Playroom Revamp Part 5 : Decor & Bits

Part 1 – Upcycled Bookcase.
Part 2 – Upcycled Cot/Hanging Rack.  
Part 3 – Upcycled Chest Box.

Part 4 – Using Patterned Paint Rollers.

Have you caught up or are you fed up?! This is my last post on this project. Just the last few finishing touches really.

Out went this table and chairs. The table top was decoupaged with some paper, but one of the kids had ripped it off.  The chairs were big and clumsy, so they went.  In there place, we sourced this table and bench, in Ikea.  It’s long and has loads of room and doesn’t take up too much space.  The bench is ideal for when little buddies come over, as there is loads of room.

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortune

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortuneI wanted this space to be a crafty space for the kids ( and me if I’m honest !) so we put up some shelving and labelled it, so at least I know whats stored or hidden away from small hands.  I got some little white buckets, in IKEA again, cheap as chips, stuck on some washi tape, where they now are storing their colouring pencils/pens etc.  I got some coloured frames and used them to hang their drawings and pictures.  I had the magnetic board and cork board, again these were from IKEA.  I used this space as their craft area and its perfect.

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortune

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortune

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortunePlayroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortune

Another purchase form IKEA was this little book case, perfect for their books and I can put it under the table out of the way. I used some spice rack holders for colouring book holders and decorated with some washi tape again.  I decorated the little cubby box thingy with a geometic design and it now sits on top of the table, perfect for little cars and trashies.

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortune

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortuneTo give the table the faux marble look, I had some sticky paper stuff from sostrenegrene  You just literally peel off the backing and stick to the table.  It just takes the white bland look off the table and you don’t see the marks as easily ! Its washable too.

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortune

Some pictures were hung at last and the chair got a new throw.

All in all, very pleased with the result and so far the kids are liking it and minding it but we will see how long that lasts!

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortune

Till next time !

Maura

PS this is not a sponsored IKEA post, I can only dream ha !

To see my other follow up  posts on this revamp, have a look here – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortune

 

 

 

 

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Playroom Revamp Part 3 – Upcycle Chest Box

Just click on part one and part two to catch up.

You are probably wondering, how many things, in my house, do I have to upcycle at this stage! Yes, I am beginning to wonder that myself ha!

This will be a quick post I promise.  I really liked doing this one as it was such a nice day outside, perfect for sanding.  I do like using a sander !

Here’s a before shot.  This box was just one of those old pine boxes they used to giveaway with coupons in the Centra/  SuperValu stores years ago.  It was painted a few times and I used some stencils on it the last time.  It was dirty and the lid had come off, so out with sander and off I went.

Playroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric design

Here’s what it looked like after I sanded and cleaned it off. The grain came up pretty well I thought.  It was a bit battered and had some knocks but that only adds character .. right ?!

Playroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric design

Right now I am liking this look, so I decided to not paint it, what you say! yep …… but of course I couldn’t leave it just naked now could I?!   So I painted on some geometric little designs with paint I had on hand. These were just pencilled on, I then used frog tape to mark off the areas I wanted to paint.  You just peel off the tape, after you have painted. You should then get sharp lines.  This stuff is brilliant and I came across it when doing one of Kyle Lane’s workshops.

Playroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric designPlayroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric design

I painted a bigger shape at the sides and left the back alone as it was going to be up against a wall. Two coats of clear matt varnish to seal it and its done.

Playroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric design

Here it is all finished.  I left the lid off as this had caused many a wail, as little fingers got stuck…ouch!

Playroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric design

 

Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooksTill next time !

Maura

To see my other follow up  posts on this revamp, have a look here – Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5

Playroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric design

 

 

 

Playroom Revamp Part 2 : Upcycled Cot into a Hanging Rack

If you want to read Part 1 on my painted bookcase, just click here.

Ok, still with me on this project ?  Good here we go …

Next up, I wanted something to hang stuff from, you know all the kid crap that likes to lie on the floor and has no place.  Because our back door is beside the playroom, they tend to traipse in through the house and look for hats, scarves, wellies, hurleys, helmets etc etc  Of course these things are never where they should be! So I remembered, I still had our old baby cot in the garage.  Now I did use the headboard for a project back ages ago, you can read about it here.

So I decided to use the other part of the cot for this project. Here’s a picture of the cot before I did anything.  I was just cleaning and prepping it here, funnily enough on another cot – don’t ask!

Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks

 

When I started, I was going to try a geometric pattern on it, see here …..

Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooksPlayroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks

but I didn’t like the colours against the blue so I scrapped that.  I really wanted to use up the paint and materials I had, the last thing I wanted to do was buy more stuff!

Then I decided to use some paper. I was undecided on what paper to use.  I used Instagram stories, where I showed a few different papers and people there seemed to prefer this paper.  Its called Brighton Pier.  It was a roll I had for ages, yes just one roll!

Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks

 

Lastly,  I just screwed in some hooks, that I had from Ikea.  Then I  got himself to actually screw the cot itself, into the wall and now all the crap is hanging on this and not on the floor. Result!

Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks

 

Here it is all finished …Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks

 

Please note: I did wash and clean down the cot before I started. I used Bin to prime it for the paint.  The paint I used was a test pot of Valspar.   This apparently has a primer built in.  I used some Mod Podge to glue and seal the paper.

No children were harmed during this project 😉

Till next time !

Maura

To see my other follow up posts on this revamp, have a look here – Part 1, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks

 

 

Playroom Revamp Part 1 : Upcycled Bookcase

I recently did a major revamp of our kids playroom.  It had gotten old and tired looking and there was crap everywhere.  My hands were itching to do something and so, when the good weather hit, I got started.

I showed a lot of my progress on Instagram stories and I got good feedback.  I am going to break my process down in the next few posts, as it would probably take too long, in just one post!

It started with this book cabinet. I originally painted it years ago for the kids with yellow chalk paint.  It was one of those dark mahogany coloured cabinets that everyone’s mother seemed to have back in the day.  It was never prepped or primed and to be honest it showed and with the kids using it, it didn’t last the pace.  So I decided to give it a major over haul.  My before picture is not great, of course I forgot to take a decent one before I started, but you get the gist.

Playroom revamp - part 1: up-cycling an old bookcase with some paint.

 

Firstly I had to get off the wax, so I used good old methylated spirits.  This stuff is good, but be warned, open your windows and doors, it will give you a headache!  I then sanded it back a bit to give the new paint some key to work with.  I then applied undercoat.  I decided to use Colourtrend satin wood in shades of Beade and Blue Roan, basically two different blues. And here it is ….

Playroom revamp - part 1: up-cycling an old bookcase with some paint.

Really happy with how it turned out.  It took a lot of elbow grease, as they say.  Getting the wax off was a pain, as I was practically high from the fumes, but this stuff works.  (I have since discovered my local hardware shop supplies Krud Kutter and will try this the next time)  It took 2 coats of paint to get  good coverage.  I really like how the blues turned out.  What you think ?

Till next time !

Maura

PS, if you wan to read more about my playroom revamp, have a look at these posts – Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

Upcycling an old bookcase