Toddler + Teen Playroom | One Room Challenge, Week 2

Here we are at week 2 of Calling It Home‘s One Room Challenge and we have progress!  We have structure! We have hope! My toddler and teen might just enjoy sharing this playroom after all.

The goal here is to merge two completely different worlds. My son, 2, needs a place to play, store all of his toys and get a little crazy! My daughter, 13, wants a teen retreat to watch TV when she doesn’t agree with our show selection (often) and hang with her friends. How can these two things coexist? I don’t know but I’m gonna give give it a try! Here is the master plan again.

This week we cleared the room of the old mess, sorted through a lot of toys and craft projects and got our ducks in a row. More importantly, we PAINTED and it looks GREAT!

Originally the walls were the main house color (Sherwin Williams – Rice Grain) on the top two thirds and chalkboard paint on the bottom third, separated by a chair rail. See Week One photos here.

The chalkboard area had been used and abused by all our visiting friends. After some serious convincing and photo taking (for posterity sake), I got everyone on board to paint over the chalkboard with new chalkboard paint. I know I could have simply wiped it clean, but since the painters were coming anyway, I thought a fresh coat of chalkboard paint would serve the room well.

Favorite teacher, Ms. Lane, documented for eternity!

We decided to jazz up the top two thirds with a nice, thick horizontal stripe. I like keeping a flow between rooms that open up to one another. With this room adjacent to our Family Room, which is painted in Rice Grain, creating a tone on tone stripe here was the perfect way to go. To accomplish this, I had the painter cut the main body color (Rice Grain) with 50% white for the alternating stripe. This keeps the true color but with less intensity and is one of my favorite designer secrets (learn more here!). I measured and mapped out the stripes, then painter came and did his thing. I absolutely hate painting and he’s so good, why fight it?

The ceiling fan stays and serves us very well here in humid Gainesville, Florida. It’s consistent with the rest of the fans in the house, which is something I like.

Townsend Fan

The floors stay, as well. I love them, even if they do show everything, and I mean everything.

I love these and hate these

The TV is already mounted on the wall and it will stay right there.

Now that we have the background all set, it will be time to move onto the big pieces and how the room will lay out next week. I have a few ideas in mind but I want to draw it out to make sure I’m on the right track. Here is the plan again. I envision (an imaginary) line right down the middle separating the two! Is that so wrong? It’s even on the floor plan.

Floorplan of Playroom

So, there you have it. Progress on this design challenge. I like the direction we’re headed.  What do you think? Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions? Please comment below!

Are you following along with the 20 designers posting on Wednesdays? And the other 200+ designers posting in Thursdays? I am glued each week! Check them out come back here next week for another update.

You can keep up with our progress in the One Room Challenge in these posts:

Toddler + Teen Playroom, Week 1

And add this handy dandy graphic to your Pinterest boards for future reference!



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