On nights when The Mr. "indulges" himself with his pet DIY project, our walk-in closet/ dressing room, little man would busy himself with his own Lego design and build projects or other master art pieces. These are quiet nights for me when they're on their own; no floor hockey/ goalie plays and no gunning battles in the basement family room. But I can't help but notice little man lacks a space to play and make art.
Little man has never had his own work space. The dining room table has been his creative space since he first picked up a crayon eons ago. Now that we've moved into our new house though, we don't want his masterpieces to take over the dining table.
That's when I finally dug out my plan for his playroom, as posted here.
The playroom is a spare third bedroom upstairs, and not a big room at all. To save some space, we got him a desk instead of that IKEA round table.
I still love the style of this Target Campaign desk from when I wrote about the perfect desk for him, and this one is bang for the buck since I got it on sale! The drawers will be perfect for all the papers and other miscellaneous items.
As another spin to my original design board, I found the cutest and fun rug for the playroom! The Union Jack rug from Ecarpet Gallery totally fits my budget and the fun factor of the playroom.
The colours are mixed and woven in a way to give the rug a vintage vibe.
That's a lot of red in the room with the desk, but I don't mind it being more playful. Who knows? The red may help spark more creativity in the little man =)
In anticipation of taking delivery of the desk, we painted the playroom a light gray last weekend. I loved the soft gray in this room by Amanda Moore of Hunter Baby.
I have been on the hunt for the perfect gray ever since seeing it used in this room. Not going to inject another "50 shades of gray" joke here, but that number is an understatement! If you've been sourcing grays, you would know all about the tinted grays! I just wanted a gray that's, well, gray. So I decided to try out the ever popular Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, and the just as amazing trick, at 50% tint.
Here is little man's playroom after painted in Gray Owl. This shade of gray suits the playroom decor perfectly. With just a tiny bit of tan, it picks up the vintagy vibe of the desk (to be delivered) and rug just right.
The playroom doesn't really need black-out curtains or too much privacy. We chose to outfit the large window with simple sheers from IKEA on a track system by Allen + Roth.
As you can see in the photo above, little man has gradually moved into his new playroom, no invitation required :-) Funny how he lugged his beloved Lego in the playroom first, and I take it he's loving the space already! I can't wait to put the playroom together for him!
Next up for the playroom:
- Toy storage unit
- Gallery wall - these frames with plastic front from IKEA are safe for a kid's space
- Masterpiece display
- Lounging spot
- Light fixture