Neutral, Boho-Modern Updates to the Playroom

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the big chalkboard wall I added to Nathan’s playroom. That was just one step toward updating the playroom to make it more of a “family room/playroom” combination! My goal is to make this room flow with the rest of our house while making better use of the space.

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Here are a couple of photos of how it most recently looked (before the chalkboard wall):

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It was relatively neutral, but with a lot of little pops of color. Besides painting over the green stripes, the most obvious step to calming down the colors in this space was to remove the blue/purple area rug. Having no area rug in this room took some getting used to (it felt so empty at first!) but now it definitely seems like it was the right choice. Plus, with the way Nathan runs around- the rug never stayed where it was supposed to and that drove my OCD crazy!!

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Nugget Comfort was kind enough to send us their “Nugget”! It’s in the shade “Sandcastle”, which is perfect for my neutral theme! This thing is seriously awesome, I have had my eye on it since before Nathan was even born! We’ve only had it for a few days now, but it is the first thing he wants to play with in the morning and the last thing he wants to play with before bed- it’s amazing!!

As far as other accessories and furniture… I figured that since kids books and toys are already so colorful, I could definitely get away with sticking to whites, greens, and wood tones without it feeling too boring.

The furniture layout was a little challenging for me. I ultimately decided to move the love seat further down and switch the corner that the tent was in. We’re planning to wall mount a TV across from the love seat, so that area will be zoned as the TV/movie watching area. The tent side of the room is more of the play area. I’m also searching for the perfect coffee table that can double as a craft table (if Nathan will ever sit long enough to color)!

I’m utilizing a little bit of wall space for storage here. The reusable produce bag is perfect for small stuffed animals, and the small Moroccan basket (that I thrifted) is holding his blocks! These also help to add some different textures to the space!

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So that’s the latest on my boho/modern playroom update! I’ll be sure to update once the space is complete!

Adding a Chalkboard Wall to the Playroom!

Last week I posted a photo of an idea for our playroom in my Instagram stories. I got such good feedback from it, so I knew I had to go ahead and run with it!
Sadly, I didn’t take any progress photos but the steps are pretty straight forward! Here is the idea that I posted:

I knew I wanted a chalkboard wall somewhere, but wasn’t sure where or how I wanted it to look. I went back and forth in my head with possibly painting a shape on the wall (thinking the outline of a simple house or something). In the end though, I decided that painting it 3/4 of the way up the wall and then putting a simple floating shelf at the top would look the best!

Here is a photo of how it turned out:

I LOVE it, it’s so perfect for that space!! I’ve been having a blast doodling on it, and I know when Nathan is a little older he’ll get a ton of use out of it too! I’ll outline the steps and materials I used below!
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MATERIALS:
Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint (one 30oz can was just enough for this wall)
2 Black Shelf Brackets
1 Piece of Wood (6”x8’ and had them cut it down to 80 inches at Home Depot to fit our wall)
High Density Mini Foam Roller

STEPS:
1.) This wall used to have green stripes painted on them, so first I had to sand down the side of the stripes to make the wall smooth.
2.) Clean the wall so there is no more dust from sanding and use painters tape to tape off how far I want the paint to go up.
3.) Use the foam roller to roll on the first coat of chalkboard paint. (This stuff really stinks just FYI!)
4.) Once the first coat is dry (about 30 min to 1 hour), you can go ahead with the second coat. I didn’t use a primer so I had to keep painting on several coats. Once the first one was dry though, I didn’t really have to wait as long for the others to dry in order to keep painting.
5.) A few hours after I was finished painting, I started hanging the shelf. First I located the studs in the wall. It worked out that there were studs 16 inches in on both sides.
6.) I screwed both brackets into the wall (placing the board on top and using the level on my phone to make sure the brackets were even).
7.) After screwing the brackets in, I needed my husband’s help with screwing the wood on top. It’s good to have two people so that the board doesn’t move when you’re drilling.
8.) Style + Enjoy!

*You need to wait 3 days before drawing on the chalkboard
**The board I bought was 6 inches and so was the bracket, so there is a small space in between the wood and the wall. It doesn’t make a difference though!

The whole project ended up costing about $40 (not including tools we already had) and it was SO worth it!

You can see the small space between the shelf and the wall in this photo.

You can see the small space between the shelf and the wall in this photo.

