Playroom Makeover

When Thomas was born, the office transitioned into an office and a space for his equipment to hang out so it wasn’t in our main living space. As he started playing more and more, the office became half playroom/half office, and it worked alright. It wasn’t pretty, but it was functional.

This summer, we added the baby equipment back to the playroom mix and it was no longer functional…and far from pretty. So one night two weeks postpartum when Mr. B was at school and Nell was actually asleep, I moved furniture around. And by around I mean from all over the house into the room, out of the room into different rooms, out and then back in.

My thought process was: 1) We still need a small corner devoted to the computer because I still work from home and B needs a space to study and do homework, but for where we are in life right now, a fully dedicated office space just isn’t the best use of our square footage. 2) We need open floor space for playing with cars and trucks and big puzzles. 3) We need a sturdier table for craft projects and puzzles and 4) If it could all look somewhat nice, I’d be happy.

Being that I was two weeks postpartum on unpaid maternity leave, this needed to happen for a budget of $0. Okay, more realistically, it needed to come in under $50 a month (the amount that I allocate to spend on the house each month in our envelope budget). I came in at $62.99 for the whole makeover…not bad.

Before, it was mostly office with a little playroom mixed in. It was okay, but the furniture wasn’t so much my style now as it was 5 years ago when we bought the house.

Now? Mostly playroom with a little office.

My desk got moved to the wall closest to the archway – sometimes it housed the leaning bookshelves, sometimes it was empty. 

The new table and stools I found on Craigslist for $50. They normally retail for $300 for the table and $150 for the benches. They were honey oak, but a few cans of paint (that I already owned) fixed that. It’s a much sturdier table, and it’s big enough that I can sit on one of the benches to finger paint with Thomas or work on puzzles with him.

Recognize our banquette? I wanted a storage bench in the playroom, but given the budget, I was going to have to wait awhile on that. While I liked the softness the banquette added to the kitchen nook, I didn’t like the practicality of climbing in and out of a bench. So I just slid it into the playroom, tried it in a few spots, and settled on it below the three square windows. It makes so much more sense in this room for our lives right now.

Most importantly, there’s lots of floor space. For doing puzzles:
Shooting hoops:

 And growing up way too fast:

 That’s our playroom as it stands today.  I like it a lot, it’s a drastic improvement over where it was. We spend most of our time in this room when we’re not outside, so it needed to be functional and make me happy. For zero-ish dollars. Mission accomplished. What do you think?