We have completed our kids rec room makeover and what was once drab and disgusting is now fun, bright and functional!
It’s done!! Woot woot! I’m so excited to have this space done and we love the new kids rec room. Generally the kiddos could care less about my home improvement projects, but I have to say…I finally impressed them! They are loving the new space and I’m loving that its organized and functional.
This space has been an embarassement for us for 3 years. It was gross. The carpet was out of control bad and the walls, lights and fan were all drab. I had a couple of goals for this space. First, I wanted to use the existing furniture. It’s actually good furniture that fit perfectly in our last house, but was too small for our current living area. I didn’t have the budget for new furniture and everything else I wanted for this space, so the couch, tables and TV were staying.
The second goal was to do this entire space by myself. No outside help. And that I ALMOST accomplished. I had to hire an electrical on the very last day to fix one wiring issue I screwed up, but other than that I did it. Of course it did drive me crazy to have to call him.
Thirdly, I wanted this space to be functional. The craft supplies and Legos didn’t have a home, so they were all over the place. Plus, we needed more space for sleepovers. My kiddos have separate rooms, but on the weekends they like to hang out here together and watch movies and sleep here. But they were getting to big to both fit on the tiny couch. So we needed a sleeping solution.
Anywho, it’s done and lets take a look at where we started. I’m still just so embarrassed about this space, but there is so much to do in this house! Here is the “before”.
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Ugh, so gross. And without further ado, the kids rec room now…
We needed extra sleeping space, so the loft and hammock were a perfect idea from my friend Kim over at Knock it Off Kim. I designs the circle rail and will have all the details on how I built it very soon!
I redid the little area with the book nook and fish tank wall.
Get more details on the little craft nook here.
All that writing on the wall? I painted it on using handmade stencils I made with my Silhouette machine – details here.
There is nothing like new artwork to pull a room together. My favorite place to shop for artwork that I don’t DIY is Minted. It’s unique, which you know I like, and artists from all over sell their work at Minted. So you have a ton of styles to choose from and you get to learn a little about the person behind the art. I chose these to funky prints and I love them. The Geo Point art print instantly stood out to me, and I knew it would be perfect for this space. I thought about putting it on the side and going bigger, but when I saw the Tumbleweed print, I decided to mix and match. I love the way they turned out and bring some interest to this huge wall. Artwork really puts the finishing touches on a room.
I had to add some string lights under the loft bed because what kid doesn’t love string lights? Plus we need a little light here because the loft bed blocks the ceiling light. During the day the window provides a nice light but for sleepovers the string lights are perfect.
So, that’s it. Done! I redid this kids rec room/den as part of the One Room Challenge. Head over and see all the rooms my blogger friends created. It’s like eye candy!
Update – want to see how the whole room turned out? Check out the final reveal and all the other projects here.
OTHER PROJECTS IN THIS ROOM
DIY Magnetic Calendar (coming soon)
Thanks so much for following along! What room should I tackle next???
Kids Rec Room Reveal
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