The Playroom

Let me just open by saying that I feel really, REALLY, really accomplished.
This room was the most daunting task.
But it turned out exactly how I envisioned it.

Let's start with the beginning.
Here is the room before we moved in (this photo was taken at the end of January) and right after the carpet was installed.

and then...




I pretty much wasn't lying when I told you for a month straight that I was working on the playroom.
But now...

This room was really hard to organize.
There aren't ANY solid walls that I could lean furniture against, hang a shelf on, or install hanging art displays and picture frames.
Decorating in a room of solid windows is not awesome.
And there isn't a closet.
This room is directly on the other side of our living room, which you can see here.
Creating decor was hard, so I focused on the windows without the use of curtains.
(Since this room is an add-on, we close the curtains at the entrance to the playroom to create privacy for our living room. There is no need for privacy in the playroom. Obvs.)
The paint chip bunting was exactly what the windows needed!

Standing at the entrance and looking right are all of my craft supplies and an array of stuffed animals.

Here's another view of that side of the room:

In the middle of the room, I put a small section of Ikea tables and a large storage box filled with toys.
There are so many toys.
Thankfully at this house, there isn't one toy IN the house.
(Since this is an add-on in the back of the house, the rule is "No toys in the house." And no toys go past the curtains in the living room.)
Such a difference in keeping a clean house!
Back on subject- I had to create sections in this room using toy boxes/bins and furniture.
You can see more here:

So, this was basically the entire process in a nutshell:

This wasn't a pretty decorating project, but the before and after is just as satisfying.
I wish that I had one of those playrooms that looked beautiful and modern and lovely, but I will totally settle for a giant room able to accomodate my children's prized posessions and my fabric and craft supplies.
What a happy place this has turned into.
And what a radtastic summer this room is going to experience.

Thank you for touring the craziest room ever!
Happy Thursday.


  1. La-la-la love how everything turned out!!!
    WOW, lots of work, girl! Nice job!

  2. Egad. First of all, that is a beautiful room. Without anything in it...what a great room!
    Second, holy pancakes! You did good, girl. It looks beautiful and my inner child is screaming to play in there.

  3. You did such a great job! I am in love with the banner, all the natural light, and the no toys in the house rule! :)

  4. WOW- I can see why you used the word "accomplished"! This is amazing- you did such an amazing job fitting everything! I LOVE the rainbow of colors all over- great work!

  5. You did an amazing job! I want a room like this in my house:>

  6. Huge accomplishment! I hope you treated yourself to some ice-cream or cookies or glass of wine when you were done. Organization is a beautiful thing. I love the paint chip banner. Where did you get the butcher paper roll holder?

    And I hope your family listens when you ask for no toys. ;) Maybe I should post photos of my kids' toys so my family will believe that they have enough too.

  7. looks amazing!! it looks like a classroom it's so huge!

  8. Your playroom is amazing. I am jealous. I wish I had space to have a playroom like this. I am your newest follower! Come check out my blog and follow me back. I would appreciate it! I am doing a giveaway that ends tomorrow at midnight- a free headband! Thanks :)

  9. Wow that is nothing short of AHHHMAAAZING. How cool is that.... turned out great! And I love the picture of T and Wooie up there. :)

  10. The bunting is awesome! It came together so nicely. I love the two rules you placed, no toys in the house, and don't give the kids anymore toys.

    My kids have so many toys between three sets of grandparents, two sets of great granparents, and one great great grandmother... not to mention parents and aunts/uncles. TOO MANY TOYS:)

  11. This room is crazy amazing!!! And I love that there are no toys in the house now. Jealous!

  12. I think the room looks great! & the rule of keeping their toys in the room at all times is genius! Yay to a happy clean home :)

  13. Wow! What a transformation!! Totally makes me wish I had room in my house for a playroom this awesome. Fantastic job!

  14. Awesome room! It looks like a classroom :) Great job!


  15. I'm never so glad that you shared the before picture! I have had the kids play room look like this on many of occasions. I know exactly what an accomplishment it is to get it all organized. You made it look great! I bet the kids LOVE it!

  16. Wow!! You did an amazing job!!

  17. Wow, really nice! You've inspired me to re-do my daughter's playroom. I love how you integrated so much color without painting walls or hanging a lot on the walls. Beautiful!

  18. you did a CRAZY aMAZing job on this. Your hard work shows, and it totally paid off! I wish I were a little kid so I could come over and play in there - that is like a kid's DREAMLAND.

    And, for sure you had some major obstacles to tackle with all of those windows, but it turned out FABULOUS. :)

    And your bunting is just icing on the cake! LOVELY.

  19. That turned out SO nice!!! I bet walls of windows was SUPER hard to work with... But I love the little pendant banner!! :)

  20. wow, wow, wow, WOW! I LOVE it! Great job organizing everything. I've been thinking more and more about moving toys out of the main part of the house and keeping them in the actual toy room (which is really more of MOmmy's workshop!) This may just be my inspiration! That paint chip bunting is just too fun. Totally perfect in there. And, um- yeah- I second the whole 'don't buy anymore toys for my kids' and need to remember that one myself! ugh

  21. It's awesome. Your kids are so lucky!

  22. Kimmie, it looks FANTASTIC!!!! Great job!

  23. Holy Toy Box! It turned out great! It looks like a fun place for you and your kids to hang out now.

  24. WOW! That's QUITE the before pictures! I think you were a BRAVE lady to tackle that!!!
    It looks AWESOME!!!
    (I love your comment about "if you are related to me, please never buy my kids another toy!" - I would like to say that to all of our family members, too!!!)
    Happy to be a new follower!

