Sharing the reveal of how I transformed our third bedroom from blah to a sophisticated playroom with vintage touches.
This post is done in collaboration with Boho Luxe. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone. So
Hello friends! The playroom/guest room is finally finished! It was a pain to photoshoot but I am thrilled to be sharing my reveal with you . Before we dive-in to the reveal let me refresh your mind of what the room looked like: Wes Anderson Inspired Boy’s Room and Vintage Eclectic Office.
Sophisticated Playroom/Guestroom Before:
Prior to the playroom/guest room being this magical space, it was my son’s room, however, he could never keep it tidy. I mean you could not even walk in there. So I evicted him and moved my daughter in here and she was a hot mess so I figured that throwing all three kids in one room will do the trick. So far their room stays cleaner than them having their own room. I also think by eliminating all the toys in the sleeping quarter helps in keeping them organized and tidy. We really needed a place for them to play but we also needed a guest space. Our home is originally a two-bedroom home. The previous owners split our formal living room in half to create a third room, which is this room. This room is smallest of the three but the perfect size for a standard bedroom. It lacks a closet which was the biggest downfall to this room.
Sophisticated Playroom/Guest Room After:
Now down to the juicy stuff…I knew I wanted this room to be blue…SHOCKER, right? I tested three dusty blues and I went the the lightest of the three, it made me feel the most comfortable. When we moved into this house this room was red (like a crayon) and dark as hell-o. I was afraid that if I went with anyone of the other colors that the room would be too dark for my liking. Although South facing, this room is dark, hot, and hard to photograph. It sits in the corner under the porch so although it is bright, it is like a dark bright.
Vintage Persian Rug
For this room makeover, I wanted a luxe look and feel but on a budget, so I shopped my house, found some free finds and went to town. I did end up spending some money but not nearly as close as I would have if I had to buy all this from a shop. This rug…which makes the room was a free craigslist find that I found when I lived in North Carolina. It was also my strangest Craigslist transaction. I paid to have it cleaned which brought it out like it was new! If you find a second hand rug that you like, just look for Rug Cleaning Brunswick, or wherever you live and you’ll save yourself a tonne of money by not buying new. I chose to use this rug to anchor the space. This room could have easily turned into nursery looking but by NOT repeating the use of pink and adding darker, richer hues to this space gives it a more mature look against the Benjamin Moore Pale Smoke paint.
Let’s talk about this sofa…it was free and in horrible condition. It had a tone on tone textural sewn on pattern that was divine but when I tried cleaning the sofa, it shred to pieces. I was trying to save the sofa without having to do a whole gut reupholster job, but my plans fell through when that detail was destroyed. I replaced the batting, upholstery, some of the piping, and I sanded and applied varnish to the wood trim. I also washed and added more feathers to the cushion. You can find the before and the process of upholstery for this specific in my Insta stories under Upholstery 101.
Obi Rose Throw Pillow
I am very blesses to work with some awesome sponsors from time to time. One of my favorite sponsors to work for is SmithHonig aka BohoLuxe. They kindly sent me a pair of their Obi Rose throw pillow in Taupe. I love it. I love how the taupe complement the blue and red hues in the space without making it feel muddy. They are my favorite pillows in this space. The pattern is simple, but yet interesting. I like that pattern balances out the tapestry, rug, and all the other patterns going on in the space.
Acrylic Coffee Table
Who puts a coffee table in a bedroom? ME!!!!! Why not? When I envisioned this space, I envisioned a sophisticated playroom/guest room with a seating area. I decided off the bat that my acrylic coffee (which I already had—Vintage Eclectic Sitting Room) table would go in this space so that my children have a spot to build their legos. My kids are not toddlers, they are big kids so they don’t have all those little toys that parents cannot stand. I want my kids to be creative and be kids but in an environment where they learn to pick up after themselves and be organized.
Since this room is small and narrow, I did not want to make it visually heavy by using a wood or solid piece of furniture as my coffee table. Acrylic pieces are typically used to visually lighten up a space. They typically serve a purpose, while looking chic. They are a classic and kid friendly!
I purchased the Rosalie Tapestry from Anthropologie. It is huge and well worth the price. I went to my local consignment stores to see if they had any cool tapestries and I found one that I liked but it was more expensive and not near the size of this one. This tapestry measures approximately 4 feet by eight feet and fills the wall perfectly.
French Empire Style Mirror
I picked up this French Empire mirror sometime last year after stalking it on Facebook for months. I am beyond shocked no one bought it because it is heavy and huge and I bought it for a ridiculous cheap price. It is gorgeous. I purchased it to go in another space but changed my mind once I started working on this space. It gives this space a GRAND feel.