Updating Nathan's Nursery on a Budget

I love Nathan’s nursery, but lately it seems like all of the toys and books distract him from being able to take a nap! Sometimes instead of falling asleep, he will stand and point at all the fun stuff in his room. I decided that I need to try and make him room feel more calm and relaxing, so he knows it’s a space where he is supposed to sleep.

Here are a couple of photos of how it most recently looked before I swapped some things out:

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And here is the design board I put together for how I’d like his room to eventually look. The only things I’ll have to buy new are the curtains + rug! Everything else I can shop from other rooms in my home. A few of the items I put on my design are just to show something in his room that I can’t actually find online (ie: his dresser that I painted, the glider, and the wicker shelf I bought on Facebook). I did, however, link any products I could below!
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The first thing I did was move most of his toys down to his playroom and style his shelves with neutral accents. I also decided to take down the pendant light and replace it with a table lamp + side table I already had. The pendant light felt a little too harsh for the look I was trying to achieve. I took a photo after making these small changes and I’m already loving how it looks so much more!

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After looking at this photo, I also decided that the print to the right of the window needs to be replaced with something less stark. As of right now I’m thinking a round mirror that I already own, but I could also picture some sort of vintage art in that spot. This photo also confirmed to me that he definitely needs a larger rug, with less pattern and more faded colors. I’m also excited to see this space with the darker curtains. I think they will not only look a lot better, but the darker shades will make it easier for Nathan to nap during the day.

I’m so excited about these changes, and even more excited that most of it can be accomplished without spending any money! Be sure to check back for an update once it’s finished!

7 PLAYROOM MUST HAVES

Whether you have a dedicated room in your house to use as your children's play area or they play in their bedrooms, I've put together 7 seven things to help make these spaces as functional as possible! Plus I've included some amazing playroom inspiration!!

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1. Storage
No playroom is complete without at least 10,000 baskets! How else can you quickly clean up before company arrives?! PLUS one of my son's favorite things to do is taking said baskets and dumping out all his toys-- so they also double as a fun activity! :) In addition to baskets, cube organizers are a great way to store and even categorize toys.

2. Comfortable Flooring
This is something that didn't even occur to me before I had Nathan. Obviously before kids learn how to walk, they're crawling everywhere-- and as the parent you're usually sitting on the floor near them. Luckily, we couldn't replace our playroom floor with hardwood like I wanted and we instead got a new and super cushioned carpet! I'm never worried when Nathan tumbles over or slips when he's trying to climb up something that's not meant for climbing! If you don't have wall to wall carpeting, an area rug with a thick rug pad will definitely do the trick!

3. Display for Kids Artwork
I love when kids artwork is hung up, it's always so colorful and creative! You can hang it up by clothespins on a string, or frame it as part of a gallery wall!

4. Table + Chairs
Nathan isn't quite big enough for this one yet, but once he is I definitely plan to get a set! Every kid needs a dedicated space to sit and color or do crafts.

5. Cozy Reading Nook
I definitely want to encourage Nathan to love books-- and making a comfortable spot in his playroom where he can sit and read will hopefully do the trick. I love the idea of a comfortable chair/bean bag in a corner with a bookshelf or floating shelves he can reach. Kids books usually also have fun illustrations on the covers-- so displaying them on floating shelves also makes for great wall art!

6. Hideaway Spot
What little kid wouldn't love a little getaway spot where they can put their favorite toys and let the imagination run wild?! I would've loved my own little play tee-pee growing up! These days, there are plenty of tee-pee and play tent options available! I've even seen little pop up food trucks-- so cute!

7. Dress-up Clothes
I remember I always loved dressing up in different costumes when I was little! I want to keep a rack of different costumes-- doctor, fire fighter, chef, etc..-- that Nathan can easily access so he can play pretend whenever he wants to! I love seeing fun tutus and tiaras in little girls' playrooms!

I think the most important things to remember when designing a play area are to: keep it comfortable + safe, have practical storage that is easy to access, and have fun with it!  Baby/ kids areas should feel fun and whimsical- and it should definitely be a place that helps foster their imagination!

Children's art displayed - photo by  A Happimess Life via Project Nursery

Children's art displayed - photo by A Happimess Life via Project Nursery

Cozy reading nook via  Emily Henderson

Cozy reading nook via Emily Henderson

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