Only 11 weeks left until baby #2 will be arriving and I have been enjoying a boost of 3rd trimester energy! Closets are being organized, clutter is being donated, and our playroom got a budget makeover over the weekend. Most of the items I already had around the house and re-purposed for this project, but I also added a few new and a few used. You can see the breakdown of cost for this project at the end of the post.
Are you ready for the before pictures! These are the original pictures from when our home was listed for sale from the previous owners. The office/den is a pretty small space to the right of our living room that ended up being my craft catch all.
Since our basement is unfinished we needed a safe space for Little J to play where I could keep my eyes on him and store all his toys in one place. We decided to open up the wall from the living room to the den to create an open concept. The hubby cut into the paneling to create a large opening into the den. Our kitchen is off our living room allowing me to watch Little J play while I prepare meals.
We used our existing Ikea Billy bookcases to create toy storage by tipping the wider bookcase on its side and fitting it between the two narrow bookcases. It fit perfectly! The hubby took laminate closet shelving and cut it down to create cubbies within the bookcase.
The playroom got a fresh coat of paint, storage baskets, window treatments, shelves and a few decorative touches to create the final look! It’s so fun watching Little J play in his new space and I love having all his toys organized and in one spot of the house.
The chalkboard was made several years ago and used at our wedding, I gave it new pop of color and now fits perfectly in the playroom. The window valances were so easy and inexpensive and covered the ugly mini blinds. I followed the step by step instructions from Down Home Inspiration. For about $10 per window, they make a huge impact! I found the road rug at a garage sale for $1.00, tossed it in the washer and it’s good as new!
I used thick twine and clothes pins to create a place for all of Little J’s art. Two pictures ledges make perfect storage for puzzles and books.
One Saturday and less than $100.00, we have new playroom that brings fun, warmth, and creativity to our home and a space that gets used daily!
The cost breakdown:
Paint: Benjamin Moore Pashmina from Home Depot: $40.00
White Ball Bins: Ikea Variera Trash Baskets: $3.99
White Book Ledge: Ikea Mosslanda: $9.99
Chalk Buckets: Ikea Bygel: $.99
Chalk Bucket Rails: Ikea Bygel Rails: $2.99
Window Valance Fabric: Joann’s Craft: $20.00
Window Valance Foam Board: Menards: $5.99
Items we reused or already had:
Grey and White Cloth Bins: Target: $8.99
Bookcase: Ikea Billy: $79.99 (wide), $69.99 (narrow)
Children’s Table and Chairs: Ikea Latt: $24.99