Ah good morning! I hope you're having a great day so far.
I'm making even more progress in the downstairs playroom! It's almost ... almost ... done. I've already blogged about the first few steps of this room: cleaning it up and then organizing and decorating it. The hard part of this space is done! Now it's just a few loose ends.
1. Little's New Art Table.
I bought Little the Sansad table from Ikea. It was about $50 and what sold me on it was the adjustable legs as well as the nice large size. What I didn't like was the table came with red and blue plastic feet.
I tried to spray paint them but did not have luck: the paint scraped right off with a fingernail. I think it's because I did not use spray paint primer before I painted. So I grabbed my regular Zinsser oil based primer and used a coat of that, followed by a coat of my Sherwin Williams Dover White and a quick swipe of poly on top. Now look at those legs!
Here's the space now, which needs a rug under the table so Little can let her creative spirit soar and not have to worry about getting paint, marker, or whatever other medium on the carpet.
2. Pillows in the TV area.
I went to Home Goods over a few Saturdays recently without a shopping list. Danger! But those are the days that I tend to stumble upon good deals. I found all of the new pillows and love them. I'm really happy with how they lighten up the space. And pillows are so crazy cheap at Home Goods! Way cheaper than Target.
I thought working with pretty shades of green and blue would look good in this space. I liked how all of the prints worked together too.
3. Art on the walls.
I still have a lot more art to hang, but I got started. I had this modern print hanging in the kids' bathroom before I changed it up. I bought a big frame at Ikea and hung it up. I thought it looked nice over the sofa table.
4. Clean Up Craft Area.
My little craft area became a big dumping ground for frames (for the stairwell project and the playroom), my triathlon gear, extra furniture, bags for Goodwill and stuff to store. Here it is before.
This was just a matter of moving things around and putting them in the right spot. A lot of the "stuff" is now in my storage room, which I absolutely need to organize ASAP and I won't show you because it kind of looks like an episode of Hoarders. But this space looks fantastic now: nice and neat. All that is left here are the frames that are going in the stairwell and around the playroom.
5. Baskets for Big's Trains & the Big Red Bricks.
This was more of a "wanna" versus a "haveta" project in the playroom: I wanted new storage bins for Big's trains and the big red bricks. Big's trains were a gift from my family a few years ago and he loves them. They're a really nice train set. I've stored them in a big open plastic bin from Target:
I bought a fabric bin from Home Goods and the trains live in it now. I'll find a new space for them but for now they're good here.
The big bricks are a total throw-back to my own childhood. My sister and I had bricks just like these when we were kids, and I remember playing with them all the time, making forts and houses, and having a ball. So when I saw them when Big was a baby, I put them on his Christmas list. My kids adore them too, which is fun to see.
I am not crazy about the storage bins for them. They're laundry hampers from Ikea and have worked pretty well, but they aren't that attractive and take up a lot of space. I'm on the hunt for a large basket or maybe trunk to hide these in.
6. What's Left?
Whew! I really don't have much more to do in here. The biggest project left to tackle is to paint the furniture and pegboard: I have to paint the dresser that holds the TV, the sofa table, a big wall shelf, and the piece of peg board for behind Little's kitchen. I'm going to do all of this at once very soon - probably Easter weekend, when I'm hopeful it will finally be warm enough to open up the sliders while I paint.
Once the furniture it painted, I need to hang the pegboard, hang the wall shelf and hang the last pieces of art around the space. I also need to hang a smaller shelf and some hooks near Little's baby section.
I also need to update that lamp on the sofa table. I need to spray paint it (and figure out what color to use) and buy a new harp and shade for it. I'm waiting until the weather turns to do that, since I'll need to paint it outside.
Finally, I'll have to decorate a little: the sofa table, the big wall shelf near my bike and any other remaining spots. I need to get something to hold the bricks and pick up a blanket or two as well but that can wait.
So close! It's my goal to have this space completely done by the end of April.
See you swoon,