playroom wall




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I wanted to plan the playroom around this map:
july 2010 010 1 We had it when we were little as a puzzle so I was beyond thrilled to find it and loved the bright colors. Do any of you remember this??



I used this clearance poster frame from Target and spray painted it red:
july 2010 015 1Love those orange-red stickers!! july 2010 014 1
Warning: very low natural light photos below~ july 2010 052 1
Now, this was supposed to be my “cute” wall because I had these sconces from Home Depot installed to be on either side of the map when the electrician was here. This is the wall to your left as you come down the stairs.
july 2010 049 1 BUT…. then I found out they needed to put a big old vent and an access panel below. Not so cute. I tried to balance it out with a white board from Target,
july 2010 028 2  and then we painted the panel with chalkboard paint…
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Spray painted some star hooks and roughed them up a little, hung some buckets,july 2010 143 1 and just tried to make it work.
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So, it’s not the cute wall I had envisioned, and it’s kind of helter skelter and off balance, but it works for us~
Happy Tuesday!

36 comments:

  1. I bought a puzzle VERY similar to that this summer at a garage sale. It has such cute and colorful illustrations. I am loving your playroom!

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  2. I do remember that map! I think you did a great job disguising the panel and working around that vent. I love the sconces you picked out. I would love to use them in our 1/2 bath if we ever get around to building it!

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  3. This is really coming together so cute! I need to get that map poster for my playroom too! As you know I could use the reference more than anyone!! You are a VERY brave woman to put dry erase markers out for the taking. My Bookies would have your walls all Picasoed up in seconds, and I have learned dry erase marker is almost impossible to clean out of anything!! Love you and the little man in the pic!:) ~Loves

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  4. We have the same map for the kids' playroom, and I've been waiting to hang it up until I found a good frame. I'll be on the lookout for clearance frames at my Target.

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  5. We had that puzzle!! I loved it so much that I think I must get the map and find a place to put it up.

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  6. I love how it turned out. Those sconces are to die for! I just posted about decorating with maps myself. Wish I had seen your post first! Maybe I'll edit mine to include it!

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  7. Your wall looks great. What a clever idea with the puzzle! It's a nice playful wall!

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  8. love the map! Looks beautiful. you have a new follower!

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  9. I remember that map puzzle!

    I think the wall looks great.

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  10. Great ideas! Looks really nice...

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  11. Love the map!
    And the buckets to hold the chalk and such!
    That walls looks great!

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  12. I think you did a fabulous job and I love it!!
    I soo remember that puzzle and even had bought one for my oldest when she was growing up. I am searching now for a large map poster of Europe..wish me luck!! lol

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  13. You did a terrific job working with the vent! It looks great!

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  14. I love it! You took away the prominence of the vent by painting it the same color as the wall and working it into the arrangement. I'm impressed with you as always!

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  15. I think it looks great! You took an ugly spot and made it beautiful!

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  16. I, too, had this puzzle! But I don't remember the colors being as FABULOUS as in this pic! to say that this wall "works," girlfriend, is an understatement -- it ROCKS! Absolutely love it!

    Grins!
    Pamm

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  17. I think it looks simply amazing!! Great ideas!

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  18. I think that this is very cute! But as and educator I love seeing walls where children can learn and express themselves!

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  19. what a fun area, and great score on the target frame! lucky!

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  20. Love it! Where did you find the star hooks?

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  21. Colleen~I found them at least 3-4 years ago at Target as part of their little boys' room line. I've loved them. Maybe you could find some on Ebay??

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  22. So, I will concur with all the rest. It turned out great! I love it.

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  23. Oh my gosh! I remember that puzzle... I loved it as a kid!

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  24. I think its super cute! And thanks for posting on Target sale - I was there this weekend and everything under the 50% was still ringing up full price - like they hadn't gotten to it yet. Will be back there asap!

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  25. I had that map puzzle as a child. I think it is in my Mom's attic somewhere. I might just go dig it up and use it in our playroom. Awesome idea!

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  26. This is so cute--"flaws" and all. I would love it for my children!! I've really enjoyed watching the progress in this room of yours.

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  27. i LOVE the wall. you were so smart with your chalkboard paint. making lemonade out of lemons!

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  28. Love it! Did you know that I *just saw* WASHABLE Dry Erase Markers at Target! I can't remeber who made them, but they were in the Back-to-School section.

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  29. I love it. It all goes very well together and I don't think it is unbalanced at all. Love the light sconces - very retro traveling around the USA look.

    I enjoy your blog very much.

    Diane
    The Library Lady

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  30. I love your USA poster! I remember that puzzle. The puzzle makes a wonderful anchor for your wall, which is actually very cute. I think you did a great job of working around that panel. Is it an A/C intake vent? I hate those things--I have one FRONT AND CENTER in my foyer--but I do love air conditioning, so I try not to resent the vents too much!

    Your new space is looking so good, and it's really fun to see how you're doing everything within your budget. You're a wonderful inspiration! :)

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  31. Did you do the wiring for the lamps beforehand? We have this nightmare of having exposed wiring everywhere because it is just too expensive (here, in India) to do an occasional concealed wiring job. The room looks really nice, though!

    Chryselle @ Frangipani Decor

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  32. I love your blog! I just found it and I'm putting together our play room as we speak. I just purchased that map. Thanks for finding it! :) I can't wait to put it up on our playroom. BTW - do you have any tips on Craig's List shopping? You seem to have it down to an art!!

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  33. Melissa this is such a cute space! Can yu tell me the color you used for the walls? I love it!!!

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  34. melissa*320 sycamore1/18/14, 2:23 PM

    Ditto to Miss Mustard Seed. Couldn't say it better.
    http://missmustardseed.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-find-best-stuff-on-craigs-list.html

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  35. I love this! I love the light fixtures, the map! Your whole playroom is complete awesomeness!

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