I’m so excited to be showing you our new playroom design. The old design was beginning to get me down, there was so much mess! In such a small space it was hard to keep it under control. All the open shelving while it looked great originally was collecting mess, and the kids weren’t that interested in trying to put things back in their proper spot.
So a few weeks ago, while I was once again cleaning up the room, I had a brainwave, what if I couldn’t see the mess! Feeling inspired I was straight onto the Ikea website and a few days later I was the owner of a new Pax wardrobe.
The wire baskets at the bottom of the wardrobe are the perfect solution for our growing LEGO collection, and the shelves above are the perfect place to display our finished LEGO creations. The coloured folders are full of all our LEGO instruction booklets and the drawers in the middle keep all the kid’s craft supplies and activities in one convenient, easy to access place.
The other side of the wardrobe houses our DUPLO collection in the wire baskets and has lots of storage on the shelves for our bigger bulkier toys. Inside the drawers you will find Barbie and other doll accessories and smaller games and puzzles.
The wardrobes have been amazing so far, it is so nice to just close the door on all the toys. The room also feels calmer.
To make way for the new wardrobes we removed two Trofast storage units, one set of Kallax cube shelves and a Stuva bench/toy box. Not wanting to simply give away or sell all of the furniture, which was still in great condition, my husband converted the three compartment Trofast units into two compartments, so they would fit nicely in the kid’s wardrobes. Check out how they turned out here.
Our remaining Kallax shelves are full of our favourite picture books, and all the little toys the kids love to collect fit nicely in the black tubs. The top of the shelves are a great surface to play with their favourite LEGO sets. And, now we have removed all of the other furniture, Zoë’s doll house actually fits!
We love displaying all of our kid’s amazing artwork, so we added four pin boards to the wall above the shelves. The pin boards add so much colour and fun to the room, while making it a space that really feels like it’s their own.
And finally there is also space for Zoë’s kitchen. Both of the kids love playing with the kitchen and we have been collecting all the cute wooden foods and kitchen appliances from Kmart. They are just so cute! Zoë’s kitchen is also from Kmart. Before Santa delivered it for Christmas, I gave it a little makeover in pinks, greys and whites, including a marble laminate splash back.
Zoë and I made the ‘B’ artwork using paint and a stencil, it was lots of fun and only took 10 minutes.
Overall I am so happy with the final results. Our little playroom feels more spacious and now that everything has it’s own spot, it’s a lot easier to keep tidy. It also looks great and Max and Zoë are actually playing in it again! It is such a happy little room.
Here are a few more photos of the playroom…