How is it Thursday night already? Between field trips, Dr. appointments and various after school activities, this is the first chance I’ve had to crack open my laptop this week! I wanted to pop in and share some changes I’ve made in the playroom. I think I mentioned this summer how this room got yet another redo since our living room furniture found it’s way up here after we inherited my mom’s furniture.
I felt like with the new white couches up here and mostly white walls I needed something dark to give some contrast. You may remember I painted our mudroom cabinets this gorgeous gray color and I conveniently had leftover paint just begging to be used somewhere else in our house (spoiler: it may have found it’s way a few more places too – stay tuned!). The darker color board and batten totally gave me the contrast I wanted and bonus – hides purple crayon SO much better than the white.
My kids have been obsessed with maps lately and different parts of the world. I think part of this has to do with the Mr. reading them bedtime stories in different accents. His level of commitment to reading all of Harry Potter in different English accents was equal parts impressive and annoying – just ask my kids!
“JUST READ IT LIKE A NORMAL PERSON DADDY!!!” and “MOMMA, DADDY THINKS HE IS BEING FUNNY WITH THOSE VOICES AGAIN!” was a nightly occurrence around here…at least she has realized he isn’t “normal” at such an early age ha :)
They clearly still haven’t mastered their geography though, as my daughter came home from school proclaiming that Daddy and her teacher were both Canadian!! This was news to the Mr. as he was in fact born in California and not Canada, to which my sweet 2nd grader responded “Oh well, that’s basically the same thing!” #momfail
I thought adding some fun vintage map wall art would add some color and charm to this corner and possibly clear some things up for my sweet kiddos. So I hit up my local antique store and grabbed a few old travel maps for a few bucks each.
I made these really fancy frames for them. All I did was tack the maps where I wanted them to the wall with pushpins. Then I measured and cut some scrap pieces of wood to size. I stained them with leftover stain I had on hand. Once they dried I used my nail gun to just nail the individual pieces of wood right to the wall over top of the maps to keep them in place. The wood isn’t attached to each other, just the wall. This was basically pure laziness on my part, but hey it worked!
I grabbed these fun floral stems from Hobby Lobby and stuck them in my Ikea containers. Another vintage globe adds a pop of color and confusion to this corner as now I have to answer questions like what’s the USSR? Maybe an actual current map could be a good idea…
I’ll be sharing the rest of the room soon so stay tuned!