Vintage Brass and Glass Desk
Again…Jessica, who puts glass in a kids space? ME!!! Why? Because my house is kid proof for my kids, they know better. To top it off, they would have to do something crazy to break this glass desk; it is extremely heavy!!! I originally was going to put my white Parson’s desk in here but changed my mind after I acquired this piece. The Parson’s desk would have been visually heavy for this space (but I was trying to use what I had). This desk was a 2 for 1 deal. I get two pieces for the price of not even one. I sound like I am bragging, but I was recently asked to share the process and how I do things. In order to keep this space clean, LESS is more…something I totally do not believe in, but I am using this philosophy in this space.
House of Hackney Inspired Fringe Patterned Stool
I shared this stool on Instagram, I will have to do a follow up post on how to reupholster a stool like this. I was inspired by House of Hackney’s Fringe Stools. This was a five dollar estate sale find that I reupholstered and added legs to. It used to be vinyl and it took approximately 30 minutes to reupholster. I really wanted to add some stank into this room instead, I added this stool. My kids need somewhere to sit when they draw and this adds a bit of visual weight against the desk without taking up much space.
Homemade Kids Art
For the record, I do NOT hoard my kids art. We have moved around way too much for me to do that. In fact…to make you cringe, I keep what I like and I throw the rest away. Bwahahahaha!!!!!! I sound horrible, huh? Any who, my kids are always drawing, they are extremely talented. I wanted the art in here to be a reflection of them…children. They even chose the tapestry. I did not want the room to feel overly grown, so I incorporated their art and a splash of fun by painting some cheap frames red and matting and framing their art. I chose thin band frames so that it would not weigh the wall down. the thicker the frame with a red finish would have have been a distraction in this space and on that wall.
I absolutely love this shelf. I got it for free when I lived in North Carolina and it has ALWAYS lived in my kids bedroom. It is not perfect and if you look closely you can tell, but I don’t care. I like the size and the fact that it is solid wood. It has held up through several moves and has been painted multiple times. I painted the outside of this bookshelf using Velvet Finishes Rococo colored paint. Velvet Finishes has a matte finish which I love. They are my favorite furniture paint company. I know I should be biased, but I am. I color matched the inside of the shelf with Behr high gloss paint but in Velvet Finishes Soulful color. I need to paint the inside in high gloss to protect the shelf from getting beat up from the dragging of books and to to add a bit of interest and dimension to the bookcase. If everything was painted in a matte finish it would look dull.
This shelf is used to hold most of my kids books (my oldest refuses to put her precious novels on this shelf…She loves to read and has her library of books). I used simple decor to offset the books and add a pop of whim to the room. I purchased tupperware containers that were on sale from Michaels to use to house their legos and writing books.
Homemade White Board
I bought this frame months ago at the thrift. I hoard frames and since I could not put a tv in here, I needed something to fill the space and this fit the bill, plus it serves a purpose. Did I tell you my kids love to draw? They also each have whiteboards that they use when they do their homework. What is one more?
Campaign Style Built in Hutch
If you follow me on Instagram, you know and saw the process of this being built. I took two campaign side dresser stacked them and built the rest. I will have to touch up on this in another post as it will take forever to explain. The tassels on the hutch are the Thatch Silk Tassels from SmithHonig and are huge! They are extremely pretty and add such a nice sophisticated touch to this space. This hutch houses toys and has two empty drawers for overnight guest to use.
Color Block Gold and Blue Frames
I wanted to hang some art here that was a continuation of the space. So I painted some black frames dusty blue with a gold trim. the black would have stopped my eye from gazing over and would have broken up the space. Whereas the blue is more attractive and your eyes graciously gazes over this area without dismissing the beauty of everything around it. I shared this quick tutorial on Instagram and I will save it to my highlights under simple and quick projects.
I love European decor and I love patterned bedskirts. Besides wanting this room to be blue, I wanted to incorporate SmithHonig’s Camouflaged Jagger fabric in the form of a bedskirt. I absolutely love this fabric!!!! I shared the process of how to make a bedskirt on Instagram, but it looks like I may need to make a post for it. Under the bedskirt is a campaign style built-in daybed. I chose to put a bedskirt over it to break up all the boxiness and sharp corners. I needed some fluidity in this corner and I loved the dark blue and rust together. Plus there are animals on this bedskirt scattered around in a very organic way. The dark blue goes well with the tapestry, rug, and stool on the opposite wall along with the pale smoke paint. It is definitely the topping to this cake.