With 1 girl and 1 boy, this gender neutral playroom keeps both of them happy!

playroom reveal

It was well over a year ago that I promised that a ‘playroom reveal’ was coming soon. I’m sure most had given up on me. I would have, anyway. But this past week, the stars aligned and I found myself with both the time and energy to finish off some of the unfinished details of the room and to give it a good clean.  I still need to get a shot of the desk/craft area, so will update as soon as I get around to tidying that area.

playroom entrance

The Playhouse

This is probably my favorite area of the playroom. Our playroom is right above the garage and has lots of nooks and crannies. We finished this awkward (and otherwise unusable) space and it’s become the perfect spot for the kids to play house. They’ve got a little kitchen and kitchen table set up in there (not pictured…because it’s a disaster).

playroom-play house

I handcrafted the shutters out of scrap plywood and painted them navy to go with the room’s color scheme. The little lantern I found in just the right color at IKEA. I don’t think they ship it but if you don’t feel like making the trek to your local IKEA, you can find it here, on Amazon (you’ll just pay a couple bucks more).  I used one of our battery operated tea lights to light in (obviously candles + playroom do not mix!). The plant pots are just your basic terra cotta pots, painted to match the color scheme of the room.

playroom playhouse door

playroom window

The tassel / photo banner was a quickie project. I used streamers to make the tassels .. I loosely followed this tutorial. The curtains (visible in the photo below) are another DIY. You can see the post on those here.

playroom pics

Girl Play Area

My daughter’s massive dollhouse (for 18″ dolls) takes up a disproportionate amount of space in the play room. Fortunately, my three year old son isn’t old enough yet to recognize the injustice of it. For some whimsy, I hung some lanterns / flower balls from the ceiling. The navy and yellow lanterns can be found here, the turquoise flower ball I picked up at Hobby Lobby.

playroom couch 2

You may have done a double-take when you saw the white – yes, white – couch in our play room. It’s the economical and ubiquitous EKTORP couch from IKEA. I deliberately – yes, deliberately – picked white for the simple fact that I could bleach it. And, despite the best efforts of my dirty children, it’s held up pretty well.

playroom back wall

The stripes turned out really well. I opted to limit them to just a few walls to avoid having the space look like some kind of funhouse. And, if I do say so myself, we came up with a pretty clever and relatively quick way to do them. I’m planning on doing a blog post on it but for now let’s just say that the process involved a bucket, a pole, and a laser level.

playroom whiteboard

The extra large whiteboard used to be in my office, but I decided to repurpose it for this space. I built an easy frame for it using inexpensive trim. See this post for DIY frames.

Boy Play Area

I am obsessed with the rug I found for this small play space … the photo doesn’t do it justice. It’s beautiful, and matches my palette perfectly. I found it at our local Home Goods. It’s a great space for my son to play with his trucks and action figures.


This is the area above the children’s desk area. Art supplies are kept in galvanized pots on the floating shelves and more painted plant pots add some additional life to the space. The pieced wood arrow is another DIY (post here) that worked well in the space.

Well, that’s it! I’ll try to get a few more shots of the desk area up in the next couple weeks (read: next six months).