Well folks, the day has finally come. The conclusion of the One Room Challenge where I, along with twenty other bloggers, have been hard at work transforming a room in six short weeks. This popular challenge was conceived and coordinated by Linda from Calling it Home, and I was honored to be invited to participate this time around. Also, I also wanted to mention that the challenge graphics that match our various sites were designed and provided by Jennifer from The Pink Pagoda. I have been fortunate enough to meet her in person and must say that she is as lovely as she is talented.
In case you are new here, for this challenge I have chosen to re-do my children’s playroom. To see my progress during weeks 1-5, click here. The highlights of the project have been finding an easy way to rotate and display their art, a way to display their books while making them easy to find and access, adding painted stripes to the ceiling and designing and installing custom wallpaper with images of the kids on the beach in Australia this past summer. I am so pleased with how it all turned out.
First, let’s recall the state of affairs in the room when I started. Here is the “before” from the MLS listing before we purchased the home. This room was added on by previous owners around 2001, when they added on a master en-suite and upstairs laundry.
Here is a similar view into the room as it looks today.
The custom wallpaper of Maddie and Harry on Noosa Beach in Queensland, Australia is obviously the focal point. My husband is Australian and we were fortunate to spend 5 weeks in Australia this past summer. Three of them were spent at this beach, which is my version of heaven on earth. I am so glad to have been able to capture such a happy memory for my children.
Since the room is pretty small and because it is a playroom, I decided to line the walls with furniture/stuff in order to leave plenty of room in the middle for the kids to play. I’ll list sources for everything at the end of the post.
Here is another view of the room, looking at the custom book wall and the Ikea rod system used to display the kids’ art!
You may recall from last week that the train table looked like the image below until Friday (where I shared a teaser on Instagram). I sent it off to be lacquered (in a 200% formula of Benjamin Moore’s Galveston grey) on the base and had the top painted with black chalkboard paint. Given that the table was probably made overseas and isn’t of heirloom quality (read particle board–see “before” below) I am absolutely thrilled with the results above.
I also found a fun way to store art supplies for the kiddos. My daughter is dying over the easy access to chalk, crayons, paint and paper! I’ll admit that I went a tad crazy at the Container Store on Sunday!
I used baskets from Rejuvenation under the book wall to hold overflow books and stuffed animals.
When I decided to do the playroom for this challenge, I decided to throw in the little alcove outside the door to the playroom (the laundry room is behind the double doors). Below is the “before” of this space.
And here is my little upstairs workstation today.
I took the mats out of Ikea Photo frames that I had purchased a couple of years ago and cut Maddie’s art to size. The bulletin board was spray painted and I used spray adhesive to cover the face with a favorite fabric. Now I have a place to collect birthday invites and other odds and ends that need to be kept at my finger-tips. I’ll be the first to admit that I am generally not adept at DIY projects but this one was pretty easy…..and would have been easier if I hadn’t tackled it in the rain after dark on Monday night. (We have a detached garage which complicated things. I was running back and fort—with wine glass in hand—trying to keep the project going).
A big shout out to my Aunt and sister who helped with the final prep on Sunday/Monday. They were in town for my husband’s birthday party Saturday night and I am pretty sure the couch would have been their preferred location on Sunday vs. the Container Store, rummaging through my fabric stash and painting and organizing. I owe them both.
I have to tell you that I am so glad this challenge is over. It got stressful at times and I am pretty sure a few friends and family were ready for it to be over already (hi sweet husband…I know I’ve been a stressed out grump). But, I am also so glad that I tackled this room. My kids are over the moon and I can assure you that within about 5 minutes of the room being photographed the train table was covered in chalk drawings, one of the poufs may or may not have been chalked in the process and it looked like a PLAY room! I guess that is the point….right?
Now, for some source info:
Drapery Rods- Gaby’s Shoppe, trade only/Dallas
Drapery Fabrication- Designer Window Treatments, trade only/Dallas
Ceiling Stripe – Benjamin Moore Yellow Lotus (eggshell)
Wall Color in Playroom – Benjamin Moore Classic Grey
Wall Color in Desk Nook – Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist
Yellow Wire Baskets – Rejuvenation Home
Book Shelf – Custom Built
Acrylic Magazine Rack used to hold Craft Paper
Parsons Style Desk in Office Nook
Cork Board, Spray Painted White
Train Table, (Removed drawer, lacquered base in 200% BM Galveston Grey, painted top in chalk-board paint)
Finally, I know I am going to get a ton of questions on the wallpaper. I purchased it through Supercolor Digital (Ask for Curtis Slater who was incredibly helpful and patient as I went through this process.) We ended up using PSV Photo Tex which is a removable paper with a tacky back. No glue or prep was required. I did use a local wallpaper installer to install the paper which came in three sheets because I didn’t want to risk wrecking the paper. (Remember, I have admitted that my DIY skills are lacking). Also, I used this freelancer on Elance to take two photos and make one. He also helped me to size the image and situate everything so the kids were where I wanted them (be conscious of outlets and switches, etc) on the wall. If you read back through my earlier posts you will see where I discuss the process of making a template for the wall prior to ordering the paper.
Finally, photographing this project motivated me to photograph a few other spots in our home. Fortunately, I have “before” shots from most of them as well. In the next week I will be posting Maddie’s Bedroom, the kitchen/butler’s pantry, formal powder room and the foyer. So please, if you have any interest, check back for more! Or please follow me on facebook and/or instagram for behind the scenes images.
Now, please head on over to see what these other amazing ladies have been up to! I cannot wait to see all of the final reveals!