Thursday, September 15, 2011

Orange and White Playroom Reveal

I've been MIA this week, hard at work trying to complete this room!
So, I've lived in my house for over a year now, and finally finally finally the first room is finished. Completo!
That's what I love about having a blog- and contests like this- they motivate me to get my booty in gear and finally finish something!
One room down, 6 more to go? Yikes!
Anyway, so what I have to show you guys is the PLAYROOM....
What do ya think???

This room is supposed to be the dining room. But at our phase in life, who needs a dining room? hehe

I chose the color orange because I read somewhere that it is conducive to creativity, and that's exactly what this room is for. Play, sharing, using your imagination, being creative. It's such a fun little place in our home. Our children spend hours in here, and since its right off the kitchen, I get to listen is as they play, and I love it!
There are a number of projects that went into this room. My kids helped me make most of the things in here, I'm very passionate about my kids helping me craft (that I way I don't feel guilty ignoring them, and they are having fun and learning too)!

Here is the before:
And here's the after:

So here's how it all went down:

I started with painting the lower wall a soft orange.

Then we replaced the lighting fixture. Everyone kept hitting their head on the previous light. 
I LOVE this light from IKEA, its the Maskros pendant light.
It's so whimsical, and makes me smile.

It casts the coolest shadow on the walls and ceiling at night.

Then my kids helped me create a gallery wall where they could hang their pictures. They had a blast painting the clothes pins orange, while I painted the letters of IMAGINE.

Then I spray painted these picture frames orange, and created our kid's portrait wall, which has become our Labor Day family tradition. You can read about it here.

Next, I made this simple window treatment. Even I though I love to sew, I decided that a no-sew curtain would be the perfect thing to cover up the blinds. I used a few tips from The Nester. Check out here philosophies on window "mistreatments" here.

Another view... basically I just cut and folded the fabric so no raw edges were showing, then tacked up with with these cheap upholstery nail heads.

Another fun project was making this ABC banner, with the help of my friend Margo and her Cricut. My kids and I used this as a Back to School Countdown. You can read about that here!

(I painted the picture of the sun and the solar system as my science project when i was in the 4th grade. I thought it would be perfect in our little playroom)!

I'd been toying around with this idea for a while...
I made a wreath out of some silly toys that always seemed to be in the way.
Instead of the garbage, now we get to display them on the wall. Hahaha! I think I'll add to it gradually as we accumulate more junky toys!

I tried my hand at the crayon art that you've seen all over blogland. I spray painted a canvas, and I used hues of orange and a pop of white. My hair dryer is really spastic (like you feel like you're in a tornado when you turn it on), and so it didn't go quite according to plan, but here it is anyway! I might re-do this one at some point....

 And here are the labels that I made to help the kids remember where all the toys belong. I just printed pictures from Google images. I was planning to laminate them, but then it dawned on me that if I took my own pictures of their toys on a white background, I could easily add text to them and print them off as images. So I think I will tackle that project sometime soon, and add more labels for all the other bins in our playroom.

 Here's where we keep a few art supplies. The rest (paint, playdough, etc) are in the unfinished basement where its ok to make a mess. But these we keep upstairs cuz the kids love to color at the kitchen table.

Here's a few more views of the toys:

The shag rug is from Wal-Mart ($13).
The white table was on clearance at Target ($12).
The brown shelves are from Wal-Mart ($10).
The floating shelves are from Lowes (the biggest splurge).
The plastic drawers are from Target ($13ish).
I'd love to have the fancy, cute toy organizers from IKEA, but they were a little too pricey for us. Maybe in a few years! I had to save up just to buy these cheap white drawers from Wal-Mart! And that's ok, its just a playroom!

 By the way, I'm a big believer in "toy rotation." So some of our toys I keep in the basement and rotate them around every few months. That way, our kids don't get bored of the same old toys all the time!

 That's it! Thanks for looking into our playroom! :)

I'm entering this into the American Crafter competition. So if you'd like to see my entry, (its #82 found here)! And have a look at all the other amazing entries while you're there!

UPDATE: I just found out that I won the CSI contest for this week! I was so surprised, and I feel so honored!

I'm linking this post up to the amazing blogs here.

Thanks for looking!!!!!!!!!


Kadydid Designs said...

OH MY GOSH!!! Rachel, it is absolutely adorable. I cannot even tell you how much I love it! And, btw, I've been in my home for 2+ years and don't have one single room completely done. Yay for you!!

Jesse said...

Cool Rach!!! I absolutely love it!!! Especially the toy wreath!

Elisa @ What the Vita said...

