The One Room Challenge, Week 6: Modern Playroom REVEAL!

Dun dun-dun duuuuun! It’s HERE.  The big, epic, room reveal!  After lots of running around yesterday and some rather frantic sewing, I can finally say this playroom is FINISHED.  Sound the hallelujahs!

I now understand why Linda named it the One Room Challenge.  Creating an entirely new room in six weeks is a tall order!  I actually joined the link-up a week late, so yesterday morning I was really feeling the pressure.  I loved seeing all the photos from my fellow ORCers on instagram, and the encouragement I received there really kept me going! (You can see the shots with the hashtag #oneroomchallenge–and don’t forget to follow me while you’re there.)

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See the project from the beginning:

So–if we hark back to six five weeks ago–here is what the room looked like before:

modern playroom toy storage

And here is what it looks like today!

modern playroom toy storage

Big difference! I tried to keep it modern, maximize storage space, and throw in a vintage schoolhouse vibe.  My absolute favorite part of this room is the little reading nook in the far corner…

Modern Playroom Reading Nook 7

All it took to create this was a sample of gray paint, two Ikea spice racks ($4 each!), some nylon cord, and a little fabric from Joann.

Modern Playroom Reading Nook 4

The pom-poms and pillows were a DIY that I will have up on the blog later this month.  They were so much fun to make… nothing like a good pom-pom to brighten your day!

Modern Playroom Reading Nook

The vintage books are straight off of my parents’ bookshelves, and the macramé plant hanger was another DIY.

Ikea Book Shelves Playroom

Recognize that plant?

Ikea Book Shelves Playroom

This is quickly becoming the most-used spot in the room.  Not only is it a great place for us to have some quiet time and read, but I like to plop down on the pillows while C is at his train table.  Plus our puppy, Ruby, loooooves that sheepskin!

And now for the rest: here’s an end shot of the train/activity table that I built last week.  The wood grain is really beautiful, even though it’s actually made of plywood.  That DIY will be up on the blog this month as well, so stay tuned.

Modern Playroom Toy Storage 6

I built C’s desk with some leftover plywood from my laundry room project.  I also found this cute vintage chair at Sweet Clover Barn, as well as the fabulous red Tote-All which now houses C’s stamps and ink.  The chair had been painted with white chalk paint, so I sanded, stained, and spray-painted it green to bring back some of its original style.  Quite a lot of work went into this little space!

Modern Playroom Desk 3

Speaking of spray paint, I also attacked this Ikea clock and added a Swiss cross to the planter.  I thought about spraying the cubby holes black….but ran out of time.  Perhaps that will come later.

Modern Playroom Desk Diy

Modern Playroom Storage

And now I’ll shut up so you can enjoy the photos!

Modern Playroom Desk Diy

Modern Playroom Shelf Modern Playroom Desk

Modern Playroom Toy Storage

Modern Playroom Shelf 1

In my original plan, I wanted to make a magnet board for the far left wall.  Unfortunately I ran out of time, but hopefully that will become another project to complete this winter!

I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this space.  What works? What doesn’t? Leave a comment in the box below or by clicking the link at the top of the post.  And as always, DON’T forget to check out all the other incredible rooms (90+) over at Calling it Home and share your favorites!

Product Guide: BEKVÄM Spice Racks, Ikea, $3.99 each // TEJN Faux Sheepskin, Ikea, $9.99 // Fabric from Joann // Striped Dhurrie Rug, World Market, $129.99 (I snagged this on sale for $109.99) // EKBY LERBERG Brackets, Ikea, $2.00 each // Vintage School Chair, Tote-All, and Clipboard, Sweet Clover Barn // PUGG Wall Clock, Ikea, $10.99 // ENSIDIG Vase, Ikea, $3.99 // KALLAX Shelving Unit, Ikea, $64.99 (I purchased mine on Craigslist) // KNIPSA Baskets, Ikea, $14.99 // Cubby Cups, Land of Nod, $24.95 // Faux-Bois Gift Box, Paper Source, $6.95 //

Comments (41 )
  • Erin | holtwood hipster
    | 6 November 2014

    Anna! I’m in awe of what you did here. Love all the little details and the color in this space. No doubt your son thinks this is the greatest room EVER. Always a fan of infusing a little DIY into a design, so I especially loved that you tackled several projects here. So easy to buy off the shelf – but I loved that you made it yours and most importantly – his. What a great mama. Congrats to you for getting through this in 5 weeks and for a well thought out, incredibly fun playroom.

