Drum roll please…Penelope’s new playroom!
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.
The HABA tent! Penelope loves this thing. It is a hand me down, from Penelope’s Godmother.
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.
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
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.
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.
The drip pan! So much fun. $9.99 from AutoZone. My Dad drilled it to the wall, but another reader used heavy duty velcro.
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.
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!