The play room
I wish I had a before picture of this room. I don't, but imagine yellowish cream carpet and pink/mauveish walls. This room is a fun room at the bottom of the stairs. Eventually I would like to turn it into another bedroom, but for now it is a playroom until we finish the basement family room. We didn't have a huge budget for this room, so all I did was paint the walls a grey blue color. I believe the color is Benjamin "Iced cube". It looks completely grey on the swatch and much more blue on your walls. I like it, but it's not my favorite. Sometimes it looks a bit purpleish. It's great for a boys room though or a playroom. Maybe not so much in a living room? But that may just be this house and our lighting downstairs.
Once again my amazing nephews and nieces showed up to help remove carpet, carpet pad, tack strip and clean up the floor. If I had done this on my own it would have been an all day project, but it took us about an hour. Yay!!
I purchased a fun vinyl map for the playroom wall. It came in all kids of colors. I went with white. I wish it came a bit bigger, but for about $20 it was a great deal. My nieces measured the wall and centered it. I felt like it would work when it's my sons room as well and is a good design that he can grow with.
Chucking the carpet pad.
Invest in a mallet or hammer and a pry bar for removing tack strip. Makes it so easy to pop up the tack strip. It's not an investment either, you can get them for under $20.
We always replace base boards. It's fairly inexpensive, looks really nice and I love the 6" flat boards that add height and are easy to clean.
Can you see how in the above picture the paint almost looks baby blue and below it almost looks purple on the one wall?
Here is the very simple end product. My kids don't have a ton of toys. I hate clutter and a bunch of toys. I tend to toss a ton of stuff. I don't hold on to a lot of things. No, that doesn't mean things don't hold sentimental value for me (all you hoarders that are judging me right now). It just means, life with 4 kids is messy enough, I don't need to add more crap to it.
A few years ago, my kids figured out that when I said I was saving their school artwork in the "special place" the special place was the garbage. hahaha It's OK. They will live. This day and age has too much cotteling and too little tough love, if they can't handle mom chucking some of their stuff some times, then they aren't going to handle college or a job or real life and I expect them to go to college, get a job and a life.
They have enough to play with (both the benches are filled with toys and we have a toy box) but not so much that they can't clean it up when they are done. Stop judging me. My friend Christie once said that I am a "mother chucker". hahaha. awesome I so am!
Each of my kids made a chair. We bought them at a thrift store for $10 a piece and then I let them each spray paint them the color they wanted and pick out fabric for the seats. I never worry about being too matchy matchy. They totally work in the playroom.
We have since added a bigger grey harringbone rug and a great light and a few pictures on the wall that the kids did (Yes I save some). I think the entire room was under $200. The chair was given to me by a neighbor that was chucking it. I covered it with $30 of fabric and got this cute "ABC" pillow for $3 at DownEast.
PROJECT NUMBER 3: BOYS ROOM
This room is huge, which was great for my two boys, but there was some oddities that were tricky. The first was the white little door that goes under the stairs and then next was the lower ceiling where the duct work is. I felt like the color was way too dark for the basement and too strong.
You can kind of see the greyish carpet. We laid the same grey floors throughout the bedrooms and the playroom. After a day of having the new wood floors in, the baby threw up orange stuff all over the floor and I simply wiped it up. So glad I did wood instead of carpet!
I settled on this really light "white" it's not a white, but it was in the white section. I believe it is called "incredible white" and it's a Benjamin Moore. The nice thing about that color is that random little door immediately blends a lot better and it feels a lot lighter. Because the room is so big, I didn't love it all just white. It needed a pop of something so my niece and I decided to do stripes.
I told you I am not a perfectionist. Notice the top line of my blue that I had to paint over. We chose "Hale Navy" (BM color again) for the stripes and I love it! My niece spent a good amount of time measuring and taping. Love her.
No room is complete in my opinion without some type of wood work. It is such an inexpensive and easy way to add class to any room. Again we did the 6" flat baseboards (They are actually 5.5" in the store). This project was a cake walk. We just decided how tall we wanted the boards and popped a board up and then cut the boards to fit inside the spaces. (hahaha what does that even mean?? It means, I don't have time to explain what we did or do Youtube tutorials.)
You never want to cut all of your inside pieces the same size, because there will always be smaller or bigger spaces on the top or the bottom of the horizontal boards as the wall won't be even or level. I cut them so they fit tightly and then tap them in place.
In the corner, we place two boards on each wall so that they connect.
CAULK IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
Everyone, repeat the above phrase again and again. My husband never believes me when I say, "I can caulk that." That is an ADHD personality talking. To which my husband inevitably replies, "No you can't! That looks terrible!" That is a perfectionist talking.
I promise you can . . .well not you perfectionist-you will dry heave and then have to go wash your hands 20 times. Let your crazy "yellow personality" friend or spouse do it for you."
Now yellow people, don't get crazy and caulk an inch gap, I know you want to, just to see if you can, restrain yourself. Even caulk has it's limits. Don't push it beyond what it is willing to give you.
However know that I can caulk some serious gapage. See the bottom picture for proof.
Not only do these two pieces have huge gaps, but they aren't even cut straight. They look terrible and I am totally fine with it. My husband meanwhile was rocking back and forth in the corner trying to keep himself from re-cutting the wood. I had to work fast. . . Now watch the magic.
TA DAH!!!! YEP that just happened. . .simply caulked it.
OK back to the wood work on the walls. I decided that I still wanted a bit more of the navy color in the bedroom so we decided to paint all of the woodwork navy.
Here I am painting. Sorry about the back shot, but in all fairness, those lower two inches of my back are my best feature.
I wish I had a better camera - this isn't a great picture of the wood work, but it gives you and idea of the color scheme in the room.
Before the wood work with just the stripes. After with woodwork and stripes Love!!
I still get giddy looking at this picture!!! What the what!!!??? Love it!! OK here is why I love this: The shelves, were ugly paneling on the walls of our old home. Took them off, cut them, threw some home depot brackets on and boom, suddenly not ugly.
The four pictures are some beautiful painted pictures of old cars. I found these when cleaning out my mother in laws basement years ago. They were painted and given as a gift to my late FIL, who passed away when my husband was 13. So pretty special. I bought frames for a buck at a thrift store and spray painted them. That's it.
The dresser was also my MIL's. Stained it and put on new knobs. Huge difference. The curtains were from Kohls on crazy discount. I think they were $6 a piece. The rug I got from home decorators years ago, but it worked great in the room. (That was not cheap $250 I believe, but great rug!)
I did buy them both new bedding on line and sheets from TJ MAXX and new pillows. I spent about $150 on all of that, which was more than I spent the wall transformations, but a great deal for all new bedding, pillows, sheets, comforters, decorative pillows etc.
So this room with bedding and new decor was roughly $300 (not counting the rug and some of my older decor).
Fun fact. The bed on the left, my son made with me, using that same ugly paneling. We stained it. The bed on the right, was my Dad's when he was a kid.
I cannot tell you how much I love mixing the old memories with the new. The tall dresser I got online for $40 used. The dressers don't match. Again, doesn't matter.
This was definitely one of my favorite transformations! It is absolutely insane what the right paint color and a little bit of wood work will do to a room . . .and a bit of caulk of course.