Kids Play Room

It seems like my whole house is very bright colors… but I assure you, it’s not! I do love me some color though!! Lime green is my absolute FAV!! We’ve never had a play room for the kids and I really wanted to make this space fun and creative. I wanted to add some memories in a creative way and found this picture tree wall on Pinterest.  I thought this would be a perfect way to add fun and color to this room! After painting, I bought a bunch of brown tissue paper and had all my pics printed and then cut them out into circles. I found some really fun paper that matched the rug and cut them larger than the photos. I just pinned them up with sticky tack and arranged them in a cute way. I think this feature really tied the room together nicely and my kids LOVE the space. It’s bright, open and fun… just what I was looking for!

TIP- ADDING YOUR FAVORITE COLOR INTO YOUR HOME:

My absolute FAVORITE color of all time is this lime green. It makes me happy, brings a smile to my face and brightens a room right up! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! So I knew I wanted to incorporate it into my home somehow. What better place for a bright happy color than a play room?! We all have our favorite colors and we should use them in our house! This the place most of us spend a lot of time in and why not see your favorite color around?! There are many different ways to incorporate your favorite colors. You can paint a wall, add a rug, add curtains, use decor in that color, use it as your accent color, purchase pillows or throws in the color. You don’t have to do an entire wall like I did with your favorite color. You can incorporate colors in so many different ways for different looks too!

TRICK- COLOR THROUGHOUT YOUR HOME

A lot of people have asked me how I make my home flow together. Besides the paint colors on the walls and using similar wall treatments in different ways, I choose a couple different colors and use them throughout my home. In this house, the colors are mustard yellow, black and white. I tried to incorporate those colors throughout my main living spaces for a really good color flow. I used pillows, decor, curtains and even greenery to do this! It was very subtle. For this house, I have a lot of bright fun rooms with a lot of color but in my main living spaces, I have very little color to off set all the craziness going on in my other rooms  and to create some balance throughout.

 

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This is me in my happy place… painting and surrounded by lime green!! I’m so happy!! I could do this for days!

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Striped Hallway

There are several different methods to painting stripes but caulking and using a large wood plank really helped me keep the lines straight and helped cut down on the time. This wall took me 8 hours from start to finish. But this was my first wall paining multiple stripes and it really should take you half that long once you get the concept and figure out how to measure correctly. I just love how it turned out and every time I come up the stairs, I am greeted by this perfectly crisp and straight wall of gorgeous grey and white stripes! LOVE IT!!!

 

TIP- WHICH WALL TO PAINT STRIPES ON?

I really wanted to do stripes somewhere and thought this wall would be ideal! This wall is right when you walk up the stairs and pretty large. I thought it would look really good if  I took the stripes all the way around the corner through the entire hallway to make it feel more like one large space instead of just 1 feature wall. This space was BORING before. The ceiling was tan, the walls were tan and the floors brown. I wanted to really feature this gorgeous wall with all the natural light that flows onto it. And the tan just wasn’t doing it for me!

TRICK- HOW TO GET THE PERFECT STRIPE

(WARNING: I’m kind of a stripe Nazi and like my lines PERFECT!!! ) First I painted the wall all the creamy white I have throughout my house. I wanted this to look really crisp, clean and fresh. So after painting the entire wall cream, I then took a long 16 inch wide board (that is what I had on hand) and proceeded to measure out the first few stripes. This part is a little tricky… you HAVE to measure your wall height and divide it by the width of stripes you want. Then you HAVE to take into consideration the tape width and minus it from the cream stripes… so they are all even. You then place the tape on the cream part of the stripes (so the cream stripes will look 4″ inches smaller than the grey ones if your tape is 2″ wide) It took me a while to figure this all out! Especially with my pregnant brain! After taping and getting the lines perfectly straight with a tape measure and pencil. I then caulked. These are textured walls and I wanted VERY CRISP clean lines. So, I caulked all along the tape lines, top and bottom with a caulk gun and damp rag. You run a thin line of caulk right along the top of the tape and then push down over it really hard pushing the caulk into the cracks so they are all filled with caulk and not paint. Confused? Lol… I will put up some pictures soon. This is only one method of getting crisp lines. I know there are other methods but this one works really well for me and I find it quite simple once you get the hang of.  It is VERY TIME CONSUMING though.

