Eclectic Farmhouse Playroom Reveal & ORC Week 6

Some days I’m just a teensy bit jealous of my 4 year-old.  The girl can wear a princess dress and tiara in public, take a nap whenever she feels like it, and the hardest vote she ever has to make is whether to choose a cookie or brownie for dessert.

(But then I remember I can have a glass of wine, eat sushi, and ride roller coasters and suddenly being a grown-up feels pretty awesome.)

One thing Robert, Olivia, and I all can enjoy together though is our newly finished PLAYROOM!

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Not that playroom.

THIS playroom!

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It is officially reveal day after this 6 week long One Room Challenge, and I honestly cannot believe how quickly we were able to pull this one off.  To be fair, we’ve had a lot of practice with the other ten rooms in our house.

You can see our entire ORC journey from the beginning in our previous weeks here:

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5

(I’ve written up a full source list with paint colors, links, and our budget breakdown at the bottom of this post too.)

Here is what this space looked like before:  (Affiliate links are provided below. For more info, see my full disclosure here.)

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Womp womp.

And after!

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Seriously, how did we live with all of this toy clutter everywhere?  …and a random office chair.

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This space is so functional, and we feel happier and more clear-headed now that the junky mess is gone.

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Okay, one more for good measure and then I’ll dive into the details, I pinky promise.

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BOOM.

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From the very beginning when we first moved into this house, I knew that one day I wanted to install clean white built-in shelves in this room with a place to hang out and relax as a family.

But I also love the rustic farmhouse look, so I wanted to figure out a way to marry the two.

It wasn’t until this wood wall idea from Shades of Blue Interiors came along that the light bulb moment happened.

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We ended up using these tongue and groove rustic style boards from Lowe’s after our cheap fence repurposing idea fell through.  It was a bit of a blow to the budget, but I’m so glad we don’t have to worry about mold and dry rot being nailed up on our wall.

I ended up hanging this cut-out “adventure” sign above the TV and it’s so stinkin’ perfect!

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For some easily accessible toy storage, I found these wooden crates on sale for less than $10 each, spray painted them with Rustoleum Winter Gray, and stenciled on the numbers. Easy! And cheaper than a lot of the other crate/basket storage options out there.

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The most expensive project in the room by far were these IKEA hack built-in shelves, but they were absolutely worth it.  Having the doors on the lower half have been great for hiding toys and board games, and they’re still easy access for Olivia whenever she wants to dig them out.

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It was easy to decorate the shelves since I mostly used toys she already had.  I stored some of her building blocks and musical instruments in these hocking jars that I picked up at Walmart.  I searched high and low for large plastic or acrylic jars with no luck, but Robert and I just help dump out those toys whenever she wants to play with them.

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I made a few cork board picture frames where we can easily display her artwork whenever she brings it home from preschool.  And I found this cute vintage cage fan on Ebay for $8!

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For this half wall, I knew it would be a great spot to install a pair of desks, one for Olivia and one for me, so I can blog or craft while she colors in her coloring books or works on her reading/writing skills.

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I ended up finding a square kitchen table on Craigslist that we cut in half and mounted directly onto the wall.  Ha! I’m still looking around for other pieces of furniture I could cut in half that would be equally as fabulous.

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A very sweet friend sent me this “S” from an old Starbucks sign.  Yay for dumpster diving!  The rest of the desk decor were just things I already had around the house.

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For the window side of the room, I made these pom pom curtains as Anthropologie / Pottery Barn knock-offs using IKEA sheers.

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And I hung them up on this galvanized pipe looking curtain rod I found at Target.

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I gave Olivia’s existing play table on this side of the room a quick makeover too.

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After a lot of debating, Robert and I decided the cheapest, most practical solution for our old tan couch was actually to sell it and replace it with a white IKEA Ektorp.  We made $200 from the old couch, so it covered a big chunk of the cost for a new one. (You’d think IKEA sponsored this room.  We just went crazy all over the place in here.)

