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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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  1. avatar Jessica Hales Sanya says:

    Are those toys hanging on the wall? How does that work?

  2. […] really didn’t know if I could stand the sight of that thing on a daily basis. Then I saw how this mom revamped her futon for her daughter’s playroom. Maybe I’m only some paint and fun fabric away from a cute […]

  3. avatar Lee says:

    Does the tag on that rug say what company its from? Need it badly!

  4. avatar Lulubean says:

    Wonderful fabric choices! So bright and playful!

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    Check out our great pre-made BusyBoards!

  6. avatar Cindy says:

    Love that rug, do you know who the manufacturer is???

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  8. avatar Sarah M. says:

    Where is the rug from? Love it!!

  9. avatar Kristin says:

    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 :)

  10. avatar Hannah says:

    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

  11. avatar Shane says:

    My husband and I love your playroom! Do you know what color paint is on the wall?

  12. avatar Desiree says:

    Love love this room so nice! Can you come to CA and decorate mine???

  13. avatar Noelle says:

    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!

  14. avatar Kristin says:

    Thank you all for your sweet comments!

    Lesley, the bookshelves are from

    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

  15. avatar Deniz Fierro says:

    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.

  16. avatar Jessie says:

    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!

  17. avatar Lesley says:

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

  18. avatar Melisa says:

    Congrats on being selected as our “Project of the Week”. Beautiful playroom and baby!!!

  19. avatar Andi says:

    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!

  20. avatar jenniferalexis says:

    love the easy button!

  21. avatar cjko says:

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

  22. avatar Recreate says:

    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!

  23. avatar Kinnaly says:

    Love this room! It’s so sweet and cheerful…perfect for your little cutiel…she’s so ADORABLE!!!

  24. avatar bcd1123 says:

    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.