Saturday, July 31, 2010

Playroom Re-do Part 2

Well, my husband and I worked super hard today to get the playroom situated and organized. And can I just say....I love it!!

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.

(Yikes!)
Everything's just sort of shoved to the side of the walls. Not so pretty.
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.

P.S. Please check my sidebar for all the fun link parties I join during the week!
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?

Organize and Decorate Everything

26 comments:

  1. It looks awesome! I bet your kids love it too. I always put organizing off, but once I start, I really get into it. We just re-vamped my daughter's room while she was on a beach trip with a friend. I'm working towards posting about it this weekend. Haven't been up to much blogging lately.

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  2. Looks great! I bet your kids just love to be in there! You didn't mention the wall color, but did you paint the plaid, or is that wallpaper?

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  3. I love that wall! That must have taken you forever, very cool1

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  4. I love what you have done!! Paradise for kids as well as Mom! Karen

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  5. That looks great. It is so satisfying to reorganize toys! I just did it myself a couple of weeks ago!

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  6. I love your paint job!!! Those walls are AWESOME!

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  7. Everything looks so neat and tidy now. You did a great job!

    Nancy

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  8. how fun is that room? i want to come play! :)

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  9. It's perfect! The kids must love it. Lisa~

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  10. Your colors are wonderful! I posted a playroom, as well! Coming over from Met Monday at BNOP! Come see! http://threepixielane.blogspot.com/2010/08/playroom.html

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  11. Love it!! And like everyone else, love, love love that plaid wall! :)

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  12. WOW--I am in love with the wall!! What a fantastic idea and great job you did on it!!

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  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Would you like to come over and do soem organizing in our playroom! You have inspired me to drag myself down to IKEA. We could really use some organization. I dig the wall hooks for the dress up clothes. Right now I have dressup stuff in a big shopping bag and have been looking for something better. I may have to copy you there. Thanks!

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  14. So jealous that there is not an IKEA close by. Your room is so bright and colorful - a perfect kid space made even better with the new organization.

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  15. My three year old just walked by and said that she wished she had that room. I love it!

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  16. Looks fabulous Megan! Stop over at my blog to see the finished key holder project! You are going to love it! crazycraftbugs.blogspot.com

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  17. I love those walls! I don't know that I'd have the patience to do it but it sure it pretty!

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  18. I love the room and the organization is perfect. I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday this week and would love for you to join the party. There's a great giveaway too. Hope to see you there.

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  19. That looks like such a fun area for the kids. I especially like the play clothes area. Very cute.

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  20. I'm struggling with a playroom re-do to a very long and somewhat narrow room. Well, it's probably not that narrow. We just have a lot of crap! Anyway, yours turned out great!

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  21. Just popping over from Life in the Pitts...

    Love the hooks for the dress ups - great idea! The rest is beautiful too, of course, but that particularly caught my eye ;)

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  22. I just love an organized space... what a cute room for your kiddos... thanks for sharing at the PoPP.

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  23. I love all the little details you added. Thanks for joining We're Organized Wednesday. Hope to see you at the next party. You're entered in the giveaway too.

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  24. He there im your newest follower from trendy treehouse. I love the colors and the organization. Looking forward to see what you make next

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  25. Your room is so bright and colorful - a perfect kid space made even better with the new organization. Looking forward to see what you make next, I hope it will be helpful for my new home.
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