So now if Olivia ever gets this slipcover dirty, I can toss it in the wash with some bleach and it’ll be all fresh and clean.  (I hope… we’ll find out.)

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Robert and I have made several of these engineer print / wood framed type signs before, but this time I used colored engineer prints and typed up the wording on Picmonkey to create these oversized storybook pages. Is there a limit on how many times I can say “cute” in this post? I can’t even stand it.

I always have to get sappy and sentimental somewhere in every room we makeover; this project was definitely as sappy as it gets.

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I hung up this felted pom pom garland for some whimsy and they’ve made this room feel very Dr. Seuss-ish.

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Back when I was planning this room, I found all of these sofa pillows on sale at Target and they inspired the whole color scheme.  I tried not to get too girly with pinks and purples in here, so blue and yellow seemed safe but still fun.

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After debating foreverrrrrr on the right rug, this one fit in beautifully and it’s suuuuuper duper soft.  I’m ready to wrap myself up in this thing like a blanket burrito.  The three of us have loved sprawling out on it to have block building competitions and board game nights.

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We finally replaced our plain ol’ builder grade light fixture with this mint one from Hunter Fan.  Doesn’t it scream “playroom” to you?  I love that it’s modern but still has a vintage vibe.

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So now the big crazy breakdown!  We ran into a couple of snafus with the wood wall and sofa slipcover plan from the beginning, so we ended up having to spend about $450 more than we originally planned.  Ack!

But with furnishing this room with budget DIY projects and shopping as many sales as I could, we did our best to make this room as inexpensive as possible for our long wish list.

SOURCES AND BUDGET BREAKDOWN:

TOTAL:  $2,578.74

Gulp.  Well, that escalated quickly.

This is officially the last large room in our entire house besides our laundry room and closets.  I guess 2017 is going to be the year of massive organization.

Well actually, not if this little tornado has anything to do with it.

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It is absolutely amazing to me how much having this room complete has changed our family for the better.  Before this, we would often park ourselves in front of the TV and watch Netflix after dinner for a couple hours before bed.

Now, we’ve been taking time in the evenings completely unplugged to play in here together as a family because it’s a space we can actually enjoy.  And that makes all of the hard work worth it.

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 I have no idea what you’d really call this style in this room. Eclectic? Farmhouse? Modern? I was hoping for a little Joanna Gaines meets Emily Henderson kind of vibe.  All I know is I big puffy heart love it!  And that’s what matters more than anything, right?  Fill your home with what makes you and yours happy.  This is definitely our happiest space yet.

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I can’t tell you how much I love this! Every detail is so gorgeous. What an incredible transformation. The fan and the signs are my favorite. All the colors are so fresh and bright. Perfect for a rainy day (ok. EVERY day.) Congrats on another amazing room! xoxo

You did an incredible job, Lauren. It looks fabulous and I know that you and your family are going to enjoy spending many hours together in this pretty space.

So I NEVER leave comments on blogs anymore because I just don’t have time, but I HAD to take the time to tell you that this room is AMAZING and I love everything about it, Lauren. LOVE IT!!!! Did I mention I love it?!

Oh my goodness….what an AMAZING transformation!!! I LOVE it! My boys are definitely past the playroom stage, so won’t be doing one of those in my house anytime soon, but love all of the great ideas that went into transforming this space! I love the color scheme and how you accessorized, but my favorite might have to be the wood wall and the built-ins….definitely swoon worthy!! Congratulations on an amazing space for your family – hope you all enjoy it and make wonderful memories! Thanks for sharing….

So I’m re-doing my playroom area right now and I knew I HAD to check this out as soon as I saw it…PERFECTION!!! I love everything you did from your pompoms to the die-for mint green fan…congrats on pulling together a perfect playroom!!!

