April 6, 2009
We are fortunate to have a bonus space in our home. When we were first married, we used this space as a formal dining room. When the munchkins were born, we gave up our formal dining room to have a toddler playroom, rather than have their toys scattered all over the house. Playskool ruled this roost for several years, until I decided to take the space back.
Here’s the before (notice the exhausted Dad):
Here’s the after:
The whole goal was to create a more mature kid space that would multitask as a place for them to entertain themselves and friends with games, puzzles, watch movies, and do art projects. The first thing that had to go was the weird pastel paint job. I chose an earthier color to complement the rest of the house. It’s a tan based mustardy shade of green called ‘Beachwalk’ by Behr. The window wall is painted an entire shade darker. The rug is a pale green, very soft chenille from Home Decorators.
The next big project was the Map Wall. National Geographic makes a map of the world in “earth-tone” colors instead of the traditional red/blue color scheme as seen in most classrooms. It was $99, and this map covers a 10 x 6.5 ft space. When you consider the price of art for an entire wall, this was relatively cheap. Instead of applying adhesive to the back like wallpaper, I stapled it to the wall with a stapler, then trimmed it in a moulding from Home Depot that I spray painted Espresso to form a frame around the edges. We cut it with a miter saw and applied it to the wall with a nail gun.
A wall map make a great backdrop to any guest room, office, kid’s room, or basement wall. It is educational and quite a conversation piece for all who enter. The sofa is bone colored leather from Jennifer Convertibles. It folds out for overnight guests or impromptu slumber parties. The coffee table was a floor sample – it provides more storage, and another place to play, or have snacks.
For a more updated tour of this space, visit this post where we installed a floating shelf art gallery wall.