It's DONE! It's FINALLY done! It's time to reveal the Hammerick playroom (the only completed room in our newly remodeled basement...the rest still has lots of decorating that needs to happen).
It's a room where the imagination will soar...where creative minds will explore...a place to have fun, pretend, and make many memories. A place to keep all of Allie's toys...instead of in our living room or spread all throughout our house. A place to keep Allie occupied.
|Entrance to the playroom|
The number one thing we HAD to have was STORAGE! Allie has already accumulated a TON of toys and we needed a good way to organize them all...and still have room to grow. Ikea came to our rescue with these awesome cube shelves and Target with these super cute polk-a-dotted bins that happen to fit in the cubes perfectly. The bins became my color inspiration for the whole room.
I really wanted to make a cute reading wall and found this really neat idea...on Pinterest...of course. Frames were from Ikea (only $2) and so were the book racks. I made the bunting and just LOVE how it came out!!! I scanned some of our favorite story books and printed them off. Whaaa-laa!
|Art of some of our favorite stories and a place to store a few books.|
When we were devising a plan for the playroom, I didn't want any wasted space. We decided to finish under the stairs and make a little "fort" or "house" for Allie to play in. I made these curtains from ribbon. Behind them Allie has her doll bed and changing table she got from Santa this past Christmas, and all of her dress-up clothes.
A big space in the playroom is taken up by Allie's trampoline she received from Nana and Papa as a Christmas gift. She LOVES this thing and jumps on it EVERY day! It holds up to 100 pounds...she'll get a lot of use out of it over the years. It's a big hit when Allie's friends come over to play.
I made a felt board to hang on the wall. So cheap and easy...$10 frame from Ikea and inexpensive felt! I ordered some different felt stories from Etsy that go along with familiar books we read. We hung up a couple storage bins under the felt board to hold all the pieces. I'm sure it will work out great...whenever they get here in the mail.
We HAD to have an egress window put in (city code when you finish a basement) and it happen to end up in the playroom. It's really nice because it does let in a lot of light in there. I made the valance for the window. It serves no real purpose...but it sure does look really cute!!!
The Hammerick Fine Art Gallery!!! Another cool find on Etsy! It's simply sticky vinyl letters you stick on the wall. The magnetic strips were also from Ikea. Now we have a great space to display all of Allie's masterpieces she brings home from day care and school in the future...instead of plastered all over our fridge. It will be a place she will be proud of all her art work.
This storage shelf separates the playroom from my craft area. Back there I have my little space to do my crafts and let my imagination run wild...more pictures on that later...not done yet.
These bins are great to store all of the pieces of the many different toys we have. I was so excited to have a place to store everything...but then we couldn't remember where we put it all. So, I made labels for all the bins and now we can find whatever we are looking to play with.
A magnetic board for magnetic letters is a MUST! Allie gets a lot of use of her board...I'll have to start practicing my reading recovery tricks on her pretty soon here. I found a piece of magnetic metal at Home Depot and a perfect size poster frame from Target on CLEARANCE... SCORE!!!. It didn't come in white...so I painted it. It's PERFECT!
I always imagined having a playroom in our finished basement...whenever that would happen. I'm so pleased with how it came out. I hope Allie appreciates all we did for her one day. I know she'll get a least a good 10 - 12 years out of it and we are hoping that she's not the only one that will get to use it in the years to come.