Think it’s impossible? So did I! Hahaha. But of course I did it anyway and surprised myself by recreating this entire room for less than $500. It was a lot of work, but nothing worth doing is easy. The result was completely worth it. Read on to see how you can do it, too.
We moved into our new house a few months ago, and this is how the previous owners had decorated:
That green was a bit… hideous, to say the least. So I covered the green with a happy blue and here are some after pictures!
As you can see, most of the stuff I have in this room is from IKEA. I love that place!! Such wonderful, colorful items for kiddos. Things that make any room look bright and cheery!
I made the “PLAY” sign with a canvas and letters from Hobby Lobby. The storage and bins are from IKEA and you can find them here. The tent, rug, and pillows are also from IKEA.
I got the market idea from Pinterest, you can view the tutorial here. Then I made my own pattern for the awning, and used a bowl to outline the curves. It didn’t turn out perfect, but it did turn out cute, and that’s what I was going for. 🙂 All the play food I got from Amazon and is Melissa and Doug. (I just love their kid stuff!) The shopping cart is as well.
I rescued this sign from my mom’s move, she was throwing it out and I knew I would have a good use for it! She’s so happy her grandson is enjoying it now. When in doubt, don’t throw out! *Unless it’s junk or useless or ugly. In that case, definitely throw it out. Haha.
I just love the little reading nook. I was a huge reader as a kid, and I loved curling up and getting lost in whatever story I was reading at the time. The bookshelves are spice racks from IKEA (another Pinterest idea) that I spray painted white. The pillowcases are from eBay, from this store. The fabric trunk is also from IKEA.
I made this sign by taking letters from Hobby Lobby (and also got the pre-painted canvas there) and Mod Podging (the matte kind, not the glossy) book pages to them. All I had to do was trace the letter onto the page, cut it out, put some Mod Podge on the letter, paste the page, and Mod Podge again over the whole thing. Super easy. I ended up painting the letters after, and it would have saved me a ton of time to do it first, so learn from my mistake, and paint first!
I also love the crafting center! Table and chairs are from IKEA, as well as the containers and paper holder. I can’t wait to create some artwork with my kids so we can display it on the walls.
This sign was from Kirkland’s, as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it! I love how it turned out.
This is one of the last things I need to finish – I’m going to make a sign for the top of the little crate booth that says, “The Shop” for Parker’s tools. Then I’ll add a little pegboard on the wall and he can pretend to fix whatever need fixing.
That’s it! I love how it turned out, and so far my kids and their friends have had a blast playing together. I think they will enjoy it for years to come!
What do you think? I would love to see any of your before/after photos in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!
The Flight Wife