  25. I love this. It is darling and so well organized.

  26. wicked jealous you have a whole room to dedicate to your kids' stuff! I have given up 3/4th of my breakfast nook and most of my living room and it is driving me CRAZY!!! I especially love your bunting! If you needed to display art you could always clothespin it to the pennants for some temporary display-age!

  27. This turned out great! It sure makes me wish we had a toy room.

  28. I am so jealous of your extra room! We lived in Iowa for a couple years where we had a basement for all the kid stuff and it was awesome! Now we're back in CA with no extra rooms at all.
    I really love what you've done with the space. It's so cheery and bright!

  29. holy cow! that is an undertaking! but it turned out wonderful! love all the ikea! :)

    found you via tt&j!

  30. Amazing. I think that might be the best before and after project I've seen yet! Looks fantastic!

  31. LOL Loved the note for relatives ~ isn't taht t the truth!! Thanks for sharing ~ come by sometime to say hi!

  32. You did such a good job on such a hard room. It looks wonderful.

  33. wow- they do have a TON of toys! love the 'no toys in the house' rule. Wish we had an extra space for a playroom. :)

  34. Wow!!! What a great room!! Excellent job! I love it!

  35. What an amazing room! I am totally drooling here. The windows give so much natural light and the decor is so beautiful! Well done! The banner ties it all together. It reminds me of a happy kindergarten classroom!

    I'm in the midst of a playroom/guestroom makeover as well so I'm so interested to see what others have done.

    You made me lol about relatives not buying another toy. I know the feeling!

    I found you from Tatertots & Jello!!

  36. Amazing work! That looks like such a fun room for your kids to play in! I wish we had that much space at our house...our toy room is also an added-on porch-type room, but only about 1/4 the size of yours!

  37. so amazing! totally i had a space like that in our house. and i love the centers that you created. looks great

    andiejaye @ http://crayonfreckles.blogspot.com

  38. WOW!! I love it! Especially the bunting--I must try it. Our playroom is also an addition, but unlike yours, has virtually zero windows creating a dark dungeon! Thanks for the inspiration!
    p.s. did you keep the sliding glass doors to keep things separated (if that's what you had) or did you remove them? I'm trying to decide what to do with ours...

  39. WOW! I wish we had a room that big to store all my kiddos stuff! I love that you keep all the toys there too...no stepping on legos in the middle of the night:)

  40. the playroom is awesome!!! LOVE the colors, LOVE the set up, it's gorgeous and functional! Gotta love that!

  41. Wow, that was a big project! Good work getting it all together! Looks great : )
    Jaimee @ craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

  42. This is wonderful!! It has given me some great ideas. We too have a huge plain room as a playroom and I have been trying to make it "cute". Oh and the note to the relatives is hilarious!! We all need to post that on the front door. Thanks for sharing. :)

    Kadie @ Seven Alive

  43. great organization! I just finished doing a pegboard organization for my daudhter's room.

    I love the bunting! Are those paint chips that you used to make the bunting?

  44. wow! that is a great room! looks like my kids might have been visiting you before the make over though. sorry. :) lol I am a new follower, found your through tatertots and jello link party!

  45. Wow! I haven't tackled my toy room yet. You are so brave :). Where did you get your dress-up organizer? INCREDIBLE job by the way!!

  46. What a fantastic space - Looks amazing! I love the penndant banner across the window too! I bet the kiddies are thrilled! Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  47. That is a awesome playroom! What lucky kids! I am so impressed with all the organizing you did! Good job.

  48. What an undertaking! Impressive! Love this playroom!



  49. Hi! Just dropping by to let you know that you were featured in my link love post today. You are one of the few blogs I enjoy following daily. Thanks for the great content :D You can see the post here: http://sweetlifejadore.blogspot.com BTW the before and after picture is hilarious! lol

  50. you did a great job. I have a similar room that I have been working on for many months. I know that I will be able to finish mine soon. yes the toys are my biggest problem too. My daughter is finally growing out of them, but Son still has a few years more.

  51. My kids would love a space like that! Looks so great!

    I gave you an award on my blog today - http://ourfifthhouse.blogspot.com/2011/05/seven-random-things.html

  52. ahhhh.... I love a happy ending organizing story! the room looks great! the key is having a place for things to be put away (easier said than done, I know).
    *visiting from delightful order thursday link party*

  53. Kimmie,

    I just want to let you know that I featured you on my blog. {If I tell you the truth I feel honored to have you there} Thanks for coming to the party... ;)

  54. This blog really amaze me. Oh and I wish my kids playroom shall be like this, This one is really great. Thanks for sharing this one.

    Kids Playroom Furniture

  55. Very cute playroom! I think every kid would love an area like this :) I'm a new follower visiting from Tatertots and Jello!

  56. The playroom is perfect because of the hanging art and the glass windows. Children would surely enjoy playing in this room.



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