Did you see my silly attempt to take over little man's work space in his playroom? We originally had a home office planned for that room, but The Mr. thought it would be a better use of space as a playroom instead. I totally agreed and went with it, and had lots of fun designing it. Here's my design board for this playroom (source list at bottom):
Bit by bit, we had added pieces to the playroom to achieve the design I had in mind. I've shared on Instagram the gallery wall that the Mr. so painstakingly put up. When I posted the photo, what I had planned under the frames has not been built.
Much like any other rooms in our house, little man's playroom is still a work in progress. But The Mr. has made some major improvements a little while ago that has made this playroom a little more enjoyable for little man.
Toys have been scattered on the floor of the playroom, and it was just driving me nuts. Not that I'm a particular person, but the playroom isn't large in the first place! With toys on the floor, we can hardly walk in. Not to mention the hazards of stepping on his Lego pieces.
Naturally, toy storage became a priority after The Mr. has completed our DIY closet/ dressing room. The Mr. took a short break after finishing our closet and quickly whipped up a storage unit/ work bench for the little man.
This work bench is actually part of a storage unit that I designed, and the Mr. still needs to find time to complete it. Until then, little man has been quite happy to have a building bench to build and display his Lego collections. That pouf is actually at a perfect height for him to sit at the bench!
I wanted to draw attention to the height of this room, and the best way is with a gallery wall. I've previously talked about how I approached the designing of a gallery wall here. Taking those essential elements into consideration, I came up with this simple design. I didn't want to hang too many items in a tiny room, but just enough to create a visual interest.
I found all of the art prints' jpeg and pdf files on Etsy for several dollars, and sent them to print at a local print shop on light card stock. I don't see a point in spending too much on gallery wall prints, as I expect little man to change his preference of characters quite often. Kids...!!
I chose these IKEA frames for a monochromatic look and also for their acrylic fronts. I can't risk to have shattered glass in the playroom, you know, in case a toy bullet/ missile hits its target!
We got this railway ticket print during our Disney World vacation several years ago, and never hung it up. What's a better place than the playroom for it! The giraffe taxidermy and the marquee letter add a touch of whimsy to this gallery wall.
Knowing there can never be enough storage in the playroom, I included this acrylic box shelf from CB2 as part of the gallery wall. It's something unexpected and yet so useful for his smaller collections. I had it installed at a height where little man can change out his display as frequent as his highness wishes.
I ended up not going with the open geometric light fixture from RH Baby & Child. But I think this light from Structube is more suitable and even more fun! It goes quite well with this modern industrial playroom, and can't beat the price since it was on sale!
On the right side of the wall, there's a set of corner windows that we had previously left uncovered. To give little man some privacy while he's working at the desk, I made some tissue garland to also add some accent colors to this set of additional windows.
The most recent additions to the playroom were the chalkboard art and the display frame on the right wall of the room.
I designed the chalk board art several years ago and printed it as a poster, which was wrinkled during our move. I guess something's just not meant to be! Well, it turned out this custom printed canvas in matte finish gave me the exact look I was hoping for!!! It's from Canvas N' Decor and I couldn't be more happy with the quality!! It looks just like a chalkboard until you walk up close to it!
*** I've partnered with Canvas N' Decor for a lucky winner to win a canvas of your choice! See details on bottom of this post!
The art display frame was something I had always wanted to DIY but never had time for. I finally had the chance to get around to it, and it was such an easy project! I'll post the tutorial soon!
The fun part in designing this playroom was to incorporate this modern/ industrial style that's totally different from the rest of the house. I love a fun casual space for a kid to just be a kid. In this space, he basically has no restrictions and is free to dream up any creations, be it with buildings blocks or on paper.
So, are those all the toys in the playroom? NO. Is the playroom done? NO. Because... we still need to make the storage units for these:
Once the storage is built, then these toys will be inside... and out of sight! ... and I'll provide an update when that's done!
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- Wall paint: Benjamin Moore Gray Owl @ 50% tint
- Stain on DIY work bench: Minwax Classic Gray
- Gallery wall frames: IKEA
- Gallery wall art prints: Etsy
- Giraffe taxidermy: Zulily
- Marquee letter: Joss & Main
- Acrylic frame shelf: CB2
- Pouf: Homesense
- Union Jack Rug: Lowes
- Ceiling light fixture: Structube
- Campaign desk: Target Threshold
- Acrylic ghost chair: Structube
- Desk lamp: IKEA
- Chalk board art canvas: Canvas n Decor
- Frame for art display: IKEA