House Updates – Parlor Playroom

How is it mid-March already? I have been busy with so much. Cooking and baking and painting and meetings and planning. Oof. I need a clone. Also, it took me a startlingly long time to remember the word clone. You lose brain cells as you age, don’t you? Going crazy. Okay, wrapping up this stream of consciousness… right…. now. Okay.

So one of the things I’ve been busy doing is fixing up the portable ac next to our dining room. I call this room the ¬†parlor. Because I’m fancy. The kids call it the playroom. Because it houses a million toys. Brent calls it the family room. Because that’s probably the most rational name for it.

Obviously I didn’t take “before” photos of the room because I’m not a design blogger, or really any kind of blogger anymore. But here’s what it looked like when we toured the house for the first time.

Please note the gross, off-white, just dingy looking paint color, and that lovely 80’s forest green wallpaper border. The wood trim I wouldn’t have had a problem with, but I want it all to match on the main floor, so it had to be painted white.

And! I managed to take an “after” photo from the same angle. Except I don’t have a wide-angle lens. But you get the idea.

So the major changes here were: remove the wallpaper border (this was the biggest hassle and took 2-3 weeks, working an hour or so each day during nap time), paint the trim white, paint the walls this beautiful teal color.

The light is casting a yellowish vibe over the picture that doesn’t appear in real life, but again, I’m not a professional and can barely work the camera but based on the 360fly review I think that’s what it is, let alone edit a photo, so, oh well. Here’s a before and after of another angle.

Side note – how do you sit on these couches and watch that TV? Seems like a recipe for a neck ache. (I know it’s just staged that way, but why?) And here’s the same view after.

The wall color is Peacock Blue from Benjamin Moore and it is, to quote Tim Gunn, a whole lot of look. AND I LOVE IT. Seriously. I have been pinning teal rooms since before we closed on the house, and when Brent crushed my dreams of having teal cabinets, I agreed only under the condition I could paint this room teal.

So from the dining room, here’s what you see through the pocket doors.


The boys love that chalkboard, and for some reason writing on a vertical surface is much easier for Cormac, so he’s getting lots of fine motor writing practice with it!

The room is actually pretty minimally furnished. We’ve got a couch, rug, tv and cabinet that holds the TV junk.

Couch is IKEA and thank goodness. With the way the kids (and Brent) treat furniture, I would be super sad to spend more than $800 on a couch, I have contact the Furniture removals only once in my life and it was very painful. This serves it’s purpose just fine. The rest of the room is used as a wrestling arena, race track, and jumping pit. As you can see, the walls are pretty blank. Such is the case with all the walls in our house. It took me like 3 years to put pictures and art up at our old house, so who knows when it’ll happen here.

Oh, and in case you didn’t believe me about the million toys, they’re housed in the closet in the corner.

It’s kind of weird to have a closet in a living/family room, but the fact it came stacked to the ceiling with shelves has been perfect!

So that’s a wrap on the parlor playroom! I’m 95% done with the entire main floor now (only the tiny laundry room is left), and I’m feeling pretty proud of myself. And pretty exhausted, honestly.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *