Dinning Room Turned Playroom

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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.

dinningroom Dinning Room Turned Playroom My 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.

dinning room before Dinning Room Turned Playroom Our 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.

lego corner Dinning Room Turned Playroom Our Lego storage solution that is totally working. It really has cut down on our Lego mess. You can find all the details here.

family routine poster Dinning Room Turned Playroom I 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.

lego art Dinning Room Turned Playroom The boys love their Lego display.

playroom art @2LittleSuperheroes Dinning Room Turned Playroom I 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 @2LittleSuperheroes Dinning Room Turned Playroom Adding a Katie Daisy print into your home automatically makes it a happy home.

cabinet Dinning Room Turned Playroom I 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.

cabinet toys Dinning Room Turned Playroom I 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.

pleated poppy art Dinning Room Turned Playroom My Pleated Poppy copy cat art.

playroom corner Dinning Room Turned Playroom I finally found a spot for my You Are My Sunshine art.

beaver Dinning Room Turned Playroom The 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.

eggbasket light Dinning Room Turned Playroom My 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.

egg light Dinning Room Turned Playroom Right now the light is hung really high. But when we convert the room back to a dinning room, we can simply lower it.

egg basket light night Dinning Room Turned Playroom


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

edison bulb Dinning Room Turned Playroom I splurged and paid $10 for an Edison bulb. I got this one at Lowes.

train postcards Dinning Room Turned Playroom I 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.

playroom mess Dinning Room Turned Playroom

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
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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!

    • 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.

  2. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
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    • 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.

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