    • annabode
      | 18 November 2014

      Hey Erin! I replied to the comments on this page a while ago but it seems they’ve disappeared–so forgive me if this is a repeat. Thank you so much for your kind words, I’m so glad you like the playroom! It means so much coming from someone whose style I adore as much as yours (your bedroom makeover=awesomeness)!

  • Shannon
    | 6 November 2014

    This is so precious and fun! I love the little chair- what a great space!

  • celine@aquahaus
    | 6 November 2014

    OMG. What a beautiful, awesome, hip space. I love the white/ wood base and then the pops of color. Love the yellow. This is such a great space to play in, learn in, be nutured and creative in. It all works. Beautifully. Great job! xo

  • Vanessa@Decor Happy
    | 6 November 2014

    Your son must love his new space. It is just perfect and I love all the vintage pieces and the great use of colour. And kudos to you for the DIYs and creating the train table. Awesome job Anna!

    • annabode
      | 18 November 2014

      Thank you Vanessa! He does, especially the scissor pillow (of all things).

  • Erin
    | 6 November 2014

    Wow, Anna this looks great! What a fun playroom! I bet your son will never want to leave this room…and who could blame him!? Congrats on finishing the ORC 🙂

  • cassie
    | 6 November 2014

    anna, it’s gorgeous! love the colors and fresh modern look- well done!!!

  • cassie
    | 6 November 2014

    oh and meant to say i am in love with those new pillows!

  • Amber
    | 6 November 2014

    Totally cute!!!!! pinned it!

  • jackie
    | 6 November 2014

    A fantastic transformation!

  • mrs. V | Chez V
    | 6 November 2014

    Absolutely adorable. All the DIY touches are fantastic as well as the styling. Your son must be in heaven. Congrats!

  • Jessica @ Dear Emmeline
    | 6 November 2014

    so so cute! vintage schoolhouse = playroom perfect

    • annabode
      | 18 November 2014

      Thanks Jessica! Love your boys’ room makeover!

  • Frances @ Improvementlist
    | 6 November 2014

    What a great room. I love that storage solution of the markers by the desk. The colors you choose for the space look so good together. Great job.

    • annabode
      | 18 November 2014

      Thank you Frances! Yes, that piece comes in handy :).

  • Laura Ingalls Gunn
    | 7 November 2014

    Wow~ An absolutely stunning space! I love the bookshelves and pops of color. As a fellow 6 week participant the six weeks was indeed a challenge and you rose up. Well done!

  • Melissa @ A Prudent Life
    | 7 November 2014

    I can’t decide if the desk area or reading nook are my favorite – the whole space looks great! I can’t believe you got everything done in a week less than the rest of us. It looks like you spent months putting the room together.

    • annabode
      | 18 November 2014

      Aw, thanks Melissa. I was worried I wasn’t going to have it finished in time–next time I’m going to be sure to get the date right so I have the full six weeks!

  • Maregaret Elkins
    | 7 November 2014

    Love the room. Especially the map bunting.

  • Katie
    | 7 November 2014

    I just LOVE this room! Bright and modern … And just my style! That wall is so fun and all your little details totally make the room! Good job! Cheers to a successful ORC!!

  • Kristen
    | 8 November 2014

    That room is so cute! My boys would never come out of there! I love all the details and how bright it is. Great organization, too, which is key to managing kids toys!
    Love it! Congrats!

    • annabode
      | 18 November 2014

      Thanks Kristen! Hurray for being finished! Now on to our next rooms…:)

  • sherry hart
    | 9 November 2014

    So many fun things in the room! The colors….little hints of modern….it’s perfect You did a fabulous job Anna!

  • You did a great job with this makeover! I love the desk and the reading nook!
    Shelia

  • Linda @ Calling it Home
    | 10 November 2014

    This is so cute!! My kids would have loved this…now they’re teens. You did an amazing job and I can’t believe you started a week late. Love this space.

    • annabode
      | 18 November 2014

      Thank you Linda! I had so much fun with the one room challenge, and I can’t wait for next year!

  • tara // sproutzdesign
    | 10 November 2014

    so many fun details in this room! if our playroom looked like this, i would probably want to be up there with my kids more 🙂 those vintage books just make this space so special, i have many from my moms childhood too. great job!!

    • annabode
      | 18 November 2014

      Thanks so much Tara! The vintage books are definitely one of my favorite details. And I certainly enjoy the playroom more now, though of course my son doesn’t care one bit as long as there are trains! I’m so glad you like it.

  • Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest
    | 21 February 2015

    What a happy space! I love the vintage and DIY touches. Great job!

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