The first thing I did was visit my all-time favorite store for oranization: IKEA! Yes, that's right, my name is Meg and I'm an Ikea lover. I went on a day where I thought I could drop off my kids in the play area, have a nice, leisurely shopping hour, particpate in the kids-eat-free deal going on and then go home. I researched and made lists of stuff I needed/wanted so I could just breeze through and make it easy. Of course, these things NEVER turn out how you think they will. First thing, the play area is FULL. What the??? How could that be? So, I went upstairs to get the free lunch about an hour early. Luckily my kids are hungry pretty much all the time. After checking with the play area again and finding it still full, I decided to just drag the kids along with me. This was...torture. Not just for me, but for my kids as well. After 2 grueling hours of dragging whiney, screaming kids through Ikea, we were done. And we dragged our tired bones home.
Ok, that was my bad Ikea story. Here's my good Ikea story. While I was there, I checked out the all-time favorite, "as-is" section. There, I found two shelves with brackets for $5 each. I found a shelving unit for $48, with casters. I also found lots of storage solutions, a mirror, some desk organizers and lots of other fun things to help with my project. The End.
Now, on to the good stuff. The pics.
Here are some before pics of the playroom.
Not a whole lot going on here. Stuff just sorts of hangs out on the floor. Like how the kitchen is blocking the closet? Yeah, that's because I have a little boy who likes to climb the shelves and knock everything off of them. His idea of fun.
And, here are the afters.
We finally figured out how to hang up the chalkboard I made forever ago. The toy chest was brown and I painted it white, distressed it (because let's be honest, it'll end up pretty distressed anyway) and added a monogram. I'm thinking of doing a bit more to it, but for now, it's good.
This corner is our trusty tramp, kitchen and fun table I painted and sticker-ized awhile back. You can also see one of the Ikea shelves there. They came brown, and I painted them white as well.
You know when you get in the organizing mood? Well, I was in that mood. Those fun little Ikea stackables are filled with the kids toy food, utensils and other kitchen items. Yup. A little OCD. That's me.
Here you can see the previous bookshelf I had next to the storage unit I found at Ikea. The bins are also Ikea finds and the 2nd bookshelf is within kid-reach to make things a little easier for the shorties.
This is one of my favorite parts, even though it doesn't look like much. I bought a nice little hook-rack for all the dress up clothes. The pink bin holds the "accessories," (magic wands, crowns, shoes, purses, jewelry, etc.) Every girl needs her accessories. One thing I'd like to add is a mirror next to the dress rack. Just for fun.
Like those labels? Yeah, I printed them off and stuck them on with packing tape. Fancy, right?
My "decorative shelf." Still a work in progress, but it will do for now.
After all was said and done, I got rid of all this! Ahh.....so nice.
And that's my Playroom Re-do.
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P.P.S. Sadly, we did NOT do the paint in this room. The previous owners took care of that for us! It's pretty awesome, though, right?