All the creative touches are so fun, can see you put in a lot of time and thought in this room! What a fun room for kiddos. And of course I love all the orange!

The light is PERFECT for a playroom :)

Jill said...

Super cute!! I love the light fixture! So Cool!! I also loved that wreath you made. Such a cute idea!

Angela and Mike said...

WAY TO GO GIRL! I love love love the I need that. Way to go with all the crafts, and I love that you have your kids help. I remember seeing that room not too long ago, and what a transformation. I feel more creative already just seeing your orange room :)

Katie said...

this looks amazing! i wish you the very best in the competition :)

katie@little things bring smiles

Tera said...

Rachel, I love the room!! I thought I remember seeing the planet painting :) Such a fun room!!! Thanks for the motivation.

Ashley J @ MommyByDayCrafterByNight said...

It turned out so great! I love it! Love all the things you have done to finish the look! WAY TO GO!!!


Amy @MoMomma said...

How fun! I've been thinking about turning our dining area into a fun kids spot also. Great ideas. I'd love to see you link up to my MoMomma Monday linky! It's open every M-F

Jennifer @Miss Maggie's Place said...

This is sooo cute and you did a great job of organizing. I have a hard time with organization. :) My son would love the orange. It's his fav. color because he loves the Dukes of Hazzard.

Lindsay said...

This is so pretty! You did a fabulous job, I love the colors you went with! The details you added are perfect!

Susan @ sarasays said...

The colors are so happy! I love that you used the dining room. For now that will be so great to stay close to them. Later when they are about 6 and up you will want the dining room back!

Vanessa said...

Great job!! Love the orange color scheme and all of the little details!

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

Congrats! You've made me a fan of orange! I love love love the light fixture too! Visiting from Tidy mom.

Jennifer said...

Found you on Happy Hour Freestyle Friday, loving this post! I'm a new follower, stop by and say Hi if you get a chance

To be honest I've never been a fan of orange but this is SUPER cute! You did a great job and should be proud of yourself.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

hopping over from csi- that is the cutest playroom! love the modern feel and orange in it. a great place to play and be creative!

Krista said...

I love orange, big time. It's one of the main colors in my house. So no surprise... I LOVE your playroom! Your kids are so lucky!

paige said...

This is the cutest playroom! I'd love for you to link up to my new linky party -

Creative Genius @

Theophanie said...

This is so cute!!!

someonesgottapay said...

Love the orange! Love the light fixture! Love the frames of your kiddos!

Szobonya Bercel said...

wow, I just love it!! Great job Rach, you're the best! :)

Fork said...

Wow! What an amazing room!

abeachcottage said...

What a fantastic room! Great transformation and the touch of orange is just right. Well done!

Kim @ The Learning Hypothesis said...

Love it!

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

This is such an amazing room! I love the orange and how perfectly organized it is! I featured this today! Come check it out and grab a button

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

THIS PLAYROOM IS ROCKSTAR! I adore the colors and every detail. I love that you used images on the bins... I am seeing a feature in the near future. winks-jen

Annemarie said...

How lovely! I came over from Running With Glitter. Have a nice day!

Amy @ said...

Love the organization!! Also love the "Imagine" wall. Great job!

Brittany said...

What a great room! I love the orange! And the organization is awesome!

Not Martha said...

great job! And that toy wreath... :) that has to make you smile every time you walk in!

The Doodler said...

Ok, seriously? Can I come play in that room? It is fantastic! I'm pinning this to use as future inspiration, I love it!

Brie from

A Lived in Home said...

As a longhorn fan, I love the orange! Lots of great storage and loving all the labels and organization. Come hop on over to check me out-

Ellie said...

I love this room! It's so fun and kid-friendly! My favorite parts are the fun ceiling fixture and the art display clothes line.

Judy said...

LOVE this playroom. Awesome color scheme. I would love for you to link up this project to my Sizzle into Summer party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there.

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

awesome job! I love the orange. what a great color choice and room transformation. congrats! and great job.


Aimee from Classified: Mom said...

I LOVE how it turned out! Thank you for linking up to The Sunday Showcase!

April said...

Really nice work! It turned out amazing. I LOVE that you used orange for the room, too.

Stephanie said...

All I can say is, "WOW." I love the colors, the neatness...all of it! Great job!

Shabby Chic Sandy said...

That is the cutest playroom ever!

Kory said...

Very cute! I especially love the portrait wall, great idea!

rebecca @ beurrista said...

a WONDERFUL transformation.

especially love the pendant light- such personality!

Stephanie said...

