Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bonus Room "After" Pictures... and a fun vintage play area!


I am so excited to share these pictures of our finished Bonus Room/Family room!

The only problem is that it has been SO cloudy... so here are the best pics I have for now. I will post better ones when we get some sunshine! I will also be posting on the details of the room, other things I didn't get good shots of, a painting technique, favorite paint colors, and more! 

We started out with this room... are you ready for this... it is pretty bad...
This is right after Christmas, and it looks like a bomb went off in here. I am still searching for my other before pictures, but I thought you would get a little giggle out of this. Here are our old couches from my hubby's bachelor days.




Then we bought this sectional from my brother... not exactly what I would have picked out since I tend to gravitate toward lighter couches...  


...but I LOVE it now!  I am planning on adding wood planks to the walls soon. We are also going to add fresh paint and new carpet soon. It is fun to see it all come together! 



You can see the post about the Old Door Turned Floor Mirror {here}.

I added this big birdcage that I filled with old books. I can't wait to share the before and after pictures of this piece with you tomorrow! 


A friend of mine suggested that I pull the bindings off of a bunch of books to fill the birdcage and I LOVED the way the color of the aged pages looked in it. I put some fake artichokes in there for the color, but I hope to replace them with some green plants or boxwood balls. 


You can see the before and after pictures of this side table {here}. If you haven't seen it yet, you won't believe the transformation! 


I also created this DIY gallery wall art using mousetraps and salvaged wood! See post {here}



I threw in a bunch of comfy pillows... 



And, or course lots of throws and extra blankets to snuggle up with.
 I wanted this space to be so warm and inviting and comfortable for my family to just hang out.



Here is a view from the stairs. (We got a new TV that we haven't put up here yet... I want to mount it on the wall so it is out of the way) As you can see, it is a HUGE room. It is the length of our 3 car garage, to give you an idea.


Since the room is so massive, I wanted to split it up into two different spaces. The first would be the family room, and the rest would be a fun playroom for Ella.



I had a lot of fun collecting these pieces for the space over the last several months. I purchased almost everything from thrift stores. I have collected the red enamelware for at least the last 10 years. 





Ella loves the massive chalkboard on the back wall. She loves to draw. I will post all of the details and tutorials as well as the before and after pictures of each piece next week. You won't believe what some of these things looked like before I painted them!



Update: to see more pictures of this play area, details, tips, tricks, paint colors I used, etc click here 

On the other wall, I put a toy box which holds some of her bigger toys, as well as her favorite teddy bear and a big, fun beanbag that we have had for a long time. I am debating what to do with this toy chest. I think I will probably stain it. I made a closet out of the other alcove by attaching a curtain rod and curtain. I love how much storage there is in this room now where we had none before. 


I am planning on painting a different sign to go over her table, but I had this one on hand so I stuck it there for now.



So far, I love having this dual purpose space! And, I made/DIY/repurposed/salvaged almost everything in the room! I love that you can make a room so comfortable and lovely with just bit of elbow grease {or a lot :)}

I promise I will post better pictures when it isn't SO cloudy outside!


Now for adding wood planks to the walls... I'm excited!




Linking at Coastal Charm!

20 comments :

Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home said...

Oh my gosh!! It's so pretty and that play area - I want one!! You've done a truly amazing job my friend. Little Ella is so lucky!

NanaDiana said...

Wow- That looks great, Kristen. You did a really good job and you can tell a lot of thought and work went into it- xo Diana

Shannon said...

It looks so amazing! I love the adorable play area you set up for your daughter. You are so creative!

20 North Ora said...

Kristen - It looks amazing!! You did a terrific job!. My favorite is still the mouse traps. Ingenious!!

Judy

Allison said...

I LOVE that play area!!! So cute and totally ties in with your decor! I can't wait to see your DIY projects!!!

Amber Koogler said...

Makes me REALLY want a playroom! So creative...I love that feels like as miniature house. The light above the table is my favorite! Always so inspiring!

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Little Vintage Cottage said...

Awww... love little Ella's playroom, wish my little girl was little again :o) The rest of the room looks awesome, can't wait to see your projects!

Tania

Debra @ Common Ground said...

this is such a great space. Ella's area is just soooo cute. love her red stove and enamelware!! OK, the birdcage with books is just too cool, LOVE it!!

2littlehooligans said...

so adorable! i love that little kid area:)

Dawn said...

It's all just darling, I love all the red touches in the play area:) Perfect spot now!

Bronwyn said...

Wow! This is the perfect place for the whole family to hang out! Movies, popcorn and cuddles! And i bet Ella ADORES her play area. I know I would have spent hours there if I were still a little girl!!

Kelly Rinzema said...

Love how this turned out! And of course Ella only has adorable toys for her little adorable self :)

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

The space for Ella is adorable. Love the red!

SugarBug's said...

Kristin, this turned out so good! I llloooovvveee the playroom, I'd love to do something like that for my granddaughter. You did good!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

you did a great job! love the idea of splitting the room in two spaces

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

I love how it turned out! Looks so inviting and comfy! And the vintage play area is adorable!!!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

The room looks outstanding..really like how you made into two rooms (awesome idea). The play area is super CUTE!!! The sofa turned out looking great...it fits nice in the area.

Blessings,
Linda

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Wow! you did a great job pulling this 'bonus room' together!
I love that it has an extra space for your little one to play.
I love how her side is decorated too!

Debby said...

So nice. Your daughter must love playing there with you nearby. I like her table and her kitchen set.

Michele Reynolds said...

Love your family room makeover!!! I've got too much winter going on here, 40+ inches of snow and more coming, to get creative! I've been wanting to do a room makeover and I have a brown micro suede sofa. You've got me so inspired! Love your storage shelves and hardware. I have an Ikea hutch I can do that with!! Hugs

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