Our Playroom Reveal – DIY Details & Storage Solutions!

I am so excited to share our girls’ playroom!!
It’s full of past DIY projects and budget friendly storage solutions.
With Baby #3 arriving soon..I was really wanting to
have this play space all done for our big girls.
PAINT COLOR: Martha Stewart, ‘Sunken Pool’ – Satin.
One of my favorite touches is the SUPER SOFT rug from RugsUSA.com.
I thought the room was cute without it…but it made it so much more inviting and
comfy once we put it down! With how much the girls sit on the floor and play,
I was happy to give them that pretty cushion. :)
I also love their play kitchen pieces. We grabbed them up at a Church Flea Market
and a local Thrift Store. I think the total for the 3 pieces was $15.
I had spray painted two of them white to freshen them up. I LOVED playing Kitchen when I was little.. so It makes me sooo happy seeing the girls love playing in that space.
There are some key things I wanted to do to
make the space functional and cute..
I’ll share all those details in this post!

STORAGE for TOYS- We had the long IKEA EXPEDIT Bookcase in the Girls’ Bedroom..
and realized it made more sense to turn it on it’s side(Ikea sells legs to go with it)
so the girls could use every bin and mess up/clean up themselves!
The pink bins are also from IKEA. They are soft but durable. love them.
This storage solution is the saving grace for this room…
I go in a couple times a day and throw everything back in.. helps to keep it under control!
Also, the Yellow basket on the floor in corner… more storage!
It’s a great dollar store container where I put all their little people and cars in.

STORAGE for Books, Blocks & Felt Softies - I used two IKEA Shelves for this storage area. My Girls love blocks..but it drives me crazy having them all mixed in with the toys! They never actually play with them when that happens. So I knew I needed them to have their own space. These cheerful yellow Dollar store baskets worked great.
They can carry the basket in to the family room.. build a train..and then put them all back!
I had a white basket that I filled with their Soft Felt Monsters and owls.
I thought they were too cute to not display all together!
Sienna LOVES these. I like watching her make them talk to each other
 and give kisses and say “you beautiful.” ;)
I also wanted to store a few books in the playroom.
(They have a few wall shelves in their room for their other books)
I had used these plastic dollar store animals to make
the Animal Jar Lids for the girls Vintage Circus Birthday Party.
(I used hot glue on those so I could easily pop them off and use them again for this project!)
I’ll do a blog post soon sharing how these Animal Book Ends came together!
But super easy DIY project… and I love how it looks on the shelf!
 STORAGE for PLAY FOOD- I used an old 3 tier bin to hold all
their play food in when they weren’t playing with them.
It helps them with clean up to have a special place for the food!
I’ve made Felt Food for them a couple birthdays ago.. I loveee felt.
It makes me so happy too when they bring a big plate stacked high with felt donuts and cookies.
They know how to feed a pregnant mama ;)
CAFE AWNING - I wanted to do something to define their play kitchen space.
I had a HUGE cardboard IKEA box leftover. I painted it white with leftover ceiling paint.. taped off stripes… and spray painted it yellow! I used some shelf brackets from home depot laying around.. and we used them to hang up the cardboard. It’s not a heavy piece.. We were able to angle it down and then attach it to the brackets on the end with a screw and a bolt and nut. My hubby helped me with all the shelf and awning hanging on this project. :)
SPRAY PAINTED TABLE- We had an IKEA table that had been loved..very loved.
So it needed some attention. a couple coats of yellow spray paint
and It was like brand new! I went through a phase where I wanted to paint everything yellow. ;)


STORAGE for DOLLS & STUFFED ANIMALS-  I used 2 wood crates, that I got for a great price at JoAnns with coupons, to put up and away their favorite baby dolls and stuffed animals.
They girls LOVE the baby crib that was mine when I was little! It is nice because all the doll clothes are stored underneath. Sienna is known to go in and take
out ALL of these clothes.. but it’s easy enough to throw them all back in. :)
Sophie loves to dress up the babies AND the animals.
The Cardboard Ticket Booth in the corner was from the girls’ Vintage Circus Birthday Party.
It was such a fun DIY project! And it’s now used as a puppet theatre and store. ;)
FELT BOARD - I needed a place to display the Felt Board because I thought it turned out so cute! It is just hanging on two nails..and when they want to play with
it I pull it down for them and lean it against the bookcase or a wall.
On the IKEA Bookcase we put out some of their toys they play with often.
My girls LOVE making music.. so we have some instruments. and they LOVE their camera (I would buy that toy from target for every 2 yr old I know! haha.) Sienna got the elephant last christmas and her and sophie love playing with it together. and fighting over the purple ball.
I’m not really a fan of puzzles.. so many peices!! BUT… the girls love them. So I’m hoping by displaying them all put together..right where they can see them.. they will get the idea of putting them back there when they are done. still working out the kinks.
ben has found me putting together the puzzles/putting them away many times..
and gives me a hard time for playing with the girls’ toys.. har har. ;)
I wanted to put some photos in the playroom of the girls! They love seeing themselves. ;)
And I also have, in the space, the DIY Cardboard Mailbox I made them.
Sophie loves playing mail right now. she sends herself mail..
waits a couple minutes and goes back to check it. hehe.
Hope you enjoyed checking out Sophie and Sienna’s Playroom!
This is how the space looked the first time I arranged it.
(half of it being my office area..which is now on the other side of the room…I’ll post more on that later.)
It was fun putting it together for them..and makes me so happy knowing
we have a place for everything…it makes the quick clean ups so much easier!
I also love seeing all of our past DIY projects together in the space..
I love being a mom! :)

