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.
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!
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!