I needed the room to have a purpose. I knew I did not want a tv in here. It needed to be a room that was for reading, lounging or playing. It wasn't until we had a Farias Family Dinner that the idea for the space started to take hold. With a few little kids running around, I realized all of our toys typically stayed in Bray's room upstairs. This meant that half the family was upstairs playing and the other half was lounging and talking downstairs. DUH.........(ya it took me this long to realize the painfully obvi solution) LIVING ROOM 2 IS A PLAY ROOM!!!! (Breathing big sigh of relief just writing that.)
And then began the transformation. To start, I had a large cabinet sitting in the basement that had been a hand me down. It was dark, but I knew with a few coats of white paint it would provide a ton of storage and a little height to this room. Buh bye big, dark desk!
The pop of light this piece brought into the room opened my eyes and I immediately realized we needed more! So I took down the shelves and removed a small table and went paint ca-ca-crazy!!
|Supplies for Chalkboard Labels|
Using scrap wood, I cut three identical pieces and painted them white. I pre-drilled holes in the sides so that I would have something to hang them with too!
|Sisal twine pulled through and knotted.|
|The back shot!|
Lastly I used my leftover chalkboard paint and created a little spot above the toy box for Bray to doodle because let's face it.....what's more fun than writing on the walls!!
|Taped off the wall and added three coats!!|
Then some pillows to finish it off (oh and about a kabillion toys) and.....
Lighter, brighter.....and being used EVERYDAY! Now the kiddos can be playing, drawing, reading and just being kids while I can hang in the kitchen or fold clothes or entertain. Goodbye to split level fun! Now we are all 1st floor bound and I love it!