A few years back, I shared my playroom inspiration for our house in Texas. AG was just 18 months then and were about to find out L was on his way. At that time we thought we’d continue to be in that house for another year or two until we decided if we were going to stay in Texas. Fast forward eight months, L was almost here, we were living in FL again and looking for a house. All answered prayers.
One of the things on our must have list when house hunting this time was a playroom for the kids. We really wanted an area separate from the main living areas that the kids could call their own. One that we wouldn’t have to worry about being picked up when people came over. One that would be colorful and fun, filled with pictures, art work and toys. A room that makes you smile when you walk in.
The house we fell in love with had a loft, which we knew right away would be the kids playroom. While our house was being finished, the playroom was the first room I started decorating and crafting for. It was the first one with things hung up and to this day, one of my favorite areas of the house.
After almost 18 months, I’m finally ready to share the space with you. The only thing missing from the room is window treatments. They’re on Nana’s list after she retires next month!
Not only is the loft the playroom, it’s also where guests sleep. Since our fourth bedroom is my office, we needed to get creative when it came to being able to have guests. A sleeper sofa may not be the most comfortable, but it works for guests and fits into the room. The ruler was a housewarming gift from one of my best friends, her husband made it. You can also see our V-Tech trains in this picture. We’ve had AG’s for almost three years now and got L one for Christmas after they spent way too much time fighting over them. One of their favorite and most used toys.
The play art along with the colorful wall stickers were the first thing I did to the playroom when we moved in. It was three days before L was born and while I was moving pretty slow, I couldn’t wait to start on this space. The PLAY letters were just craft letters from Michael’s, covered with scrapbook paper using mod podge. You can find a tutorial here for a similar project. The letters were hung on the wall with these picture and frame Command strips. Under the PLAY art, we hung a whiteboard for AG. One of my big goals for the room was for it to be interactive and FUN. I tried to make the wall space the kids could reach filled with different activities for them. AG uses the Crayola dry erase crayons on the board. I’m not quite ready for markers yet.
The gallery wall was my favorite project in the room. It’s the first thing you see when you come up the stairs. I wanted it to stand out without being too cluttered. Again, I purchased wooden letters from Michael’s and this time I just painted them with craft paint. The frames are all from Ikea. On two of the colorful frames, I hung wall art I created. Let them be Little and Dream Big. For the other two frames, I took out the glass and hung them on the wall, again using the command strips. I took out the glass to make it easy to change out the pictured often, keeping them up with a little push pin. The small pieces with pictures pinned to them are just small pieces of cork board, covered with fabric. The last touch to the playroom gallery wall are these mirrors. On one I painted stripes using craft paint and on the other I did polkadots.
Fabric banner tutorial coming soon. This is where most of the toys are stored. There is a bin for things that move, people, blocks and miscellaneous. AG is starting to get the whole clean up thing down, which is starting to make my life a bit easier!
This is my favorite part of the room. There is space to hang artwork, a felt board for the kids to play and display shelves for special books. These pictures were taking this month, you can see that the playroom was ready for Valentine’s Day. The teacher in me just loves everything I can do with the room. I can’t wait for the kids to be older and to be able to set up desks and creative stations!
The one thing you WILL see in this room are toys. Everywhere. That is the purpose of the room. While things to have a place, this room is never perfectly cleaned up.
Activity table/ similar here
I’ve tried to find as many sources as I can for the projects and items that fill the room. Some of the links are affiliate links. You can tell that we’re a big Amazon prime family. With two kids and trying to decorate a house with a newborn, most of the things in our house are from Amazon!