Kids enjoy having a place to hang out. We had a designated “play room” in our finished basement that we didn’t bother to decorate for the first few years in our home. The floor was covered with toys on most days.
My older daughter thought it would be nice to give the room a makeover with a green and blue color scheme. They are a little older now, and wanted a more mature room. I was up for the transformation as long as she promised to be my DIY partner and she did.
One of my conditions of the makeover was that it be inexpensive. I mean really low-cost. I wasn’t convinced that spending more money in this room would encourage them to spend more time in there. Fast forward to today, and they don’t spend much time in there now. The most important part of this makeover was the quality time that I spent with my daughter. We talked and painted, and talked some more.
This is a DIY room in every sense of the word. It’s a small room but it’s eclectic, and colorful. We used the 3 Rs as our guiding principles for decorating this room: repurpose, repaint, and reposition. We painted just about every piece of furniture in the room. I don’t have a problem with painting furniture especially if it has no sentimental value to me. The wall color was already blue when we moved in six years ago. We also shopped our house to reposition a few items. We also repurposed a few pieces which you’ll see in a bit.
Unfortunately, I do not have any before pictures. Next time. Just imagine the floor covered with stuff.
Take a look around.
We have a hamster in the far left corner. That was Dad’s idea not mine. I’m not a fan of rodents but my kids like her. They take care of her. There is an area behind the couch with shelving units for their stuff. We gave away and donated a lot of the toys that they had outgrown.
The pillow covers were made by yours truly.
This is the gaming station. All electronics and games are kept in the drawers. It helps to hide the mess. This buffet was purchased at a yard sale and we removed the legs and painted it black. It was originally a walnut color. We also purchased new knobs at Hobby Lobby. The stools provide extra seating. They were a clearance find at TJ Maxx.
This is a closer shot of our colorful canvas photo of the New York City skyline . It hangs over the TV.
The bookshelf was oak at one time. We painted the inside green and the outside white for no other reason than to be different. The paint was left over from another project. We gave away some of our books to family and kept the classics. We still have quite a collection because books never go out of style. The words live, love, laugh were black and we painted them blue with paint from my collection of leftovers. The word art used to live in my office. The three photos were painted by two of my kids. The frames are inexpensive IKEA frames.
Here’s a closer look at the artwork. I believe it’s a salamander. My kids love seeing their artwork hanging up at home. Me too.
This is another seating area that could be used to play a board game. Game rooms should have plenty of seats. The chairs are my old kitchen chairs that were sitting in my storage room. I got a new set and thought these would work well in the game room. We painted the chairs green with leftover paint. I made new pillow covers. The pillow covers are actually made from cloth napkins from Target.
People think the three prints are my kids but they are not. I don’t know the artist but I love these drawings. They were a going away gift from a close friend when I moved from Georgia to Ohio. I had them framed several years ago.
We spray painted this black lamp blue and added ribbon to the trim of the shade. The lamp was taken from my office.
We purchased this side table at a yard sale. We transformed it from a dark wood to white with blue and green accents. My daughter painted the green and blue panels, pretty good huh. The compartment below the table serves as extra storage space for board games.
Lastly, I hand-painted this inexpensive clock from IKEA to fit our color scheme.
We were determined to work with what we had and we did. Mission accomplished. The room is a hodge-podge of different things but it’s good enough for us. We’re going to miss this place. Fifteen days left until the big move. Thanks for stopping by.
Peace and Blessings,