The Mommy Files: Sprucing Up the Kids’ Rooms
We’ve been dealing with a remodel for a while now. And when I say a remodel, I’m not talking about something major…we’re talking lots of painting, an added bathroom and a remodeled bathroom.
Really, nothing major.
But when we put the new bathroom in downstairs, I realized that the hubs’ “man cave” was still desperately grim. We had some flooding a few years ago that caused an emergency gutting and now it consists of some hodgepodge furniture and a television. Certainly not something he wants to use to hang out with the guys.
So I decided that I wanted to surprise him with a little makeover of the room. But during the design process, I decided to incorporate a play space as well. Not a big one, but large enough that if I’m making dinner in the kitchen, L can go to the basement with daddy and contentedly play for a bit. So I started surfing for ideas.
These designs featured at Design Dazzle are super cute and from the HGTV show Showdown—Battle of the Design Stars. If I had a bigger space to work with, I’d totally go for the first one shown. I suspect it would be a little too girly though…especially since it will be sharing space with more manly things.
I also like the idea of either a chalkboard wall or a wall dedicated to having art. And I’m smitten with the playroom created in a dark basement (kind of like ours!!) over at Pink Picket Fence. These throw rugs, featured in a sunroom-to-playroom redo at All Things Kelly would really brighten up the space too.
My almost-favorite room of all was at Southern Exposure. I like everything about it…the drawers with labels, the play table on casters, the flash card collage, and even the shades! And it was a close race. But ultimately, my lust for the Pottery Barn playroom makeover that Sixty Fifth Avenue prevailed. If I could make a room just like this, I’d just about get Mom of the Year…or at least Mom of the Day.
The plan is to surprise the hubs for Father’s Day, so I still have a few months to get all my ideas down and planned. And I suspect that a trip to IKEA will also be in order sometime in the near future.
Have you done a playroom renovation? Where did you get your inspiration?
photo credit: sixty fifth avenue