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Riley's Playroom


After talking about this playroom for months, I am finally ready to show the reveal. This room is on the first floor of our house and it used to be our master bedroom. I have shown a few projects along the way, but here it is all together.

The sofa used to be in the guest room/ office but we decided to put a double bed there and moved the sofa into the playroom. Since it is a sleeper sofa, we can use this room as an extra guest room when needed.

Paul built the play table. It is the perfect size for Riley and the best part is that it's on casters so we can slide it out of the way when we need to open the sofa or if Riley needs more floor space for playing.

I am still trying to decide if I want to stain it or just leave it natural and put a coat of polyurethane on it. 

The shelf above used to be a bookcase in my uncle's garage. I sawed off the legs and hung it on the wall where Riley can reach it.

One of my favorite parts of the room is the Roman shades. They instantly brighten the room and I love the trim at the bottom.

 I made a giant bulletin board to hang over the couch and used animal flash cards to make a collage. Eventually this is where I will hang Riley's artwork.

Riley loves to stand on the couch and point out all of the different animals and letters.

My favorite flash card :)

The side table is an old school desk that I brought back from my Mom's house. 

Another favorite part is the hallway leading into the room. Unfortunately, it is a little long and narrow so it is difficult to get decent photos.

I painted the wall with a coat of magnetic primer.

It left a bumpy texture (I think it is from the fragments that attract the magnets) so I lightly sanded it before I painted with 2 coats of gray chalkboard paint. Sanding made a HUGE mess. Seriously, black dust covered everything in sight and I had to clean everything several times to get rid of it. But, I do have a relatively smooth wall which is much better for the chalk. 

I hung a little wall caddy at Riley's level to hold the chalk and eraser.

I also bought paper doll stickers and hung a frame around them to serve as artwork for this wall. 

More about the dolls tomorrow.

Everything has been a big hit with Riley so far. She usually runs straight for the playroom when we walk in our front door.

If I'm being honest, I have to admit that this is what the room usually looks like:

But, I guess a messy playroom is the sign of a good playroom, right?

Reader Comments (21)

Love it! You did a wonderful job. I adore the roman shades. Did you make those?

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel J.

Rachel, this is AMAZING! I love love love it. MB will be glad to help Riley make a mess in there next week. :)

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuz

Look how tiny she looks at the table :) She is so adorable!
The room is just wonderful. I wish I were a little girl again, I would make my mom look at your blog :)

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCandice

What a lucky little girl that is one amazing playroom! And it helps keep the rest of your house less scattered with toys I would imagine.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Seriously, this playroom is AMAZING! I love the chalkboard/magnetic wall - so fun!

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

This room is incredible - so thoughtful, creative, and cute! My favorite part is the ruffle on the roman shades. Definitely stealing that idea!

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeila

I am impressed at your ability to get things done! What an adorable room. We are putting together our playroom now in the basement and the magnetic primer/chalkboard is at the top of my list. Love what you did!

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDevon

Love....you've been working hard in your house lately! We put a chalk board wall in our basement, didn't know we could have made it magnetic too. Darn.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershannon sinn

That playroom is a dream! So well planned out, and adorable. I love all the flash cards on the bulletin board, I've been wanting those Harper ones for a while now!

Thanks everyone!

Rachel - I had a seamstress make the roman shades. Operational roman shades are a little too advanced for my limited sewing skills!

Suz - Riley can't wait to show MB everything in her playroom. Hopefully she will even let MB actually play with some of the toys while y'all are here :)

Devon - when are you coming back?? I miss your posts and I want to see your basement renovation!!

Saara - I love the Charlie Harper flashcards! They are so cute and creative! You need to get them for your little one :)

August 6, 2010 | Registered CommenterRachel

That is amazing!! Glad to know the magnetic paint actually works as I was thinking about doing it. MB and Riley are going to be super cute together - get lots of pictures!

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Wow, my jaw hit my desk when I saw the first picture! This is so so amazing, I love everything here. And those roman shades with the trim, dont even get me started- LOVE them!!

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsB

This playroom is amazing. Every detail is so well-thought out. I might just leave the play table the way it is and slap on some poly - it looks great. Riley is one lucky little girl!

August 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy @ MyInteriorLife

this is beyond amazing! I would go nuts... I mean the kiddos would go nuts for a space like this, just gorgeous.

August 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpaula

Amazing. I am definitely bookmarking this for the future. It is the perfect space for some excellent playtime. Where is the rug from?


October 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjones

Thanks Jones! The rug is from Nate Berkus' HSN line. I bought it last spring though and I am not sure if it is still available or not.

November 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterRachel

Did you make the board you attached the letters to? How did you or where did you purchase it? I love this blog just found it! So awesome I aspire to do this kind of stuff but I am not so blessed with the talent you have.

March 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLana

Hi Lana - I did make the big bulletin boards in Riley's playroom. They are just two pieces of homasote that I bought at Lowes. It is in the drywall area and they will cut it to size for you. I covered them in a charcoal gray cotton/hemp fabric that I had left over from some curtains. It was really easy to do. Good luck with your projects!

March 20, 2011 | Registered CommenterRachel

I LOVE this room, it looks amazing. Where did you find the rug?

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

Thanks, Laurie. The rug is from Nate Berkus on HSN but I don't think it is available any more.


February 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterRachel

The wall caddy for the chalk. Where did you find that?

August 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBassam

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