#makeovermonday / painting an IKEA cabinet for our kid stage

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This weekend included a MAJOR cleanout at the Haigler house…

TOYS.

We emptied every toy from our playroom and purged. This was wayyyy overdue, y’all.

Yep, that’s our old entertainment center turned toy cabinet – which also holds Christmas trees on top. Such a multipurpose item, hahahahah!

This room is our office downstairs and I got tired of all the toys taking over our living room, so we converted it to a playroom several years ago. Brian surprised the girls when they were younger and built them a little stage on one end of the room and they love it!

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My biggest pet peeve is that the room and our furniture has always been wonky. It’s one of those projects I’ve wanted to get to, but never really made a priority.

Since we took all of the toys out to purge, I knew this was the perfect time to start making changes.

Today’s #makeovermonday project: this IKEA cabinet we found on Craigslist for $30 a few years ago.

I love the storage it provides, but I don’t really love the natural color and it doesn’t fit our space. My goal was to make the shelf more useful and give us more floor space in the room.

I ended up moving the cabinet onto the stage. It hangs off by just a few inches, but if I put it up against the couch and let the curtain hang in front, it isn’t obvious. The location will be perfect to house their cd player, microphones and dress up accessories they like to use on the stage.

I was considering painting this cabinet all white, but since it is going to be part of the stage, chalkboard black will help it blend into the space.

Oh, and this is what it looks like when we move furniture….blehhhh.

I used Valspar Chalkboard paint in Black for this project.

No sanding, just paint straight onto the cabinet. It took about 3 coats, which I did all this afternoon since 5:00pm. I’m not saying it’s completely dry at the moment and one child may have black hands because they touched the shelf after being told DO NOT TOUCH THE SHELF PEOPLE!

I had a little helper towards the end. He was not the one with black hands, btw.

It turned out pretty great!

We already had black bins, so that worked out nicely to blend in with the stage area.

The kiddos were super excited to try it out tonight and I love the floor space we have now with that side wall cleared out.

Kylie obviously needs to retire those pjs. A little short there on the belly.

Then she decided it was time to show off her gymnastics skills.

Poor Brock has no chance with this crowd!

We love how this first project in the play room turned out.

Now to tackle painting that massive entertainment center. I’m thinking WHITE!!! Any volunteers to come help???

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Sometimes the furniture you already have can be rearranged and tweaked to make the perfect fit for your room. Before going out to purchase something new, try moving your pieces around and thinking about what will serve your needs best. I was so tempted to sell our IKEA cabinet and I’m sooo glad I didn’t!

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