Bam! You have done it again Lauren!! Awesome room and I can totally understand escaping to that space at the end of the day for some family fun time! Great job creating a space that welcomes you in and says, come stay and play! Another amazing transformation! 👏

What a great transformation of that lofty-open space! From a real estate point of view, the built ins and wood wall are your best investment in that room. Lets people know what the room is. You’ve made it very comfy, cozy looking and I can tell it’s a warm family room. I’ll be interested in that tutorial regarding the storybook prints. I’d like to do that on a more adult theme. Also, we had that very same IKEA sofa, but I ended up selling mine after a year. Even after scouring the internet for any and all tips on cleaning those covers, mine never smoothed out (after endless steaming!). They just always had that “sloppy” sheet/slipcover look. I hope you have better luck! I know many have good luck with those – I just didn’t. I went for a more streamlined sofa and realized I preferred that afterall. Nicely done room and happy playtime for all of you! (great detailed blog btw, one of the best diy blogs out here)

Thank you so much, Kristine! I’ll be sharing the storybook art tutorial later this week. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the slipcovered sofa, so we’ll see how it goes. People who love it have said they usually use Oxyclean to keep it clean and when they do a full wash of it, they put it on slightly damp so it stretches out the wrinkles and is easier to put back on. I’ll probably post an update in a few months to show how it holds up. 🙂

Looking for the sofa update 🙂 Thinking of getting the exact sofa for our TV Playroom and wondering if it’s comfortable and holding up

Hi Molly! We’re about 3 months in and so far loving it! It’s definitely not a deep sitting sofa, but since neither my husband nor I are very tall, it works well for us.

Standing ovation to you and Robert on transforming this area so beautifully and functionally, Lauren. It looks phenomenal. What a fun place to rest or play. Cheers, Ardith

The room looks beautiful! So much work on so little time! I am wondering where you got the little drawer unit that sits on one of the desks. I love that and it seems so functional but taking up little space. Thanks! Connie

We are in the process of buying a brand new “spec home” and I want to do every. single. thing you guys have done to your house!! I just recently found your blog and started from the very beginning and read ALL of it!! I feel like my style is almost the same as yours and I love everything you choose!

Lauren it is BEYOND wonderful. I adore it! Every detail is so creative, well thought out and executed, and just perfection. SO proud for you! Lucky Olivia!

Haha! My daughter already destroyed it. Toys everywherrrrrrre. It was nice while it lasted. 😉 Thanks, Cassie! Your daughter’s bedroom is adorable!

I am literally obsessed with your blog. I have read every post. You have an amazing sense of style and I love the way you write. I check your site everyday for inspiration. Thank you.

I LOVE the playroom makeover.

Awesome transformation! Absolutely love it! Love how you’ve created areas for everything you want to do in this fabulous room.

AMAZING! Absolutely gorgeous! Love the different nooks you have created all in one design, seriously inspiring for our blank not used 4th bedroom/current playroom!

Thanks so much for the reveal. Your playroom is so great!! You incorporated so many creative ideas like using the table to make 2 desks and planking the wall behind the TV. I really like the colors that you chose too.

Phew,well done team Shaver (*clapping hands*)! Not only have you created a perfect space for your family today, it will easily transform into pre-teen, teen & adult space for your little lady bug, with very few changes 🙂
I can’t deny that my hubs & I plan to copy your built ins wall, with that fabulous rustic plank wall….LOVE it! I do need to ask where the TV cords are hiding and have you got a DVD player stashed in there somewhere?
The storybook art really jerked at my heart strings. A project for my one day granbabies 😀

Thanks, Min! Okay, confession time. I was in a rush to get this space photographed since I was down to the wire on the last few details for the week 6 deadline, so I just stuck the TV up there and figured I’d plug it up later. So the cord is tucked behind the TV in these shots. But we’re drilling a hole in the top of the built in with a hole saw bit, and we’ll run the cord through that to access the outlet in the middle of the wall behind the shelves. The DVD player will go on one of those middle shelves.

You did an AMAZING job and in 6weeks!!!! I love the built ins and will prob steel the idea. You will love the slipcover even after washing. Wash and dry but remove the cover when it’s half dry. I do this at night. Put it back on the couch damp and you will love the slight relax it gives to it. Great Job!!!!

