Tuesday, January 31, 2012

PLAYROOM REVEAL!!


I guess I've been promising this post for some time now.  The problem is I can NOT get this room finished.  Now, it is "finished"... but it's not perfect.  Is any room ever going to be perfect?  I have decided the answer is NO!  So, I'm going to show you this room in its current state.  Looking at these before pictures I can see we've come a very long way so the few things here and there that I want to add and change will just have to become future blog posts!
This room started as a weekend project with an accent wall, new furniture arrangement, and a few pillows.  3 months later it had grown into new floors, painting all the trim and doors, curtains, etc. etc. etc. The main wall color is Pale Smoke and trim and cabinet color is Super White both by Benjamin Moore. My husband saw the slight transformation and got on board!  He decided we needed new floors and enlisted his buddies to come help lay them one weekend.  BUT... before we could do that... all the trim and doors were wood tone so we decided they needed to be white!  It was one of the best choices we made and the worst task to complete!

Early morning painting... no fun! 
The payoff was totally worth it!  Goodbye 1981! 
The cabinets were all taken apart, sanded, primed, painted, and then got a coat of poly.  Then, about a month later all the cabinets were taken apart {again}, sanded{again},  primed{again},  painted {again}, and then got a coat of poly {again}.  I wasn't aware that oil based polyurethane would turn my white cabinets the color of a banana!  Sad and frustrating, but lesson learned.  While we had them down anyway we chose a brighter white (Super White by Ben Moore) and also painted the hinges in Krylon Fusion Metallic Shimmer.  The ACRYLIC top coat was tinted to the exact white as  the cabinet color to avoid the banana debacle from happening again.
The Hubs doing the sanding as I go right behind him priming with the big can of Kilz you see in the forground.

Benjamin Moore's Super White with newly painted hinges.
Two rounds of sanding, priming, painting,and sealing ended up
being totally worth it in the end! Look at the difference
in color from the above picture where we are sanding!!

Once all the painting was done and the floors were down it was just a matter of rearranging furniture and accessorizing.   I made two curtain panels to hide the giant holes on either side of the fire place.  I am assuming they were put there to store wood.  We use them to store toys, fabric, craft supplies, etc.  If you remember from the original post I wanted sliding barn doors to cover them.  Sliding doors are impossible because the actual fireplace sticks out about 4 inches past the wall.  There may be barn style doors in my future but they will be on hinges.  For now, these panels do the trick of hiding the junk. 
Good storage but U-G-L-Y!
The accent fabric here is "Spot On" by Waverly and the rest of the panel is a white cotton duck.  They are hanging thru a rod pocket on $3 tension rods from Big Lots.   Notice in the before picture the cubby on the left is perfect size to hold fabric bolts!

The wet bar cabinets received that same paint treatment as the other cabinets (both times) and you can read about the fridge transformation here.  The mirror was a gift from my sweet mom she picked out just for this spot.  I love how much light it reflects back into the room!  It is from Pier 1.

What were they thinking in the 80's?!?

Perfect place to clean dirty hands or mix a drink.  It's inevitable that people end up down here whether we are hosting a kids party or an adult party.

In came a new rug.  The one I was coveting from Dash and Albert!  We got rid of the worlds heaviest TV and sold the TV cabinet (it was where the gallery wall is now).  The new TV was a Christmas present from my sweet in-laws.  The couch was reoriented which completely opened up the room.  The gallery wall went up and that was enough for me to call the room "finished enough for now."
Gallery wall and custom lamp shade how-to found here.  I left plenty of room to add to it over the years.

I made this pillow from an old bird seed sack.  Love it!
Before

Inspiration Room from Traditional Home Magazine

The overall cost of this room was very inexpensive considering the amount of work that went in. We purchased the floors from Lowes on Black Friday for right at $700 ($1/sq. ft). We recruited friends to help install (cost... 1 case of beer for the boys :-). We spend about $200 on paint for the baseboards, doors, walls, and cabinets and still have some leftover. The Dash and Albert rug was 30% off so I got it for less that $250 including shipping which is pretty good for an awesome 8x10 rug. I owned most all the frames and just made them cohesive with paint. Mirror was a gift. Lamp $5 from Goodwill and refurbished. Waveryly fabric was $12.99/yd and I bought 2 yds for all the pillows, curtain trim, and bench cover. Other odds and ends maybe $50. Total cost came in under $1300. I'm OK with it because it feels like a brand new space that we want to spend time in rather than a dark, cold, dingy basement.

I wanted this room to have a playful feel because that is where we plan on keeping most of the toys (now I just need to work on my scaredy cat son so he'll go down there alone...). But, when we have big parties at our house this is the room where a lot of people end up so I needed it to also function that way. I hope you enjoy checking it out! If you have a suggestion for the TV wall PLEASE pass it on!!
 
