Bright & Cheery Playroom

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A Project For

Bellamy Grace

Age

10 Months

Location

Blacksburg, VA

Description

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!

Design Inspiration

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.

Decorating Style

Contemporary and transitional

Project Details

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.

Favorite Items

My favorite items are definitely the pillows.  I think they tie the whole room together and I love that I made them myself!

Advice

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!

25 Comments

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    Your playroom is great, but I must say…your beautiful daughter is the shining star! Her eyes are amazing! I love the fabric on the back of the bookcases. What an original way to bring lots of color to a space while leaving the walls neutral.

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    The playful mix of colors makes the room very enticing to play in. I love what you did with that curiosity wall. So original and interesting!

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    What an adorable room! I love the colors and it is great you did it on a budget. Fabric.com has the best patterns. Your little girl is so cute!

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    LOVE LOVE LOVE this room! Love the pillows, walls, rug, shelves…all of it is incredible. You mentioned that you thought the rug was too small for the room. I think it looks great but just curious if you tried putting it at an angle? Just a thought! And down the road, bean bags and more pillows on the floor in coordination colors might “fill” in some of the carpeted space as well. What an awesome room for your precious little girl!

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    I just love the fabric, especially on the bookcases! Do you know where you got the bookcases?

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    How did you adhere the fabric to the bookshelves? I am about to start decorating a nursery for my 3rd baby and I would love to make the bookshelves a little more interesting. This is a great idea!

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    I LOVE this room! I’ve been looking all over for the rug and can’t find it. Do you happen to know the brand and/or does it have a tag with more info? I would really appreciate any help.
    Thanks!

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    Thank you all for your sweet comments!

    Lesley, the bookshelves are from homedecorators.com.

    Jessie, to adhere the fabric to the back of the bookshelves I took the backing off, covered them with the fabric and then simply used a strong shipping tape to tape around the backside, then I nailed it back in place.

    Deniz, the tag on the rug says “Chica Collection” Design: #T033/20386ZB in leaf green/pink

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    I <3 this room! The colors and designs of everything make ME want to go in there & play! I had to LOL at the "Easy button!" Your room is wonderful! GREAT job!

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    Beautiful room! Love the colours, and the budget you managed! And also how do you pronounce Bellamy’s name? Is it Bell-amy or Bell-a-me

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    Thank you everyone! The paint color is from Glidden and it’s called Natural Linen

    And Hannah, my daughter’s name is pronounced Bell-a-me :)

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    Hello! I completely agree with what you wrote on the blog. Maintain it well, simply because blogs like this are uncommon on the web far too. A greeting!

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