This turned out so nice! What a fun playroom! I love the orange theme! I also love the light fixture (I saw that at IKEA last week and LOVED it!) and the art wall. Congrats on winning the CSI project! I have a party going on over at my blog if you want to join! I'd love to have you! Check it out under the "Stache Party" page on my blog:

Sherry said...

what an amazing job. i love the pegs for hanging the kids pictures on the wall and also that awesome light. you totally transformed that roon and it looks great :)

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You are a genius! What an adorable room.
I would love for you to post this on my Fall In Love linky party today.

Latoya @ The Scott's Crib said...

This is so cute and fun! How did you know I would like to play in this room? lol, joking but it is created exactly for a kid like me!

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!!
- Mandy,

Venassa said...

Wow that's great! You put a lot of work into the room and it definitely shows. I'm a big fan of the orange color.

Meredith Resnick said...

This looks amazing. Love what you did. So adorable and functional. I want to play there! :)

~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come Fine me on: A Mother Seeking...

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lesley said...

It's beautiful! Congrats and thanks for sharing!


paige said...

One of my favorite playrooms! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Genius Link Party! I'd love to see you link up again tomorrow!

Ami w/AliLilly said...

This play room is AMAZING!! I'm bookmarking it for inspiration when I finish my daughters!! I LOVE orange! It's my favorite color! :)

Lindsay said...

This has gotten SO much praise--and there is not doubt why, it's amazing! Thanks for sharing this @ Show & Share! So glad you were apart of the party. :)

Creative Escape said...

WOW! I love this room; I am also a fan of orange; it is such a fun/creative color. You did an awesome job, my kids would totally love this. I especially love that you also include your kids with your crafting, It is such a great way to bond with the littles. Oh yeah, I noticed the bin of musical toys high up on that shelf out of reach of little hands ; ) That is soooo me! I do the same thing, so that I can make sure I have the patience on the days I "let" the kiddos pound on the drums and play their harmonicas... Love it!

Thanks for sharing your creativity.


Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

i featured this today!

Rachel (Lines across my face) said...

Thanks for sharing! Obviously I am not the only one who loves this play room :) You are being featured this week at Lines Across My Face.

Betsy C. said...

My girls and I love your playroom! We just moved to a new home and their playroom looks far worse than your before pic...they told me exactly what they want and I think they expect it when they get home from school today. Ha! Thank you for all the great ideas!

Anonymous said...

I am loving this room! Well done, it looks just amazing. The orange pops and is gorgeous.

Pleeeeeeeease tell me how you got your Ikea light to hug the ceiling like that?! We have one in our lounge and I love the shadows it casts. But the plastic 'bowl' part at the top I can NOT get to stay up close to the ceiling! What is the trick to this? Please tell me how you did it!


Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

Congratulations! You've been featured at this weeks Hookin Up with HOH Party!

Eek! Feel free to stop on by and grab a button if you'd like!

Thanks for entering your post in last week's party. It rocked my socks.


Allison @ House of Hepworths


What a fun, functional, bright and cheery room. Good Job!

Tashabobasha said...

Rach!!! Omg, this is amazing! You are so creative and talented. What an adorable playroom - but also so stylish. Love love love it! You're so great.

make handmade said...

Beautiful chandelier! i love it, thanks for sharing,

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I love the orange and I didn't know if was to foster creativity :)

My word for the year is create so I need to find pops of orange LOL

You did a great job - I love the IMAGINE and the gallery wall.

And y es, I also firmly believe in hiding toys (*ahem* toy rotation)

Inspire Me Heather said...

Oh, you've done a great job! I love the orange too - such a happy colour. I've got this linked to my playrooms post too today, well done!

Stop and smell the Daisies said...

This is fabulous! Where did you buy the orange "drawers" and how much were they? I have been wanting some, but they seem SO expensive!

Ardis said...

Nice start on organization - and love the orange!
And your kids photos on the wall - super nice idea
!As a Kdg, I noticed the labels - they make all the difference in training kids where things go; keep it up. Your big challenge us adapting the space for 3 diff ages.

One hint: a big no-no in PreK & Kdg is having a "dump bin". So consider this - Pull out of the big bin the Fisher-Price barn, shape sorters, and squiggly- wire-bead thing and put them either on top of the white plastic drawer units (with a pic of the object taped onto the shelf) OR, if your youngest isn't tall enough to reach that, cover the "toy picture" with clear packing tape on both sides, affix a sticky-back piece of Velcro to the back and put it on the carpet under the window wall. One for ea lg toy. You want to encourage organization - not dumping.

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