I have been wanting to show you all the playroom for ages now! When we first moved here 3 years ago, this is what it looked like.
From the very beginning I envisioned a garden for the girls to play in. I just wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted it done. The washer and dryer was in a closet (without a door) in this room. So, half the time, the floor was covered with laundry. I couldn’t stand it. The room was so ugly. Hardly any sun comes through those little tiny windows. It was brown. It was drab. It was awful. After I finally got the washer and dryer moved into the laundry room (hallelujah!) I enlisted my daddy to come paint the walls for me. I chose a gorgeous sky blue color. Then it all just came together (over the next year).
I hand painted and stenciled the flowers on the wall here. Knowing what I know now, I would cut out the flowers from vinyl and do it. It would look better, I am sure. Thankfully, with a little elbow grease, soap, and water, those flowers can wash right off. So, one day in my spare time, I might just do that.
This is the kitchen I played with when I was little. Isn’t it adorable? It is rather small, though. I really want to make the girls a taller play kitchen for Christmas. (Crossing my fingers-that project was supposed to have been last year’s Christmas present.) The other cute things have been acquired through the years. the baby doll high chair-from Grandma Judy. The coffee maker and mixer-different birthday presents. The cute little cupcake stand I think was a birthday present. I made their cooking hats. They have aprons to match. Now Genevieve needs one, and another cute little girl I know needs one, too. Those purple totes are the “quiet time” boxes. They work great, when we use them.
This is where babies are taken care of. We used to pile them all up into the baby bed. That was annoying. The pencil shelf was used somewhere else, I brought it into the playroom for the dolls and their accessories. I like that better. The two brown spots on the wall where the blue paint has peeled off really bug me. I need to touch that up. I used to have a coat rack hanging there, it won’t stay on the wall. So, I just took it off. After I touch it up, I want to paint something cute there. A tire swing? Birds on a wire? The cardboard box has baby blankets and other baby accessories in it. We decorated a box with wash tape and card stock birds we cut out. The little white trunk was a Christmas present from Grandma Judy. It holds all their baby doll clothes. They have at ton more baby doll clothes (that were presents) but I have them put away for now. Too much stuff makes it hard to clean up.
This is the view from the back door.
This is the closet the washer and dryer were in. It is now the reading area. I call it the patio off the garden. I picked up that window/mirror at a yard sale. Perfect there. The brick looking stuff on the walls and floor is linoleum I got on clearance at Lowe’s. I thought it was perfect there. The heart garland is leftover decorations from a birthday party. If I weren’t so lazy, I would sew it, then it would hang nicely. On the wall to the right there, around the corner from the door, is a full length mirror-a present from Aunt Jada one year. They use it when they need to see their outfits. (Daily, hourly) The shopping cart is a Melissa and Doug toy. I bought that for one of them for Christmas one year. It is awesome. We take it to the store. They love it. The two round pillow looking things I made out of corduroy one year. They are great, but they can be better. The girls like them, so that’s all that counts. The corduroy had been given to me, so all I purchased was the stuffing. They need more shape. I should have used piping. Oh, well. Live and learn. I got the pattern from Pinterest.
Our book rack. This is the first thing I think I made from Pinterest. It is out of a pallet. A little more difficult than at first imagined. Brian made it, actually. I just found the pallet for him. HA! The purple basket has stuffed animals and soft books. It’s their reading buddies.
This is our apple tree. We change out this tree according to the seasons. One year we had a fall tree with colored leaves. I am going to switch out the apples for the leaves, when I find them. At Christmas time we always put a Christmas tree there. This is the door to the laundry room.
These are planes we have collected here and there. The blue one is made from cans, we purchased it at the Jockey Lot years ago. Kate and I painted it. The red plane is actually a book shelf I picked up at a yard sale one year. Love it. The planes are for daddy.
This sun has been hanging up in a room since Kate was a baby. It is a hand-me-down from a cousin on daddy’s side. I thought it was so cute to hang that instead of painting one. Then we added the stuffed clouds. I bought that shiny white fabric at a thrift store years ago. Perfect for some clouds.
This is a vinyl tree I bought. Genevieve won’t stop picking the raccoon off the wall, so I stuck him in a tree.
I am particularly proud of this thing. It is a cedar log I saved when we cut down the tree in the yard, one year. I made it into a rack for the girls to hang their dress up stuff, hats, and purses. I made a mess when I took everything off to get it’s picture.
I sanded the bark off, then drilled holes into the log at a downward angle, then inserted dowels into the glue filled holes. I then put it on a little stand! I used power tools. So much fun to do. It lasted for about a year, then we had company who climbed the tree breaking off my piddly little dowels. So, when Daddy came home, he redid it for me with some thicker dowels.
I didn’t take a picture of the back door. It’s a metal door, have you ever heard of such a thing? I hadn’t until we moved here. Because it is metal, it is magnetic. Awesome. So, we use it to display random things. Drawings, magnetic letter words, whatever the girls want to display at that moment.
I am really pleased with our little playroom. I finally got the toys organized on a shelf in little bins which helps clean up time. We pare everything down about every couple of months. Sometimes we sell things, sometimes I just put it up and bring it back out later. I know the girls really enjoy it. Since our house is so small, I am very thankful to have a designated room for toys.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of our garden.