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Bright & Cheery Playroom


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  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 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 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!


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!

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