House Tour – The Playroom

There’s a little room at the top of the steps that I’ve never shown you.
Welcome to the playroom!
If you’ve been following for a while, you probably already know that I take care of two of my granddaughters during the day.  Miss M is almost nine and Miss K is three.
I started taking care of Miss M during the day when she was three.  It didn’t take me long at all to realize that a place to play was sorely needed!  Um…yeah.
There are quite a few upcycled Goodwill pieces in here and a couple of diy projects.  I put this room together before I started blogging so I’ll just have to try to explain to you what I did.
Come on in so I can show you around.
Any of you familiar with Ikea will recognize the two cubbie units and plastic bins.  These pieces are great for storing all those little pieces of toys that seem to multiply like rabbits.
The white table and dry erase/magnet board were GW finds that I painted.  The little white chairs came from Ikea and the wall pocket was a clearance score from HomeGoods.  If you’re wondering what that is in the clear jar, it’s pieces of uncooked pasta.  The girls love to use them in their art projects.
Speaking of art, we have to have a place to proudly display their creations – right?  
This was such an easy project.  I painted a piece of leftover moulding, ModPodged some scrapbook paper to clothespins and glued them to wood.  
There is an unlimited (so the girls think) supply of paper on this roll of paper that I hung on a towel bar.
The piece of art above the shelves was painted by my sweet step-daughter, Ms. B.  
She is one talented young lady that I’m so proud of.  All I did was show her a picture I took of a couple of owl pictures that I had seen in Target and told her what colors I wanted to be in the picture.Miss B did a great job and I just love it!

The cutie-patootey owl bookends came from Kirklands a few weeks ago.
What playroom for two little girls would be complete unless it contained a dress-up space?  Every little princess must have a place to hang her lovely ball gowns!
The curtain to left covers the closet.  I took the door down because of the space that it took up whenever it was opened.
The mirror was a Craigslist find that I obviously painted.  I found some princess stickers at Dollar Tree that the girls had a lot of fun applying to the mirror.The crown hanger was a GW find and the flower hangers and shoe basket were more clearance scores from HomeGoods.

This club chair makes a great space for Miss M to curl up with a book.  I love it that their mom, Ms. JB, has always encouraged reading!
I’ve found that a great way to store Barbie’s, Polly Pockets and all of their accessories are these rolling stacks of drawers.They’re nothing fancy, but they sure do the trick!

The fabric that I made the valance from became the inspiration for the colors in this room.  That’s usually how I roll – the first thing I look for when decorating a room is the fabric.  
I combined four different fabrics for a more playful look.
I repeated the fabric by covering a lampshade that I attached to the light pendant kit that we hung.
Can you tell that the ceiling is a pale, pale blue?  I love using blue on interior ceilings and found a gallon of this pretty shade for $5 in the oops section at Lowes.
Another GW score was the table and chairs in the center of the room.  They are originally from Cargo Kids and were a natural pine color.  Out came the paint! 
It’s a great place to play games and do puzzles.
I wanted one more way to tie the fabric into the room, so I came up with the idea of painting the design of the fabric onto the table.
After the table was painted, I went back and painted a white rectangle in the center.  I taped together several pieces of tracing paper and traced the outlines of the fabric pattern.  I then laid the tracing paper on the white rectangle (pencil lead side down) and used a popsicle stick to rub the lines onto the white paint.  We used plain old acrylic paint to fill in all of the colors.  Oh – when we were finished I applied a couple of coats of sealer to protect the surface.
It was a really fun project to do with Miss M!
And in case you’re wondering why I haven’t shared this space with you before, it’s because on a good day it looks just like this or worse.
Just keeping it real, y’all!

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  1. I want to be a little girl again and come play at your house – love this room and the owls are just so cute.

    1. Hydrangeas and Harmony says:

      I agree!

  2. I just love children’s spaces, and yours does not disappoint! Your granddaughters must be so thrilled to have a space all their own. Every detail is just perfect.

  3. GREAT JOB GF!! I particularly love the pendant, the green table and of course your stickman drawing ha ha! What a fun place to play!!

  4. What a fun grandma you are! Love the light, too!

  5. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says:

    Suzy….that room is amazing…Now I will not show my granddaughter that room…she would be so jealous!! Just wish I had a “room” for her…the extra rooms for me are taken up by 2 guest rooms and my hubby’s office…so she plays in every room…Gorgeous room Suzy…love all that you did and I am sure your granddaughters love what their Grandmother has so lovingly done….Just beautiful!

  6. Suzy, your playroom is what my playroom needs to be! It really looks like it was made for them and of course it was. Just great that your decorating shows the love you have for them. Thanks for sharing, Helen

  7. ✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life says:

    Hi Suzy,

    Every inch of the playroom is adorable!


  8. I am visiting you for the first time via BNOTP~~I’ve been here for 2 hours!! As a Nana, you are my new idol! 😉
    I, too have created spaces just for our grandson(26mo), and we have #2&#3 on the way. I have fabrics, paint and many ideas for completely transforming our finished basement just for them. Now, I am so MOTIVATED! Thank you for that! I’ve bookmarked you~~I’ll be back. 🙂

  9. Suzy, This is an awesome space. It is so wonderful that you can devote such a lovely space for them. I but they are so glad to be with you all day. I can see your love for them in every element. I love that you duplicated the fabric on the table. Oh yes, I love the owl.

  10. This is such a wonderful space, Suzy, for your little granddaughters. I love the colors! It reminds me of what our family room looks like when the “Grands” are here!

  11. THat looks amazing! Can I play there?
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  12. What a great and cute play room!!! I’d love to play there too! 🙂 I love the curtains and the cute shelf to hang the colored pages! Hope you have a lovely week! xo Holly

  13. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Well, I would expect it to look like that, Suzy ~ it is a PLAYroom! : ) Great job. I think you had a lot of fun putting this room together. You found some great things, too. Love the roll of paper. My granddaughter is only going to be 2 in July, but she loves to get the toddler crayons and the giant pad of drawing paper I bought for her.

  14. Pat@Back Porch Musings says:

    This is absolutely the cutest playroom! I love every bit of it. You did a fabulous job. Your grandkiddo’s will have happy memories of this play room forever!

  15. Debbie@Mountain Breaths says:

    What a cheery play room! I am an owl lover 🙂 Visiting from the Cozy Home Party.

  16. ~Lavender Dreamer~ says:

    That looks like any little girl’s dream room! I love those owls!

  17. Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes says:

    Oh, I love it all. What a wonderful place for the girls to use their imaginations. The bright colors, fun patterns, and ideas for toy storage was a real treat to see, so thanks for sharing them at Your Cozy Home Party this week!

  18. SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla says:

    Amazing playroom! Love it 🙂
    Greetings from Australia♥