We wanted to utilize our loft that overlooks the living/family room and kitchen as our daughter's playroom and we wanted to spend as little money possible. The entire room came together for under $350!
I pored over pictures of children's play spaces and had a million ideas... my mind was going in a hundred different directions until I found this amazing fabric from Premier Fabrics at fabric.com. As soon as I spotted it I knew it would be the inspiration for the playroom.
Contemporary and transitional
The only things we had in the room were an old futon and the bookshelves. I knew we needed to reuse them if we were going to keep this a budget project so we gave the arms of the futon a fresh coat of white paint, purchased a basic khaki futon cover from Walmart, and then I dressed up some old pillows with the inspiration fabrics I found at fabric.com for $7.95 a yard. My sewing machine broke so I actually each cover was hand sewn, which I think added even more love to the room. I used a basic envelope pillow cover tutorial I found on youtube.com and the covers were sooo simple to make. For the bookshelves I dressed up the back of them by adding a fabric background with one of the same fabrics I used on the pillows so everything would coordinate. The bookshelves were then filled with some of our daughter's favorite toys, books, and pictures, along with a few decorative items like the "LOVE" letters purchased at Target. The growth chart and PLAY decal were purchased from byrdiekids Etsy shop. The rug was a great find at TJ Max that happened to match perfectly with the pillows. It's a little small for the space but I was really just looking to add some color to the boring berber carpet. The curtains were found at Target and the green toy chest/bench under the window was a steal at Walmart for $25. The "button" board was made by my sister's father-in-law. Such a unique and clever idea and I bet it would be fairly simple to make.
My favorite items are definitely the pillows. I think they tie the whole room together and I love that I made them myself!
Find new and interesting ways to re-purpose what you already have. Always look for a deal too... I never pay full price for anything!