This is it, everybody! After six long weeks of working, we’ve completed another round of the One Room Challenge! Our multipurpose playroom/guest room combo redo is complete, and we’re excited to welcome you to our multipurpose room makeover reveaaal!
Come on in! Shiloh’s already asleep upstairs, so let’s try not to set the dogs off.
Multipurpose Room Makeover: Before
Remember what this room looked like before?
There was a lot of potential for both the playroom and guest room areas, but the room was sparse, not quite functional, and uncomfortable to hang out in.
Multipurpose Room Makeover: After
Aaand here’s what the room looks like now at the same angles!
It hardly looks like the same room!
A flock of paper cranes and twinkle lights bring joy to the wall near the door. Visiting friend Selena turned out to be quite the paper crane whisperer (thanks, Selena)!
Soft colors, soft textures, and so much room to play, create, and stretch the imagination.
Since the guest bedroom space is visually separated from the whimsical, colorful world of the playroom, it still allows for a relaxing grown-up experience for visitors.
A comfortable place to read and cuddle together, or the perfect place to chat with a friend while the kiddos play.
Remember shoving this behemoth of a play kitchen under the stairs at the very beginning of the challenge? It perfectly extends the play area and gives us a place to display Shiloh’s fun fruit cushions.
Let’s look at our master list of projects again and review how each design element came together.
Design Plans Overview
- Room divider. Ikea hanging panels and the toy storage console divide the room visually, creating a serene view from the bed.
- Rug situation. New rugs for the playroom and reading areas. We stuck with the large, colorful rug already under the bed. Turning it upside-down muted the colors and give it a casual indoor/outdoor feel!
- Toy storage. The white console stores toys with the help of a couple baskets. It also gives guests a place to set their suitcases when they visit!
- Teepee. This one came from Amazon. Backlighting it brings more light to that corner and gives the teepee a magical glow.
- Wood-print foam floor tiles. By the teepee and under the play kitchen. Also bought through Amazon.
- Kid-sized table and chairs. Purchased at a steal from a colleague. Added some elbow grease and butcher paper and they’re almost as good as new.
- Adult seating area. Upgraded to the perfect reading corner! A couple friends even pitched in to help Dani buy her dream chairs.
- Easy rotation art display area. Love this power piece! Vintage shutters display both artwork and photos of the artist at work. Super easy to give each painting its moment in the spotlight.
- Chalkboard. Another vintage piece, painted to provide extra doodling options and complete the art display wall.
- Ambient lighting. Overhead lighting, be banished! We brought in task lighting throughout the room to lend a cozy, glowing ambiance to the space.
- Deal with the un-window. That dark window to nowhere is now nowhere to be found! We’ve hidden it behind the classy bed drapery and you’d never know it was there.
- Decal map DIY. Amazon order and trips to the hardware store. Week 4’s post goes into detail about how this project came together.
Shiloh was in bed when we were taking photos (in the middle of the night, just before I left town for a week), so we don’t have any happy baby photos just yet. Dani said she’d send some my way so we can see the playroom side of our multipurpose room in action!
The guest room has already had two visitors while we were working on redoing this room! I’m thrilled that Dani has a full calendar of guests coming who can make use of it.
Like any project, there are still details to work out. Light bulbs to be changed, photos to be printed, etc… and man, I do wish the room received more natural light! But ultimately, this project is about taking a real room in a real home, and working around real schedules, to create a living, adaptive space for real people to live in.
I’ve had a blast designing and creating this space together with my friend and her trusty team of Poodle Power. It was a group effort (thank you, everyone who helped – including Michael, even though you said they look like Barbara Bush chairs) and a pretty intense 6 weeks, but it seems like Dani and her family finally feel comfortable spending time in the playroom.
If that’s not the heart of the One Room Challenge, I don’t know what is!
Happy Spring 2018 One Room Challenge Reveal Week!
Thanks for stopping by, everyone! And congratulations to all the One Room Challenge participants who transformed part of a house into part of a home this spring. I’ll see you next week for more mindful design goodness!
The entire multipurpose playroom series: