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A Nook a Nap Time | The Playroom

inexpensive basement remodel and playroom ideas

What am I going to do when these girls no longer nap? It’s good for them, good for me and I just can’t even think about them growing up! It’s amazing how much I can accomplish during a two hour nap, like this basement nook I surprised them with. If I can’t relive my childhood, at least I can recreate it for our girls, right?



One of our priorities this summer was to “finish” the basement. As it stood, it was virtually unusable. It was not only dark, but the carpet was old, dusty and mildewy, causing our allergies to flare any time we ventured down there. Chris and I wanted to create a fun and safe playroom for Adalyn, Ani and Isla to enjoy during extreme Missouri days where it’s freezing cold, blazing hot or pouring down rain. So, pretty much every day.

the best basement floor options

We started by removing the carpet and replacing it with a floating vinyl plank by USFloors SMARTCORE in Mckinley Oak floor to keep the basement fuss free and allergy free. If the girls spill on it, it can be wiped up, even if we don’t catch it for a few days {don’t judge}. It’s soft on the foot, durable, and looks surprisingly nice!

a beautiful finished basement with brilliant tips, tricks and ideas

adorable playroom ideas

After a lot of paint, the girls picked toys from their bedroom closets and began moving them to the basement. Their little kitchen was relocated from the guest bedroom {yessss} and I took advantage of afternoon nap to create a little playroom for them, inspired by my childhood.

A simple finished basement on a budget

One of my favorite childhood memories was playing school in our basement with a classroom size green chalkboard and a couple old metal school desks. I was able to find similar school desks at a nearby antique store and Craigslist a few months ago and a $10 chalkboard from a craft store. In addition to playing school in this simple little playroom area, they can store their arts and crafts supplies and I won’t fret when they get a stain or glue on the floor or desks.

inexpensive basement remodel and playroom ideas


playroom ideas

designing a functional playroom for your kids

I officially feel like I’ve won the lottery – the girls have a play room to expend energy on rainy days, the mess stays in the basement, and so does the noise {insert loud screaming here}.

a beautiful finished basement with brilliant tips, tricks and ideas

ps, they loved it.

inexpensive basement remodel and playroom ideas

designing a functional playroom for your kids

I still have a large open area to work with. What were your favorite childhood playroom memories? I’m open for suggestions!

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner



A huge thanks to Lowe’s, one of my long-time sponsors for partnering with my on this project for a floor that suits our families’ needs. All ideas and opinions are my own. 

11 comments on “A Nook a Nap Time | The Playroom”

  1. Such a chic playroom! I LOVE that mini kitchen, my daughter would approve for sure 😉

  2. What a marvelous transformation!!! Your girls will have a blast in this lovely renovated space!!!

  3. This is so precious, Julie!

  4. What a great space to play and create!

  5. Love the flooring & stair runner- I will be copying you in my new basement! What about a ceiling mounted swing from IKEA in your extra floor space? We had one in our old house and it was just fine under a low basement ceiling. In fact, it was all 3 of our kids’ favorite part of the house! Just be sure to use their mounting hardware that is sold separately and put a plush area rug and pad under the swing. Great for balance and core strength, too!

  6. That is such a cool playroom! I just moved into a basement and want to repaint my room but I don’t know which color do because it’s so dark! I have a really small window with barely any sunlight. Any recommendations? Thanks!

  7. They could decorate/paint a big box, cut out a square maybe add a curtain and make finger puppets for shows. Hang a line and use clothespins for art work display

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