Our downstairs is one huge giant open space with rooms off of it.
It feels like a very overwhelming space when you look at it.
We decided to split the room in half and make the back half a play area and the front half a family room (but still a kid friendly space).
You can go here to see the post I did about our plans for the space.
Here is what the room looked like before I got to it. I removed the nasty, cheap sliding blinds that came in our rental from the big back window and split the room in half with the couch.
I hate the paint color on the wall, but its a rental so there is not much I can do about that.
My next step was to add an Alphabet ABC letter wall above the kitchen that I made for Aowyns birthday (go here to see how I made her kitchen out of an Entertainment Center.)
I spent a few months collecting the letters for the wall.
I bought some as is and I added scrapbook papers, paint, and tape to some of the letters.
I also bought some raw wooden letters and stained them.
I LOVE how it turned out.
It was so worth the wait.
My motto in Decorating is: PATIENCE. And this wall took a lot of that, but it was worth every second of that priceless, difficult patience.
The big H, S, Z and G came from Hobby lobby.
I added scrapbook paper to the A, E, T and N.
On the W and Y I added glitter.
I painted the M, F, X and Q.
I added tape to the X and glitter polka dots to the O.
The L was several different scrap book pages and the F and I, I added stain to.
I love that all the letters are different and I had fun deciding on how to hang them.
I hung some at an angle to add fun effects.
The kids all got home from school and ran to see the wall.
They all exclaimed how much they loved it and told me what I great job I did.
(I love those mom pats on the back.)
I seriously come downstairs just to look at the wall.
Its so perfect.
It totally helps pull the room together.
My little two are learning their letters so this is a great help to them as they play downstairs.
I hear them talking to each other about the letters when they are downstairs.
I love the mermaid on the E.
I love that I could add in a fun girly touch to the wall.
On the wall about the dress up rack (to the left of the letter wall) I am planning on putting pictures of all the places we have decided to learn about and hopefully go to someday as a family.
We teach our kids about a different place around the world, each month and I want them to have a visual space to see all of the places, I figured the playroom would be the best place for that.
I’ll tell you more about our “places every month” deal in another post.
I love when a project comes together.
Its great to see it in my mind and have it play out on the wall the way I want it too.
Those are my favorite kinds of projects.
Stay tuned for what we did with the rest of the play room.
Would you do a letter wall?
If so, how would you do it?
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