Playroom Reveal

13 Jan

This may be my favorite room ever! I’m so excited to share the finished photos of our new playroom.

As a reminder, here is what the room started as, it was a weird den/office that we hardly used.


After we built a wall dividing the space into a seperate playroom and mudroom, removed the fireplace, patched and re-stained the hardwood floors, added/moved some electrical, removed the wall paneling and finished the drywall, the room was looking like this.


Today, it looks like this.

playroom wide good

We painted the walls a dark teal from Benjamin Moore called Shenandoah. It is such a fun color, I love it! We built the chalkboard using reclaimed barn wood that we had leftover from our living room beams.

chalkboard vertical

We just framed a sheet of plywood painted with magnetic and chalkboard paint with the barnwood. The buckets at the bottom hold chalk, an eraser, and magnetic letters. It is the Fintorp system from Ikea.

Above the chalkboard are these marquee letters from Pier 1.

marquee letters

The gold and white striped teepee was Kate’s big present from Santa. “He” got it from Land of Nod. And then we hung these ledges from Target next to it for easy access to books.

teepee vertical

The rug was my inspiration for the room. It is this one from Rugs USA, which I got 80% during a Black Friday sale. I love that is fun and playful, but not too kiddy. It is a great quality rug for the price.


The table was a hand-me-down Winnie the Pooh table that I painted Peak Point by Behr. The chairs are the Sundvik chairs from Ikea.

table vertical

I love these little buckets to hold art supplies that I found in the Target Dollar Spot.

crayon buckets

On the other side of the room is Kate’s play kitchen (a hand-me down), a comfy couch, and Kate’s art projects.

I got these green and blue throw pillows and blanket from World Market. The couch is the Ektorp from Ikea. It used to live upstairs in a spare bedroom, so we were happy it fit well in this space.

couch good

The art holders are made from more of the leftover reclaimed barn wood. I stuck pushpins through clothespins and pushed them into the wood to hold the art. This way I’ll be able to move them around as needed. I’m still contemplating spray painting the clothespins.

art holder

The wall art is a free printable I found here (it’s available in four colors). Then I just printed it at Office Max and framed it with an Ikea frame.


On the last wall is a big wall of cubbies to hold all of Kate’s toys. How do they accumulate so much?

right corner good

These are Ikea’s Kallax shelving unit. We put two 8 cubby units and one 4 cubby unit along the bottom, and then two 8 cubby units framing either side of the window.

shelves wide good

To conceal and organize a lot of the toys, I purchased these gray/white striped bins from Land of Nod. I have things like legos, playdoh, stickers and coloring books in them. Honestly, a few up top are empty so we have room to grow into them.

shelf close new

Here’s a look at the room from our foyer. We installed the french doors a couple of years ago after we removed a hall closet that used to be here.

playroom entry way

Finally, here a couple before and after shots. This space is unrecognizable!

I can’t tell you how nice it is to get all of Kate’s toys out of the living room and rest of the house. We’re really enjoying have a dedicated playroom and spend so.much.time in here. Heck, Ben and I find ourselves hanging out in here even when Kate isn’t home or sleeping. Plus, we figure the room can easily turn into a cozy hang out/movie space or office down the line.

I hope to have an update on the mudroom in the next couple of weeks. It never ends….

47 Responses to “Playroom Reveal”

  1. Doreen Dowdakin January 13, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    What a fun space! I bet Kate loves her new playroom. You two are amazing!

    • 12oaksblog January 13, 2016 at 9:27 am #

      Thanks Doreen. She loves it!

  2. whitneyhoulin January 13, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    I love the idea of stacking the square organizational things from Ikea!! I have one laying on it’s side but am quickly running out of room for stuff, so that’s a great idea!

    • 12oaksblog January 13, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

      Totally. They are so affordable too.

  3. Kim January 13, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

    Hi! Found your blog a week ago when looking for stripped baby rooms. Are you on Instagram?

    • 12oaksblog January 13, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

      Glad you found us. Im on it personally with mostly pics of my daughter. Maybe I’ll start one for the blog …

    • 12oaksblog January 14, 2016 at 8:38 am #

      Hey Kim- You got me thinking and I started one. Find me at 12oaksblog. I plan to share progress updates and then final reveals on there. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Kim January 15, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    Awesome I’ll have to go follow you!!! Great inspiration and design 🙂

  5. January 17, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    Looks great! Very creative!

  6. Torri Thompson April 20, 2016 at 8:33 pm #

    Hi Amanda! I love the colors and style of this remodel! Where do you find inspiration for your style? It’s always so hard for me to narrow down a style and go with it, so I would love to hear from a pro.