The Busy Budgeting Mama

34 Comments on Our Playroom Reveal – DIY Details & Storage Solutions!

  1. Natalia
    November 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm (2 years ago)

    What a great room! Loved your creative use of the box to make the awning, super cute :)

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  2. Cortney
    November 11, 2012 at 10:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the playroom soooo fun! Love the awning too! You actually inspired us with your cardboard creations and we created a huge firehouse for our sons second birthday, it was so awesome, and just cardboard and tape! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Oh puzzles drive me crazy. Something I have been doing is storing the pieces separate. So I keep all the boards stacked and all the pieces are in their own containers, I use snap ware interlocking type containers I got on sale but you could use ziplock bags stored in a small basket or I have even seen snap ware style Tupperware in the dollar section at target. I just stick a letter a sticker on say a firetruck puzzle and an a sticker on the Tupperware with the firetruck puzzle pieces so i can find the right tupperware without having to open em all up. . May be a little neurotic but that way they play with one puzzle at a time, clean one at a time, and mom is happy! Maybe that could help?

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  3. Janae
    November 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I love it and I’m more than a little jealous! We just moved this summer and finally have a dedicated play space with a door. I want to create something fun, organized and colorful. Right now it’s just make shift storage. This gives me some great ideas. Beautiful!

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  4. Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    November 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my gosh, that the is the BEST PLAYROOM EVER! I love all the DIY touches. The room is so colourful and has everything any little girl would want. So so cute!

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  5. Anonymous
    November 11, 2012 at 11:08 pm (2 years ago)

    It’s just so beautiful! Do you know the name of the paint color you used for the walls? Love following your blog :)
    -Tina

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  6. Megan
    November 12, 2012 at 8:10 am (2 years ago)

    I’ve been waiting for this post :) Love the playroom. The awning and storage cubby/bookshelf are my favorite. And I love the felt board hanging on the wall. Such a great idea! I never know what to do with our felt stuff. And the crates for the baby dolls? Genius! Oh, and I love the little shelves and the fact that you have their blocks in baskets. I feel the same way- I hate them mixing in with their other toys. I so need to do that! I’m waiting until after Christmas to re-do ours and this just gave me a lot of inspiration. Now if only ikea wasn’t 2 hours away from me…

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  7. Sam M. | Atkinson Drive
    November 12, 2012 at 8:55 am (2 years ago)

    What an amazing play room…you’re girls are so lucky to have such an amazing mommy!!! I love the kitchen area and all the great storage!

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  8. ~Lindsey
    November 12, 2012 at 9:48 am (2 years ago)

    What a sweet play space! Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. Margaret B
    November 12, 2012 at 11:39 am (2 years ago)

    most amazing play room ever! love it!

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  10. Anonymous
    November 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm (2 years ago)

    soooo cute!! I love the look of your playroom. At first I thought the toys are miniature :)

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  11. Anonymous
    November 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Are you able to tell me where you purchased the baskets for the awesome horizontal Ikea bookshelf? They seem to fit so perfectly. Thank you! Lovely room and the inspiration I was hoping to find!

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  12. Megan C
    November 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm (2 years ago)

    OMG! This is amazing, you did a great job! Can you make me one haha!

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  13. Simplicity Interrupted
    November 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm (2 years ago)

    i love this – what a great place to grow & learn :) also, i had that baby crib too! my nieces play with it now – so great when things get passed along to a new generation.

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  14. Christa from Controlling Craziness
    November 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm (2 years ago)

    Love it. It looks wonderful. I love the ikea piece turned on its side with the legs added. I am thinking of going the same thing for our playroom. I was thinking I could even store toys under it, is there enough room for that?
    Found you through pinterest and have pinned it as my playroom inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  15. Britney
    November 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Wonderful job! It looks great.