 

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White planked feature wall

I had big plans for this wall! It was such a perfect wall for a wall treatment. It is open to my kitchen and VERY visible from all parts of my house. It’s also not too tall or large to make for an overwhelmingly large focal point.  It stared off as a very thick hand troweled wall faux painted with a lovely orange and brown. Can we say blah?! This wall had to change PRONTO. Originally I was going to paint it grey but then I got the brilliant idea to plank it and I liked that a lot better! How we planked the wall was quite simple.   The planking does go all the way around the left corner into an open desk area that isn’t really shown. I blame my pregnancy brain for not getting a lot of the pictures I really needed. (Oh yeah, and renovation a house by myself with 3 kids and 8 months pregnant while my husband worked his butt off 70+ hours a week in his new office… good times, good times).  Did I just go off on a tangent? Why yes, yes I did. Any who… LOVE how the wall turned out and I found these round mirrors that matched our vent hood perfectly and really tied everything together! I am in love!

TIP- HOW TO PLANK A WALL (YOURSELF) 

So, we are do it your selfers on projects like this usually. However, in this case, we were running low on time and I was 8 1/2 months pregnant and my husband was working 75+ hours a week at work. Sooo….I went to Lowes. I picked out several FLAT pieces of SANDED plywood. (VERY IMPORTANT TO GET THE MOST FLAT PIECES YOU CAN FIND AND ALSO SANDED) I had them cut 6 inches wide long ways so the pieces were as long as possible. I wanted to see as few seems as possible. This was TRICKY. After we left, I realized A LOT of the boards were NOT cut straight. I am a PERFECTIONIST and I was going to be staring at this wall A LOT! So, I had my husband re cut some pieces more straight. It is VERY important to have straight cuts because 1 piece not cut straight will throw the ENTIRE wall off and make it look crooked! I ended up using some of the board and having Joe only have to re cut a few. I had Joe start at the top of the wall (since you can see that the most) and work his way down. He put liquid nails on the back of the planks as well as nailed them to the studs. To space them, we put nickles in between the planks and let it stand for a couple days.

TRICK- HOW TO GET THAT BEAUTIFUL SMOOTH FINISH ON THE PLANKS

First, like I mentioned before, it’s important to get the sanded plywood. (This will make it a lot easier) After the planks are all up, fill the nail holes with wood filler and give it a nice sand down. After sanding, wipe it down with a damp cloth to get all the dust off and then wait a couple hours for it to dry. We finished the edges with quarter round and then had the painter, spray the planks so you didn’t see brush strokes. This gave it a very crisp, clean and finished look. And I’m so happy with how it turned out!

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Little Girl Pink Bedroom- Josie

Josie had found this quilt she really liked at Pottery barn kids, so we used that as our inspiration piece. I love the bubble gum pink, turquoise and cream in it so we decided to go with those three colors as our main colors for this room. I knew I wanted to do a feature wall in her room to bring some character and funk. I thought bubble gum pink would be adorable! After I had a finish carpenter do ship lap siding on the wall, I primed it white. At this point, I was really hesitant to paint it pink because it looked so cute white! But since I did all the other walls cream, I knew I had to make this wall pop. The first few strokes were really hard, I’m not going to lie. Bubble gum pink is a VERY bold color and it was BRIGHT! I was super hesitant and called my husband and designer friend for some support. After hanging up with them, they assured me that after all, it’s just paint and if I hated it, I could always paint it back! So I hunkered down and went to town. It’s always a little scary at first when you paint a room a bold color. Until you get furniture, rugs and decor in, it looks really bare and bright! But I knew this so I just bit my lips and painted away. After getting the furniture in and doing a mini surprise for her…My daughter loved the room… and so do I! The ship lap siding really gives the room some interest and the pink really makes it pop! The other cream walls bring balance and the room feels, funky, fresh and fun. Just like my Josie girl!

