One Room Challenge, Week Six!!!!

OneRoomChallengeButtonblueMaddieGWell 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.

Maddie G Designs Playroom Before v2

Here is a similar view into the room as it looks today.

Maddie G Designs Playroom with Custom Wallpaper

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!

Maddie G Designs Playroom Custom Book Wall and Kids Art Display

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.

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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!

Maddie G Designs Playroom Creative storage for Art Supplies

I used baskets from Rejuvenation under the book wall to hold overflow books and stuffed animals.

Maddie G Designs Playroom Custom Book Wall,  Wallpaper and lacquered train table

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.

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And here is my little upstairs workstation today.

Maddie G Designs Upstairs Mom's Command Nook

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

Curtain Fabric

Zebra Indoor/Outdoor Rug

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

Art Wall Wire and Clips

Book Shelf – Custom Built

Acrylic Magazine Rack used to hold Craft Paper

Round Acrylic Canisters to hold/display art supplies

Yellow Poufs

Elephant Canvas Bin

Parsons Style Desk in Office Nook

Cork Board, Spray Painted White

Cork Board Fabric

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!

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  • Home » Blog » blog » One Room Challenge, Week Six!!!!
    Julia Ryan

    You and your kids must be over the moon excited with this space! So many awesome elements! I’m still in awe of the wallpaper wall and the transformation of the train table! Well done! xoxox

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    Jennifer

    I have loved this series and particularly enjoyed your makeover! You did a wonderful job and I am so happy that you shared it with us. Is a 200% formula basically the opposite of a half formula of paint….you want a deeper more intense version of a paint color you like?

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    Nancy

    Maddie, THIS IS SENSATIONAL. Love the wall photo, the ceiling, the draperies and that huge black console- what a perfect piece for this room, and grounds the eye. Wonderful job. This is really a stand-out!
    xo Nancy

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    Holly Phillips

    I am blown away! What a fantastic room! I adore the stripes and the mural. Congrats!

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    mynotting hill

    What a great space! The mural is fantastic and the wall of books so smart. Love it all.

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    Kim {plumberry pie}

    Oh my goodness, I’m in love with this space! That wall mural makes a huge impact on the space. Simply fantastic!

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    Gaby [The Vault Files]

    This turned out seriously AMAZING! Loooove it! The black, white, greys and yellow look so good together. LOVE it!

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    Beth Connolly of Chinoiserie Chic

    I can see why your kids love this. Love the mural, the train table, the wall of books, and the zebra rug. So kid friendly and chic as well.

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    Traci @ Coastalpines

    I am pinning this room for our playroom project….it is just PERFECT! I love the floors, the stripes, the furniture, the wallpaper, the textures, just everything. Well done!

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    Kimber Thompson

    It looks gorgeous, Susie. That wallpaper is pure genius! What a fun space for your babies!

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    Leslie

    Pure happiness! Love the beach photo/wallpaper — it reminds us of the simple joys in life! Beautiful job!

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    Linda @ Calling it Home

    I never wanted a train table because I thought they were ugly. Boy have you changed my mind. Although my son is too ole now. I love this room. Yes, the wallpaper is probably the most impressive part, but your styling and design thoughts are fantastic. Putting a narrow table in the hall was brilliant. So many great ideas here. Love it.

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    Janell Beals

    What a fabulous room, the photo wallpaper simply makes the room!

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    Vel

    Wonderful space Susie!!!! I must say, this is one of the most beautiful play spaces I’ve seen – totally love the custom photo mural you added – grounds the space and the picture of your kids looks so happy and carefree just makes you want to cry with happiness!!! Great job dear, I’m sure the kids will enjoy this space for years to come! CHEERS!!!

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    SueM

    The wall paper is so happy! It brought a tear to my eye! Great room! Great job.

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    Kerry Steele

    That wallpaper is a showstopper! The room makes me want to sit down and play and draw and read. Excellent!

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    Pam @ Simple Details

    It’s charming, chic and fun all at the same time! The mural was genius, and tugs at my mommy heart strings, truly priceless! Such a wonderful space, your thoughtful details are perfect!

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    suzi

    this is a very impressive makeover. given your time restraints and the added constraints of making it a child friendly space i am absolutely coming back to see the other rooms you mention! am wondering about that amazing black piece of furniture with all the drawers…did you combine two, redo it or have i missed that story along the way? i am your newest follower

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    LiveLikeYou

    I bet your kids are thrilled. What a great makeover, that wall paper is a star!

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    Kim@The Green Room Interiors

    What a great space for your kids to play and create. I love the ceiling stripes and the art wall. Superb job!

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    Jessie

    Fantastic makeover! I love everything about this room especially the striped ceiling, the zebra rug, the curtains, the wallpaper and the painted train table. You did a great job. I am sure your children will enjoy spending time in this room for years to come.

