Playroom Reveal (Jack Sparrow Approved)

May 7, 2015

Hey there! It’s finally the day! It’s week six of the One Room Challenge. If you missed it, the One Room Challenge is hosted by Linda of callingithome.com The challenge: Makeover one room in six, short weeks. Bloggers from around the interwebs have been sharing their progress for the last five weeks, and now it’s finally time for the big reveal!

Psst! Need to catch up? Check out our plans and progress here:
Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5 / Pipe Shelves on a Budget

We decided to convert our office into a playroom. I never once thought I would have a playroom. The concept has always seemed a bit absurd to me. Kids having an entire room just for their stuff – in addition to their bedroom?! Certainly, not something I had growing up. However, our office wasn’t getting much use, and our living room constantly had toys every where. (We have a two story home, so we’ve allowed the kids to keep some of their toys downstairs.) Nonetheless, now that it’s finished, I freaking love that playroom! The kids actually do play in there – something I worried might not happen. Moreover, since instituting the “toys stay in the playroom” rule, the house is a whole lot tidier.

Enough talking, onto the photos!

If you recall we started here:


Well loved, but not well used.

The plan looked a little something like this:

mood board

And here is our big reveal: (Eeek!)

We DIYed so many things in this room. So. Many. Things. Most of the pillows were made from scrap fabric. I swallowed my fears and made the poufs. (Really not that bad!) I even used a potato and hand stamped the pattern on them.

A grown-up but fun playroom from here-lately.com


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You can see our tutorial on how to do pipe shelves for under $200 here.


We made the light fixture from a decorative fixture that we found at Hobby Lobby for $15. You can see all the details on that here.


shelves 4.3

The rotary phone belonged to my late grandmother. The kids like to play with it, although, they don’t really understand how to use the dial.  We used decorative boxes (the two on the right look like books) to conceal the smaller toys (e.g. cars, dinosaurs, etc).

shelves detail

The white baskets are used to store Legos and an extensive train set collection. I really tried to keep the toy storage simplified. I wanted it to look good, but I also know that the kids aren’t going to follow some elaborate organizational system when putting their toys away. In our experience, baskets work really well. Not only can they just toss a toy back in its designated basket, but they can also find what they are looking for when things are generally separated.


The chalkboard is also magnetic. I painted it with chalkboard paint and attached a string with a piece of chalk to it. I’m assuming this will keep Emerson or Eleanor from taking the chalk and drawing on the walls or the furniture. I’ll let you know how that one works out. Directly to the right of the chalkboard, we hung a few hooks for dress up clothes.

shelves du

On the other side of the room we put together a space for drawing, painting, and general creating. The desk is from Target. The chair is a folding chair we already owned. We spray painted it navy and recovered the seat.


I attached some mini-clothespins to the cork board, so the kids can easily hang their art without having to use tacks.

art akira

We also moved the bird clips back to the doors. It’s another place for the kids to hang their art. I embellished the bird clips by adding red hearts to a few of the birds.


We talked about putting together the gallery wall in this post. I didn’t map out the frames or even measure the spaces between the frames, so I’m really pleased with how it turned out. (Side note: I’ve concluded that this is the most difficult room in the house to photograph. The giant window, which I love, does me no favors when it comes to taking photos. Try as I may, I could not get around the glare on the gallery wall – even using a polarized lens! So, unfortunately, I don’t have any straight-on images of it.)


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Whew! This last six weeks has been full of up and downs. I’m grateful to Linda for putting on the challenge and for being able to participate. It was just the kick we needed to buckle down and get this room finished. I’m pretty sure Captain Jack would approve.


Now, if you need me, I’ll be tending to the house work that got neglected for the last six weeks – right after I take a nap or ten.

*With the One Room Challenge now over, we will be returning to our regular M-W-F posting schedule.



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  • Reply sarahsofiaproductions May 7, 2015 at 1:47 am

    What a fun and creative space! I love the colors and all the fun storage boxes! Great job!

    • Reply Blair May 7, 2015 at 2:55 am

      Thank you, Sarah!

  • Reply Rachel May 7, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Dang y’all! This looks awesome! I love that it’s a kids’ room that still LOOKS adult in a lot of ways. Awesome variety of colors/textures/etc. instead of a vast wasteland of red, blue, and yellow hard plastic.

    • Reply Blair May 7, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Thank you, Rachel! Adult + whimsy is what I was going for. That way it can change easily with the children as they grow without requiring a full remodel.

