Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Playroom {Craft} Area & Storage

Finding motivation this summer has been a little difficult and I haven't accomplished much in the way of decorating projects. So it makes me very happy that the playroom shelves are finished and we have a new craft table for Arielle. Looking at the pictures that I took of the shelves made me realize how badly I need to decorate the playroom, especially the new "craft section". I feel as though I am working with a blank canvas and have a ton of ideas floating through my head for all of this empty wall and shelf space.

Here is a BEFORE picture of the area in our playroom before we built the shelves:

Here is the after pictures with new shelves and craft table:

The fabric bins are concealing a lot of craft supplies and are perfect for the shelves because they have handles that will make it easier for Arielle to get them down. Since the shelf that they are on is a bit taller than her and she can't see inside them I am going to put some labels on the bins. It's so nice to be able to do that now that she is reading like a pro! I think I am going to steal JAG's idea so they should look similar to this when I am done {in fact I am going to email her right now to find out where she buys those circle things to make the labels}.

We purchased the table on craigslist for $35 and cut the legs down to a reasonable height for Arielle, keeping in mind that she is growing like a weed! I would love to paint the table white but I know it's going to get dirty so I don't think that would be a good time investment. I didn't intend to use the toy box bench as seating but since we decided to keep the table on the taller side our existing chairs a bit too short as you can see from the picture. The bench ended up being the perfect height and it provides additional storage, it just takes up a bigger footprint on the floor than regular chairs.

Here is a list of the supplies that we purchased to make the shelves including costs:

-3 six foot long primed MDF boards ($10 each)

-5 sets of two decorative metal brackets ($10.50 each)

-1 quart of Behr "February Frost" {purple} paint ($12)

In retrospect we could have saved money by purchasing a sample size of the purple paint but hopefully we can find a use for the leftovers and since we already had the pink paint that saved us a little. The total spent for three 5 foot shelves was about $95.

Check out this cute dry erase board that I got at a garage sale for $5! We hung it up in the playroom this weekend next to Arielle's kitchen playset {which she has totally outgrown} and she wrote this sign:

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Unknown said...

That looks great! You are so lucky to have such a large play area for the kids!

~Mommy+Me~ said...

Love it! Imani would love to have a craft area like this! Heck, so would I! :) Looks great! We should get the girls together soon to play!

Carry Grace said...

What a great craft area! The shelves look great. I like how you cut down the legs on the table. That was smart.

If you end up deciding to paint the table white is will wipe clean very easily if you add a few coats of polyurethane.

Nice job!

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Elizabeth said...

What a great space for your kids! Love it all. :) And so cute - spaghetti & meatballs. :)

Amanda @ Healthy House on the Block said...

What a great play area for your kiddos! It's adorable -- perfect for little girls. :)

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Meredith said...

Thanks for the visit Desiree! I am loving your playroom's new look. What a great space for your two little girls!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Very fabulous!

Leanne said...

Love, love , love this room. Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday. Hope to see you again this week.