New Light and Furniture in the Playroom

Y’all, we’re SO close to calling this playroom finished! If you followed my Instagram Stories yesterday, you might have seen a few places still in the works in here. (Or you can catch it on my highlights reel on my IG feed profile.)

But first here’s the obligatory trip down memory lane…

The before:

A playroom makeover with bamboo light fixture, adjustable play table, and miniature French bistro chairs. #playroom #kidsdecor

After paint and the IKEA built-in project:

A playroom makeover with bamboo light fixture, adjustable play table, and miniature French bistro chairs. #playroom #kidsdecor

And now (which technically is still an “in progress” photo but it’s lookin’ quite a lot like an “after”):

A playroom makeover with bamboo light fixture, adjustable play table, and miniature French bistro chairs. #playroom #kidsdecor

Let me tell ya, those baskets with their easy-to-read labels for Olivia have been LIFE-GIVING! I legitimately walk into this room and breathe easier. All week long, Olivia has been putting away all of her toys and she’s actually excited she can read all of the little labels and knows where everything goes.

Who is this kid???

The other day, we added to the oh-so-beautiful orderly basket system with this light I picked up at IKEA for $60. I love how it ties in the woody tones of the baskets and bookcase top but it’s still youthful and fun.

A playroom makeover with bamboo light fixture, adjustable play table, and miniature French bistro chairs. #playroom #kidsdecor

Right around New Year’s I found this play table at Land of Nod marked down at 50% off too, and I jumped at the chance. They only had a dark brown table in stock, but it was nothing a little white spray paint couldn’t fix. So in the end, I saved $125 on it.

A playroom makeover with bamboo light fixture, adjustable play table, and miniature French bistro chairs. #playroom #kidsdecor

The best part is it has changeable legs so it can keep growing with Olivia. I got a paper roll holder to attach to it too so she can color to her heart’s content (which she does pretty much every single day).

I got the chairs on sale at Target at New Year’s too (holiday sales are my jam). They’re metal and super sturdy to last us a long time.

A playroom makeover with bamboo light fixture, adjustable play table, and miniature French bistro chairs. #playroom #kidsdecor

A few weeks ago, I found this old sugar mold in an antique store to fill up with markers and colored pencils.

A playroom makeover with bamboo light fixture, adjustable play table, and miniature French bistro chairs. #playroom #kidsdecor

And I finally hung up the DIY storybook art we made for the playroom in the old house.

A playroom makeover with bamboo light fixture, adjustable play table, and miniature French bistro chairs. #playroom #kidsdecor

So now, we have just a few picky things to deal with on the other walls in this playroom. This weekend, I’m hoping that orange brick will get a limewash. Any volunteers? Bueller? 😉

A playroom makeover with bamboo light fixture, adjustable play table, and miniature French bistro chairs. #playroom #kidsdecor

If you want to know about any of the sources we’ve used in this space so far, you can find them all here:

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17 Comments

  1. Dear Lauren,

    I love everything about your suggestions. Our house is a cape style house so two bedrooms upstairs and we have a small kitchen, full bath, long living room and separate dining down stairs. We also have a 1 and 2 year old and we work from home some days. The play room is currently on the back end of the living room and we have a desk in pretty much every room of the house. I cannot figure out how to make our home work for our family although I know we have enough space. I wish we could hire you to help us!

    1. I just posted a SOS. you can try submitting via email one of your areas. I may be able to help with a portion OR please feel free to join the Budget Decorating Group I host on Facebook. There are so many talented helpful people in the group. I try to pop in as often as I can too.

    1. Hi Jeannine! They’re from The Container Store. I linked them above in the post. 🙂 No idea why IKEA doesn’t carry baskets that actually fit those bookcases! They’re missing out!

  2. What are the dimensions for that table?? Since land of nod changed to crate and barrel I can’t access the link to the table anymore 🙁

    1. I used Rustoleum satin spray paint in Blossom White. Got it at Walmart. So far it’s holding up great! I might brush a couple of coats of polycrylic on top just in case.

  3. I get lime-washing the brick… I HATE orangey brick…no one could possibly hate it more than I do. BUT I must say, I may be a smidge sad to see it go as the color of the brick as is does work with the orange tones in the rug and map art quite well.

  4. Lauren, the playroom has come out really well. I love all of it. The baskets and the labels on it, the cute little chairs awww!! I think you missed to post the “Every child is an artist” frame, Did you keep it black or white?

    1. I’ll be sharing that little part of the room later. 🙂 I didn’t have it hung up yet when I shot these pictures. I kept them black though.

  5. I’ve been waiting for the playroom reveal and stopping by your blog everyday to see if it was up! It is so beautiful already, I can only imagine how pretty it will be once everything is done!

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