Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Toy Room: Part Two

The toy room is FINISHED!! (And quickly, compared to our past track record). After a trip to Home Depot for trim and a blind, Dollar Store for a frame and the Hardware store for some paint, the hubby and I were able to rock & roll! Here's what we've been working on the past few days...

1. The biggest eyesore in the room was the unfinished window! After a trip to Home Depot to buy some faux-wood blinds (we went with the cheapest ones, which still rang in at $50. We figured they wouldn't experience too much wear-and-tear being in a kids only room and out of reach. First, we painted the window-sills (after a ton of scrubbing to get all the installation debris off). Amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do! Josh also put a fresh coat of white spray paint on the trim, since it was simply primed when we first bought it. After being trimmed and hung, the window was already starting to look much better! I had picked up this curtain rod and tie backs from WalMart many moons ago, thinking we'd get this toy room done a lot sooner. The two bright yellow curtains are also from WalMart, at least over a year ago. A few screws and viola!! Toy room window = complete!!

2. Next up was finishing the rest of the trim around the room. Again, he coated the trim with a fresh coat of white paint before hanging it. Baseboard, check! Chair-rail, check! Closet trim, check!! Yay! :)

3. My favorite spot in the whole room: Art Station! Here's what we orginally started with when putting the room together:

I added some canvas bins, a "trash can," and these adorable chairs that I snagged from IKEA for $12.99 each :)

 I wanted to personalize them a little, so I added the kids names with some white vinyl.

Next, I added some vinyl labels to the bins and a hanging line for the kids artwork.

 We made the line with a simple piece of wire, two eye hooks and clothes pins spray painted yellow.

4. The back wall was definitely the hardest. Here is what we started out with. Two ClosetMaid Cubicals, and some organization. I was originally going to purchase a white toy box to put the toys in, but ended up going a different route.

Here's what I ended up with. I purchased another cubical (with a 30% off coupon!) so the wall would be lined with identical cubicles, resembling a built-in.

The bucket on top holds Activity Books -- a book on how to tie his shoe, Look & Find books, etc. Then we have the "Rucker Zoo" and a storage bin for Transformers (and their gazillion pieces) and remote control cars.

LOVE the Zoo. I used clear vinyl to create the "bars." I may eventually try to find some black vinyl, but for now, this works. I created the labels on the computer, printed them on cardstock and laminated them for extra durability. The vinyl is forgiving, so it will move side to side when getting out/putting away the animals.


The middle section holds the TV, Radio, DVD's (a bin for each kid, since their movie preferences will be completely opposite) and Tag Reader. The Internet-Ready Blu-Ray player I have my eyes on is actually small enough that it will fit under the radio. Perfect!

I also swapped out the train table for bean bags, so they have somewhere to sit and watch movies. We are re-doing our sons room (reveal coming soon!) with a loft bed, so the train table will live under that.

5. I then added a dress-up station. Rhyse loves to dress up, and I'm sure Lucy will too, so this was a big part of the room. I didn't just want a dress up "bin" with everything mixed up and messy -- every organizer's worst nightmare. We purchased the hooks to hang his costumes, along with two cubicles to hold the dress up accessories. I also wanted a mirror in there so he could see himself all dressed up.

Here's what we ended up with after adding some labels to the bins and baskets and vinyl to the mirror.

Here's a close up of the "Mirror, Mirror" vinyl. I sure do love my Silhouette Cameo. It made ALL of the vinyl in his toy room and is appearing in a lot of other places of my house! 

Here's a close up of the bins, a spot for accessories to be a clown, chef, construction worker and miscellaneous hats and masks.

To the left, we have a spot for his racing helmet, army supplies, police gear, and random dress up stuff (such as his proton pack for his Ghostbusters costume).

Yes, I let my son play with guns. He has them all - nerf guns, dart guns, hunting guns, army guns, police name it, I'm sure it's in the bin.

 It started out a plain ol' trash can from Dollar General and I dressed it up with a little vinyl. I thought "guns" was a little too harsh, so I labeled it "toys."

6. I found this "Playroom Rules" printable on Pinterest and knew it would be perfect for the toy room.
 I found a cheap $4 frame at Wal-Mart. It had a white mat, but since the paper was white, I spray painted the mat yellow to stand out a little more. 

As you can see, our gumball machine needs some gumballs! I might also add a little vinyl to it, but I'm waiting on the gumballs to see if I'd even be able to read the vinyl with the gumballs in the background.

7. Last but not least, the closet!! I'm still not completely happy with this, but I figured the doors close to hide any imperfections. There are just SO many toys of various sizes that it's hard to really organize everything perfectly. Here's what we started with. Some organization, but the middle shelf was a little cluttered for this Mama. Plus -- no labels, so I was the only one who knew where everything went!

Here's my best attempt at organizing the space. Matching containers and symmetrical storage. Plus, I was able to move all his games and puzzles in here instead of the hall closet, leaving extra storage space for other things.

The bucket at the bottom holds his Lego's. I haven't yet put vinyl on this. I am on the lookout for a perfect table to create as a Lego table, so I may be changing the Lego container. I'm also getting another 15qt. container for the bottom shelf. Sterlite switched their handle colors for 2012 to purple!! Anyone who knows me well knows that I can't have one tote with purple handles while the rest are green. Luckily, a friend has a green one that she is going to give me to solve my crisis. *sigh*


Here are some more pictures of the final room!

I'm so glad we are finished with this room. I gathered so many ideas and was finally able to see them out and love the finished result!

One last thing -- Aside from giving her an idea for design, I had nothing to do with the painting of this room. We hired a lady from a nearby town who painted this entire room for $250 (aside from the red and blue base). Money well spent. I love the "So many toys, so little time" saying! I'd be more than willing to share her contact info, if interested.


  1. What a fun / adorable space!! I'll be sure to add it to my 'organizing with kids' pinterest board! :)


  2. Such a fun and interactive colourful space! Tash

  3. You've done a wonderful job! It looks amazing! A wonderful space for your children to learn and play!

  4. wow this is amazing! good job I love how bright and colourful it is!

  5. Holy cow that is amazing! My 4 year old is sitting here with me and wants to know if he can come live in that room. Ha! Great job!

  6. WOW! There are no other words... ! :)

  7. where did you get the cubicle storage shelfs?