Playroom Reno

We’ve been working on our attic transformation since late last Fall and I’m a bit embarrassed to say we still aren’t quite finished. I’ve done a lot of projects in my life but never have I ever spent SO much time on one … I think it’s gonna be good though and totally worth the wait 🙂

We bought our house 2 years ago and we’ve done a lot in that length of time, or at least I like to tell myself that. The entire downstairs has been painted, the sunroom has been wallpapered, hardwoods have been installed in all the bedrooms, the interior columns have been replaced with wood beams and a crazy-large window was removed to create a walk-through from the dining room to the sunroom … and that’s just the big stuff. We’ve also had our roof replaced and the outside painted but those things don’t trigger quite the same amount of excitement as the others. It was hard to pinpoint what our next project would be, because the kitchen and outside are fighting each other at the top of my list, but we decided to go with the attic. Weird choice some might say, but we’ve been excited to make the space usable for us. All of our living is on the first floor, which I love, but there’s not much space left to “play” … enter the attic space. The people before us had transitioned the attic into some sort of a second floor with three large rooms and a bathroom, which I find so amazing in itself, however it wasn’t quite working for us so we’ve made (and are still making) some changes to make the space our own. So far we’ve ripped up all of the carpet and installed some amazing hardwoods we found ON CLEARANCE at Floor & Decor. We’ve knocked down some walls and moved some doorways, we’ve redone the bathroom, we’ve installed all new lighting and we’ve done some painting. We’ve designated one room as Austin’s playroom, one room as the game room (think ping pong, air hockey, darts) and one room as my craft room – can I get a hallelujah?!? I’m happy to say that although we may still be in the process of finishing up this huge undertaking at least the playroom is complete!

After the “construction” phase of the playroom renovation was complete, we installed the hardwoods and painted the room Sherwin Williams Dewy to help brighten up the space. We designated one wall as ‘the chalkboard’ and painted it from top to bottom with Valspar black chalkboard paint. We then hung french doors in the brand new doorway and stained them with Varathane Provincial wood stain. Recessed lights were also installed, as well as a new fan, and to keep it simple we painted the ceiling the same color as the walls! After that it was time for the fun part – decorating! And because I’m obsessed with Rethunk Junk’s Denim Blue chalk paint, I did paint an existing piece of furniture with it and did a glossy finish.

Here are some before and afters with sources tagged at bottom:

Construction Phase


Pre-Paint & Pre-Hardwoods






Final Touches

IKEA KALLAX storage unit (I painted with Rethunk Junk Denim Blue chalk paint & a gloss finish) // IKEA LEKMAN storage cubes // IKEA LYCKSELE futon with black/white EBBARP cover // IKEA KNAGGLIG wooden storage crates // Triangle wall decals – Amazon // Threshold Schoolhouse wall clock – Target


Keep an eye out for a bathroom reno post soon! Happy Monday to all 🙂



  1. EmilyS says:

    Love this space! Its so crazy how much the floors and paint brighten the area up!

    1. lcetter says:

      Thank you Emily! They definitely made a huge impact 😊

  2. Colorfulwings Journal (NJ) says:

    This transformation is AMAZING!! I especially love the new paint color so much! Great job – you’re very talented!

    1. lcetter says:

      Thank you!! I so appreciate your sweet words!

  3. Jane says:

    The space looks absolutely amazing! Love the wall color and love the floors. The decorating is awesome! Great job!

    1. lcetter says:

      Thank you so much Jane! We’re happy with how it turned out and even happier to be done! 😂

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