Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hey, I'm back!!

and better than ever. Or something close to that.

So what else have I been up to you say?

Oh not much. I just decided to re-do our playroom.  I had some ideas for better storage for Maddy's toys. Before we had one of those ikea toy storage units. It was just too hard for Maddy to dig through the big bins and find what she was looking for, so she just wouldn't play with the stuff in them.
the ikea bin of chaos
Here are a few before pictures (really before, like a few from before we even painted the room green and did the board and batten treatment).
Trying to decide on the colors

The room before paint. shudder with me folks

Still a before picture, but at least we had it painted by this point

BEFORE photo. This was the point that our playroom was at, but it just wasn't being used as much as I was hoping, and it still looked blah to me. You know me, I like some Wow factor. Or crazy factor as John likes to call it. eh, tomato, tomahto. :)

So, in order to not spend too much out of pocket money, I decided to sell some stuff (like the ikea toy storage) on craigslist in order to payroll the makeover. I tried to do things pretty cheaply in this room. Lots of stuff I already had. Let's look at the abundance of photos I took. You knew they were coming.

 A couple of walmart white boards (super cheap) to hang drying art. Maddy loves to paint so this was something I wanted to add for a long time. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do. I didn't want something with push pins for obvious reasons. Thank goodness for magnets. I got some that looked just like push pins because it appealed to my dumb sense of humor.

 This is how Maddy draws people these days. Our house is literally covered in these people. So cute.

 I told John my dream was to make a mini childrens museum in our playroom. I think he thought I was kidding....behold the mailbox I made him mount on our wall. Another cheap walmart purchase.
 For the pesky huge toys that won't fit on shelves, enter the large plastic bucket hidden behind the door.
 Wahoo!!! I thought about putting the usual PLAY or FUN or AREN'T WE SO PRECIOUS FOR PUTTING LETTERS ON OUR WALL, but Wahoo all capitalized like that seemed so sarcastic and yet fun that it was perfect. I gotta get my kicks where I can people.
 I originally bought a bunch of ugly bins at Walmart and they cost more than the cheap walmart bookshelves and I was annoyed. So I went onto and found these bins which were not only cheaper but cuter and fit more stuff. Score and double score. I wasn't sure about the colors, but in the end I like 'em. Oh, and Grant likes to dump the toys off the bottom shelves, so we put stuff down there that is for him. It's adorable.
 Oh canisters of art supplies. How you make my little heart sing.
 Goodwill globe stolen from Maddy's room.
 Getting fancy with the angles.
 Lincoln Log Preserves. Yummmm.
 My craigslist chair find. Don't laugh, I'm going to try to slipcover it (really really simplistic slipcover....) John saw it and called it "chintzy." I'll chintzy you mister.
Now we move on to my favorite parts of the room. Welcome to Grant's Groceries (maddy helped paint this. cute)
 I got that white bin at D.I. five million years ago and always intended to use it for this very purpose. It only took me five million years to paint over it's dark green crackle paint and use it.
 This has been used all over the house too. It landed here for now.
 Oh, this makes my little heart so happy.

 Yes, we did have to make a rule about how many gumballs Maddy could eat. No, she hasn't followed that rule at all.
 I found this little basket at Goodwill and was SO excited. I knew just where it was going. Sunflowers from the dollar store of course. Do people buy fake flowers anywhere else?? (or fake grapes for that matter....)
 We used her ikea table as her register area and her post office headquarters.
 Blue mailbox was a consignment store find. Postal scale was a Goodwill find.

 Want to come into Madeline's Cafe? Funny thing? I used to go to a restaurant with my friend Emily called Le Madeleines for lunch quite a bit. So this sign kinda reminds me of that. This thing was actually a mirror and I was going to use it to do an area of dress up for Maddy and then it broke. So I improvised and it is now a very simple sign.
 It started off being gold, but then I dry-brushed it with a sort of verdigris color paint. Muy bueno.
 Fake LED candle (you guessed it) dollar store. Glass vase bottle Goodwill. I loved the tiny clipboard when I found it. It has already been used to take orders.
I'm sorry, not to get off topic here, but I kinda hate the name Pinkalicious. The books are cute, but it sounds like some sort of Britney Spears song. Something like,  Pinkalicious you're delicious....ugh, see what I mean????
 Makes me want to sit down at a bistro and order a macaroon. Or club sandwich.

 Oh yeah, did I mention I made a STINKING AWESOME canopy all by my little dang self???? Oh, offhandedly, yeah I did.
 Fabric was on super Columbus Day sale. Maddy loves it.

