Roughly a month ago I got the good idea to turn our unused storage room into something a little different, we live in a smallish two bedroom flat and there honestly isn’t enough room for all of us, the older two share a bedroom with each other along with their clothes and toys and honestly it can become a bit messy in there with both of them being children and not knowing how to clean up after themselves.
So after I sat on Pinterest I decided that this small box room which is more of a chuck everything into it room into their own playroom which itself ended up being a long and awkward job.
As you can see from this photo, its a mess, poorly painted by the previous tenant and full of our things we just didn’t have space for, but once I got it into my head that I wanted to do something it needed to be done, first things first was removing everything and seeing what needed to be thrown away, all important stuff which I had saved from when my children were babies had been placed into a box anyway so I popped that under the bed and sold my old Quinny buggy, Mr S brought a cupboard for our bedroom to place all his tools and other stuff that he had in there, you cannot see it but at the back of the room there was a desk that he had planned on using but it never happened and once that was all sorted the chest freezer that we got for our wedding was moved into the kitchen where it belonged!
After all that was clear it was time to start the painting which I love doing, and I am not being sarcastic, there is something very therapeutic about painting walls but I asked Mr S to paint around the ceiling because I was being a bit of a wuss and didn’t want to get onto the ladder.
The paint that I picked was from Wilkinson’s and is called Stardust which on the tin looked like this lovely light grey but because of the lighting we have in the play room it gave off a light purple look which if I am being honest, annoyed me greatly, but I continued and just hoped because it was wet and the walls I was painting it onto had purple paint underneath, that it would settle down and be the grey I hoped it would be, which thankfully has done that, so the next thing that was needed is carpet, for which we took a fun little trip to the remnants store!
Whats funny about this is when I was pregnant with Amelia I was addicted to the smell of new carpets, so walking in that store would’ve been a dream come true to me if we did this a few years ago, we found our perfect carpet, a nice neutral sandy colour which I will probably regret later because of the mess, cut it down and it fits in perfectly.
At this point in time, we unfortunately reached a point where we needed to change the light fittings because of the age of them but because Mr S didn’t understand electrics, we stopped for a bit and waited until someone could come around and help fix the new fitting, but while that was going on I decided to look into some styling for the room, and thanks to the wonderful Jenna on twitter for sharing her store Dorkface I got some of her prints which I thought would create a fun theme for the room.
We also have one of these amazing toy bags from Room to Grow, these are by far my favorite form of toy storage and with the little theme of grey, blue and red that we have picked for the play room their beautiful Blue Star Toy Basket* fits perfectly with the childrens pre-existing toy baskets, Room to Grow is a British children’s furniture retailer that host a while range of beautiful and stylish accessories perfect for any child’s bedroom or in our case the toy room and with the size of them it even replaces one of their grey baskets.
We still have so much more to do in the play room but I am honestly so proud of how far we have come with it, there is plenty more that needs to be added, like baskets for their draws as the ones I ordered with the draws were far to big for it so I need to get some different ones, but even without it, I think it looks fantastic and a much better place than just a storage cupboard.
What do you think? Have you ever made a big change in your home like a cupboard into a playroom?
Until next time