January 22, 2013

The "Big Boy" Playroom - part 2

The other day I showed you all the pegboard in the playroom and a peek at the other side of the wall.  Well, here's the full report on the other side.  The brown furniture is a family hand-me-down.  My dad had it in his dental office when I was little.  I broke up the pieces and made a desk in the middle for building Legos.  The furniture stores all the Legos (though we don't have enough to fill it at this point.)


I thought about putting a board across the top to act as a desk, but in the end I purchased this child's table from Ikea to use instead.  I figure I'll re-use it even when this set up gets old.


As for sorting the Legos, I've seen a billion different systems from tackle boxes to silverware trays, etc.



We went cheap and cut off the bottoms of our cereal boxes to make sorting bins.  The boys can pull them out when needed as well.


Baden is kind of little for the intense building, but he loves this mini figurine stations separating the heads, bodies, legs, accessories, and hats.  Then he can build those as he pleases while Rex is into the more technical building.


I had an old desktop lamp in storage that I got out for the workspace.  He can build there and then the completed pieces can stay on display on the dressers.


I didn't label the drawers because the boys know what's in them.  One holds instructions, one holds bigger pieces, one holds our imposter Megablocks to keep them separate, etc.  I have large plastic ziplocks in another because the rule is that if you want to take one of the big pieces apart, that you have to put all the pieces directly into a Ziplock.  I hate it when you loose a crucial piece and can't ever rebuild it right. 


For the posters, I took pictures of Rex's favorite Legos with white cardboard behind them.  (For tips on taking photos like this you might want to read THIS POST.)  Then I edited them to be black and white, upping the contrast and making some other adjustments. 


I printed them as engineer prints at Staples for around $3 each.  I cut off the slight edge on them and then measured them exactly.  Then I went to Home Depot and got the $4 thin MDF sheets that are 2'x4' and had them cut it to my exact measurements.  I attached the posters with spray adhesive.  I recommend only spraying the MDF and not the paper itself.  It tends to stain the paper a bit when it's white like this.  (To see the full process with additional tips, you can read THIS POST.  It's all the same.)

 I mounted the posters with those Command mounting strips I love.  Done.  3 huge posters for around $20.


There's a little more to do in the room, but no rush.  I'm trying to decide what to do on the walls here in the opposite corner.  There are 2 little beanbags and a mini trampoline my sister and I found at a thrift store for $10 a long time ago.  Any ideas?  I've thought about doing giant words in vinyl, but I'm not set on anything.  I'd love to hear your input.


And that's where we're at now.  The boys are spending more time down there and loving it, which makes me happy.

33 comments:

  1. I think the posters are my favorite part! They turned out awesome. Like custom art!!

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  2. What a fun room! Thanks for the tips on printing engineer prints. I have a few saying I want printed, but not at the price that regular poster prints cost!

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  3. How about a reading nook in that corner?

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  4. looks like so much fun!! i want to come over and play legos :) i love the art!!

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  5. I love how the posters turned out! What about a skyline on that opposite wall to continue the superhero theme? My little man has recently gotten into superheros, and I'm always telling my husband ideas I saw here for what we can do for him. :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Ooo a skyline and then put some of those wooden box/shelf things and the boys could put superheroes or whatever in them like a big boy version of a dollhouse!

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  6. Those posters are awesome! Maybe you should have some sort of little playhouse type thing over in the corner. I love how it is coming along!

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  7. I'm seriously in love with the posters. And I like Gina's idea - maybe some kind of reading nook?

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  8. This is awesome! And I love your cheap solution to the legos! Its an ongoing battle to stay organized with all those little pieces! Last night I was googling engineering prints for the beach shot I took of the boys this weekend. So glad you wrote about it here! You always have the info I need! Love ya for that! Have a great day!

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  9. AMAZING! Gotta love those big prints - so cute!

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  10. As for giant words in the corner...Have you seen (on Pinterest, of course) the words, Boy, n.
    1. noise with dirt on it
    It's meant to look like a dictionary entry?

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  11. "Imposter Megablocks." Ha! I feel the same way, yet it doesn't stop my kids from wanting the "Power Ranger legos." And I LOVE the way your room looks! We struggle constantly with organizing the billions of little pieces.I found freezer size ziplog bags works wonders with sets after they've played with them a bit, since we can't display ALL their legos, all the time.

