So our kids are getting older and that meant a new phase of life and a more functional playroom. Remodeling the playroom was our family Christmas gift to each other. When we moved into this house, this room was a dining room. Knowing that we needed it for additional space we turned it into the playroom. Eventually we puttied the walls, and painted them green with texture. Tater and his brother added the baby gate. For the first several years this room acted as a large playpen. It was wonderful. Then the kids got bigger and more toys were added making it not so baby proof. Since little furniture was in there, the kids would drag out their toys to our main living area. We knew we wanted a place that was just for them (kind of their hang out spot). 🙂 So the new phase began and the baby gate came down.

We first changed the room to a white with metallic glaze walls to make the room brighter. We also painted the furniture white. Then we added our Christmas gifts… a collection of Wild Sorbet frames, Pottery Barn kitchen set, and Land of Nod play table.

I have always struggled with knowing what my God given talents are. Talents always seem easier to find in others. I have known though my LOVE for organizing. It comes as a fault at times. Bringing me back to growing up…

I ran the sink water to get the water warm before washing my face. As I was waiting, I went back into my bedroom to get something. BIG MISTAKE! Totally forgetting that I left the water on, I began to reorganize my ALREADY organized room. After awhile I hear commotion downstairs, and my heart sank to find out what had happened. My washrag had fallen into the sink blocking the drain. During my ‘oh so organizing fun times’, the sink and bathroom filled up with water. My parents were downstairs and heard a big pop! The water had gone down to the main level and the Tiffany light on the ceiling had filled up bursting the bulb. Let’s just say the nice wood ceiling didn’t look so smooth after I gave that room a makeover. My parents were very forgiving and even gave us a lesson on water – how it comes into the house and even explained that we pay for it. ha! Something I did not know. 🙂

Okay, back to organizing. We wanted a display area for our kids’ artwork and important papers. So we use these attached to metal bars found at IKEA. The tins hold up their art and hold the girls dress up play jewelry and hair pieces inside.

I remember reading The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room when I was growing up. I was totally inspired and drooled over the closet that they had organized at the end of the story. I knew I wanted that for my kids someday. So here is our attempt. 🙂

We definitely have been enjoying our new space! Here are a few of our favorite toys besides our everyday princess shoes, dolls, legos, dinosaurs, coloring books and of course the Wii…

Calm Down Boris: a book full of tickles, kisses and giggles!

Magformers: loved by both my boy and girls.

Ball Popper: my young ones love this.

Zingo: great family game for those with young kids!

Go Fish Guys – Let’s Sing (Sing-a-long DVD): makes for a fun dance party! All of their music is fun!

Melissa and Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set: anything from Melissa and Doug is fantastic! Helps spark the pretend play for my kids.

The Jesus Storybook Bible: a great way to cuddle and end the day together.

14 Comments so far

  1. Marla H. March 8th, 2011 9:57 pm

    Very nice! You did a great job! It looks so beautiful and fun! Did you use wallpaper or is that a faux finish of some kind? It’s too cool! 🙂

  2. Geege March 8th, 2011 10:35 pm

    Haley! This needs to be in a magazine. 🙂 LOVE it! I like to be organized but wow, this is great!

  3. Mindy March 8th, 2011 11:30 pm

    Looks AWESOME Haley!!! I love how it turned out! I think another one of your many talents is decorating! 🙂

  4. Emily March 8th, 2011 11:40 pm

    Love it~ beautiful space! Thanks for sharing your favorites too!

  5. Abi March 9th, 2011 9:38 am

    I would agree with Mindy, You have a talent for decorating! I LOVE the way your house is decorated…and this room is no exception. Funny thing, I am an organizer too, so I am drooling over your organization. Maybe someday when my kids have a room like that, it will get to be just as organized. 🙂

  6. Haley March 9th, 2011 3:23 pm

    Thanks all! I couldn’t have done it without Tater! Marla, I used the same paint technique on the wall as when we painted it green. We painted a solid color on the bottom (in this case white). Then we painted using a crisscross stroke over the base coat. We did that in a metallic glaze paint to match our hallway color. I actually used paper towels to apply the glaze. I had more control with that than a paintbrush. In the green room we just used a darker color for the top paint. 🙂

  7. tami March 9th, 2011 9:09 pm

    Girl, you have got such a great eye for design!!! Soooo adorable!

  8. heidi March 9th, 2011 11:34 pm

    This looks so great! You always do such a fab job of decorating.

  9. Alissa March 12th, 2011 3:04 pm

    I always would stare at that closet too!! We actually just got that book from the library awhile back and I still love that closet!!

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