Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Ultimate Playroom

This is what our garage looked like just over a month ago...
Even then, we called it Reagan's playroom. An old comforter tossed onto the concrete covered in toys qualified it as a playroom. And also a junk/storage room. We had been talking for over a year about converting it into a playroom for Reagan... we finally took the plunge and did it!

It was a long and difficult process, but we tackled the entire renovation on our own! Reagan even pitched in to lend a helping hand while Ryan was installing the new floor...
We didn't want to lose the storage space that we so desperately need, so we kept the garage door functioning and created a pocket ceiling for it to open into. All of our outside storage (bikes, wagons, strollers etc) are now stored in this area and can easily be accessed by use of the garage door clicker...
We also still needed a place for our deep freezer and other items that just should not be seen on a daily basis (like the vacuum cleaner, about 4 different sets of luggage, and all of the old baby stuff that we don't need at this time but will hopefully need again in the not so far off future) so we created a wall with closet doors to keep the unsightly items concealed....
The space that remains between these two storage areas is the new playroom that is simply a magnificent addition to our home. We have renovated our entire home over the last 4 years, and this project ties for first place for what I am the most proud of. My kitchen is the other tie-holder, and I do plan to eventually get pictures of that reno onto my blog even if it has now been over a year since it was completed!

Reagan's playroom is like a fairy tale dreamland for a little girl...
I ordered the wall mural from a company in the States, and my friend Tiff was gracious enough to let me ship it to her and then drive 5 minutes across the border to get it! I painted the entire wall behind the art easel with a magnetic paint so that Reagan can proudly display and change all of her artwork on the wall as she creates it. I still need to get a couple of canvas drawings and a large area rug, and I have to paint the closet doors and the door leading to the outside storage area. Even with those little items left unfinished at this point, we couldn't be any happier with how this project has turned out. Reagan absolutely loves it, and I absolutely love the fact that the rest of my house no longer has ANY toys in it!!!

11 comments:

Carrie said...

That looks beautiful...definitely something to be SO proud of! Love it! She will have such a great time in that space! I love the mural!

Cookie Crums said...

Love it!!! She will love having that awesome room.

Megan at My Heart, My Home said...

Wow, Tiffany, what great ideas. When you first started out, "We converted our garage to a play room..." I was thinking, "Where is all the garage stuff going to go then?" Really genius ideas of making the closets and passageway for bikes. I love how everything is hidden! And Yes, I am waiting for those kitchen reno pix. :) Hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas. Don't work too hard!!!

E @ Scottsville said...

Oh WOW, Tiffany!!! That turned out so awesome! I bet she's LOVING IT!!!

Margaret said...

That is a really great idea and it turned out so cute!

Kelly said...

That's an adorable playroom. I love our playroom too but sadly the toys keep sneaking out

Mighty M said...

What an amazing transformation!

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

It looks amazing!!!

Erin said...

What a great playroom - I bet she loves it!

MomBrose said...

That is AWESOME! We are working on my girls' playroom and I would love that mural. Would you mind sharing where you found it?? Was it hard to put up? Wallpaper or just sticker?
Glad you had a nice holiday with your parents.
Blessings,
Heather

Bethany said...

that is incredible!! what a fun little "escape" for both you and Reagan. I want my own little fairytale room too!