DIY/ Healthy Kids

DIY Playroom Ideas and Makeover Reveal!

Drum roll please…Penelope’s new playroom!
colorful kids playroom ideas
Here are my before photos, in case you missed them.

This project came together fairly quickly. I made the ABC wall art, the Canvas Rainbow wall art, the bean bag chairs in the tent ( I will show you tutorials for all, in the coming weeks), and painted the hallway wall with chalkboard paint. My Dad put up the shelves, raised the light fixture, and drilled the drip pan to the wall. I spent a little over $100 on craft supplies, paint, drip pan and filler for the bean bag chairs. My parents spent a little over $100 (thank you!) on the rug, the two red chairs and the three white shelves. All from IKEA.

I wanted the room to be very playful (duh) but also inspiring and educational. If I do end up homeschooling, I imagine this room evolving into our little classroom. I wanted to brighten it up and make it special for her. It’s kind of odd, but between this room and her swing set outside, I finally feel like this is a family home.
playroom play tent
The HABA tent!  Penelope loves this thing. It is a hand me down, from Penelope’s Godmother.
kids play kitchen
Her kitchen and push toys area. That’s a KidCraft kitchen, I got it for less than $30 at Tuesday Morning, a Pottery Barn stroller and HABA walker wagon.
kids art table
This table is a used art table from Land of Nod. It is still a little big for Penelope, but she will grow into it soon. I use this black bin under the table for all her art supplies
kids playroom organization ideas
Her toy storage area. I would have liked to repaint these white, but I got burnt out. Maybe I will later. I got these bookcases while I was in college from Target. They have stayed in good shape, surprisingly. I got the bins from Bed, Bath and Beyond.
IKEA books shelves for playroom
Her bookshelves. I think they are my most favorite part. It makes the room just feel like a little school room. I think I may add one more at the bottom. That’s a HABA click clack track, another great toy.
drip pan playroom DIY idea
The drip pan! So much fun. $9.99 from AutoZone. My Dad drilled it to the wall, but another reader used heavy duty velcro.
DIY Playroom Ideas and Makeover Reveal
The chalkboard wall. I am so glad I defied my husband on this one. I painted it late at night, after Penelope had gone to bed, and the first thing in the morning, Penelope went over to it to draw. I love being able to write my to-do lists at the top as well. I had to do two coats, but it was such a small area that I was totally done in less than 45 minutes. This was regular latex paint, but it does not contain lead.
DIY Playroom Ideas and Makeover Reveal
Coppa (Grandpa) installing the shelves, and little Miss, in her princess panties (more on those in another post!). BIG thank you to my Dad for doing all the manual labor (while hubby was away) in the playroom, not to mention all the other house work he did too! And BIG thank you to my mom for braving the craziness that is IKEA to get all the finishing touches.

Sooooooo…what do you think?!? Penelope loves it, her independent play has been taken to the next level, she loves exploring everything and going from activity to activity. I can’t wait to have get together with friends and see lots of kids playing in there at once!


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  • The Annessa Family
    September 13, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    The tent has to be my favorite part! LOVE it!


  • Tanashia
    September 13, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    It's amazing! Think you have just inspired me. Really like the drip pan and book shelves.

  • Molly
    September 13, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Steph it looks amazing! I cant wait to play in there 🙂

  • trisha
    September 14, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    super adorable!! i really love it. I recently did my sons nursery, its so fun to do a room, isnt it?


  • Krissy
    September 14, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    I LOVE IT! The drip pan has to be added to my wall in our play room, I have seen it before and now I am sold! The tent is great, I wish we had enough space for a tent in ours!

  • sara
    September 16, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    this is so cute!! the drip pan idea is perfect… i may have to put one up over here!!

    (i found you via code name mama and i'm so glad i did!)

  • Janine @ Alternative Housewife
    September 16, 2011 at 4:39 AM

    Haha your home is a Pinterest wet dream. LOVE.

  • Momioso
    September 19, 2011 at 4:31 AM

    Love your little one's room – thanks for some great ideas! My daughters' room is utterly devoid of character and I'm going to use some of your ideas to help it along!

  • Bec
    October 11, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    I love this room. I am trying to find similar bookshelves to put up in my son's room. Does anyone know where I can find them at?

  • Stephanie
    October 11, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Thanks ladies! @Bec…I got the shelves at IKEA for $14.99 each!! Super easy to install too.

  • Jamy
    July 18, 2012 at 5:24 AM

    What size rug do you have? Also, is it easy to vacuum? I have never wanted a rug until now. I love how it brings that pop of color into the room without having to paint your bookcase/furniture.

    • Stephanie
      July 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Totally. I am not sure what size it is, but I think its a standard size.

  • Athena
    March 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    What are the shelves called and how do they mount? I need them.

    • Stephanie
      March 24, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      I can’t remember exactly, but they are suppossed to be picture shelves. So just search photo shelves in the Ikea website.