Out With The Old And In With The New – Spiv’s Playroom Update

You will probably be aware by now that I have two crazy and very active little boys under the age of 5. And like any other Mum, I feel I’m constantly battling to keep the house organised and tidy.

Before Christmas I was coming to the end of my tether with their playroom and felt that no matter how many times I tidied it each day, it still looked like a tip, and was just not fit for purpose. I wanted to create a space that was exclusively for the boys with décor that reflected that. Storage and space saving ideas were also key, as the space is not vast and I wanted everything to have its place. So I set about creating a fuss free space with quirky industrial vibes.

I figured now was the perfect time to share the project and give you all some inspo, following the giant deliveries of present on Christmas day and the fact that all the fellow parents out there now have to find a way to store and organise them all!

All Change

The room was originally a wet room used by the elderly couple living in our house previously. Before having children I had created quite a classic and relaxing girly space, with a large love seat and my Cole and Son Flamingo wallpaper but as the boys took over, turned into this!


The first step in the overhaul of this room was painting the walls. I went for fresh, clean white using Valspar Brilliant White Emulsion. It’s a great quality paint which dries fast, so once we stripped the wallpaper this was a job that was achieved in a matter of hours.

A Space To Create

I wanted one feature wall that would contrast with the crisp whiteness and there’s nothing more suitable for a playroom than a chalk board wall! To save space, I said good bye to the easel which was bulky and took up a lot of space and replaced it with the Scandiborn Olli Ella – Pollie Shelf and paper holder, which next to the chalkboard wall, created a clear, creative area.


Book Nook

The boys are into books in a big way, so creating a book nook to store and read was high on the priority list. Ikea have a fabulous range of products that can be used to store books. I found the IKEA Ribba Picture Ledges worked perfectly in the corner of the room.

RU Comfy kindly completed the corner with their gorgeous Barley Busby Bean Bag Chair and Ottoman, where the boys spend hours lost in their stories. If you are thinking of creating a similar space they also have a fabulous range of floor cushions and bean bags in a range of colours, fabrics and styles, which are well worth a look.

Storage Solution

No project in my home would be complete without a degree of DIY now would it? I was desperate for everything to have a place in the room, having as little out on display as possible. I spotted some vintage lockers on Ebay and the rest was history.

The lockers were cleaned and sanded with a very fine sand paper, before painting with Valspar colour matched blue paint for wood and metal. B&Q have Valspar Colour Stations in most larger stores where over specialised technology to colour match over 2.2 million colours, Staff are also on hand to provide expert advice and guidance.

The Valspar paint transformed the lockers with its striking matt finish. The lockers are now used to hide away almost all of the unsightly and bulky toys and are a savvy storage solution.

A Dream Desk

My eldest started school in September and has really embraced learning, so a dedicated and grown up space where he can do his little projects seemed to make sense. In line with the industrial vibe of the room, we decided to make a DIY hair pin leg desk, using some scaffold boards we acquired during our build.

The Hair Pin Leg Company have a large selection of industrial style legs for tables, benches and shelve brackets in many colours. We used the black 3 rod 28 inch dining and desk legs which come in sets of 4 and are currently on sale! See the quick and simple steps to assembling the desk below, which comes with screws, protective feet and a simple build guide.

Due to limited wall space in the room, we made clever use of the space above the door and are now able to neatly store all the messy play and paint equipment away from mischief, up high. I chose the Form Red Steel Shelf brackets to add a pop of colour and were sourced from B&Q for £6.50.

The Finishing Touches

Little Max Made, an Australian based company run by the fabulous Stacey, provided the quirky prints and wall art which the boys absolutely adore. The prints were downloadable and printable which made things very easy. For truly unique and creative children’s wall art visit her Etsy page to be blown away!

Grey Fox Design handcrafted our beautiful “work hard, play hard,” bespoke wire words, to complete the room. You can follow this fabulous small business on Instagram @greyfoxdesign. This creative Mama offers a large range of wire words and art in an array of styles and designs, totally personalised.

The Photo Memo Board from Matalan was essential for organisation but also a bargain at £12.

If anything else in the room has caught your eye, find a list of where I bought everything else below.

Spiv x

Desk Lamp – Cult Furniture

Desk Chair – Ebay

Wooden Star – The Range

No 7 – Home Sense

Desk Stationary Storage – IKEA

Rug – IKEA




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