Kandi

40 comments:

  1. Really love the gallery wall. The green is really pretty!

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  2. Thanks Peggy! The green that I painted some of the frames and mats in is Guacamole by Olympic (just in case you ever need a bright cheery green).

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  3. Thanks for linking up to our party! Love the reveal (and I love that dash and albert rug)!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  4. Love the room ... and especially that gallery wall!

    Thank you so much for joining our "impossibilities" challenge and link party!

    Linda
    itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

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  5. This is a great room - so cozy and comfy looking. I have a wall like your TV wall - how about some large pictures on either side to help it blend in? Or, mounting the tv on the wall and creating another gallery wall around it? That way, you could put some taller accents on the storage unit.
    Whatever you do I'm sure it will be fabulous :)

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    1. I am with you Kim! I think I need something vertical... I like the large picture idea!

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  6. Love this room!!! The rug really pulls it all together, just beautiful!
    XO
    Kristin
    Thanks for linking up!

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  7. Looks awesome Kandi!! What a great place to hang out! We want to be invited to a party there :)
    Love ya,
    Kristina

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  8. oh my gosh, this is fabulous! it feels so much lighter and brighter, and bigger, too. LOVE all those pillows lining the whole sofa. wish that was do-able with mine, but i think they'd really get in the way. that storage is awesome! love your "new" space and bet you do, too.

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  9. This is beautiful! Love the colors and the light and bright feel! I'll be following!

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  10. Beautiful room! I love the colors, the rug, the hidden toys!!
    Great job.

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  11. This is awesome, I love the colors you chose. Such a beautiful space..and what great storage!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the challenge!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  12. Love the bright green! I saw a tv that was mounted to the wall with a sliding barn door mounted on top. I'm pretty sure it was pinterest. Maybe you could do the same thing with a family photo?

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    1. I need to find that pin immediately!! That sounds perfect!

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  13. I love the colors you used, and that gallery wall is stunning!! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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  14. Great room! Love the curtains over the cubbies and the gallery wall is amazing.

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  15. Love it all! It's beautiful - especially love the rug. Where did you get it?

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    1. The rug Margarita Ticking by Dash and Albert. I got it from a store in Pawleys Island, SC called Currents Home Furnishings but there are lots on online stores that have them as well. Thanks for stopping by!!!

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  16. WOW!!! I love the transformation. I can't imagine having to redo your whole paint job. Ouch. The results are impressive.

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  17. This is a great transformation! Your hard work really paid off! Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at Potpourri Friday!

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  18. Can I come over and play? This room looks fabulous! Thanks so much for linking up to our Impossibilities Challenge! Newest follower.
    Kelly

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  19. Love it and love the pics of Will hard at work!!! The basement looks amazing!!

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  20. Holy cow. This looks like it's from a magazine. Great job!

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  21. I am in love with your playroom. And, jealous (oh-so jealous!). That storage space!! Wow, is all I can say! And, the colors are so bright and cheerful. Beautiful and practical. My kind of room :)

    Thanks SO much for sharing at my link party! I hope to see you this coming Thursday!

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  22. Fantastic playroom~ it turned out wonderful!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday~ hope to see you again this week! :)

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  23. Such a great transformation. Love the colors, I so wish I had storage like you have. So pretty, you guys did real good! Enjoy it! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay!

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  24. What a huge undertaking! I love the striped rug and all the toy storage.

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  25. Great room! I love the rug and I don't think you can ever have enough storage for kid stuff.

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  26. It looks great! Such a bright and fun room to relax in!

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  27. Amazing! I am featuring you tomorrow for Crafty, Scrappy, Happy Link Party :-)

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  28. This room is beautiful! Wow - what a difference!

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  29. Kandi- it turned out just fabulously. LOVE the gallery wall. And my favorite photo is, without a doubt, the "real life" one. The colors are just stunning. LOVE it. Very creative! Thanks so much for linking this up with Mop It Up Mondays at i should be mopping the floor last week. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  30. OH MY GOSH I ADORE your playroom! You did everything PERFECTLY! I am SO glad that you linked up this past week at my huge linky party because it is official I have a huge crush on your room! :o)
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

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  31. We have that sectional! Love it but hate the fabric on the pillows, so I found some to make new covers. I'm pinning your room for inspiration on brightening up our living room. Maybe I'll finally convince my dh to paint our woodwork. ;)

    Great job! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. love the details! I found you from frugal gals and love reading your blog! newest follower! :-)

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  33. Love the new playroom and the wall color! Found you through Beneath the Magnolias and I'm now your newest follower. Hope you stop by Sweet Ava Kate; I'd love it if you'd follow back. Hope you're having a great weekend.

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  34. You have really done an amazing job with that space - it's gorgeous! I have this linked to my playrooms post too today, well done!

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  35. just started following ya. love your stuff!

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  36. Will you send dear sweet Will to come help Jordan with floors & all of my ugly 80's wood trim? Love this space. You did a fabulous job!

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