Thrifted Playroom Decor

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Once a month I join forces with my Thrifty Style gals and we share some little bit of thrifty awesomeness from our homes! After four years of blogging, I could pretty much close my eyes and anything I’d touch would be ‘thrifted’ but today I’m going to pull back the curtain and show you our playroom! Until now the playroom has been a bit like Voldemort… unnamed and ne’er photographed… It’s still not finished (hello wallpaper residue on the walls), but I just brought home that coffee table I’m liking this new furniture configuration.

Colorful playroom with thrifted and repurposed decor.

The kids play in here trash this room all the time. Finding the right balance between play space and seating area has been tricky. Those chairs originally were a not-so-lovely rust-colored velvet. I had them recovered in this amazing fabric and they’re still a favorite.

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Colorful playroom with thrifted and repurposed decor.

The couch is an old Ikea Ektorp that I should be cleaning more often than I do, but let’s be honest… changing an Ikea slipcover should be on the short list for military punishment if you ask me.

Colorful playroom with thrifted and repurposed decor.

I get asked about this rug allllll the time… it’s a showstopper. I found this down the road at the Stark Carpet outlet and I’m still fairly sure there was a “0” left off the price tag. #sorrynotsorry

Colorful playroom with thrifted and repurposed decor.

That round table in the corner and the lamp were both thrift scores. Love em. I’m aging myself when I mention the rotary phone that we used to have in our basement growing up… this one is for playing “house”.

Colorful playroom with thrifted and repurposed decor.

And this coffee table just came home with me on Sunday! I went to the flea market despite the rain and got that for $30. I’m hopeful that it can stand up to children standing on it, because that’s usually the way tables work in our house… eventually they become a stage or a diving board or something.

Colorful playroom with thrifted and repurposed decor.

The gallery wall was a DIY using this Ikea curtain rod system (affiliate). It holds about a million ‘works of art’ which means I don’t have to ruffle feathers by ‘recycling’ said works of art. The rocking chair below was also a thrifted makeover… it started as yellow vinyl piece of history, and I pulled it apart and made it a little cozier.

Colorful playroom with thrifted and repurposed decor.

One day, this room won’t be quite as full of toys and we can light a fire in the fireplace, but for now… it’s a storage nook. The map was also thrifted because I couldn’t possible go more than two rooms without hanging a vintage map. (That’s sarcasm… I’m thinking maybe I can pump the breaks with all the maps over here.)

Colorful playroom with thrifted and repurposed decor.

Last but not least is my fun Ikea light that I painted to match the chairs… Lately I’ve been thinking I need something that gives off a little more light in here, but for now, it was an easy $10 light fixture! And of course… all my Nancy.

Colorful playroom with thrifted and repurposed decor.

Colorful playroom with thrifted and repurposed decor.

I’m not declaring this room “finished” by any stretch of the word… Two of the walls still need to be stripped of wallpaper residue and painted. The toy storage situation makes me bonkers… The downstairs powder room is akin to Harry Potter’s closet and has received a mini makeover with a new toilet and new tiled floor. I have fun plans for the back wall, but that’s about it.

Colorful playroom with thrifted and repurposed decor.

Colorful playroom with thrifted and repurposed decor.

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for Week Two of my One Room Challenge shed makeover… It’s going to be GOOD!!!

Colorful playroom with thrifted and repurposed decor.

And see lots of other thrifted goodness below… go check out all my fabulous partners in thrifty style crime!

Colorful playroom with thrifted and repurposed decor.

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10 Comments

  1. I love everything about it, because you know what they say…. play is a child’s work, and really I’m just a big kid. And that rug!!!!!

  2. Thanks to “changing an Ikea slipcover should be on the short list for military punishment”, I just spit my coffee alllllll up into my keyboard. Hahaha!! Your house reminds me so much of my house in Newtown – makes me miss it so much. Living in a lovely Italianate 70s house now, and changing as much as we can, as fast as we can. 😉

  3. Charlotte, I love all those pops of green in the room. It looks very kid friendly and lived in which is what you want with kids. Even the toys look like they belong there. Beautifully done… even if you think it’s not finished.