Of all the rooms to design in the 70’s Landing Pad, this space is definitely one of the rooms I’m most excited about.
The Circus’ Playroom.
I’m also super pumped about her actual bedroom design, but I’ll save that for another post. 😉
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: babies should come with a warning label about how much stuff they will come to amass before they are even five years of age. I insisted I would never be one of those moms whose living room decor included Barbies and farm sets.
I failed miserably at that.
There. Are. Toys. EVERYWHERE.
But at the 70’s Landing Pad, she’s going to have her very own playroom! Now, I’m not so naive to think that her toys still won’t end up in the living room, kitchen, garbage disposal and multiple other rooms and devices from time to time, but y’all, we are going to have a dedicated space for all toys. Heck, I may be more excited about this than my new master bathroom.
Even thought the Circus is getting her own playroom, there was not an actual room that would work for her playroom at the new place in the beginning. So I got creative. We are turning the former master bedroom closet into her playroom.
This image was shot from the doorway of the Circus’ bedroom. That back wall backs up to the master bedroom walk-in closet. If you remember from the first tour of the 70’s Landing Pad, the master bedroom is huge. So huge that there is more than enough room to build a new master bedroom closet, still have a great sized bedroom and a sitting area in the bedroom. I’m not saying that to brag at all. Honestly, I would have much rather had all that extra space elsewhere in the house where it was needed and more functional, but it is what it is. To take advantage of some of that extra space though, we are turning the old master bedroom closet into the Circus’s playroom. We are in the process of building a new closet in the master for our use. The plan was to create an opening to the master closet in the Circus’ room against the back wall of her bedroom and then the old closet doors in the master would be sealed up. This was probably something we could have done, but honestly we have a lot we have to already do ourselves at the Landing Pad, so we opted to hire this project out.
I went through HomeAdvisor to find someone to handle it. I read the reviews for all of the pros in my area that HomeAdvisor gave me and picked three of the best rated to get estimates from. I ended up going with Bruce’s Homecare and Maintenance.
It was a two-man crew, so while one of them was tackling the new opening in the Circus’ room, the other was sealing up the doors to the closet in the master.
Bruce was really great to work with. The budget for this renovation is tight, so we wanted to salvage and re-use as much of the trim from the closet doors in the master as possible. They were great about carefully removing not only the trim but the doors as well so that we could re-use those if needed. As you can see in the image above, there was also some electrical wiring that had to be re-routed due to the new opening.
It took about a day and a half total for them to create the new opening, seal up the old openings, sand the new drywall and trim it all out. To save on costs, I didn’t have them paint anything – I’m doing all that myself. If you have a project that’s a little out of your comfort zone or you just don’t have the time to do it yourself, I highly recommend looking for a home improvement pro through HomeAdvisor. This is about the fifth time we’ve used them and have always been pleased. Their vetting process typically ensures that the pros are trustworthy, reliable and do good work. You can also read reviews on HomeAdvisor for specific pros from their previous customers. There’s no fee at all for you to use HomeAdvisor.
Here’s where we are with this space now:
I am digging this color in her bedroom. The Circus picked it out herself; it’s called Elegant Navy. It’s a navy with purple undertones. The playroom area is going to be Washed Denim, which is a lighter blue color and coordinates with the Elegant Navy.
I have gotten all the trim in the playroom painted and hopefully will have the room itself painted soon. This is looking into the left side of the playroom I’m planning to do shelving along the left wall with lots of baskets for storage that the Circus can easily reach. On the opposite wall, Grunt Labor and I are going to build a drop-down art station that will also house her crayons and such. At the end and curving around the corners will be her play kitchen, doll bed and other “house playing” items. That’s an air return at the end and I’m going to try and work it into the design somehow.
On the opposite side, which extends a little farther out than her actual bedroom, I will place her dress-up station and shelves along the side walls. Carpet will be installed throughout her bedroom and the playroom as well. I would like to add some fun lighting in the playroom at some point too.
Ok, parents – give me all your storage and organization tips for toys and playrooms! I really want to utilize this space to it’s maximum potential!
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