Dinning Room Turned Playroom

I’ve been trying to clean up and organize our playroom. When we moved into our house we desperately needed a space for the ridiculous amount of toys that my boys have. And since we rarely use our formal dining room we decided to turn it into our playroom. It’s a much better use of space. But, and this is a big but, it’s the first room you see when you walk into our house. And it’s always a disaster.

playroom-dinningroomMy mom and I painted it a couple of weeks ago. The top is my all time favourite paint colour Silver Sage by Restoration Hardware (I’ve painted a room in our last two houses this same colour). The bottom is Cloud White by Restoration Hardware. I painted all the trim in our first house Cloud White. You really can’t go wrong with any of the Restoration Hardware paints. Love all the colours. And of course I just take the paint chip to Lowes and they colour match it for me.

change-dinning-room-to-playroomOur playroom before. I know it’s a mess. I painted it right after we moved in and I’ve hated the colour ever since. It was the only time I’ve painted a room and it looked completely different from the paint chip. I should have just repainted it right away.

blog-playroomOur Lego storage solution that is totally working. It really has cut down on our Lego mess. You can find all the details here.

vintage-clothes-hangerI love this poster. Details on where to find it can be found here.

And I found the vintage pant hanger on etsy. I love vintage hangers for displaying art.

playroom-lego-artThe boys love their Lego display.

playroom-art-@2LittleSuperheroesI found the BINGO card, metal number 2, and addition card at a thrift store for $1 each. Just used push pins to put them in the wall (leaves a smaller hole than a nail does).

katie-daisy-basket-frame-@2LittleSuperheroesAdding a Katie Daisy print into your home automatically makes it a happy home.

playroom-toy-storageI picked up this old t.v. cabinet on Craig’s List for $75. You can find these old t.v. cabinets everywhere now. And they are perfect for toy storage.

If you are a lover of wood than close your eyes and skip this section. I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Kitchen Scale milk paint to paint the cabinet. I was hoping it would be really chippy. But it didn’t work. With milk paint you just never know what finish you are going to end up with.

I have just discovered milk paint. I know milk paint has been around for 100’s of years, I guess I’m just really behind the times.

playroom-storageI still need to build some shelves in the upper part of the cabinet. But for now I can stuff a whole bunch of junk in there. And that’s what we have is a whole bunch of junk.

easy-art-projectMy Pleated Poppy copy cat art.

diy-playroom-artI finally found a spot for my You Are My Sunshine art.

vintage-beaverThe vintage wooden beaver I picked up at an antique market in Ontario. The guy I bought it from claimed that it came from a Toronto store sign. Not sure if that’s true but I still love it and all of its orange-y patina.

diy-industrial-lightMy absolute favourite part of the room is this egg basket light. My mom bought it for $28 at SuzAnna’s Antiques here in Raleigh. I bought it not really knowing what I was going to do with it. When we got it home, we discovered that the hole in the bottom of the basket was the perfect size to hang a light through. So for another $20 I picked up a small pendent light at Lowes and used the egg basket as the shade on the pendant light.

I’ll be posting a more detailed post on exactly how I did this soon.

vintage-egg-basketRight now the light is hung really high. But when we convert the room back to a dinning room, we can simply lower it.



I love the light it casts onto the ceiling at night.

edison-bulb-lowesI splurged and paid $10 for an Edison bulb. I got this one at Lowes.

diy-train-artI framed these postcards that the boys picked up during our trip to Banff, Alberta last summer. I framed them with frames that I picked up for a couple of dollars at A.C. Moore. So for under $10 I have some art for my train loving boys.


Dinning Room Turned Playroom

And this is the way the room really looks. Actually it normally looks much worse than this.

