Recently my husband and I rearranged our house to accommodate our growing family. My eager baby girl seems to find every crumb and possible danger by scooting herself quickly across the floor. It keeps this mama busy! We envisioned a space that could keep her safer while she played safely next to her big (2-year-old) brother.
It is wonderful to have our closed in sunporch for our playroom. Delightful natural light for playtime brings happiness; especially on those days we don’t get outside.
Empty Wall: Project Time
I found that the large empty wall in this play space needed some color and happiness! We are renters, so investing a lot of money into beautification projects is simply not an option. However, I feel strongly that every space should feel like home…even rented ones!
We initially thought we would be renting our house for 1 year. Well 5 years, 2 babies later….guess what? We are STILL HERE!
Oh how I wish I would have adopted my current attitude of loving my rented home space 5 years ago…I have learned so much since then. I guess that’s what matters.
Throughout the project of, turning a wall into something fun & vibrant on a low cost, I kept three things in mind:
- Utilize materials I already had.
- Be colorful.
- Take advantage of freebies.
The dollar store…oh I just love it! Don’t you?
I had a few frames leftover from the dollar store and wanted to transform them. My vision started to form! What could I do with them?
Paint! Bright, happy paint! I gathered the random paints in my basement and went to town.
***Tip: if you need various colors but don’t want to dish out the $$$ consider asking a few friends, neighbors, coworkers etc. for paint. Most people have various leftover paints sitting around.
Simply Bright Frames
My vision was coming to life! After an hour of painting, I was ecstatic about my vision coming to life. I recently saw a colorful 8 X 11 ” frame at Target for $18. I painted 14 different frames for $14! (If you don’t count the cost of leftover paint). Same idea…SO. MUCH. CHEAPER.
It is tempting to walk into a home goods store and spend $20 ~ $30 on a beautiful piece of home decor. I’ve been there. But imagine if you could cover an entire wall of art for a fraction of the cost.
YOU CAN! Lately I’ve been amazed by the beautiful, free printables online. The trick is knowing how to find them. Pinterest is a huge help. Follow my Pinterest page and Free Printables board for specific suggestions. I want to list a few affiliate links so you can find the specific printables I used for this playroom art wall.
**This website is amazing! It is a free art project with beautiful printables. That is where I found the printable of the tree, “Asja boro” (art with sun and houses), house with flowers, girl with hula hoop & cat.
**Check out Sam’s amazing site! She compiled a list of amazing free printables. You will find the ones I used on her list.
This cool website is where I found the Books of the Bible free printable.
A few accents
In addition to the frames I included two Darice cardboard letters (Darice 2862-H Paper Mache Letter – H – 8 x 5.5 x 1 inches) decorated with yarn & ribbon to represent my two favorite littles, a ribbon garland, a felt ball garland with 100% Wool Felt Balls – 100 pieces | Hand-Felted Pom Poms | Pure Wool Beads | Felt Ball DIY (25mm, Mixed Color), and a wooden canvas (top right corner).
I think it helped to use a few various shapes to give more character to the wall. So there you have it friends…a brightened up playroom! Being creative & colorful doesn’t have to be expensive. See more photos below.
♥ Thrifty Pittsburgh Girl