Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Home Renovation Project: Playroom Part I

It has been relatively slow going compared to others mini-home renovation projects, but considering that I work a full-time job, my husband literally works the equivalent of 2 full-times jobs, we have a 21 month old, and I'm 4 1/2 months pregnant, I am DARNED PROUD of the progress we've made with the Home Renovation Project.

Sure, we've really only done the livingroom, but we did it ALL for $100!  Can't beat that!

The next room on the agenda? 

I wanted to go to the playroom.  It's funny what happens when you have children.  Normally, the next bedroom would have been the master, but since we've had children, the master is used for loving, sleeping, and relaxing.  We spend the vast majority of time downstairs in our house and that's just the reality of it when you have kids.  When the kids are awake, you're playing with them! 

When we first moved in to the house, we put the playroom right off the kitchen.  It was a pretty small room but worked until we realized we hadn't put any seating in there.  That works for Liliana, not so much for us.

So we quickly moved everything over to the big room in the front of the house and put the study in the small room (see again how your house gets run over by the kiddos? haha!).  It has actually worked BEAUTIFULLY though.  Liliana ONLY has stuff in that one room and in her bedroom.  It makes our home feel like our home again, and not only her home.  I knew it was possible to manage that, and we did!  So proud of that.

Just because we moved the room though, didn't mean we were done.  The paint color on the walls was a dark green with TONS of scratches from the previous owners. 

So on President's Day, we painted.  And we painted some more.  We're still FOR SURE in the progress stage though. 

As you can see ...


We switched these two rooms around.  The alphabet wall room is now the study and vice versa.

On Monday night though, this is what my house looked like:

SEMI-PROGRESS (looks worse than the before huh?)

In order to paint the playroom, we had to take a ton of toys and put them in the now current study.  As you can see, we hadn't moved our alphabet wall yet.  And as you can also see, this is about 15% of Liliana's toys.  She has entirely too many for one child.  She's spoiled by family.

Here is the playroom all painted though!  We did the whole thing in a mere 3 hours, and that's pretty incredible considering this room is QUITE big and I only helped for about half of it since my pregnant belly kept getting light headed and had to leave the room twice.

Our couches (Walmart baby!) take up that entire back wall and are SO darn comfortable.  Now for the main Daddy event ...

My brilliant hubby had this great idea.  He took two book shelves that hold toys, faced them away from each other and bought a piece of MDF at Home Depot.  He primed them and I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some GREAT fabric to put in between.  It's going to be Liliana's little hide away and stage.  She's already been playing with it even though it's not done.

Best part of the makeover so far?  We've spent only $25!

The paint color (Oak Straw from Behr and trim) was left over from the living room.  The only money we spent was for the piece of MDF and for the fabric!

Stay tuned next week when I unveil how it all came together!  By tonight, those shelves will be full of toys, we'll have an official sitting area with bean bags, a more organized toy area, and a sectional to sit on to enjoy the view.  Can't wait!

PS Tomorrow is my BIG ultrasound!  It should confirm that baby #2 is indeed a girl and should give us more news on my placenta.  To say I'm anxious is an understatement.  Keep us in your thoughts!  I will definitely update as soon as I get a free moment.


  1. I want a playroom so badly so I can reclaim all the other areas of my house and make them toy-free zones! I can't wait to see the final photos of the playroom.

    I'll be thinking of you tomorrow!

  2. Can't wait for the big reveal! I cannot believe she has sooo many toys! Good luck on your appointment; hope everything goes smoothly :)

  3. A living room reno for $100? That sure is cost-efficient! How did you do it? Anyway, with regards to the slow progress of the renovations, I think it is understandable. Juggling work and home improvement can be a pain. But when everything is all done, all that hard work will be worth it! And the room surely came in time for baby #2!

  4. What you did here simply proves that you don’t need to spend a lot of cash in order to come up with a beautiful transformation. Sometimes, all you need to do is to let your creative side get involved in your projects. ;)