  • Reply lauraingallsgunn May 7, 2015 at 8:53 am

    What an amazing transformation! A true job well done. I adore the color palette you selected. It feels fresh and fun. The six weeks went by so fast. I completed our entry, living and dining areas in a new to us 30 year old house. So, cheers to us! Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Reply Blair May 7, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Thank you, Laura. I agree! The weeks seemed to fly by at times. I can’t believe you tackled 3 areas in only 6 weeks! Hats off to you!

  • Reply Marty@A Stroll Thru Life May 7, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Oh I love this room. How fun is this. What a perfect place to create and dream.

    • Reply Blair May 7, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Thank you, Marty!

  • Reply Traci Hutton May 7, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    So fresh and creative…well done!!

    • Reply Blair May 7, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you, Traci!

  • Reply Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project May 7, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    What a fun space!! I love a playroom that can grow with the kids. It looks like a room they’ll be able to use for years to come. Well done!

    • Reply Blair May 7, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you, Tash! We’re definitely hoping this room will last them a while. It will be fun to add new accents and details as they grow, too.

  • Reply Natasha at The Simply Luxe Life May 7, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Wonderful job – so fun! Everything turned out beautifully!

    • Reply Blair May 7, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Thank you, Natasha!

  • Reply IrisNacole May 7, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I love the transformation! It’s amazing how much kids have these days, in order to actually need a second room for just play, but I totally understand. We have a playroom set up for our son too, only it’s upstairs, so we have a ton of toys hanging out in our living room downstairs. It’s my never ends battle! Congrats to y’all for getting this all pulled together, and so beautifully functional!

    • Reply Blair May 7, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Thank you, Iris. Yes, it is a never ending battle!

  • Reply Erin @ the-organized-life May 7, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Love the saying on the chalkboard… “Naps fix everything”. Ain’t that the truth! I’m also very glad to hear that I’m not the only one who is completely behind in housework due to getting our rooms ready. This playroom looks like such a fun place to play. Great job!

    • Reply Blair May 7, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks, Erin. I’m hoping that quote will subliminally influence them. 😉 I’m the one that needs a nap right now actually. And our house is still a mess! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one either.

  • Reply Ashley@BiggerthantheThreeofUs May 7, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Totally love that “naps fix everything”! Beautiful room!! Love the storage you choose and the gallery wall.

    • Reply Blair May 7, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you, Ashley!

  • Reply Kourtney May 7, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Love the details on the magazine holders, little built in puzzles! Great work on all the DIY.

    • Reply Blair May 7, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you, Kourtney!

  • Reply Robin May 8, 2015 at 7:41 am

    This playroom is a DREAM. And those pillows make me so dang happy. Amazing job, guys!!

    • Reply Blair May 8, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Robin, you are too kind. Thank you so much! xo!

  • Reply rajnialexdesign May 8, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    This a beautiful playroom! Love all the storage space!

    • Reply Blair May 8, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you, Rajnial!

  • Reply Linda @ Calling it Home May 9, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Great job! Love the changes, and the storage. I hope you are able to nap on Mothers Day if you like. This is a fun and welcoming space.

    • Reply Blair May 10, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Thank you, Linda! Thank you for hosting the link up, and for fixing our link when I misspelled it! 😉 We just started blogging in March of this year, so it was wonderful to be surrounded by such support. Thank you, again!

  • Reply sherry hart May 10, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    What kid wouldn’t love a playroom! This is awesome…..especially all of the diy and storage!

    • Reply Blair May 10, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      Thank you, Sherry!

  • Reply Vel May 12, 2015 at 11:34 am

    The before wasn’t horrible Blair, but the AFTER is just a big WOW! I’m sure you all are enjoying the space a lot by now!

    • Reply Blair May 12, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Thank you, Vel. Yes! We are enjoying the space a lot more!

  • Reply Jennifer May 13, 2015 at 10:55 am

    How fun! We did an office turned playroom makeover too and I swear your intro paragraph is proof that we were living very similar lives! I love the industrial shelving and that “naps” chalkboard is perfect, so true!

    • Reply Blair May 13, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Hi, Jennifer! I saw your playroom and LOVED it! It’s definitely one of my favorites. The built-in storage and color scheme is amazing! The kids have already erased the chalkboard. I guess they didn’t agree about the naps. haha Thanks for stopping by!

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