Next Project: Updating the Rock Room

Welcome to our garden level room we lovingly call the rock room!  When we first moved in, we decided that this would be our designated kids room and it was the best decision ever.  This room allows the adults to have their own space in our living room on the main level, while still being close enough to keep an eye on the kids when we are in the kitchen.

The rock room has been a challenge for a few reasons.  First, my son is at home for most of the day with our au pair, so all of his entertainment is primarily stored in this room.  Second, I have a hidden talent of remembering who gave Thomas every gift he has ever received and it is REALLY hard for me to donate his toys.  

I took these photos of the room today and, honestly, this is one of its better days.  Notice all of the toys stuffed in the corners?

The wall behind the TV is in desperate need of some art.

The room is not terrible, but it is definitely not a show stopper.  I think a few simple updates will really make this room stand out.

Here are the completed tasks thus far:

  • Painted the walls and paneling around the room
  • Replaced the orange faux laminate with the same wood laminate we installed around the house
  • Made the decision to leave the rock wall (not my fav, but also not in the budget to tear down)


  • DECLUTTER!! - I have a donation pickup scheduled for March 30th and I plan to donate a LOT of toys and stuffed animals (I think I can, I think I can); I just need to find a time where I can get them out of the house without Thomas noticing. 
  • Paint the ceiling: When our master bathroom was getting refinished, one of the workers tripped and put his foot through the ceiling of the rock room.  It has been patched, but it has made it impossible to avoid painting
  • Paint the trim: All of the dark woodwork is getting a fresh coat of white but must be prepped and primed first
  • Paint existing curtain rods black
  • Replace outdated curtains
  • Find artwork for behind the TV

Check out some of my ideas for this room on my pinterest page:

I am giving myself a deadline goal of one month.  Wish me luck!

Do you have any tips on ways to organize all of your kids toys? I need all of the help I can get!