Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Introducing...our playroom!

Our playroom is (mostly) complete. I really shouldn't even say that, nothing around here is ever complete. I'm always dreaming up new ideas and ways to change things. Ask Justin - it drives him crazy.

Our playroom is upstairs, which is a little quirky, but there's really no other good use for this space in our house.  The house is a cape cod, so the upstairs has slanted ceilings and lots of nooks and crannies, making it a perfect cozy little space for kids.  The room has a weird layout due to the staircase in the middle of the room, but again, looking at the room as a space for kids it makes it that much more fun.

A little background on the room - when I bought the house the upstairs had unpainted pine paneling and ugly wood trim/doors/windows.  It looked so dated.  Before Summerlin was born, we (I) painted the entire upstairs.  Now the playroom is a nice, soft yellow with cheery white trim.  The staircase had a very not child friendly railing.  I'm not kidding you when I say the posts were far enough apart for small children (under the age of five) to fit between.  So, Justin and his dad tore it down and built a half wall railing.  We figured the half wall would be the sturdiest/safest option - and in the end the cheapest.  He finished that project over a year ago....and I still haven't gotten around to painting the wall and trim on it.  Maybe next weekend....

Anyways, here are some pictures of our playroom that is complete for at least the next month or so.

 Here is the kitchen set!  Justin did an EXCELLENT job!  We realized the screws for the handles were too long, so we still need to put those on the doors, but it is otherwise complete.  There is also a sink piece that will be added later (maybe we'll even wait until her birthday).  The sink isn't finished because it needs a new top board.  The existing piece has a rectangle hole and we couldn't find a container to fit the hole.  So, we bought a metal bowl instead.

 The reading nook.  This is one of my future projects.  I'm waiting for Summerlin to outgrow her crib.  Then I'm going to use her mattress (it's the perfect size) as the floor cushion and I might even try to make a little tent of some sort for the area.
 Books, puzzles, and games area.
 View from one end of the room.
View from the other end.  Yes, the Christmas lights are staying up year round.  Jackson (and I) love them!