it was time….this room was getting out of control….and the kids didn’t even like being in here!
when we first moved into the house this room was a small room with one window, painted a dark color, no trim around the windows and doors, being used as a dining room.
i lightened this picture in Picasa just to see..it was a cave!
see….dark color…..no trim.
well, its still a small room with one window, but when we first moved in we moved the chandelier to a bigger room, re-finished the floors and painted the walls….. a little better.
But now after 5 years it was time to get organized….and get rid of a few toys….i even got the ok to move out the big plastic kitchen!!
Before: Crazy Chaos!
my main goal was to use what we had in the room already. We thought about separating the book cases and moving them all over the room…..but i love the look of all of them on one wall.
At first i thought it would be fun to paint this room a kid color….but realized i needed to keep it a neutral color since the room is adjoining the living room and the kitchen…so we’ll keep the kid colors for their bedrooms.
the only thing i bought for this room, other then the paint and fabric, was the white shelves…..i found them at HomeGoods for $15 each….and i had a birthday gift card…so they were free for me!
i labeled a few areas with rub on letters….the kids loved this and wanted me to label EVERYTHING in the room….the toys, the couch, the baskets….
Cooper’s tool table is NEVER clean…
I “shopped” the house for the big baskets, still looking for the liner on the middle one (i know i washed it and put it somewhere!)the kids love to pin up their art work!
after 5 years the doors finally have trim!
$1.50 a yard this was the perfect cotton fabric…i sewed a bunch of curtains to hide the bottom shelves….the kids love to look behind the curtains to see what they can find….and i love hiding all the toys!
i was tempted to find a fun floral fabric with lots of color….but then i thought the toys bring enough color to the room and went with this fabric…..$5 a yard at Joanne’s was a great deal for their heavier home fabrics….i actually made them go down to the floor, if we ever wanted to move the shelves around.
i am happy to report that the kids play in here all the time….taking out toys they haven’t played with in years!
a mini-makeover for under $100 and a toy room we can all live with!