Decorating Before and After - An Organized Playroom

We recently redecorated our playroom/office.  This room used to be the formal dining room but like most families, we found we really didn't need one.  As a dining room,  it was painted red with heavy formal drapery.  At first, we just moved in the toys and desk into the room but after all the other work we had done on the first floor, we decided this room needed a facelift too.

So with a can of paint, a little bit of fabric, a new light fixture and some new artwork, we transformed our tired playroom into something cute and modern.

We replaced the outdated window treatments with simple inverted pleated drapery made from indoor/outdoor fabric found on Online Fabric Store for less than $10 yard.  If you would like to learn how to make inverted pleats, click here for my complete tutorial.

Creating the "Live . Laugh . Love" was very easy.  I just printed out the words using a font that I liked and then transferred the words to the wall.  After that, I used a magic marker to fill in the words.

We made a family organization center on one wall using wall pockets found on Amazon.

Artwork can be found on my Etsy store, Susan Newberry Designs.  Frames came from Wayfair.

We got rid of the dated chandelier with something more modern from Wayfair was just $50.00.

What do you think? I hope I have inspired you to do a little redecorating!

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From Old Fashioned to Contemporary - A New Look for a Worn Rocking Chair

Here is my latest project.  It is part DIY and part professional upholstery.  This chair used to belong to my grandma and had already been refinished once that I know of.  It was worn and tired.  We thought about selling it but on second thought decided it was worth keeping.

First thing I did was strip it down and paint it with homemade black chalk paint.  If you want the recipe check out this former post.

I purchased the fabric online at Online Fabric Store.  The fabric was under $10 yard and is an indoor outdoor fabric.  I figured that was good to stand up to abuse.

My goal was to recover it myself.  Well, I can't do everything.  I tried.  I admit I was disappointed but figured it would take too much time and I was be too frustrated. So it just wasn't worth it.  So we took it to my favorite place for upholstery - Upholstery House in Duluth.

I bought the little garden stool from Wayfair for about $100.  It makes a cute little table, don't you think?

Now that the rocking chair has been redone, I feel it has been given a new life.  Maybe I'll be able to pass it on to my grandchildren one day.

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