Gray and Yellow Playroom: The Reveal

Long ago in blogland, this room was my old craft space, until we moved my craft room down to the basement.  

NOW, it is the kids’ upstairs playroom!!!  They have several areas in the house for toys, but this room is strictly for them and they LOVE it!

Grey/Gray and Yellow Playroom Reveal
(done on a MAJOR budget!)

The walls went from a light pink to a blue/grey
Paint color is by Sherwin Williams and named “Online”.  
We painted a thrift store dresser ($30!)
The yellow dresser is the perfect spot to store toys
To the right of the dresser is a little area for playing dress up.
We are in the process of purchasing some costumes to add there.

Shelves above dress up area
I have never met a kid that doesn’t love bean bag chairs!
Perfect for TV viewing
Speaking of TV’s, we can’t be the only people left with a VCR, right?  The kids love watching VHS tapes and the best part is that we buy them for under 50 cents a piece at the thrift store:)

And yes, I painted the artwork above the TV… when Ethan was a baby… totally sentimental value!!
To the right of the TV area is a closet.
I call it the “closet of shame”.  
Anyone remember that episode of Friends where people found out that Monica would pack her closets full of stuff in order to make her house look clean?
That might be what I do too.
Moving on.
The other side of the room has their table and chairs with access to a magnet board and of course their felt board that I made
(link to the felt board series HERE)

I love their artwork above the table.  
I had each kid “paint” when they were almost a year old. 
So cute

 I made the curtains and I am loving the extra pop of yellow.

So, there you have it!  Our upstairs playroom.

Glad I got pictures because it will probably never look this clean again.  Thank goodness for closets :)

Linked up to several parties!
The 36th Avenue
  • Happier Than A Bird Quilts

    Very cute! I really like the framed finger painting, I’m going to have to steal that idea for sure.

  • Jenn

    I love love love the dresser idea. I would have never thought to do that for toys but it’s so clever.
    I love the framed art too. What a perfect addition to the room.

  • Rebecca

    It looks great! We don’t have a VCR because it busted but I will be replacing it. VHS tapes hold up so much better than dvds. I don’t know why they messed with a good thing. The room looks fabulous!

  • The Yorgus McGorgus Family

    That looks awesome!!! Now I want to redo a dresser to store toys in! Genius. :)

  • feltsocute

    Looks fantastic – I especially love the felt board! ;-)

  • Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap

    LOVE a makeover on a budget…and NO, you are not the only one that still uses a vcr :) we got so many vhs tapes for free…

  • Becky

    I love your new room. It is kid-classy for sure. And you may be also one of the only ones that still owns a box like tv instead of a flat screen. I know because we JUST bought a flatscreen to replace our box tv, and it is our ONLY tv in the main living area. Hehe. I love a frugal friend.

  • Katalina Jewelry

    Beautiful play room!

  • PitterAndGlink

    This is so pretty! I love the color combo!

  • Kim @ Too Much Time

    This playroom is just precious! I love the yellow chevron curtains and that dresser is totally fab! If you get a sec I would be jazzed if you stopped by and linked up at my party {Get Schooled Saturday} going on right now!
    Kim @ Too Much Time

  • Jenna

    Oh wow, this is really cute! I’m especially in love with the little bar to hang up the play clothes. Great job!

  • Lauren

    This room looks great! I love how cheery it is–perfect for kids! I’m totally with you on the closets; working on trying to remedy that, though.

  • Kathie

    Gorgeous! These are the colors I am trying to use now for my craft space!

  • Beja {Howdy-Honey}

    This is an amazing playroom!!! I wish ours looked so fancy since it’s the first room in the house.

  • Kim (TheMoney-Pit)

    What a great playroom! I love the colors against the gray walls! it is perfect!

  • Brittany @ My Decoupaged Life

    Wow it’s gorgeous! I LOVE the idea of putting toys in a dresser. And the colors are beautiful. Great job!
    Just so you know, I featured you today on Show Off Saturday!

  • Amanda M.

    That is so gorgeous!!!