 I didn't sew it, so the edges are raw. But my friends it is made from outdoor fabric so it's like canvas and not likely to unravel., this blog is called pretend fancy for a reason, remember?
 I made it using a wrapping paper tube and fishing wire
 cut little holes into the top and wired the fishing line through
 and hung it to a hook on the ceiling. It took some time, but I love how it turned out. I'm sure you couldn't tell.

 Table in the middle of the room for art projects/Mom sewing projects.

 You probably remember this bed from the last time I made over the playroom. It stayed the same because it's awesome.
 Then I snuck up and took pictures while it was in use. The girls loved it.

There you go folks. And I bet I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "hmm, this is all well and good, but wasn't she redoing her kitchen, what happened to that?" To which I answer it is coming. The floor is finished (thanks to a craigslist trade we got a professional to come and finish them for us in trade for a family photoshoot, awesome), but we need to put back up the shoe molding. After that she's all yours. And bytheway, I love it. But not as much as I love a healthy husband.


John & Jennifer Savage said...

I think you're thinking of "Fergalicious" by Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas... I love the room btw. Great job hon!!

the emily said...

There are no words. That is FANTASTIC. I can't believe your creativity! It looks amazing dude.

So glad John is doing better, I hope he recovers from the french fries as well as he's doing from the rest of it all and you can have the hubs back.

Kelly said...

Okay I have so many comments to make...and Justin does too. First, awesome! Love hearing my sister the way I know you! Second, sloop happy John is getting better. He is always in our thoughts and prayers. Third, the wahoo is awesome! Fourth, I so needed this post to make the world a better place. Fifth, thank you for all of your sweet encouraging comments lately, totally meant more than any one else's! Justin loves the green accent wall and the awning we both made an out loud wow! Pretty much it turned out awesome! I love all of the different play areas. If only we lived closer Lylia would LOVE to play in there with Maddy! I loved the baskets in the grocery store and how they all looked different! The organization was also the best part! Canisters how I dream of having a house you fit in... Pretty much, I can't say awesome enough!!!!! Thank you thank you for posting! Can't wait to see the kitchen! Talk to you soon! Love you!

luvnmy10 said...

First, yay, you are back!!! Second, yay, John is doing well!!! Third, OH MY GOODNESS! I want to play in that playroom! I love it all. I am so happy you left the cozy curtained in bed, it was/is so cute? You are like a workhorse (but much cuter : )) to accomplish so much on your own. So happy you're back. I am anxiously waiting for the total kitchen reveal, very curious about those cabinet redo kits. Thanks for posting!

Tooele Brezoff said...

I do love it so very much, can you make my house your next project? it needs some love! I am so glad John is doing better!

Tara, Doug, Isaac, and Lucy said...

you rock my decorating world. so cute

Lori said...

So glad to hear that John is recovering well. The single mom feeling makes you so grateful for when they are there and able to help.
That play room is awesome! What lucky kids you have (and all of their little friends too). The canopy was super creative. And I like the green walls too. Actually, I really like it all. I like the shelves with baskets. I was thinking about getting those Ikea shelves with the pull out drawers but they are kind of expensive and the baskets from target look cute and seem much more practical ($$$).
I went to D.I. 3 times while in Utah. I was like an addict. And we came home with a full suitcase of D.I. stuff for the kids. One person there saw how much was in my cart and she made some comment like "you're buying up the whole store!" Ha! But when you only get to go once a year you gotta take advantage of it :)

Katamaran said...

I have missed you! I don't know HOW but I lost this link! I was SO sad that I finally found time and sat down and sifted through 700+ old emails to find it! whew! Time well spent I think :0) I LOVE THIS PLAY ROOM! Holy cow you do GREAT things! I wish I had the vision and talent you do! You probably don't see it that way, you may even think it's easy, but it's not, you are TALENTED. And on a side note that makes me feel silly, I had a beautiful couch and overstuffed chair set in that EXACT fabric, and I loved it, so take that Mister! It unfortunately is a very THIN fabric that did not survive our 4 children, so it was eventually tossed :0( sad! I know that you will find a great way to make it fit (and by fit I mean color scheme) into that room. I look forward to it!

Did you finish the kitchen? I'll have to go back and catch up! Thank goodness I have the day off!

Oh, and of course more importantly! I'M SO GLAD THE HUBS IS HOME AND DOING BETTER!

Amy said...

That is one amazing playroom! I want to be there all the time playing too. More amazing that you can do all that as a single mom. Your kids and hubby are so lucky to have you. I can't wait to see the kitchen!