My poor husband.
It must be “challenging” for him to be married to a scatter-brained DIY design-crazed junkie. See, like most couples we are the ying and yang of each other…totally opposite! He has a type A personality…very organized, detail-oriented, cleanliness-obsessed, and orderly. Me, on the other hand am the complete opposite…a bit scatter brained, artsy, un organized and creative. He came home from work last night to my latest project | room overhaul. To me, it’s just another creative day in Amy Land, to my husband it’s probably too much change all at once. Ahhh….such is life though living with a creative person right?
My son went back to pre-school yesterday and I took full advantage of those 3 hours to ransack the kids’ playroom! Those 3 hours were full of moving furniture in, moving furniture out, carrying furniture down a flight of stairs, assembling a dining room table and making these industrial shelves…WHEW!!!
First, here is what the kids’ playroom looked like before, during + shortly after Christmas
The worst part of the kids’ playroom [as if it could get any worse!] is that it is actually our eating area just off the kitchen|family room. It’s completely open and therefore you SEE EVERYTHING! I reached “that point” and started over yesterday. To start, I decided to take out the round table as it was just.not.working. Kids need a surface to spread their stuff out on and a round table is not the best. I headed to the garage and hauled in our old kitchen table. It’s been sitting there for the past 1 1/2 years and hasn’t been touched since we moved in.
After attaching the legs I was faced with a new challenge…this table is bar height and I didn’t have any chairs for the kids to sit on. We are using the chairs that go with this table as our bar stools in the kitchen…
Another light bulb went off in my noggin and I “borrowed” these IKEA drawer units from my husband’s office to use as the kids’ stools [plus they double as secondary storage for paper, crayons, and the plethora of rainbow loom rubber bands that they’ve accumulated!!
After throwing all of these things together, here is what the room looked like…
I also love that the kids can display some of their artwork on these cabinets simply using a magnet. Can you see my daughter wasted NO TIME in labeling each cabinet with her name and her brother’s. It’s all about “mine” and “yours” at their ages.
I absolutely love this look and how clutter-free it’s looking. If you’re wondering where my son’s train table went you’ll have to come back in the next couple days to see where it landed. wink. wink.
I have wanted to add shelves to the wall you see in the above picture so I headed to the garage and grabbed 2 wood boards left over from my end table project, 4 large metal L-brackets, stain and a few screws. Total cost: FREE!
The boards measure 42″ long x 7″ wide.
I simply screwed the large L-brackets underneath the board. I wanted the brackets to “hold” the board in place on the wall. You can also attach your brackets the other way so the board rests on top of it. You’ll see what I mean in a sec. I spaced the brackets 24″ apart because that’s how far apart the studs are in the wall. I wanted to make them as secure as possible. Kids!
Voila! If you’re a purist you can leave the shelf as is, but I chose to stain mine with my favorite walnut stain.
Once the stain was dry I simply attached my shelves to the studs in the wall.
A little bit of grabbing decorative things from rooms around the house and here you have the kids’ organized play room, complete with 2 industrial shelves that took all of 20 minutes to make!
And here it is all put together…
My little model demonstrating.
“Mama you can also use these handles as foot rests!”
Next up on my to-do list is our horrifying master bedroom closet! Stay tuned.
linking this crazy project up to
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