Sarah and Scott came up with the perfect solution to an underused, awkward space in the house they bought two years ago. An addition to the original Del Ray farmhouse, the space seemed to be designed as an eat-in dining area off the kitchen, but the counter stuck out in a strange way that made it hard to use, even with barstools. What’s more, they usually eat in the dining room and the addition with its “cold, ugly tile” felt unwelcoming. Here are a few photos of the space before they came up with their perfect solution.
“We couldn’t figure out how to fit furniture in the space,” says Sarah, “but while I was pregnant last year we decided to make it into a play area.” Sarah and Scott created a bright and engaging playroom for their now one-year-old son, Tabor. It’s a great idea since Tabor can play nearby while Sarah cooks and she can use the gate to keep him safe. It also confines his toys to that area of the first floor, whereas before he had his own space, toys understandably had the run of the place.
The first two easy improvements Sarah and Scott made were to remove the kitchen bar and paint the walls in Sherwin Williams Believable Buff, a Benjamin Moore Natura paint. As a playroom for Tabor, they wanted the area to be as toxic-free as possible, which is why they chose a low odor, zero-VOC paint.
Next, Sarah decided to use FLOR tiles as carpet, one of the nicest details in the space. The tiles are also low in toxins, since no glue is required. She bought some samples and ended up choosing Twill Ride in the color Laurel Lime, which are made from recycled materials. She used a promotion that she received in a FLOR email update to get a discount. She also recommends that you buy samples because the colors don’t always look in person the way they appear online.
When you approach the kitchen from the entryway and long hallway, the color, an inviting blend of green and blue, adds pizazz and creates a pleasing, seamless flow. As Sarah says, “it kids up the space,” but it doesn’t make it seem too babyish either. It’s not obvious the the space is a playroom until you enter it.
“The FLOR tiles are fabulous” says Sarah, “you don’t need glue or anything to stick them down and we can remove one to clean or replace if baby throws up or stains it in some other way.” Installing them was a bit of a hassle, she admits, since the space is oddly shaped and she had to cut some tiles to size when she opted to go wall to wall with the tiles.
The alphabet letters are self-adhesive decals from Blik. They’re reasonably priced and you can pull them off easily if you want to move or replace them.
Scott, a former ski racer, hung a poster from a famous ski race in Austria, the Hahnenkammrennen.
I love that they mixed some toys on lower shelves with more “grown-up” accessories on the higher shelves. That way, from the eye level of adults, the decor blends with the rest of the home.
Plenty of light streams in through the shutters and skylight.
The colorful wooden toys on the other shelf are charming and sweet too.
In the very back of the house, next to a red, white, and blue set of toy containers is a guest bathroom, which will be handy when Tabor gets older and needs to get to the bathroom fast.
Scott and Sarah plan on making some design changes in the bathroom, which we can’t wait to see when it’s ready for prime time on DIY Del Ray.
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