Back in July, Blinds Supermarket asked us to join in with their room makeover challenge. I was given £50 to make over the room of our choice.
After much deliberation, we decided to refresh the playroom. It is definitely the most used room in the house, so it was top of the list for some TLC! We’ve been busy updating it bit by bit all year, so one wall and the floor were looking pretty good. My main gripes with the room were the ugly chair and the main wall. Here’s how it looked before we started!
The ugly ikea chair cushion was well and truly ruined. The main wall had a deflated Mickey balloon hiding holes left behind when we removed the surround sound speakers from the walls as Sam kept pulling them.
My goal was to have somewhere to store the kids’ books on display in the playroom. (They were all piled up in Sam’s bedroom before the make over).
We spent our money on:
1). New Red seat cushion from ikea. (£20)
2). 2x ikea picture ledges to show off the kids’ books. (£17).
3). Plaster Board fixings for the shelves. (£10 – Homebase).
4). Quick Drying filler for the speaker holes. (£3 – Homebase).
This is how the area looked once we’d finished patching it up! We touched up the paintwork too.
I absolutely love the picture ledges. They are brilliant for showing off hardback books (Paperbacks fall off when you close the door too quickly). The kids love to be lifted up to choose a book for us to read. The fab playmat was sent to us to review a while back, and is available to buy from Toto Kidogo.
I am going to get a couple more when we are in ikea next, and want to position them a bit lower. I hope the kids will be able to help themselves to their favourite cardboard books then, and the higher shelves will be reserved for fragile books we only enjoy together. I bought the Raa Raa Jingly Jangly Jungle Song
noisy book (visible at the left of the bottom shelf) to celebrate the
fact we now had somewhere downstairs to store the kids’ favourite books!
I am going to have to find a new home for the canvas, though as it is spoiling my feature wall. I am then planning on putting another rail there, as well as one between the chair and the TV. The shelves only stick out by 7cm, so they don’t take up much room at all.
The red seat cushion has really brightened up the room. It’s a lot more cheerful than the black one was. I don’t think I will be queen of the frugal room make overs any time soon, but I am happy with the improvements we made thanks to this challenge.