Great job! You’ve created a multi-purpose room for your family to enjoy and your daughter will never outgrow! Love the quotes for the children’s books as art for the wall. TV built in looks wonderful! Now, sit down, relax, and enjoy that room!

This is so adorable. I am still in love with the fan and I think I am going to have to find a table to cut in half now for our playroom! Such a great idea! Love it all! Enjoy

Simply Adorable!!

Thanks to you, i just came back from picking up my first “engineer print” for my first DIY sign. 🙂 Thanks for inspiring!

It looks soooooo good! I love the wood wall and the desks! The artwork is adorable and that rug would look really good in my living room. And all that storage!!!! What a great place for you, Robert and Olivia to kick back and enjoy each other! Job Well Done!

Lauren, I LOVE everything about your house. If I could just take every room and do my house the same I would be one happy momma!!!! I do have a design question for you I pray that you can answer me back. I am going to paint my kitchen cabinets and I LOVE yours! We are also considering black. Am I going a whole new direction with black or can I make it work with the whole farmhouse feel? PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR OPINION. IAM A BIG GIRL AND I REALLY CAN HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!!

Lisa D(better known as Momma Lisa)

Everything about it is sheer perfection! The family time and memories that will be made in that gorgeous room will be priceless~so make as many as you can! Great Job!

You guys knocked it out of the park on this makeover!! Every detail is outstanding and it looks so comfortable and cozy. Your family is going to have many, many wonderful memories created here. Outstanding!

I LOVE this room! When my oldest two where young, we cut an old table in half for wall mounted desks too. They loved them.

I love, love, love this multi-functional playroom space! I’m in the process of re-working our bonus play room and would love to know the dimensions of your room so I can compare your ideas with how they might fit in our space. Great job! Lauren

Found you through Pinterest. Just wanted to say that you did an amazing job!! It’s gorgeous. Can I move in with you guys so I can stay in this playroom? Pretty please?

Hi! New to your blog! I fell in every with the word adventure…could you please tell me what color is it? I have been reading your blogs and love what you have done to every space! Thank you!

Thank you! I’m not sure what color that “adventure” sign is. It came from the Etsy shop I linked to. They used a gold paint.

Hi! What an amazing playroom!!! I LOVE it! I was looking at the link at Target for the rug you got. Can you tell me the color you purchased? Was it the grey color or charcoal? It’s on sale right now and I’m thinking about getting one… thank you!!

Hmm… I clicked the link and I’m only seeing mine, no other color options. It’s this one you’re seeing, right? http://rstyle.me/n/cemsz2b5ky7 I wouldn’t describe it as grey or charcoal (more like teal/aqua), so that’s really strange if it’s being described as charcoal on Target’s site. Weird.

Hi! I am in the middle of planning our house build and came across this and just love it! What was the color of the rug? I thought maybe the Ivory/Charcoal color? Such a beautiful room!

Lauren – sooo in love with this room. Question, are the bookcases cut into the wall or just up against the wall itself? Love the half desk (eyeballing a desk i have to do the same to). No wonder people hide my power tools.
Hope i can do this justice.

Lauren, I know this is a late comment to an old post, but this space is gorgeous! I love how bright and airy it is! Plus, it can grow with your family. I can see those desks becoming homework desks and a fun place to have friends over! I do have a question— what did you do with your TV cords? I have built-ins and the cord clutter and boxes are driving me nutso!

This post has inspired me! I love this playroom! My daughters basement playroom is desperate for a makeover. Any advice for a dark space?

Thanks, Gina! For a dark space, definitely keep the walls light. Maybe incorporate some recessed lighting, if you can.

The thrift store! Can you believe it? “Santa” took it back to his workshop and the “elves” fixed it up one Christmas. 🙂

In the online descriptions on Target’s site, it says it’s gray, but in person, it’s definitely a turquoise/teal color.

We are just starting our playroom make over (of course its the first room in the house to get new floors, kids first right?!) I keep coming back to this post for inspo! Thank you for sharing!