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Playroom Makeover Part II (DIY Shelves & Floating Desk)

Styling for a functional kids playroom on a budget

A couple weeks back I shared the beginning stages of our playroom makeover with you. For more details on that post click here. The second stages of this project included a DIY seat cushion to sit atop the cube bench I had. We also stained and hung shelving and a floating desk for the kiddos to draw and play. The only part incomplete at this point is wall art (which is coming soon).


The Shelving & Desks


You'll notice a black white theme on the shelves with galvanized metal tins. Most of these items came from Target (in the $1 bins in front of the store) and the shelving and desktop came from Lowes. We stained both in a driftwood color by RustOleum that ended up being a little too close to our wall color then we would've liked, but I wasn't about to sand and re-stain. The shelves are mounted using some standard L-shaped wall brackets we found for $5 each at Lowes. 

The chairs also came from Target and they were $35/each. They are fuzzy and the kids love them. As I mentioned above, we haven't done any wall art yet but I think it will be great to break up all the gray. So that's coming next...



I used a snap point picture frame from Thistle & Poppy to add a little punch of color and fun! Instead of using a photo, I opted for some craft paper and a chalk label. These frames are so versatile that it's easy to get creative with them.


How cool are these wood branch colored pencils I found at TJ Maxx? They remind me of one of my kids favorite book's Where the Wild Things Are. Love them!



These galvanized metal tins from Target are awesome! I bought a bunch of them and stuck chalk tags on them so the kiddos could easily find their things. They were only like $2/each I think and I bought as many as I could find. We always have tons of little items that need a home and these worked out perfect!


Here's a different snap point frame with a different styling and craft paper... 

 
My daughter Evey LOVES Legos and Star Wars (not in that particular order) and insisted on building a custom ship for the blog post. I had to throw it in there for your viewing enjoyment :)

The Bench Cushion

Last but not least, my $25 DIY bench cushion. The step-by-step instructions on making this super easy cushion can be found here. I went with the darkest fabric I could find as I figured it will get drawn on, stepped on and spilled on. So far two out of the three have happened!

Here are two full room views with different angels of our playroom which is a landing at the top of our stairs to the second story. It's a great space to have an will transition easily with the kids as they grow. For now it makes an awesome playroom and keeps our downstairs tidy and more functional.

The biggest benefit from this makeover was actually not the aesthetic part - it's the organization! The kids are playing more than usual because they can find their toys easily and clean up is a cinch!

3 comments

  1. Great job Laura! I love the shelf/desk.

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  2. Looks great Laura. I shared on fb and pinned today.

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  3. This space looks so good! I love all the small details!

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