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  16. Jane Roarski
    December 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Your playroom looks very cheerful, I really am loving it. You are a very organized mom. I like the spaciousness of the room too. We are planning for a home remodeling this summer, and I wanted to create a family room. You have just shown me what I must do with the girls bedroom.. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos.

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  17. Anonymous
    January 14, 2013 at 10:15 am (2 years ago)

    My daughter is 19 months and I just had my son 7 weeks ago. My husband and I have been transforming our sunroom (previously an “office”) into their playroom. We also have a bookshelf from ikea, turned on its side, as storage. We bought the 8 shelf bookshelf and it is the perfect height and width to substitute as a changing table on top. Plus, we have all of the toy storage underneath! As a store, I think Ikea is a nightmare! But for storage solutions, we keep going back. I also had a suggestion for the puzzles. My daughter also loves her puzzles, but I’m always finding the pieces everywhere. I keep all of the puzzle boards on the bookshelf and the pieces in a bin (or ziplock??) for when she wants to use them. She likes to lay all of her puzzles out on the floor, and take pieces out one by one and find their correct “home”. It’s like a big puzzle scavenger hunt for her. It also makes cleanup easier for me. when I find a puzzle piece I don’t have to search through all the puzzles to put it back, i just toss it into the bin! It’s like a “crap basket” for puzzle pieces :)

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  18. Derrick Patterson
    February 5, 2013 at 10:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Well, if you have made your own storage for your dolls and stuffed animals, I guess you won’t need a storage unit perth. You really have an artistic talent and a crafty hands.

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  19. Stephanie
    February 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm (2 years ago)

    This makes me wish so much that my kids were younger. I love how unique and fun this room is. I especially love how you used a cardboard box for the topper of the cafe, brilliant.

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  20. jadechomley
    April 1, 2013 at 4:58 am (2 years ago)

    You are really good in DIY stuffs! I am planning to organize the things in my house as well so I am searching for different DIY storage solutions.

    -Jade Chomley

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  21. Anonymous
    April 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm (2 years ago)

    I had that EXACT same doll crib as a child!

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  22. Lisa
    June 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm (1 year ago)

    This is a super cute play room. I have boys so I am pretty sure it wouldn’t stay this cute for long:)

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  23. Jenny Lynn
    September 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm (1 year ago)

    I love this playroom! Any tips on how to angle the awning down? We haven’t tried yet, our house is closing next month :)

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  24. Anonymous
    October 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm (1 year ago)

    Ive been eyeing this playroom forever and Im FINALLY going to paint our walls blue and get to copying you, haha. Can you email me the the paint color? I would reeeeealy appreciate it, as i am super nervous that ill pick a bad one! alligslp@gmail.com :)

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  25. Anonymous
    November 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm (11 months ago)

    this is adorable!!!!!

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  26. candida woodard
    December 31, 2013 at 6:39 am (10 months ago)

    Okay, is it bad that I am almost 24 years old and I am jealous of this play room?! It is the cutest thing I have ever seen. This looks more like a playroom that belongs in a magazine! I love all the DIY touches, its just absolutely amazing!!

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  27. Jelli B.
    April 10, 2014 at 10:58 pm (7 months ago)

    This is gorgeous! My creative little girl would be crazy about this play space. Love the colors, love the imaginative play scenario options. It’s great!

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  28. Sarah H.
    April 17, 2014 at 2:34 pm (7 months ago)

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahh!! makes me wish I was 5 again! what a DREAMY, DARLING, PERFECT place for little princesses to play! I am absolutely IN LOVE with everything. I mean really – I wouldn’t change, add, remove anything! Bravo!!

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  29. Kayla M.
    April 29, 2014 at 4:27 pm (6 months ago)

    Love love everything about this playroom you are so creative. Where did you find that white kitchen refrigerator and the cabinet to hold all the play dishes?? I have looked everywhere and it is hard to find a free standing fridg and free standing cabinet for kids?!?!?! Please share your finds!

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  30. Nessie
    May 15, 2014 at 1:16 pm (6 months ago)

    One word: WOW!!!! Simply amazing and I am incredibly impressive you had the time and energy to do this with two girls and one on the way! I wish I had your talent!

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  31. Kim
    August 24, 2014 at 11:32 am (2 months ago)

    I know this is an old post, but I love the shade of yellow you used on the table and chairs. Do you recall the brand and color of paint?

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  32. Katie
    October 21, 2014 at 12:10 pm (2 weeks ago)

    I need to raise our ikea shelf that we turned like that! how are the legs put in??

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    • natalie
      October 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm (1 week ago)

      Just screwed in! You can buy them seperately at ikea! We have used that piece of furniture in every direction ;)

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