Alright, so I was supposed to post an update on the playroom yesterday…but C has been home sick for the past week and I had very little to show for the days we spent at home. Yesterday he was back in school, so instead of posting about my lack of progress I decided to make some progress instead. If you’re just tuning in, I’ve been busy making over my three-year-old’s playroom as part of the One Room Challenge, a link-up event where bloggers and designers transform one room in their house in just 6 weeks. Be sure to catch up on the entire series, beginning with Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4 and don’t forget to check out the other fabulous rooms by visiting Calling It Home!
What did I do yesterday, you ask? Why, I built myself a train table. Not that I already had a perfectly good one or anything.
You see, my original plan called for staining C’s old table a nice oak color. With the birch bookshelves on the wall behind, an entirely birch train table was just too. much. birch. But of course, when I took a closer look at the table I discovered it was made of MDF, so staining was a no-go. I contemplated leaving the table as-is and just painting the drawers beneath white (as planned), but my heart was really set on that oak! So, being a
perfectionist rational person with no carpentry skills, I decided to make a new one that I could stain. Obviously.
It took some troubleshooting. I made mistakes, and had to go back and re-do certain steps, but I’m so happy with the result! Not to mention, this is the first substantial thing I’ve built…and boy, does it feel good. When I finished I definitely had a beat-my-chest-and-yell-like-Tarzan kind of moment. Or two.
Stay tuned for a DIY post on this train (or activity) table next week! And now here are some glamour shots:
And, just for fun (and so you believe me when I say you do NOT want to see photos of the playroom this week), here is what it currently looks like:
Have a great weekend and a very happy Halloween! C is going as an astronaut, and I have to scrounge up two alien costumes for Austin and I by this evening. And then the next couple days will be spent busting my butt to pull this room together in time for the BIG REVEAL next Thursday!