    Jessie
    http://www.mixandchic.com

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    Amy Stowell

    I am in love with this room – and to see the kiddos so excited about their space is so fun! I know I’m a little biased, being your sister and all, but I couldn’t be more impressed with what you’ve done with this room. And don’t you give out any undue credit – while I appreciate the props for “helping”, this space was ALL YOU!!! Great job, Sus!!!

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    erin@designcrisis

    Love the striped ceiling and cute mural! Lucky kids.

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    Eris

    THAT WALL! Holy moly. And that ceiling. Awesome awesome!

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    sherry hart

    Great space! My favorite things are the large photo wall and those yummy yellow stripes. I am also impressed with the train table….that turned out so cute. Nice to have a new working space also. I know that feeling of being stressed out…my sister lives 30 minutes away so I was spending a lot of time driving back and forth. Glad it is over and we can all enjoy our hard work. Can’t wait to see the other spaces in your home.

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    classic • casual • home

    YAY for you and your adorable children. I love the wall are display system and the orderly book shelves. Makes you want to get down on the floor and play in there. Fabulous job. I was a stressed too…to find out we were moving near the end of the Challenge…my family helped out, too. Ah family, got to love them.

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    carol beck

    You win for making me catch my breath!! The mural, the drapes and the ceiling!!! Utterly fantastic!!!!!

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    Laurie at Laurie Jones Home

    My goodness is this good! Your kids are beyond lucky! I love every single element of this space!

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    stephanie kraus

    That mural wall had me at hello! So good! love it all.

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    Heather@Tatter&Fray

    WOW…incredible! What a fun space! You must be so proud…and I love the little desk alcove, too! Great job – I can’t believe you did this in six weeks!

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    Tiffany

    I know that this isn’t an original comment, but that wallpaper! My daughter would freak out (in a good way) if she saw herself on the wall. So fun. Love the ceiling also. It’s all soooo good!

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    ELISA

    GASP! This is amazing! I love it all. Obviously the print totally makes the space, it’s so fun! I’m loving the ceiling too. Great job!!

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    Heather | Vivid Hue Home

    this is breath taking! super fab. that wall photograph of the kids is priceless. this is tremendous! what a transformation!

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    jennifer

    The papered wall is just spectacular. I also love how you’re adding such great color with the books and kids’ art. I love how the room is a playroom and is appropriate for your kids in every way, but doesn’t look “playroom.” Also, thank you so very much for the sweet mention! I hope you’re able to have a calm rest of your week!

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    Jenna- Colordrunk Designs

    WOW! I love it so much! The wallpaper is so special and now I have to find a place in my own home to do that! So beautiful

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    Miss Charming

    Such a fun room! The wallpaper is perfect and I’m loving the flooring and the book rack. Spectacular job!

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    Brenda

    Love the yellow and white stripes on the ceiling. You must be thrilled with the photo wallpaper. Looks great.

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    Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door

    You have done such a lovely job. That wallpaper just makes the room and I love the ceiling and the wall of book. Congrats on a job well done!

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    Maureen Richmond

    Where did you send your table off to be lacquered? I live in Atlanta and would love a source for sending furniture out to be sprayed.

    Thanks!

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    René

    You have outdone yourself with this adorable transformation! The mural is the sweetest touch. Lucky kiddos!

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    Rebecca {My Darling House}

    Very cool room! That wallpaper is so cool! And that lucite chair, I’m dying over it!

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    Laura @ Elegant Nest

    Just found you through the ORC and just had to comment on your fabulous space! Yes…that wall is amazing and such a great idea! Love all of the details…what a perfect space to encourage creativity and fun!

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    Vel

    Hi Susie! I just needed to let you know that I have your play room as one of my ORC faves featured today in my blog! http://buhayatbahay.blogspot.com/2013/11/my-orc-faves.html

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    Brooke @ Inside-Out Design

    Oh my goodness, I love this whole room, and especially that wall paper!! Absolutely amazing job in here!

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    kate@willowinteriors

    Holy crud!! I LOVE this room! Okay hands down favorite part is that photo wallpaper. Unbelievable! But I also love the ceiling, the book wall and art display. What a perfect creative space for your kids!! It’s been so fun following along! Well done!!

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    Lisa Rozario

    I love what you have done with this space! Gorgeous mural and I love your Container Store finds – it is a favorite store for me.

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    laura@imnotatrophywife.com

    The biggest thing I noticed, and I went back to original MLS photo, was removing the shutters opened up the room. We recently did this in our dining room. It changed the entire room. Love! laura

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    Gwen, The Makerista

    This is just so lovely! Kudos to you for going big with the wallpaper. What a scary yet extremely gratifying project. Great work, Susie!

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    Melissa@TheChicDream

    It looks great! I can’t decide what I like best. Maybe the stripes on the ceiling. It’s all amazing. Lucky kids!

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    Laney Reusch / Reusch Interior Design

    Omg this is AMAZING! What a fantastic job!!! Love the stripes, rug, and custom wallpaper! Bravo!!!

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    stephanie

    featured your amazing one room challenge on my blog today!

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