Monday, August 5, 2013


One of the things I have always liked about keeping a blog is that unlike a secret diary, the very fact that this is public tends to lend a layer of accountability. So, if I announce that it's time for me to complete the project of transitioning my boys' playroom to study, I will. Or so, that's the intention anyway.

This downstairs bedroom ear-marked from the moment I laid eyes on this house to be a playroom, had been my very favorite space. To me, it embodied all of my dreams come true: married with children and finally, in my first-ever house. A room designated for play and creativity. Bliss!

But alas, the boys rarely played in the room, preferring to spread their Legos throughout the living room and draw at the dining room table. The playroom became more of a giant toy closet, always seeming messy (okay, trashed) and the least-used room of the house. With my boys getting older, I decided it was time to transition the room into a useful study/hangout.

Ha! I had posted this image to my Tinkered Treasures Facebook page during a painting break. Okay, so first I gave the room a coat of white primer and then white paint.

Next, we picked out desks, chairs and small furnishings from Ikea. {Ah yes, rolling chairs ... so perfect for racing through the house ...}

Things were coming together nicely and the study is now where the boys do their homework.

But, I got very busy with Book 2 and never completed the room.

My oldest taped a map to the wall but I want to really infuse the place with some flair. I would like to do a map theme but the boys prefer a more vivid comic book theme, which is fine.

I'm putting it out there that I want to make this room the cool study/hangout it was intended to be and not the homework/dumping ground you see here.

Some ideas:
a chalkboard wall
framed artwork of the boys and of comics covers
paint or decoupage the wood bookcase
more lighting
hooks! shelves!
add a window treatment to the existing white blinds
did I say hooks?
a sleep-sofa
TV or computer?

Stay tuned and feel free to comment with any ideas you have for the room.

Are you working on any projects this summer?