The kid playroom in the basement is D-O-N-E! I’m so ridiculously excited about this, and it isn’t even a space for me. I just love that we turned this area of our basement from an ugly-brown-wall-to-wall-paneled-space into a fun play area for the kiddos.
Can you believe this is what it looked like before? It was just so … brown.
I already shared my general vision for the space here. My goals were to have open floor space, a kid table, lots of storage, a kid display area, and for it be comfy and cute. Mission accomplished, people, if I do say so myself. And the proof: the kids are LOVING it! The other morning I hopped out of the shower and couldn’t find the kids so after a few heart-pounding moments I eventually found them in the basement just coloring away at the play table.
A few key things went into this playroom. One is the rug. It is from West Elm and I love how bold and stripey it is. It just helps define this area as a place to play.
Another is the big storage unit that holds so much stuff. This was a DIY hack (more deets here) and it is now so useful for storing so much stuff and for displaying a few fun things, too.
Above it is the oversized paintbrush and palette that was in my boy’s nursery when he was born and it has been looking for a new home – I think it is perfect here.
Another key was the wall of action where we put the play kitchen, chalkboards, kid table, and art supplies.
The kids use their kitchen a lot and one of their favorite games is to take our orders, write them down, and try to cook whatever we ordered. So I thought they’d like chalkboards to use for order-taking. I made these by just taking some Ikea frames and covering the plexiglass with some chalkboard contact paper I had on hand.
The kid table was a DIY/Ikea hack as well (how to here), and I made it big enough for the kids be able to sit next to each other when the table was against the wall. I also wanted enough table space for the big coloring books and other toys that take up a lot of room. The table is lightweight enough to pull out and bring into the middle of the room for more friends to gather round as well.
The neighboring art cart holds a million art supplies for the kids. Literally, a million. I added some decorative metal plates and colored paper just for fun. Let’s be clear – my kids can’t even read this stuff yet (or my handwriting) so cute labels were mostly for me.
Everything else in this space is just fun. The kids are so proud of having some of their art displayed for everyone to see.
And I really loved adding handprints from the kids and this card that I got years ago from friends – I think it is such a lovely message.
So cheerful, right? Just how you want your kids to be. And here’s the scoop on the goods that went into this space (no affiliate links, just giving you the info):
- Rug – West Elm Gradated Stripe Cotton Dhurrie Half Moon
- Storage baskets – came with the Costco brown unit but I painted them white and added colored paper and some chalkboard labels
- Big Bear – Costco
- XL Paintbrush and Palette – Pottery Barn Kids about 5 years ago
- Play Kitchen – Ikea
- Kid Table – DIY/Ikea hack (how to here)
- Kid chairs – Overstock
- Art cart – Ikea
- Shelf – Ikea
- Framed chalkboards – Ikea + this chalkboard contact paper
- Large chalkboard – DIY with scrap mdf and this chalkboard contact paper
- Red ottomans – gift
- Pennant Banner – Amazon
- Pots for coloring stuff – Ikea
If I missed something, feel free to ask – I didn’t want to go too crazy as I’m pretty sure you don’t care where we got the markers (fine, from Amazon).
Overall, we are super happy with this super happy spot. I mean, how could you not be happy with all this color?! I’m normally much more tame on the color front, so it was fun to be a little brighter and bolder in here. Now I just need to figure out how to tie in the adjoining movie-watching area…
Anyone else get playroom happy lately? Or hack up some Ikea stuff to suit your needs?
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