Somehow over Christmas break when I was supposed to be taking a break from all things DIY and blogging I ended up overhauling the playroom. While playing superheroes with little man I started looking around realizing the walls were dinged up and dingy and the playroom was screaming for some more color.
So what did I do? I painted all the walls white! I know more color, less blah was the goal, but stick with me here! I knew the fresh coat of white would really make the bright colors I wanted to bring in pop!
I love how clean it feels in here now, well I mean, now it feels clean, but realistically it doesn’t typically look like this.
I got rid of the much loved Letter Wall. (see it here) It was just time, half the letters were falling down (Buddy actually ate a few of them, because he eats anything that isn’t nailed down…just ask our legless Buzz Lightyear). The poster putty I used to affix some of them to the wall actually melted! Yes, MELTED down my wall? It was the weirdest thing I had ever seen, it looked like my wall was crying….creepy white sticky tears. I spent 3 hours hacking at my wall with a butter knife (cuz I’m professional like that) to get it all off.
I added this fun rug from Target, and I’m obsessed with these pillows!! Did you all ever watch the Novogratz 9 on HGTV? I was obsessed with their show! I follow them on FB and when I saw they were starting their own line at Walmart I instantly fell in love with these cute colorful pillows (and at $14 each, it was a match made in heaven.)
I replaced the letter wall with 4 large cork boards (I found them at HomeGoods for about $15 each) and I’m so excited to have a great spot to hang up my kids artwork! My 6 year old has been taking art classes after school and I love all the cool projects she brings home. I used to have a wire hanging here where I could clip their art up, but little man tried to take a zip line ride on it and almost ripped half the drywall down. I’m crossing my fingers the cork boards are a safer bet.
Here you can see how the playroom is right at the top of our stairs and I love how much cleaner the back wall looks from the hall without all the letters (and poster putty tears). Oh and the teepee! Yet another Christmas break project.
I made a DIY teepee last summer for our school auction and my kids were so sad to see it go. I had been promising them I would make them their own, but could not face sewing another one. When I came across this no sew version from the Handmade Home I was so excited! I love the Handmade Home and everything Ashley and Jamin do is genius, I mean she had me at hot glue gun! Her directions were really easy to follow so pop over to their blog if you want to know how to make your own.
I was pretty much the hero of the house for a couple of weeks after making this baby and the kids have loved playing in it. My daughter was the art director on this one and picked out all the fabrics and the order they should go in. I love how fun and perfectly imperfect it turned out. This really feels like a kids room now. I put some Christmas lights in it too, so it’s the perfect bedtime reading spot.
You can see I still left the navy walls on the other side of the room and these random shelves are still here, which are pretty useless with the teepee here so those will probably come down. This room is still totally a work in progress, so this isn’t the big finished reveal. I just thought I would show you what I’ve been up to in here.
Oh and the red door! Approximately a million years ago I asked your advice on what do with this red door….drumroll please…
I’ve done nothing ha, it’s still just hanging there, but I kind of love it just the way it is with the white walls. I still may do something, but I may need another million years to think about it.
So there you go, my more colorful, more white, teepee relaxing, art loving, new and improved playroom…in progress! Minus the 3 bins of legos that are currently covering the floor :)