Playroom Makeover

I have been slowly redoing our play room this last year.  At the beginning it was just sort of a mish mash of stuff that was in the basement of our old house.  We don’t have a basement being on the Lake, so we put the playroom upstairs and it is open for all to see (i.e. it needs to have a better cuteness factor than it used to!)

So here is the new room.

Let’s back up a bit and I’ll show you the before.




Eh –  kinda blah, kinda beige.  This sectional took up SO much room there was hardly any space for the kiddos to play.

So, we sold the couch on craiglist for $700 (I know right?), and got this new one on sale for only $400!



Since I had the leftover money, I bought these really fun beanbags from Pottery Barn Teen. These are so comfy, and more often than not, you will find the Mr. (and perhaps myself!) lounging in one.

Bonus – we can haul them out of the way for impromptu dance parties :)

I painted the one wall navy, and I love the way the white board and batten pops now.  Honestly, did you even notice it in the before picture? Nope!

The letter wall also got a makeover – here was my first attempt.



Eh – it just wasn’t coming together like I wanted.  I realized it was just floating out in space on this huge wall and really needed an anchor.

So, I moved it to this wall and put the IKEA storage unit underneath.  I also toned the colors down a bit.








I’m loving the new nautical crisp vibe in here.

I also showed you our gallery wall on the opposite of the room here.



I got this table set from a thrift store for $100 – it used to be Barney purple, but now is a crisp white (which is usually covered in various shades of marker and glitter.  Gotta love Magic Erasers!)

I also recovered the seat cushions in navy seersucker.


I love these prints that I ordered from the Etsy shop Wallfry (they come in a zillion colors and sayings).

This room is still a work in progress – I have this huge wall to fill where the old letters were…

…and some obvious patch work to do, oops!

But I think I have an idea – stay tuned to see what I do with this…


UPDATE:  You can see what I did with this blue poster board and giant wall here.  I also updated the gallery wall here.

P.S. In case you think my kids are amazing well behaved super children who always pick up their toys – here’s how it normally looks.  We have 2 huge closets in the playroom…

Here’s what’s behind…

Door #1                                Door #2

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  1. says

    This looks fantastic and I love how you showed the letters “floating” on a large wall and then moved to a smaller wall with storage underneath them. It really made the letters look bigger! Good tip! I also thought it was cute how you show imperfections something that magazines don’t do. Magazines were my favorite however they made life look like it had to be perfect. They never talk about burning food or holes in the walls…. They also photo shop women into fabulous models. I guess that’s why I am now addicted to blogs. In blogs they talk about mess ups and they show you how they learn from them.

  2. says

    It just looks amazing! I love how it works for the kids and adults (with the mess behind the doors and no-one the wiser… Love how the prints look too, thanks so much for sharing!

  3. says

    This is such a cool playroom, Kelly! I love the coastal feel (I just gave my son’s playroom the same look). The alphabet wall is awesome … love the board and batten … the blue accent wall … the awesome bean bags, and, most of all, that you have dance parties! LOL. *Becca* (now happily following by way of Savvy Southern Style)

  4. Larissa @ The House on Harrison says

    This is so awesome. I love the khaki/navy combo. Tried to convince my son to use it in his room, but he wouldn’t go for it. Thinking about it for the family room. It’s so calming. I never thought a dark navy wall would have that effect. Beautiful!

  5. Tabitha says

    Hi I Love your playroom, where did you find all the various letters and sizes, I’m having difficult finding some

  6. Kate Bentley says

    Hi there love the honest post about the playroom! Looking hardcore for a navy couch and wondering where yours is from and with 2 kiddos what is the durability!! Thanks!!!

    • says

      Hey Kate, I got it a local store called Art Van, not sure if you are local? Anyways it was on major sale 4th of July weekend and I got it for $400. It has been great with kids!


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