Still to do in the room:

  • add curtains (I’m on the hunt for some vintage fabric)
  • find kids table and chairs
  • replace that ugly carpet

25 thoughts on “Dinning Room Turned Playroom

  1. Love all of your ideas! Currently also working on converting our formal dining to a playroom practical for my 3 kids age ranges 9-20 mos. I was on a hunt for a craft table for the two older kiddos and thought I’d share with you that I found a good buy on one at IKEA..if you have one in your area. It’s actually a small dining room table & has plenty of growing room for my kids. My husband & I can even sit at it with them. Table & 4 chairs was $149.00. Definitely not high quality but nice and great price. Thank you for sharing your ideas good luck with the rest of it! Christina

    • Oh that’s a good idea. I was thinking of doing a small kids table, but it’s probably a better idea to have one that we can sit at too. The closest Ikea is 4 hours away, but we’re planning a trip there this summer. Good luck with your dinning room conversion!

  2. Hi Danielle, coming over from the Power of Pinterest Party. I love your playroom…I am trying to pin and it is not letting me….I will try back in a bit…YOur pin it button does not seem to work ….

    • Thanks so much for letting me know about the Pin it button, I’ll check it out (although I have no idea how to ever fix anything!). I’m so sorry about that.

  3. Looks great! And thanks for the reality of the room – isn’t that the truth?
    Thanks for sharing!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  4. Hey noticed that your created those french doors!! def gonna try that one but I wanted to let you know that I there is a product called ESP that you can use instead of sanding.

  5. wonderful transformation! It looks so much more inviting then before. Thanks for sharing at The Weekly Creative.

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  6. I love the cabinet! We have a HUGE collection of board games and I just can’t figure out to store them in all their different depths/lengths/etc. A deep cabinet like this is one option I’ve considered. So thought it was very cool to see you using one for toy & game storage!

    • I know puzzles and games are such a pain to store. I’m considering putting a lock on my cabinet. The boys get in there and pull every game out and the pieces end up everywhere. So frustrating.

  7. I LOVE your new playroom! It is so organized and functional! I love the light fixture and the design that It puts on the ceiling when it is turned on! I know your kids are enjoying every minute of that room! I would love for you to link this up with me at Thrifty Thursday! http://www.juliakendrick.com

    • Thanks so much Kelly. I’m a huge fan of your laundry room makeover! I’ve been following your BHG photo shoot today, I can’t even imagine how exciting that must have been. I know I sound like a stalker but I promise I’m not!

  8. Love it! My boys have way too many toys too and managing them is quite a task! I LOVE the painted armoire – have you tried chalk paint? I have been really into it lately and DIYing my own… would love to hear more about your milk paint experience. Also love the light fixture- how creative and interesting. Great playroom:)

    • Hey Krista I haven’t used any of the Annie Sloane or CeCe Caldwell chalk paint yet. But I did try making my own. But it’s on my list of things to try. I attended a blog conference back in the fall where Annie Sloane came and gave a few demonstrations. So I really do need to try it.

  9. The playroom looks amazing. And believe me, you’re not the only one dealing with a Lego takeover!

    I love that light fixture. So adorable in your space. I must get back to Suzanna’s soon.

    And here’s a tip for getting milk paint to chip. Strategically apply 2 coats of hemp oil as a resist agent before painting. (Don’t apply it all over or the paint won’t stick at all. Where you’ve applied the hemp oil, the paint will chip.)

    Or you could just do what I did this weekend. Feel certain that a surface is porous and won’t chip so don’t bother adding bonding agent to your milk paint. Spend hours painting a secretary only to watch all the paint chip off the sides! Spend hours repainting. :)

    Actually, I was probably to blame for the chpping. With milk paint, if you apply your second coat before the first coat is completely dry, you may get some chipping.

    • Oh that’s a great tip, Thanks! I wondered about applying a second coat before the first coat dries. I did this on a shelf and it chipped a lot (which I loved). But I wasn’t sure if it was just a coincidence and would have chipped no matter if I had let the first coat dry or not.

  10. Remember to send pics of the egg basket to Suzanne’s antiques to get a discount on your next purchase!

  11. I love it Danielle! The colors are so cheery, and still grown-up looking. I’ve never looked at RH paints, I definitely need to. Good job!

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