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Playroom Makeover Reveal

We made it! The playroom is finished just under the wire.

At the beginning of the New Year, Robert and I made a goal for ourselves that we would have this room cranked out before March. Ha! Crossing this finish line feels pretty awesome.

This space is so very different from the rest of our house, as it should be for a little girl (and another biddy on the way), since it’s a bit more modern and much more colorful than the other rooms we’ve spiffed up so far.

Definitely not quite as colorful as the bright yellow it was before though…

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Once we donated the junk, hauled that sofa out (which was just taking up space because Olivia really only used it as a stuffed animal keeper), painted the walls, built some proper storage, and came up with a more sensible flow, this room became the savior of my sanity.

Everything has a place, and I feel like we’re no longer drowning in toys!

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Yesterday, I finally worked up the energy to lime wash the fireplace in here too. This playroom actually used to be the living room back when our house was built in the 1960s, but our current living room was an addition built in the 1980s, so that left us with a quirky playroom fireplace.

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We didn’t want to totally seal off the fireplace since it’s still in great shape and could be a good selling point one day if we move again, so I just stuck Olivia’s little $10 dollhouse in front of it that I found at the thrift store and fixed up.

(When the baby comes along in the fall, I might attach a metal fireplace screen with alphabet magnets or chalkboard to attach to the front to keep the little one from crawling in, but we don’t need to worry about that yet.)

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This corner of the room has improved so much thanks to good ol’ purging and organizing.

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I came up with some much needed wall art too so Olivia could make this room feel like it was an expression of her.

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On the other side of the room, we had this clunky wall cabinet that we’re guessing used to sit above a desk for an office nook.

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But it did us no good at all, so we ripped it down and anchored our DIY Narnia reading nook wardrobe in its place.

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And those shelves we built from IKEA bookcases might be the best thing we’ve EVER done to get our house more organized.

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These baskets with these toy labels are the bomb-diggity. I tell Olivia to clean her playroom now, and she has it done within minutes because she knows where everything goes! Hallelujah!

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Getting a table and chairs in here with plenty of space for creating art projects was definitely the right move too since coloring and Play-Doh is something Olivia does on a daily basis.

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There are already so many sweet memories that have been made in this playroom, and I can’t wait to see how it will grow with our little one(s) as the years go on.

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But even when this room isn’t organized- when toys are strewn all over the floor and crayons are spilled all over the table and I find slime stuck in my hair, I’m thankful for the crazy chaotic stage of the young years. They go by so quickly, and I’ll be holding on tight for as long as I can.

If you want to know about any of the sources or projects we used in this makeover, you can find them all here:  (Some affiliate links are provided below.)

Apparently this is the year of the kid spaces for us because now that this one is finished, Olivia’s bedroom is next on the list, and then the nursery! There’s going to be SO much cuteness. I don’t know if my mama heart can take it!

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58 Comments

  1. I got a sample of the tree swallow paint via the HGTV Sherwin Williams line, but it is quite a different color (dusty blue with no green to be seen). It doesn’t seem like SW has a color called tree swallow anymore–did you get it from the SW store or from the Lowe’s line? I have noticed that the HGTV colors do not have the SW name, but are still the same. But that would be mean for them to reuse a SW name for a color that is different

  2. Hello! I LOOOOVE this playroom!! Do you happen to know what brand the chairs are? I know they are from Target but the link doesn’t work. Guessing it’s too old but I just love them. Thank you

    1. I’m not sure the brand. I’m so sorry! It was their own brand though and I’m pretty sure it was Pillowfort.

  3. Hi! The rug is beautiful. The link you provided looks like the colors are darker than your photos of it. I want to purchase for my playroom but definitely don’t want dark blues and reds like some of the photos show on Overstock. Are your pictures true depictions of the colors in the rug? Thx!

    1. Hi Heather! There are different versions of the rug in different colors, but ours was listed as gray in the color description, which didn’t seem accurate to me at all. It’s definitely a teal blue in person.

  4. What is the name of the new rig please? The link no longer takes us to the exact one and I’d like to find it. Thank you!

  5. What is the stain color on the wood top? I thought I figured it out on a different post but now I can’t remember or find it.

  6. Oh my goodness!! Love the room and love the Pier One watercolor map! If you ever sell it please let me know! Seriously! 🙂 It would work perfectly in my homeschool room!! 🙂 You do such an amazing job decorating, keep up the good work!! Love your blog!! Blessings!! 🙂

  7. I Just ADORE the playroom fireplace with the blue mantle. This playroom makes me wish I still had itty-bitties myself instead of all grown up ones.

  8. What a fun playroom! Your kids will have so many memories in it! Where is the wood colored pencil holder from? I assume its been repurposed but my little artist is always looking for storage! Great blog, it’s so fun to follow!

    1. Thanks, Brittany! I found the colored pencil holder in an antique shop. It’s an old sugar mold. 🙂 They’re all over Etsy if you don’t have luck finding them in stores.

  9. First of all, it’s amazing!!! You have a gift for tying all the things together, it just is mind boggling!
    I have a question on an item in your before photo, as I really like the colors in the blue rug outside this room I that photo. Do you have a source you can share?

  10. Could you print those storyboard art pics on like an 8X10 or 5X7 scale if I wanted to put them on a top shelf of my girls book shelf??? I don’t have room to hang above the bookshelf because I have floating shelves with some of their figurines and pictures of my twin girls from when they were infants already above the actual bookshelf! I follow you all the time and love everything! I totally stole everything from your pantry cabinet designs! Thanks for always posting your finds at the end of the blog post for each project! I’ve turned friends on to you!

    1. Hi Rebekah,

      You can definitely print them as an 8×10. Just set your printer settings to see if you can shrink it to a 5×7. I am glad you enjoy the blog and thanks for telling your friends!

    1. It came from IKEA a couple of years ago, but sadly they don’t make it anymore. No idea why! I get asked about it a lot.

  11. I love how it turned out! I just finished revamping a former dining room into a playroom and know the struggles. 🙂 I LOVE the fireplace. I’m looking into doing a lime wash on mine. I looked back at your first tutorial to see the steps you took and the fireplace in the playroom seems to have more texture than the one in your living room. What did you do different?

  12. Your children are BLESSED to grow up in a room like this. It’s every child’s dream! I love the blue that you picked and the layout is fabulous!

  13. Can big people play in that room too? Lots of hard work but oh so worth it huh? Congrats on new baby coming, exciting for you all. Fantastic job kids.

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