Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Playroom is done!

Disclaimer: these pics are not great, but I hope you get the general idea
Thursday morning during preschool I was looking around my playroom and was kind of disgusted about how bad my baseboards were looking...so I decided I was giving them a face lift!
Before...
so I pushed all of the furniture to the middle of the room so I could repaint them, and then my mind started working...
The Barbie house could use a fresh coat of paint too, and while I'm at it...how about red for the roof!
then, while I was painting said baseboards, I noticed all the dings in the wall...so out came the spackle...and since I'm gonna have to paint anyway, why don't we just change the whole color...
I love the green apple color...but I didn't love it in this room. It's a bright color, but it actually made the room dark...perhaps it was just a bit too much of such a bold color. So, I started at the bottom with white...
Then I did "baby bluebird" at the top...
When I first started this blue color, it honestly looked white, and I got scared that there wouldn't be enough contrast for me, but I just kept going

And since I was painting anyway, we might as well add some molding...yeah, that's how I roll!
On one of the walls I have a ledge, and I really DO NOT like it, it's a weird height, and so I was worried if I did molding below, it would look wierd, or even if I went right up to it, it would cut the room in half, so I decided on a pattern that I hoped would kind of camoflauge it, and still look good!
I used 3 1/2 inch mdf, and went all the way around the room, leaving a 9 inch space between the two boards ( It was originally going to be 8 inches, but then we were running into light switches, so I adjusted my plan, and we went 9.
Then I did the vertical boxes every 8 inches apart on the top section, and every 18 1/2 inches on the bottom. My vertical mdf were 2 1/2 inches...that's a whole other story!The idea was to have 3 top boards in the space of every 2 bottom boards.
Here is one wall, still in the spackling and pre-caulk stage
I had previously done the mdf baseboards when we originally finished this room 4 years ago, so at least that part was done.

And here is what it looks like after:
I know that ledge would blend in a little better if there wasn't something on top of it...but hey, if it's there, I might as well use it right?

A kind of hidden close up, and I'm thinking that shelf would be really cute red too, but then my buckets wouldn't show, and then I'd have to re-paint them, and then......................
it never ends.
so excited for Toy Story 3....

The freshly painted Barbie house...complete with new red roof! and the other side.
Seriously, this was a HUGE project...and the fact that I started Thursday afternoon, and had to be done by Tuesday morning didn't make it any easier.
Hubby helped a ton with this one...otherwise I'd still be down there working!

BUT, now it just seems clean, and fresh, and bright.
I'm still not sure if it was worth all the work, but maybe that's because the memories of caulking are still fresh in my mind. I figure it cost about $150.00 in paint (3 gallons), caulk (4 tubes), wood (6 16 footers, and 20 10 footers).


so worth it or not, yay, it's done, and I really do like it!


do it yourself day @ a soft place to land
Talented Tuesday @ My Frugal family



Workshop Series @ Funky Junk Interiors
Feature Yoursel Friday @ Fingerprints on the fridge
Metamorphisi Moday @between naps on the porch

19 comments:

The Faveros said...

I love it!! I think the walls look really cute :) Good job!!!

Jenglamgirl said...

HOW ADROABLE, YOU HAVE TO BE SO PROUD! what a great place for the kiddos to play! LOVE IT! JGG

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

WOW! What a great makeover. :) I love the blue, and the Barbie house looks great too. My 4 year old is excited about Toy Story 3 too! :) I'm visiting from Kimba's party. I hope you'll stop by. Here's my link from the party:
http://serenitynow4amanda.blogspot.com/2010/03/dressing-up-my-window.html

Tausha said...

You rock! Holy Crap! You took on a huge project! It looks fantastic! No wonderful-whats another adjective for awesome? Looks phenomenal!!

Frugal Home Designs said...

Great job! I love the transformation. It is so beautiful.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I'm in a complete envy meltdown at the moment! Absolutely gorgeous! I'd love to do this in about 10 rooms in my house. Thanks for the inspiration!

JeriDee said...

Amber, I was wondering if you did the same treatment on the wall that you hang the kids stuff on? (I think it is your stairs) If so can you take a picture? I am curious how you incorporated the hooks. I have a coat room that I would like to do this in.

Amber said...

Jeridee, I actually haven't hung the hooks up yet...that's on my to do list for tonight...but I will be hanging them along the lower horizontal board...and yes I'll post a picture when I get it done! (and yes, on the same wall they were before) thanks for asking...I love questions!

Craftify It! said...

WOW! You finished that QUICK! I love it! I like how you did the 3 verticals for every 1 lower vertical & worked that ledge right into the wall.

LOVE the top of the dollhouse RED...makes it stand out!

Kendra Joyner said...

Wow! Great job!! Looks awesome!

BenandLisaGrimm said...

Way to Go! It looks amazing, you finished so fast.

Tonya @ lovinthemoments said...

Love this! Great job!

Kimmie @ live fancy. said...

Found you on Fingerprints on the Fridge...Holy Moly, Girl. This room is BEYOND rad.

And, we are HUGE fans of Toy Story over here, too. "Woody" was my son's first word. :)

Pauline said...

Found you on Fingerprints on the Fridge- what a GREAT make-over. It makes me want to redo my playroom:) I love the blue. Thanks for sharing your talent with us "little people".

Rachelle said...

Looks AWESOME! I love blue and red combo! :) Reminds me of summer blue skys and red checkered picnic blankets... Your room cheered me up today! :)

Thanks for sharing!
Rachelle

Linda said...

What a CUTE makeover...luv it! Hope you have a FUN week:)

Blessings,
Linda

Mama Thompson said...

I think it looks SO fantastic. I'm just about to start my playroom redo and you have inspired me to go farther then plain tan paint...thanks!

Michelle said...

With all that board and batten and awesome trim, this can't be a playroom. It is just so nice. That is seriously the classiest looking play room I have ever seen.

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