Interior designer Kristan Cunningham and the design team transform this room into a fun playroom for less than $1,000.
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Chris and Michelle Belisle have a room set aside specifically for their children to play in but need some designer help in creating an imaginative play space.
Interior designer Kristan Cunningham arrives to see what it will take to turn the blank space into an imaginative playroom. It should be gender neutral as the Belisles have two sons and are expecting a little girl soon. The walls could use a dose of color and they definitely need lots of storage for toys. All of the seating in the room is for little bodies so the parents need a place to sit, too.
The toy-filled room is transformed on the $1,000 budget--here's how the design team gets it done:
- The white walls are freshened with a coat of apple-green paint.
- Design coordinator Dave Sheinkopf has a creative seating solution for the children using cardboard concrete forms, wooden disks and yarn. He attaches 1x3 wood braces to the wooden disks in order to secure them to the cardboard tube. He then primes and paints the stools and wraps the tubes with yarn to simulate the look of oversized spools.
- The back wall is set up as the main storage spot with a wall-to-wall bookshelf. The back of the unit is lined with fabric to bring more color and pattern into the room.
- The windows are dressed with curtains made out of bed sheets. A periwinkle sheet becomes the main panel and is trimmed with green and white checked fabric for a colorful contrast.
- Since the room doesn't have any windows, Cunningham makes four murals using cloud-printed wallpaper. She frames the murals with door casing to make them more prominent.
- Design coordinator Spencer Anderson creates a whimsical tent and hangs it from the ceiling with eye hooks and wire cable.
Furniture and storage - $519
- cream tent couch: IKEA - Klippan
- bookcase and storage: IKEA - Expedit
- small square wood kids' table: IKEA - Periwinkle
- white toy boxes: Target
- blue airplane light: Target - #074020022
Art and accessories - $318
- sofa and toy box pillows: Tuesday Morning - chenille/purple/green & white #738790807010 & #738790180373
- fabric for tent: Michael Levine
- cloud wall panels: The Home Depot - Artscape Window Covering Film, #346921
Window treatments - $85
- periwinkle sheet: Home Goods - #015551
- green and white checked: Michael Levine
Paint and supplies - $41
- wall paint: Benjamin Moore - Pale Sea Mist, #2147-50
Hardware and incidentals - $31
Project Total - $994
Michelle and TJ Murray need to get their playroom organized, and they need help.