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?



Jessica Rodarte said...

I'm looking forward to what you do with the room. I laughed at the rolling chairs being perfect for racing through the house. :)

As far as my summer projects, I am turning our old playroom into a nursery for our little one and moving the old room into my old craft room. Wish me luck! ;)

Anonymous said...

Great progress and ideas, Elyse! This makes me miss my first batch of boys!

In my experience, the boys didn't want to spend as much time in "their" rooms until they were teens. I had to MAKE them keep the Legos out of the living area or that's where they'd want them.

Continuing to listen to their ideas for the space will be the key to them using it! A comic book theme sounds awesome. None of my boys have been into them. *I'm* the comic geek! :)

Theresa said...

Can't wait to see the room when it is finished! I know it will be awesome:) Enjoy your day my friend! HUGS!

debi said...

sounds like it will be a fun, grown-up room, can't wait to see what you do!

Katy Noelle said...!!! Oh, my.... do you even remember me ever mentioning the teepee-in-the-kids'-room project? sigh. We never finished that project... till THIS WEEK!! You encouraged me with it, a-waaaay back then, and said you looked forward to the blogpost and all this time... all this time I've been thinking, "Oh, man! Now, I HAVE to get that teepee up or I'll look like a totally goobery mum!" heehee!! ;)

We had to dig through piles of a totally trashed room, too, to be perfectly honest but, now, we're so proud of ourselves!

Best wishes with you project! Ever evolving, eh? =)

and, Elyse... I was JUST particularly thinking about you and your boys, today, too.


NanaDiana said...

Ok- We are holding you accountable! lol You will do a great job, I know- xo Diana

Scrap for Joy said...

If I had a nickel for every time I said on my blog "I'll be back to show you how blah,blah,blah turned out" and then it never happened...I would have a handful of nickels! Good luck with your project...the desks look great (where would we be without Ikea!!!) Holly's ideas were good ones.

Melinda said...

It is time to finish my projects because I go back to school Friday with kids arriving Monday!!!


SLR said...

I just posted my long overdue craft room!
with a nod to the TT Book too ;)
your study room is coming along great! i could see that bookcase decoupaged in maps or all your other ideas too. it will get done, life always gets in the way, but you will finish it - you have so much going on, give yourself a break and pat on the back! i for sure know what you mean about blogcountability!!