  • Our Pinteresting Family

    What an amazing playroom! Love the pops of yellow. megan

  • Heidi Fowler

    I love the colors–the art–all of it! Fabulous job!!! I’d love for you to link up this (and any other ideas you’d like to share) at “One Creative Weekend” on

  • Stacia@feathersandsunshine

    I love this! such a crisp clean design. and doesn’t look like a day care, which can be so easy with a playroom. love the dresser for toy storage! here from one creative weekend, and just became your newest follower! I’d love if you came over to my brand new blog and checked it out. if you like what you see, follow me too!

  • Laura Ingalls Gunn

    A fun and beautiful space!

  • Johnny & Callie Bowers

    Oh I love the art above the yellow entertainment center…do you mind if I ask where you got it? I love it!

  • The Mouse House

    Thanks SO much for all the lovely comments!

    @Callie Bowers: Are you talking about the 4 white squares? If so, they were black pictures frames that I purchased at Pier One Imports years ago and I spraypainted them white!

    I have checked out all of your blogs, thank you!

  • Megan Duesterhaus

    I love everything you did here – especially that yellow dresser! I am in the process of making a play space for my little one and love your ideas!

  • Debt Free Mommy

    It’s party time over at Debt Free Mommy Blog! Please come by and link up your spaces with Making Space Mondays link party #10. I hope to see you there at! -Tabitha

  • Debt Free Mommy

    I adore your play room! Those little paintings you did are charming. At least yours is a closet of shame instead of a whole room, lol. Thanks for linking up at Making Space Mondays! Hope to see you at the next party. -Tabitha

  • Katie

    I love this room! Where did you find that adorable little table and chairs? So cute!

  • Amy

    This looks great! I love the color combination and I really can’t pick a favorite part! I will be checking out the felt board series though… :)

  • Andrea @ Decorating Cents

    Very cute. What is the wall color?

  • Elisabeth

    Really beautiful, clean, and simple play room. Love it!

    Elisabeth@Simply Parkers

  • Lori B

    What color are the walls? Everything looks fab! Great job!

  • Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE

    Hayley, what a wonderful space. I am featuring you tomorrow… I hope you stop by to see your sticker ;)
    Thank you for visiting my party last week!

  • DazedandCreative

    We have a dresser just like that! Now I know what color to do it! I love the yellow and turquoise combo but my most favorite accent is the yellow bird! Yellow+Bird=Love

  • Jenn @ My Not So Glamorous Life


  • Heidi Fowler

    I’m so glad you linked this up. I love, love, love it! I’ll be featuring you tomorrow on One Creative Weekend! Please come grab a featured button and link up anything new you’d like to share at

  • Kelly @ Here Comes the Sun

    I love the yellow and gray color combo. I made the same curtains for my living room!

  • Stacey

    I love this room!
    The curtains make the room!
    Would love if you stopped by to link it up to my party happening now!

    Stacey of Embracing Change

  • kris

    I love this room!!) I wondered where you found the four white metal frames above the dresser? love them!!

  • ~ Liz ~

    How adorable everything is! Lucky kids! That dresser is very similar to a smaller one I saw yesterday at our Goodwill for $40. I’m hoping it will get marked down again before anyone buys it and I can swoop in and score the great deal. I may be dreaming, but I see you got yours for $30. It could happen, right?

  • Brandi

    Such a fun playroom. You did a great job!

  • Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted

    I absolutely adore this room; from the curtains to the wall color it is all soooo fab!

  • Just Terrific

    I LOVE the playroom! You’ve added just the right touches of sentimental things and have made them look so modern! My aunt had a whole bedroom suit like the dresser in the late ’60′s-early ’70′s. Very cool! You’re kids’ paintings are priceless.

    BTW……I have a son, Ethan, and a daughter, Ashley (sounds similar to Ainsley).

  • Kathleen

    Where did you get the fabric for the curtains? They would look fabulous in my newly painted robin’s egg blue sewing room!

  • Zusanee "Zumi" Embiado

    This was cute and I like that curtain. Helps to bring out the sunshine :) Hope to organize my home like this soon.

  • My name is Rita

    You have such a beautiful home! So glad to have find your blog. :)

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