Surprise! It’s a Thursday Post! We have decided to join the Calling it Home: One Room Challenge. This will be our first time participating in any such event (Hello 4-week-old blog!), but we think it will be just the motivation we need to get the office converted to a playroom project checked off the list. So, what is The One Room Challenge? Calling it Home has chosen 20 bloggers to makeover one room in their home over the next six weeks. Other bloggers are invited to participate by sharing their progress every Thursday via a link party. That means, for the next six Thursdays we will be dropping by to share our office to playroom progress. I have no idea if we will be able to get this project done in six weeks; especially since we are currently on a tight budget. We’re hoping to spend no more than $850 on this room. I’m optimistic, however. It seems doable, and it shouldn’t take longer than six weeks. <–There are those famous last words again.
(Note: I am not sure what this will mean for our Friday posts. It may be a little much to be making over a room, posting M-W-TH-F, and keeping three children alive. If we do need to forego Friday posts, it will only be until the One Room Challenge is completed.)
Last we spoke about converting the office into a playroom we talked about our reasons for the change, but that was about it. So, today, let’s talk about our plans. This is the office as it looks now:
Everything you see in the photos, with the exception of the light fixture and the curtains, will be removed. One reason that I am so optimistic is we are not painting the room. Can I get an amen? The current color is Silver Drop by Behr. It’s neutral and likable enough to stay. We will temporarily be moving the desk into our bedroom. Once we find a desk that is a better size for our bedroom, then we will sell this one. The American flag trunk (seen in the second photo) holds Louie’s litter box. That will need to be relocated, but the relocation plan involves renovating a bathroom. Anyone else feel like this is escalating quickly? For the time being we’re going to figure out how to work around it, while still making it as inaccessible to the children as possible.
As mentioned, I was inspired by this photo:
Our plan is to add writing desks, a couch, and to DIY wall-to-wall industrial shelves similar to the ones in the photo. We are looking for a couch that has a hide-away bed (different from a traditional sofa bed) so that the room can double as a guest room. I love the idea of a dark, bold-colored couch, but I’m having a hard time finding one that fits our needs. I have found this one at walmart.com:
At $349, the price is phenomenal. I love the color, and I think the vintage look of it is really fun. Nonetheless, it’s merely a fancy looking futon, and I’m concerned that the velour fabric will be difficult to keep clean.
The second option we have on the list is this couch from Ikea:
I hate the color. The $629.00 price tag isn’t my favorite, either. I do like that the bottom pulls out and up to convert the couch into a full sized bed. There is also hidden storage in the chaise, which I like, but I’m worried that the chaise will take up too much space in the 10′ x 10.5′ room. There are other options at Ikea (color / no chaise), but they are more expensive. If only we had a way to merge the look of the blue couch and the function of the brown one!
Moving on from the couch dilemma… The entire downstairs is tile. This wasn’t as issue when the room was an office, but as a playroom it will certainly need a rug. I found this rug on Joss and Main:
I showed it to Michael and he liked it, too. However, we didn’t want to get a navy rug and a navy couch (our original plan), so we hesitated and it sold out. Noo! I found it a few days later on One Kings Lane. Despite being so disappointed when it sold out on Joss and Main, we continued to hesitate. “Dark colored rug or dark colored couch?” was still throwing us for a loop. Within the last five minutes, however, I decided to buy the rug. I really love this rug, and since we’re having such an issue finding a couch, I threw caution to the wind and just went for it. I bought a 6’x9′ for our 10’x10.5′ room. That’s a pretty close fit on the 9′ side, but 5’x8′ was going to be way too small. It cost $329 after taxes and shipping. That’s a pretty big bite out of our $850 budget, which means we will have to get creative.
So, I’ll end this post with a mood board to kind of show you what we currently have in mind. Be aware, that this may and probably will change 20 times over, and many of the items are just examples.
We won’t be posting tomorrow. See you guys Monday!