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  12. I hear you on the lost lego set pieces. It's probably not ideal, but we separate our lego's by set into big ziplocs with the instructions. The random pieces we just keep inside the random lego piece box and build by imagination with those pieces. We purchased a couple ikea trofast storage units (the ones with the 3 tiers) and have a couple drawers in those dedicated to lego's. My son is becoming slightly obsessed with lego's (he's the same age as Rex) lately and impresses me with following those instructions on building them. I love lego's, but they are so hard to keep contained and organized! I find myself becoming slightly obsessed with lego organization. It's great that you have room to grow with your storage because it's a toy they'll play with for a long time and continue to get more.

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  13. I LOVE the posters! You are awesomely creative. Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  14. Not just a playhouse in the corner, but a treehouse...somehow make the structure go UP, like Rex's superhero bed, with a slide. Underneath could be a reading cave. I think they need more pillows or beanbags to jump on from the trampoline. My favorite thing to do when I was little was jump from the mini trap into a big pile of pillows.

    Good luck! You are so awesome.

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  15. I love the posters! I may have to this with my daughter's lalaloopsy dolls

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  16. We just made a new room for the kids and used ikea spice rack to hold books. I've seen the idea several places - here's one example: http://tabletonic.blogspot.com/2011/02/budget-diy-of-day-spice-rack-kids.html. They were $4 each when I bought them though - not the $2.49 the blog paid.

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  17. Your boys are big fans of Superheros, maybe you could do big stickers of "Bam" "Pow" "Zap". http://img3.etsystatic.com/008/0/6849641/il_fullxfull.389077163_ctgm.jpg

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  18. I love the room and the Lego solutions. The trampoline corner looks like it's shaping up to be an action arena!

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  19. Oh I just love those big prints. SO want to figure out a place in the house to do that. Really cool!

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  20. That Lego set up is amazing. I wish my boys had a room like that. My little guy loves the Lego men too. He can sit for hours creating different guys.

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  21. You might put in a Lego Mosaic board. You just glue some large lego flats to some mdf and mount it to the wall. Then the boys can use their legos to create pictures on the wall. Lots of fun!

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  22. How about something interactive with big letters that have magnets on them that they can remove to spell words, it will come in handy when they practice for their spelling test in the future, maybe a big Chicka chicka boom boom tree. Love the room and the posters, such a great tip!

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  23. Those posters are fantastic!

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  24. What a great idea for poster style prints! Much cheaper than getting a canvas printed which is what I've done in the past.

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  25. I love the idea of a reading nook/ cave. I'm not sure what your boys are like when it comes to reading, but a few comics with their favourite heroes might be helpful. At the very least they can look at the pictures and tell stories in their own words.

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  26. Cheri,

    What about an exercise area? My daughter has been diagnosed with Aspergers, a form of Autism. This affects her coordination. We build a play/exercise area in the garage when we lived in Wyoming. It was the only place left. :) I put in a blow up family sized pool and filled it with balls and made a giant ball pit. I also put three layers of carpet padding down with a layer of carpet over the cement slab so she could tumble and roll as she wanted. The last item was an eight foot long 4 x 4 wood plank to use as a balance beam. A couple of exercise balls and a cd player and she could go out and play and roll to music and I had a great place for visiting kids when friends came over. Oh, and yes we also had a mini trampoline as well that I got at the Good Will.
    This may be more that you want or have space for but maybe a place where the boys can yell and rough house with out being hurt would be an option for you.

    Maureen

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  27. the posters crack me up. good idea putting them in b&w, it really works for the room.

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  28. What about a lego wall, or a magnet wall or a chalkboard wall?

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  29. I LOVE the posters! My boys are Lego Star Wars crazy, so I am going to copy your idea and sub. Star Wars Legos. Just had a question about hanging...which Command hooks do you use?

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  30. Shut the front door- this is the cutest artwork I've ever seen in a boys room! SO happy to have found it on eighteen25's blog! I have 2 little boys who are mega obsessed with CARS and didn't want to hang the cheesy Disney stuff so this is perfect- can't wait to create some!! Thanks for sharing (:

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  31. I love the poster art you created! I'm getting ready to re-do my 7yr old's room and he loves his wrestler's. I wanted to do something fun, and this has giving me the best inspiration for wall decor! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. This is really great!!!! Thanks for all the inspiration!! :D

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