The Playroom

I realized a week or two ago that the Our Home tab at the top of the page is seriously out of date!  There are a few rooms that haven't looked like the pictures shown in months.  Yikes!  I have totally dropped the ball on taking pictures the last few months.  Call it a combination of laziness, busyness, pregnancy, who knows?  But I've GOT to do better at taking pictures!

I thought a good place to start on updating house pictures would be with the playroom.  For the second winter in a row, our playroom was unusable for months.  ugh!  Last year, it just got too cold out there for a baby to play, and we needed the extra space for storage for unpacked boxes and to work on projects like staining the main bathroom cabinets.  We moved everything back into the playroom about this time last year and LOVED having that space dedicated for toys all summer long.

Then the roof started leaking.

The playroom is an addition off the back of our house, (it used to be a covered patio that led to an uncovered patio), and the addition has a flat roof.  We tried every product the big box hardware stores carried for fixing flat roofs over the past few months.  It was kind of a frustrating process, we would have to wait for nice weather to attempt to patch the roof, then we would have to wait for bad weather to see if the patch worked.

Long story short, nothing worked and the roof, (and subsequently the playroom ceiling), just kept getting worse.  We finally admitted defeat and had pro roofers came in replaced the flashing where the two roofs meet and put a new roof on the flat part.  So now we should be good for at least 20 years!  That's a HUGE stress relief for me!  It was really annoying to not be able to use the playroom.  There have been toys everywhere in our house for months, and they were about to drive me absolutely crazy!  As an added bonus, the new roof seems like it's better insulated than the old roof, so the playroom feels a little warmer.  Which is great news since it's currently in the 20s here! Brr!

Because the ceiling was damaged from the water leak last week husband ripped out a 1 foot by length of the room section of sheetrock last week and replaced it with new sheetrock.  We were kind of in a hurry to get the room put back together before we had some people over this weekend, so the section of ceiling with new sheetrock hasn't been taped and mudded yet, and looks a little rough, (you may be able to see it in a few of these pictures), but it's such an improvement that we don't care!

I think that brings the situation up to speed, now for an obnoxious number of pictures! ;)

For starters this is what this room looked like when we first bought the house:

In November of 2012, (wow that seems like such a long time ago now!), we painted the walls Benjamin Moore Soft Chamois, (the same color as our living room), and this was what the room looked like then:

you can see more pictures in this post

Here's where the room stands as of now:

It's a LOT more colorful thanks to the addition of lots and lots of toddler toys! ;)  The larger rug was given to us by a family member who was redecorating, and really helps keep the room warm in the winter time and provide a soft space for kiddos to play.

This is the view from the doorway into the room:

Husband built the red picnic table last summer from an Ana White tutorial.  It's been so great for snacks and craft projects!  The 3 Sprouts mouse caddy on the table holds stickers, washable crayons, and washable markers for H to play with.

We moved H's water table inside and filled it with a 10 pound bag of pinto beans and it has been the greatest thing ever!  He spent an hour straight playing with it one night, and it's been a hit with all his friends too!  I just put some $1 sand toys from Target and a couple trucks in it, and it's provided hours of play time!  Yes, the beans do get thrown all around the room, but they're SO much easier to clean up than sand!  I highly recommend it!!!

All the furniture in the room we already had.  The chair and ottoman and the couch were a set we bought right after we got married.  They fit perfectly in our apartment at the time, but are really small for a main living room in a house, (I think they're technically classified "apartment size" so that makes sense!).  They work great in this room, but our long-term plan is to replace the couch with a daybed and trundle for my nieces to have somewhere to sleep when they get older.

The teal desk I've had since I was in kindergarten and it's currently storing construction paper and art supplies for H, but I think it may move to his room sometime in the near future.  We'll just have to see!

In the corner by the door you can see H's still unfinished kitchen.  Husband is building it using an Ana White tutorial, (she is just the best!).  It was supposed to be finished by Christmas, but life has been so crazy lately that it's still not done.  Thankfully H has a great imagination and thanks to lots of play food and dishes, he plays with it just like it was actually finished! ha! ;)

We bought this Expedit storage system from IKEA when we lived in DFW and it's fantastic for toy storage!  We are debating getting a larger one though, because after two Christmases and birthdays we're starting to run out of room!

I love having everything so organized, but given that we're adding a new family member, (very!), soon, I think it would be a good thing to have a larger shelf that we could grow in to.  Then this one could move back into a closet somewhere and store my craft stuff which is still boxed up. :)

 Looking back towards the other end of the room:

You can see the one window in the room that actually has curtains right now.  ha!  The curtains are really just a large canvas drop cloth cut in half and trimmed with teal pom pom trim.  I had grand plans of finishing them for every window in the room, but haven't quite gotten there yet.  Maybe one day? ;)

We also have a small IKEA Billy bookcase and two Benno bookshelves that house books, a few toys, board games, and some video games and DVDs in the corner.  The extra storage is great, but they also act as a buffer to hide the rough edges of the backside of the fireplace! win, win. ;)

So that's the playroom as of this morning.  We love it and it works so well for our little family!  Our wish list for this room includes finishing the ceiling, finishing the curtains, replacing the couch with a day bed, adding more storage, and possibly replacing the rug at some point.  But for now we're extremely happy with the way everything is, so this will probably be the last update on this room for a while.

Just a quick before and after to keep everything in perspective:

Hope you all are staying warm this week!  Anyone else really ready for Spring?


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  1. Such a great room! We have a toy area in the livingroom and one in the sewing room, and pretty much the toys are all over, everywhere, always anyways, haha. I love that new rug, it's huge!

  2. The playroom looks great!! I love the IKEA furniture you put in there also. I get to go to IKEA for my first time EVER in the end of April (in Chicago) and were taking a bigger car so we can pick somethings up for our house.


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