The Playroom

Monday / 38 comments
I finished making the playroom cute months ago.  It's not really even a whole room, it's a loft area at the top of the staircase.  So it was really frustrating since it always was messy and I had to walk through it a ton!  It always seemed to look like this:

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Scary.  We just had WAY too many toys. The kids were digging through the bins and dumping stuff out to get to a few things.  Then I got mean and ruthless with the toys and got rid of a TON.  Okay maybe just 2 boxes and I didn't tell my kids what I got rid of either.   I just decided that if it didn't fit into these 5 toys organizer than it had to go.

The bins are the Trofast organizers from Ikea that I primed and painted with white enamel paint.  They had ones already painted white but they didn't have the grooves for the bins they had plastic things as tracks that didn't seem as durable. The striped rug is the Ikea Strib rug.  LOVE it.  It's so soft and the kids love the lines to drive cars on or line army men up for battle.  I can't find it on their website but maybe they still have it at the store.

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I also gave 2 boxes of books to the bookstore.  The room stays SO SO SO much cleaner.  If you can't keep your kids toys picked up then they probably have too many.

The bookshelf was one of those oak laminate ones from the 90's that I painted teal.  The wooden elephants are from Thailand.  The elephant fabric used in the curtains and pillow is Premier prints elephants in chartreuse.  Love that fabric.  No clue about the orange fabric it was in my fabric stash forever.

Playroom

The READ letters are from Michael's and I painted them red.  The square canvas is the alphabet and I bought it at Target for $20.  The number print is from Ink Tree Press.  The silhouette art I made and details can be found here.  The book bin I got were made at a woodshop in Japan but I've seen similar plans over at Ana-White.

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Details about the playroom chalkboard can be found here.

Playroom

38 comments:

  1. Brook it's perfect. I agree about the amount of toys, less is better and if they can't maintain it then there are too many. I'm a toy witch, always getting rid of stuff (donating it) but the kids don't seem to miss it! Great spruce up.

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  2. I love it!!! Such a cute space.

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  3. I am so impressed with your organization. I am able to remember the days when my children were small and had toys galore all over the place. I wish I had seen your blog then, but....LOL....you were not even born yet. I really like the children's play area and I love the fact that you have created a reading nook for them to encourage a love of reading.

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  4. That looks wonderful! I wish I had a room I could fix up like that. I don't have kids but your playroom inspires me to make a craft room.

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  5. ahhh...looks so cute. I love the playful color scheme. Good job!

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  6. Looks cute! Love the wall art and that framed chalkboard. I hope you'll come over and link up...
    http://embellishinglifeeveryday.blogspot.com/

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  7. it is stunning! so colorful! i bet the kids can't get enough playing time in there now!

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  8. Beautifully done! I love the colors. The IKEA shelf fits perfectly on that 1/2 wall. Everything is so kid friendly and inviting. I love that you keep the focus on READ and have so many books. Stop by www.obSEUSSed.com sometime. We love books too (just a little ;)

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  9. What a great space and I love that elephant print too! I totally agree about cleaning out the toys - it is definitely on my to do list! Beautiful job!

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  10. SO DARLING, LOVE IT ALL, WELL DONE! winks- jen

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  11. So cute! That teal bookshelf really caught my eye! :)

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  12. What a great play area! I so need to go through my little boys room and get rid of lots of stuff. It's one of those jobs that keeps getting put off because I dread doing it.

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  13. It looks great! Love the blue. It would be so awesome to have a playroom!

    Visiting from Todays Creative Blog!

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  14. Love the colors you used in the playroom! What a fun and colorful space for the kids! I agree when you say if your kids do not ick u the toys then they have way many toys then they actually need!

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  15. It looks great! I just picked up my kids' playroom. The entire time I was thinking that these kids have just too much stuff. Now I'm off to finish the playroom and edit, edit, edit!

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  16. I LOVE this room. I have been wanting to a reading corner for my daughter. And I love the chalkboard frame - also on my todo list. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Your room turned out great! We just had our playroom rebuilt (it's a sunroom) and I have only painted the wall. Love your reading corner especially!! Very cute!!

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  18. Great job! It makes me want to play in there! Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

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  19. Looks great! My toy room looks just like your first photo! ha ha!
    Jo-Anna
    I'm a new follower!

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  20. LOVE this space! So fun & so playful!

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  21. That is such a great area! I love the fun colors.

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  22. It looks great! I love what you did with the bins. I'd love for you to come link up this and any other projects you have at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101! http://thrifty101.blogspot.com/2011/05/diy-thrifty-thursday-14.html
    ~Michelle

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  23. This organization is beautiful! I love to get organized too! Come over to Greetings From the Asylum and check out my spice cabinet!

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  24. You have a great playroom! The curtains are perfect.

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  25. Nice playroom. I was just ruthless with our toys as well. {because our front room IS our playroom}

    Love your read and play words...

    Saw you over at TT&J

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  26. Everything looks super awesome!! Great job! Containing toy-mania is quite a task! Just popping in from TT&J :)

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  27. Your play room looks so good. I think i need to man up and get rid of at least 2 boxes of toys. I LOVE the elephant fabric.

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  28. I love this! It's cheerful & playful in the best way. :)

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  29. You have been featured on C.O.M. love the playroom. winks-jen

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  30. It looks cute- just like Rachelle's from Fingerprints on the Fridge! Nice job!

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  31. Hey girl! Kimmie sent me over saying there was a supppper cute playroom and she was right! Adorbs! We had a lot of similar features, haha great minds think a like! ;)

    xo

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  32. That's fabulous. I have an old oak bookshelf I want to paint for my daughter's room but the task seems daunting to me. What kind of paint did you use? Did you have to sand a lot?

    Thanks for sharing!

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  33. WHat an absolutely darling room! It looks just perfect for encouraging imagination and I love the fabric of your curtains. I'm so with you on doing the covert throwing away of things! :-) I have to bury them in the trash can though because once in awhile something magically comes back into the house. LOL! You really have made it a fun and functional space and we are so glad you shared it with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  34. What a cute room! I'm SO wanting a space to do the same thing!

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  35. Lovely! We're planning our play room now, loving the inspiration!

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  36. This is a beautiful place for your children to play....and for adults to look at,too:)! What steps did you take to paint the bookshelf? Did you sand it down or just paint right over the oak laminate? Thanks!!!
    Beth

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  37. Oh what I wouldn't give for a space like this.

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