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.