt frames and sign at Walmart for $1.00 each! SUH-WEET! Please ignore the fact that I haven't put real pictures in them yet! Haha!

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And now for my favorite part! Remember how I was originally going to make this bench from Pinterest with the coffee table from when we first got married?

And remember how I was originally going to make a giant chalk board wall like this one I pinned on Pinterest? Yeah. Well, it turns out I was going to have to sand down my entire wall until it was flat. And...well...I'm just not THAT ambitious. Bummer.


But then...I saw this chalkboard top table. Bet you can't guess where. Yup. Pinned {HERE}


So...then the magical lightbulb appeared over my head and I came up with a brilliant plan. :)
My coffee table was no longer going to be a bench. Now...it was going to be....*drum roll please*

....our new "yes, you are allowed to draw all over that" table.

click {HERE} for the tutorial!

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And yes, the kids TOTALLY approve. :)

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And there you have it! I am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out! I'm sure I'll do a few more little tweaks here and there...but for now I'm content. :)

Thank you SOOO much for stopping by! See you tomorrow!

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Linked to:
Gingersnap Crafts
The DIY Dreamer
Trendy Treehouse
Blue Cricket Design
Oopsey Daisy
Jillify It
Funky Polkadot Giraffe
Sassy Sites
Thrifty Decor Chick
Vintage Wanna Bee
Someday Crafts
Tatertots and Jello

24 people leaving some love!:

Anonymous said...

I love the redo! Such a transformation and so bright and cheery now!

LuAnn said...

love it !!! great job on the whole room. I wish my kids were little again.

Linda said...

Great job Natalie! You are amazing! I'm going to repin you :)

Kim @ Little Rays of Sunshine said...

FABULOUS!!! Oh my word, you did SUCH an amazing job. The colors are so bright and cheery, and that chalkboard table is a phenomenal idea!! Love it!!

mommatojoa said...

Amazing transformation!
Love the chalkboard table top!

ByBy said...

Wow, the room looks amazing! Your kids are lucky with such a creative mom! Great job!!!

Stephanie May Anderson said...

WOW!!!!! You are totally mom/decorator/amazing artist of the year! I am totally impressed, but not at all surprised. Your kids are lucky to call you mom, it looks amazing.

Camille said...

I am stuck in a beige rut -- this looks so fantastic! I'm desperate for some color now.

I came over from DIY Dreamer.

Mike & Rachel Barton said...

Cute! I love the chalkboard table. How fun for the kiddos.

Laura said...

Love it!! The colors are awesome and the chalkboard coffee table? Brilliant!

Rhiannon said...

What a great space for your kids! And I'm totally going to steal your chalkboard table idea! So fun.

Natasha Mairs said...

would love it if you could share this
on my link party

Natasha xx

www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

also your newest follower!

The Yoder's Four said...

Awesome! I would die to have a playroom to be able to makeover!! Those bean bag chairs are a brilliant idea and I love the chalkboard table!

breanneryanmurray said...

I LOVE it all!! So cute :) can't wait to own a home that i can actually decorate, so I don't have to be stuck in boring tan rental-ville forever :(

Rebekah said...

Absolutely adorable! I've been wanting to make a chalkboard table like that for a while now - thanks for the reminder!

Jess said...

I want to know where you got your bean bags for the kids! I got Cree one for her Birthday and now all the kids want one but hers isn't really big enough for her so it won't be big enough for Toph. I found bigger one's for $100 and don't want to pay that much. I love your room and hope that i can get mine to look that good some day!!!

Lara said...

Come do mine!

Claire said...

Wow- this room looks fantastic-the room is so happy-following you from TDC-stop by for a visit!

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

I ADORE that chalkboard table!! What a happy space! I'm jealous! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

Kate @ A Creative Cookie said...

I'm in love! Found you at the D.I.Y. Dreamer and had to check this room out!!!

~Lindsey said...

Very cute playroom!! I found your free 8X10 prints of every child is an artist...any chance you'll do the other two also? I would love to have them for my little girls play area :)

Natalie said...

Thanks, Lindsey! Here's where to get them! :) Thanks for stopping by!

http://natsprat.blogspot.com/2012/03/free-toy-room-printables.html

Kimberly said...

When I get a house Natalie, I'm hiring you to come and make it beautiful! Your house is so cute!

Natalie said...

Hahah! Kimberly, sounds like a great plan!