  7. Sarah April 23, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

    Hi! Could I ask the size of your chalkboard?

    • 12oaksblog April 24, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

      It is 4’x4′

  8. Shana coletti May 24, 2016 at 10:54 am #

    Hi. I am looking for some cool tips for our playroom downstairs. How exactly did you put together the megbetic chalkboard. Do you have a step by step guide ? It came out so great

  9. Stephanie June 4, 2016 at 8:55 am #

    Love it! Where did you get your puzzle holder??

    • 12oaksblog June 4, 2016 at 9:07 am #

      Target or Amazon. Melissa & Doug.

  10. shay June 10, 2016 at 8:21 am #

    Hi. I am so impressed with the decor and style. How did you do the magnetic chalkboard on plywood? I have only seen it on sheet metal. I think yours came out much better

    • 12oaksblog June 10, 2016 at 9:12 am #

      Thanks Shay. We painted it with magnetic paint before painting it with chalkboard paint. It’s not super strong but can hold the light kids magnets.

      • shay June 10, 2016 at 9:40 am #

        thank you so much for your response. will it hold letter and animal magnets? some of them are a little weighted

      • 12oaksblog June 10, 2016 at 9:45 am #

        I think it would hold the magnets just not anything attached like a paper.

      • Jessica Padia July 25, 2016 at 11:56 am #

        Love this playroom! How many coats of the magnetic paint/chalk paint did you use? And do you have a preferred brand of those paints you could recommend?

      • 12oaksblog July 25, 2016 at 12:53 pm #

        I think we did 2 magnetic, 1 chalk. We used Rustoleum. The magnet paint isn’t very strong. It can’t really hang anything just the magnets themselves.

  11. J'Lene June 20, 2016 at 9:06 pm #

    hii what are the dimensions of the chalk board??!!!

    • 12oaksblog June 20, 2016 at 9:30 pm #


  12. Erin July 9, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    This is such a great playroom! I’ve been wanting to this same thing with those Ikea shelves, but also add some padding and maybe make it a window seat. Are your shelves attached together somehow? Or just anchored to the wall?

    • 12oaksblog July 9, 2016 at 1:17 pm #

      Ours are attached to each other and the wall. A seat sounds great!

      • Becky March 23, 2018 at 6:28 pm #

        What did you use or do to attach them to each and the wall? I want to do this for my daughters room but I want to ensure they are secure. Thanks for any tips!

  13. Chelsea August 8, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    I was wondering what size carpet you bought to fit your play room?

    • 12oaksblog August 8, 2016 at 6:54 pm #

      8’6″ x 11’6

  14. Jen November 4, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    I love the chalkboard…can you tell me more about the paint you used on the plywood? Love this playroom!!

    • 12oaksblog November 4, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

      Thank you. It is Rustoleum Chalkboard paint.

      • lilpoundcake February 6, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

        Hello! We are doing something similar and we’re stuck.. how did you install the frame and board flush to the wall?

  15. Jasmyne April 10, 2017 at 6:43 pm #

    Hello! I’m currently building a home and I put this paint color in our playroom and it came out more green than these pictures show. It also looks a lot darker? I didn’t finish the paint yet because I was unsure. Would you be able to give me a little reassurance and describe the color it looks like in person? Does the area rug match well? I was just caught off guard. Thanks so much!!!

  16. Chris May 6, 2017 at 12:03 am #

    What color paint is that?

    • 12oaksblog May 8, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

      It is a dark teal from Benjamin Moore called Shenandoah.

  17. Kristin S May 8, 2017 at 9:20 am #

    This playroom looks awesome! Curious what the dimensions of your room?

    • 12oaksblog May 8, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

      Roughly 12′ x 15′

  18. Danielle November 24, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

    What did you use to attach the chalkboard to wall? I’m worried about heavy kid use and it getting ripped off the wall. Thanks!

    • 12oaksblog November 24, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

      We screwed it to the wall

  19. Tilesbay December 20, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

    Such an adorable room, very beautiful. 🙂


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