Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Playroom Makeover

Update: Thanks for your interest in purchasing our plans. Here are the links!

Chicken Coop Storage Bin Woodworking Plans

Kids Activity & Storage Table Woodworking Plans

We used to have a playroom in our basement but I took over the room for Lost Button Studio. So we moved the playroom into a bedroom upstairs. I didn't think to take a before photo, but for the last little while it has basically just been a room with some Rubbermaid containers full of toys. Here's what's new:


My husband made this table for Legos (we have a lot of Legos). There's a rail around the top so pieces don't fall on the floor and each side of the table has six drawers for storage. The drawers are on nice metal sliders so they are sturdy and pull all the way out.


My husband also made this big frame for a map we had and and a huge chalkboard. Oh, and I painted the walls.

Here's something I actually made...these stackable chicken coop cubbies for toy storage. I did the cutting, sanding, and finish on these. But my husband did help set up the equipment and figured out all the dimensions so I guess he still deserves credit too. I wish I could have made five (always better to have an odd number), but we only had the materials for four.


And here are the F-U-N collages on the wall. They are hanging above a half-size door that goes into a little cubby under the dormers. It has been a club house, recording studio, and reading nook. Someday I might paint in there and add a few throw pillows.

Not only does B spend a lot of time in here with his friends, but we have 22 nieces and nephews so this will be a fun place for them to play when they come over.

35 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

What an awesome play room! I'm afraid if that were at my house, I wouldn't get much work done!!!

sigrid said...

This is so awesome! Your husband should get that table patented, it is so thoughtful and ideal for lego play! I also love your F-U-N collages!

aurora said...

Love your blog. I forget exactly how I found you, but I sure am glad that I did.

Great playroom! Love it. :)

aubrey said...

jessica, i am SO SO glad that you posted pictures of this. we are in the process of figuring out our new playroom and i love seeing what other people do and getting ideas. thanks!

Tizzalicious said...

It looks great!

And yay for guitar hero!

clara said...

I can certainly imagine all the fun & laughter when everyone is playing in this room!

Isdihara said...

What a great playroom! If it were mine I'd never come out.

Darnit, I wish I had a miniature door ANYWHERE in my house. I'd sit a small accent table next to the door with two containers...

One labeled: Eat Me
The other labeled: Drink Me

Hee, hee! Then go hibernate in there with a riveting book or crafty project.

Thanks so much for sharing. I really enjoyed the photos and the descriptions.

Robin said...

The Lego Table is way cool and as a mother of two boys with way toooo many legos I am so jealous.

I am going to have to show may husband the pics ;)

love.boxes said...

I think the patent idea is a good one! That table is brilliant!

Amanda Conley said...

Love it! I wish my husband would make me some furniture! Maybe I'll show him this post and it'll inspire him...

Aimee said...

I am very envious of the lego table! It is great. Gret job on your shelves also. May I ask what color the room is?

Aubrey said...

Great organization! I love your Legos storage!!

CelticBuffy said...

Would you pretty please start a side-business building and selling those lego tables?! We are continually injuring our feet by stepping on little legos that hide themselves in the flooring. My son likes to move the lego's around since he ca lift the storage boxes we keep them in. Love the table!

jess @ lost button studio said...

Hi Aimee...the color of the room is Gobi Desert by Behr (710C-3).

Kathy said...

This is a perfect design idea, I am going to copy it. We need a creation area for my son to build and storage as well!

Shelly G & Hope P said...

I love all your ideas... I want to try some of them at our house... You gave me so great ideas... thank you...

Sheryl said...

What a wonderful playroom!! Wish I'd seen some of these ideas when my kids were little :) Maybe someday for our (future) grandkids!

Blue said...

Great play room I wish I had the room to make one in my house... ow hell one can dream. Can I get the plans for you chicken coop bins. I love them!!!! They would be great in the kitchen I'm working on.

CanCan said...

Wow, I'm so inspired! I love the drawers on the Lego table. Such a huge step up from a "train table".

jess @ lost button studio said...

Hi Blue...we didn't use plans for the chicken coop cubbies. My husband just figured them out for me as we went along. We'll have to draw some up, sometime!

Nikki said...

Love the playroom! You did a great job!

Dree said...

Wow! Love this room. Any DIY plans you can share for the Lego table. I would love to build one but wouldn't know where to start.

jess @ lost button studio said...

Dree...I put a bug in my husband's ear to draw up some plans. I'll post them on my blog if they are ever available!

Crib Chick said...

Awesome playroom!

I'm afraid if I had a little cubbyhole like that one under the dormers...I'd make it MY clubhouse.

Mini-bar, some good books...great place to hide. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Omg, what a fantastic table! I hope you do post the how-to plans! My two-year old daughter would LOVE something like this. And my husband would love the storage possibilities...

Sarah said...

Found your blog on The Organizing Junkie's blog (orgjunkie.com). Fantastic job! Inspiring & it looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.

jess @ lost button studio said...

Thanks for stopping by, Sarah!

Candace Prosser said...

Is is okay to say that I am coveting your chicken coop boxes?...I am not doing so in an overtly passionate manner, but I think that they rock and I want some now for my kids room too. I have three kids G9, B6, and G2 in a long, deep bedroom. Bunk bed with trundle have definitely helped with clearing up the floor, but these are exactly what I need for toys now that my five month old is trying to crawl.

jess @ lost button studio said...

Hi Candace...glad you like the cubbies! I'm hoping to possibly sell some and/or the plans to make them. We'll see!

Renee Dillon said...

I love the chicken coop storage. I'd love to copy the idea for my little girl, what sort of dimensions did you use?

jess @ lost button studio said...

Plans are now available! See http://lostbuttonstudio.blogspot.com/2011/10/chicken-coop-storage-bin-plans.html

jess @ lost button studio said...

Plans for the Activity & Storage Table are also available now: http://lostbuttonstudio.blogspot.com/2011/10/12-drawer-kids-activity-storage-table.html

panamamama said...

Lovely! Wish we had a playroom- the boys share a bedroom and it serves as their playroom too so it's so cramped!

classyt said...

Can you provide more details instructions on how to make the lego table? prefab drawers? from where?

jess @ lost button studio said...

classyt...my husband built everything, including the drawers, and we have the plans available for sale at iron timber.etsy.com. Thanks!