Pretty in Pastels Playroom

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When I first designed Elena's Preschool Inspired Playroom, I wanted the room to mimic her days at preschool and it did just that!  She loved playing in the different areas of her playroom, the cafe section being her favorite.  Fast forward one year and her needs are now very different.   She is really starting to play pretend and use her imagination so much more!  This meant weeding through everything to figure out what she still plays with and what could be donated.  Of course, I excitedly accepted the challenge of a playroom update.

I wanted to build off of the idea of the "focus areas" that were already in place, but mature it up a little bit by re-configuring the space and adding new elements.  I kept the Land of Nod bookshelves but added lots of new books (and donated TONS of old ones).  I also kept the IKEA bookshelves but updated the storage bins to a darker color.  I did purchase a new table and chairs from Amazon and a new play kitchen from IKEA simply because my daughter is taller and I wanted her to be able to grow with those pieces.  Moving the art easel downstairs freed up some space in the corner which allowed a great little desk and stool from IKEA to utilize the space.  I love that her artwork is still displayed and she now has her own little calendar to keep track of events.

The IKEA Duktig play kitchen and IKEA Flisat dollhouse are probably my favorite things in her playroom.  I scoured Pinterest for ideas on how to hack out the kitchen and found a great tutorial here.   The cute little dish sets are also from IKEA.  Yes, they are glass (eek!), but they have proven to stand up to some rough play.  The mounted little shelves that hold the adorable play food are IKEA Bekvam spice racks.  Another simple and great hack!  The adorable painted wood shelf was hand made by my husband's best friend and fits perfectly in the new space.  Elena loves to cook and make cereal (of all things) in her new play kitchen.  She even leaves her dishes in the sink for me to clean up, how nice of her!

The dollhouse has been such a fun thing to do with her.  I painted the exterior and roof so that it would compliment the room.  Once painted and put together I got to work finding the cutest little dollhouse furniture and accessories.  Most of the items in the house came from here, here, and here.  I added my own little original canvas art in the living room.  I also added a little outdoor area with a cute little fence and BBQ area.  Note to self, Gorilla Glue is STRONG!  Her little Calico Critters family moved in and feels right at home!  My daughter sits and plays in her dollhouse for hours.

While I initially wanted everything to be from Pottery Barn Kids, it just simply wasn't in the budget, and truthfully I'm so happy that I didn't go that route.  This was my first real DIY project with sanding, painting, and building and I really enjoyed it!  Most everything that was purchased new was from IKEA, Target, and Amazon.  This little pastel playroom was so fun to put together and I'm hoping my daughter will love it for years to come.

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    Hi Heather, aren’t they great? They are Puffin Hardcover Classics and I found them through Amazon, Book Depository and ordering through my local Copperfields book store. FYI, some titles are no longer in print which makes them hard to find and expensive.

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    Hi! Such an adorable room! Can you post the link for the blue table and chairs? Thank you!

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    Thank you Doria! The link is listed below under sources l, but it’s the Delta Children Windsor Table from Amazon. I think it comes in a gray color too.

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    The rail and cups holding the crayons and pencils are IKEA Sunnersta. Super cheap and easy to install. Hope that helps Cristina!

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    Where did you get the white shelves to the left of kitchen? They have “groceries” on them. Thank you.

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    This room is perfection!! So adorable 💜 Do you know what paint color is on the walls? It’s a perfect neutral 💜

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    Hi Jennifer, they are The IKEA Bekvwm spice racks. They were $4 each. I gave them a quick sanding and painted them white.

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    Thank you Alissa! The wall color is Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams. It definitely pulls more beige than gray, but you’re right…it’s a perfect neutral.

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    Love this so much!! We have these cups but they seem deeper than yours .. or How did you get the crayons to sit above the cups top?

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    Hi! What is the name of the book in the rainbow collection between The Call of the Wild & The Wind in the Willows? Thanks so much!

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    Hi Jennifer, the rail hanging the artwork is from IKEA. It’s the Dignitet curtain wire and can be found in the curtain rod section online. Hope that helps!

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    Thanks Heather! I didn’t like how the crayons and pencils were so low in the cups so I folded cheap washcloths in the bottom for the crayons and pencils to rest on. Simple trick!

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    Hi Rebecca, the book in between The Call of the Wild, and The Wind in the Willows is Charlotte’s Web. I think I found that one through Book Depository. Some of the titles are now out of print and may be hard to find, which is why we don’t have the entire collection. Try Amazon, Book Depository, or Book Depot online. Good luck!

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    Hi! This is a random question, but do you happen to know how big this room is? I’m trying to recreate my girls playroom and love everything you have chosen to include!! It is beautiful!

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    Thank you very much Kelsey! It was a fun room to put together! I’m not sure of the exact dimensions of the space but I grabbed my tape measure and got 13 ft (back wall with 3 windows) by 10 ft (side wall with large window) give or take a few inches. Does that make sense? Hope that helps!

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    Thank you Renae! The white paint for the IKEA kitchen and the dollhouse is Benjamin Moore Simply White. That is also the paint color for the baseboards and trim in the room.

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    Thank you Laura! The little stuffed unicorn is from Target. I’m pretty sure they still have it. The books are Puffin hardcover classics. They sell a boxed set on Amazon of 5 or 6 of the books and the others I found through Amazon, my local book store, and Book Depository online. Some of them are now out of print and are hard to find. I think they are coming out with Oliver Twist later this month. Hope that helps!

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