Monday, December 1, 2008

New Playroom!

Thanksgiving Day was a busy one here. Not only was I cooking my very first turkey but we also turned our third bedroom into a playroom for the boys! The makeover of the backroom isn’t very extreme and it didn’t take very long to do, but it certainly resembles a playroom now and the boys love playing back there.

Here are a few “before” pictures of the room.


Basically, it was a room for stuffed animals and the boys’ books. Not very exciting huh?
Now for the after!



We did the whole makeover for under $200.
The shelves were found at Home Depot. They’re fantastic because not only is floor space cleared up by having the toys off the floor, but we can also control just how messy it gets by only having a certain number of totes on the floor.

The totes I bought online through The Container Store. Originally I had been planning on buying the fabric totes found at Target and Wal-Mart but then I found these mesh totes online. The mesh is great because now we know exactly what’s in each tote without having to get it down!

The sports d├ęcor is by Hip in a Hurry and we found it at Michaels. They were so easy to put on! We had been debating between sports and monkeys and decided the boys will grow with the sports a little easier than the monkeys (the monkeys were kind of babyish looking anyway).

The foam mat came from One Step Ahead. We went with them instead of buying it at a local retailer (like Babies R Us or Target) because the OSA mat was thicker and there weren’t any complaints about a chemically smell (there were bad reviews of the mats BRU and Target sell). Not to mention, parents of triplets get 15% off at One Step Ahead!

One last thing we did to the room was to take the door off its hinges and stick it in the basement. Jackson especially is obsessed with closing doors and we didn’t want any fingers pinched.

So there you have it. A couple hundred bucks and a couple of hours later Jackson, Tyler and Chase have a fun, safe place to play! Plus I get my living room back. Yep, the Pit of Despair is gone! Although to be fair, I'm sure a portion of it will return later this week to keep the monkeys away from the Christmas tree....

7 comments:

Kris said...

The new room looks great! I am soo jealous - I want my living room back now too! I can't wait to get into Navy housing - I get my room back! I love the idea about the totes up high - can I steal it for our playroom? :)

rachael said...

wow, it looks great! we converted our dining room into a playroom since it is out of the way and it is awesome to have that separate room for all the toys! as well as a safe space to play in for the little ones!

Rachel said...

I wish I had space in my house for something like this! It's great! I'm sure your little mischief makers will love spending lots of time in there.

Jen said...

It looks great!

breckholladay said...

The shelves are great. Any problem finding the studs? This is NO reflection on Nick.

Brenda said...

LOVE the mat! We really want one too - just don't have the playroom that you have to put it in :) Great job you two!

Momma-of-5 said...

I'm so jealous! I'd love to have a 2nd room so that I could give the babies variety. They're getting antsy in the family room!

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