Our playroom is always in progress, and since so many of our friends and family have never seen it, I thought I'd share some pictures of the project. We're trying to make our playroom fun for kids and comfy for adults-something we can all enjoy but not ourgrow. We're thankful to have this room, and we love to share it with our guests!
We made a trip to Ikea awhile back (yes, we're so thankful to be within a reasonable drive of an Ikea!) and found two Lack bookcases to put under the windows.
I found some canvas baskets to fit the cubbies and added a little ribbon to them. (I looked pretty much everywhere to find the right size basket for a decent price!) I bought two big sheets of foam at the craft store to make seat pads, and Jeff helped me cut them to fit. Here's Jonathan driving on the foam.
I found some Waverly fabric on super clearance that was a pretty good match with the valances. With the help of this book and some advice from my mom, I made two cushions for the bookcases to turn them into window seats. It was my first try at an upholstery project this big. (And I love that the cubbies are just the right size for board games!)
Here's an up-close look. Many of the baskets are empty, which is nice!
Jonathan finds the cushions useful for parking.
We also got an Expedit bookcase and added some baskets to it. It was even harder to find canvas baskets for this one! (But, we found all the baskets at the same place...Wal-Mart. Thanks to Amanda for helping us find enough of the same color!) The baskets are small enough to have small books behind baskets of toys, and that works well for us right now. The grownup things are up high, and the kid things are down low. The cubbies are 13" square, big enough for scrapbooks!
Here's how that corner of the room looks with everything together. Eventually, I might use this idea and put some coordinating fabric or wallpaper behind the shelf.
I decided I wanted to add some words (probably inspired by Jennie!) I bought some letters at the craft store, painted them, and mapped out their positions on waxed paper.
Here's how they turned out.
This is how that corner of the room looks right now. I'll probably add throw pillows to match the window seats.
There's a little book nook behind the couch.
My next project...recovering these chairs that Grandma picked up for us at a yard sale. I may use more of the Waverly fabric, or I might pick up a remnant of something else. There's always another project! :)
As told by Jonathan on Sunday, March 30, 2008