Play Room Inspiration

playroom

Before becoming a Mom, I sometimes scoffed at people who created elaborate playroom for their children.  Make them go outside, I thought, or keep everything contained to the their bedroom, or don’t buy so many toys! Hahahahaha. Oh, you learn so much once you have a child.

Play rooms are great! Fantastic! Everybody should have one!  That being said, we’re currently working on turning the never-used family room into a full-blown playroom.  We have some bigger toys, like our IKEA slide, a play kitchen, and a train/activity table that just keeps getting moved around  because we can’t find the perfect spot for them.  I also want a place to do some more structured activities and crafts with Matthew, as well as have some crafting supplies that he can sit and do independently.

I’ve been pinning ideas for awhile, but here’s some of my favorites.

playroom inspiration

1.  Childhood 101 2. No original pin 3. Playful Learning 4. Pottery Barn 5. Apartment Therapy 6. No original pin

Check out much more inspiration on my playroom Pinterest board, and follow along while you’re there!

Things To Do:

  • Kid-friendly art above mantel (to cover TV mount & jack from the TV that went into the Man Cave)
  • Kid-friendly accessories for mantel and built-ins
  • Arts & crafts supplies storage
  • Off-season book storage
  • Art above play kitchen
  • Play kitchen storage for foods and utensils
  • Art table & chairs
  • Way to display Matty’s art
  • Reading nook
  • Place for big-ass slide
  • Still room for roaming/spinning/jumping/toddler shenanigans
  • Rug to cover bare floor
  • Refinish train table surface (we bought it used and it’s a little beat up/warped)
  • Touch up paint from previous art on walls and tv mount
  • Caulk trim and touch-up nail holes from when it was rehung
  • Curtains

We have a very small budget for this project–I’m thinking I’ll only need to buy a rug, curtains, and supplies to build a small table.  Hopefully we’ll stick to our budget this time.  We’ll see. 🙂

Any favorite play room inspiration pins?  Play room must-haves?

Sun Room Reveal

sun room

Done, done, done, done, done! After a little window cleaning and paint touch-ups, we finished up the sun room this weekend. Surprisingly, we got the entire thing done in about a month (including a whirlwind wedding weekend and Eric traveling a week for work). Ironically, it’s the first room in the entire house that’s 100% done.  You see where our priorities are. 🙂

As a reminder, here’s where we started. Giant spiderwebs, broken doors, disgusting carpet, mildew, broken window treatments, the works!

 

And here’s where we are today:

sun room decor renovation

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sun room, decor, bar cart, cabinet sun room, cabinet, summer to do list, storage

 

 sun room

sun room table, decor

I love how much of this is DIY, like the table, cabinet, storage basketsflooring, and even the art.

I even updated a few things, like these lanterns…

and this vase.  It was just your basic glass vase, but I painted the inside with metallic gold spray paint.

It’s also functional for everyone in the family.  Eric and I have a nice lounging spot.  We can also entertain in the space and have a place to put drinks and snacks without grubby little fingers reaching it :).  Matthew even has his own little space.  We left the far corner empty-ish after seeing how much fun he had rolling balls, spinning in circles, and riding his car.  The ottoman is empty now, but I anticipate it holding more toys.  Under the table is a bin for balls and the most-played-with toys.  In the cabinet drawers are things like bubbles and extra chalk.

It wasn’t just cosmetic work that needed done.  We cleaned the gutters and fixed some flushing on the main roof that was directing water to the ceiling–creating a small drip inside.  I also think we went through 3-4 tubes of caulk.  On top of that, we had to thoroughly clean everything–the rail on the sliding door had at least 10 years of crud caked in it.

The best part about doing an outdoor space upgrade in July is that for the stores, Summer is already over, which means everything is heavily discounted.  We picked up 5 new throw pillows–all 50-75% off.  Even the patio plants were discounted as low as $1 at Lowes. We did splurge on the sectional, but it was totally worth it. 🙂

I have to admit, having this room done and accessorized just the way we want has taken it from “this is the house we live in” to “this is really starting to feel like our house.”

The Great Fence-In 2013: Part 2

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Ahhh! Doesn’t that look amazing?  Super Hubby built it with his own two hands. Quit laughing. I’m serious.  Needless to say, I’m beyond impressed.

He did have some help. His mom and dad came up for a day to help watch Wee One and dig the holes.  His mom even mulched our front flower beds (while watching Matty–why can’t we do that?! lol), which was a HUGE help!  And I think we borrowed tons of tools from various friends.  We have very resourceful friends. Plus one awesome Craigslist find for a rototiller. And of course, I helped with painting, mulching, and planting.  We have hours of blood, sweat, and tears into this thing, literally! It was in the 80’s most days, and rosebushes are sharp!

 We’ve had neighbors stop (repeatedly) to tell us how great it looks, so we’re feeling pretty proud.

Here’s the view from the backyard when we moved in, and now:

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And the view from the side yard:

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The best part?  The fence, gate, and arbor were under $250 to make and install, including paint, painting supplies, gravel to set the posts, and fence hardware.  Heck, I’ve seen arbors for almost that price alone! It was much cheaper than buying pre-made fence panels, of which we would have still had to do the hard labor of digging holes.

We still have plans to add a few more flowers, including a couple of climbing plants up the arbor.  But for now, it’s doing a wonderful job of keeping Matthew contained!

Oh, and since this is Part 2, be sure to read up on Part 1.

Questions:

1. Hubby impress you with his brute strength and engineering lately? 🙂
2. Why is outdoor work so backbreaking and lengthy, yet the payoff never seems quite as big?