TIP- HOW TO COLLABORATE WITH YOUR CHILD ON DESIGNING THEIR ROOM

A happy medium. How many times have we all heard “I want a princess room? Or I want a super Hero Room!” Luckily, my Josie girl is not into princesses 🙂 But she is into big bold, bright colors. Working with your child and incorporating their own style into their space while maintaining a nice look, is difficult. I try to make the process fun and something we can work on together. Working in your child’s favorite color is a sure way to make certain they will love the space! Doing simple art projects, spray painting decor and painting walls together are all fun and easy ways to involve your child in the design process of their space. Not only will these projects help them be involved but they are also great ways to develop creativity! I juts love when my children come up with their own design ideas to incorporate and make the room feel more like theirs!

TRICK- HOW TO USE BOLD COLORS TASTEFULLY

I know a lot of people are scared to use color… especially bold bright colors. But when done correctly, these colors can breath life into a room and make a large statement. Not only can paint make a large statement, but it is probably the most affordable way to do so. In this case, when you pair it with a wall treatment, the rest of your room can be very simple and clean. Painting one wall a bold color can easily make the entire room pop and make it look like a million bucks!

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                                This was about the point where I freaked out and called my husband…

Here’s my little cutie patootie painting away… she was so happy to help paint her own room! And here is me… about to pop with my 4th babe! We moved into this house with just a couple weeks to spare before baby came!

Super Hero boys bedroom

I absolutely LOVE to design with my kids and help them create spaces they will enjoy spending time in. In my experience, most kids really don’t know what they want. So, I love helping them out and giving them a few different options. As with most rooms, we start with an inspiration piece. Something that they LOVE and are really drawn to. I love taking my kids shopping or just looking on pinterest for some ideas.  It was SO much fun seeing my kiddos creating and learning! I guess I pooped them out though… because after I made them paint for two hours, they crashed in the car on the way home. Ooopsy! I am in the LOVE with how the room turned out though and so is my son, which is the most important 🙂 I’m sad I didn’t get a really good picture of the room before. But it was pretty bad! The bottom half was a poop brownish green and top half was an even poopier brown! Bleh!!  The final product ended up being fun, clean and mature… just what I was going for!

TIP- THE DREADED THEMED ROOM AND HOW TO COMPROMISE

I personally am not a huge “theme room” person. Especially when it comes to children’s rooms. I just feel like themes can become tacky really quickly and the colors are usually those that I don’t care for. But in this case, my son was adamit. Cooper, my oldest knew he wanted his old Spider man stuff since he didn’t get to enjoy it in the old house for very long. And since it had been a couple years since we really decorated his room, he had matured and wanted something a little more grown up boy. So I set out to make the cleanest and most tasteful Super Hero room I could think of.  I thought by adding some navy blue it would really make the room feel older while still maintaining that superhero theme. I also, wanted to put a more modern. clean spin on the superhero theme. So I thought, large simple stripes would so the trick! I am VERY much in love with lime green (it’s my favorite color) so I just HAD to incorporate it into this fun boys room as well! I knew I wanted to bring in the clean crisp color of cream to make the room feel large and open as well so I continued the color up to the ceiling and onto the entire ceiling.

TRICK- USE THEME PIECES SPARINGLY

In my opinion (and take it for what you will) I like to use theme pieces sparingly. That means, if your child tires of the theme, then just take down the themed decor and you still have a perfectly designed and functional room! I love how if he did end up growing out of super hero’s anytime soon then, I can just remove a few wall decals, and a few decor pieces and his room still looks great! No, themed pieces needed or we can easily add a different theme!

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