Our house doesn't have enough space for a dedicated play room (one of the reasons we are considering moving!) so we have sort of carved out a corner of the living/breakfast area for H's toys and things. But I wanted to make it a bit more hers, so we have done a few small projects lately to give this area some personality.
First, I made these black and white letters using scrapbook paper, Mod Podge (NOT Modge Podge, people! That's not a thing!) and premade cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby. I don't remember where I saw the tutorial -- there are millions of them exactly the same online. But it was really easy and I like the way it turned out. We hung them up with 3M Command Poster Strips, so hopefully they will one day come off without causing a bunch of damage. We shall see!
Next we made this HUGE picture of H from our trip to the beach, using this tutorial I saw on Pinterest. Theoretically it costs under $20 because the print is a $4 engineering print from Staples. That is true, but we had to buy the print three times because we had a bit of trouble getting it on the board without bubbling. We ended up skipping the Mod Podge layer on the final version, which helped. N also made a little mitered trim frame to go around the edge of the paper, which I think makes it look a lot more finished.
The most recent project was this little table-and-chairs set. It really did set us back only about $20 -- well, maybe $25. Anyway, about a year ago, we covered the top of our breakfast table with some Joel Dewberry laminated cotton fabric (which I think is no longer available) to give it a cute look and make cleanup really fast and easy. I had juuuuust enough left to make H a little matching set using Ikea's $20 bare-bones Latt set. Covering the table was actually really hard because the pieces fit together so tightly, so N had to do most of it. The edges of the chairs looked really uncomfortable, so we (N) also made little upholstered seats using scrap lauan from the picture project and $0.99 squares of foam from JoAnn's. We used this tutorial for the upholstery. Yet another project where my handy hubby did all the hard work! My contributions to this project were assembly and spray painting.
H loves sitting at her little table and I like that it is a mini version of ours!
This little play area gets a TON of use every day and will certainly do the trick until we have a bigger play room for her to spread out in.
|It is not usually this tidy. That would be weird.|