wall mural in playroom nook

With a little bit of tape and paint, we created a wall mural and transformed an unused nook at the Woodland Cottage into an imaginative play area for the girls! At our apartment in New York City the girls have a little playroom, and they have certainly missed having their own space at the cottage in Pennsylvania. They have been playing in the living area, but we’ve noticed they play differently when we are in the same space with them. We wanted to create a play area that was all their own. The small nook at the base of the stairs was the perfect solution!

Ombre Wall Mural

We decided to paint a playful wall mural, inspired by the mountains that surround our cottage.  I purchased 2 shades of blue paint several months ago at Lowe’s in the “Oops Paint” section. The gallon of navy paint cost $5 and the gallon of lighter blue paint cost $8! We used the navy paint to transform one of the cottage bedrooms, and plan to use the light blue paint in one of the cottage bathrooms eventually. I combined the 2 shades of paint to create 4 total shades for an ombré effect on the walls.

paint

We started the wall mural by taping painter’s tape on two walls in the nook. We then took a picture of the walls and numbered each section with its shade of color.

wall mural design

Over the next two days I painted the wall mural, leaving time for each section to dry before lifting the painter’s tape, taping necessary borders, and adding the next color.

painting the wall mural

We wanted there to be visual definition between the mountains, as they gradually became lighter in color.

ombre mountain wall mural

We love the overall effect of the mountain wall mural and how the paint helps to zone this little nook as a play space for the girls.

Before and After

Here is the BEFORE of the wall:

before

And the AFTER:

after: wall mural

Zoning the Space for Play

To further zone the space we hung a chalkboard on the mini wall next to the stairs, added a colorful rug and a pouffe seat, and set out a few toys. The nook is not large enough to store toys, so we keep toys in a cabinet in the living room and will bring in a few at a time. But the space is the perfect size for play!

playroom nook

The girls squealed with delight when they walked into their new space for the first time. I hope it’s an area they love and enjoy for years to come!

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My wife and I live with our three young girls in a 700- square-foot apartment in New York City. I started Tidy Dad to help others tidy, simplify, and find joy in their lives. I firmly believe the tidying process can transform your life. I’d love for you to join me in exploring ways that tidying can make room for what’s important in life. 


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April 15, 2020

Playroom Nook

wall mural in playroom nook

With a little bit of tape and paint, we created a wall mural and transformed an unused nook at the Woodland Cottage into an imaginative play area for the girls! At our apartment in New York City the girls have a little playroom, and they have certainly missed having their own space at the cottage in Pennsylvania. They have been playing in the living area, but we’ve noticed they play differently when we are in the same space with them. We wanted to create a play area that was all their own. The small nook at the base of the stairs was the perfect solution!

Ombre Wall Mural

We decided to paint a playful wall mural, inspired by the mountains that surround our cottage.  I purchased 2 shades of blue paint several months ago at Lowe’s in the “Oops Paint” section. The gallon of navy paint cost $5 and the gallon of lighter blue paint cost $8! We used the navy paint to transform one of the cottage bedrooms, and plan to use the light blue paint in one of the cottage bathrooms eventually. I combined the 2 shades of paint to create 4 total shades for an ombré effect on the walls.

paint

We started the wall mural by taping painter’s tape on two walls in the nook. We then took a picture of the walls and numbered each section with its shade of color.

wall mural design

Over the next two days I painted the wall mural, leaving time for each section to dry before lifting the painter’s tape, taping necessary borders, and adding the next color.

painting the wall mural

We wanted there to be visual definition between the mountains, as they gradually became lighter in color.

ombre mountain wall mural

We love the overall effect of the mountain wall mural and how the paint helps to zone this little nook as a play space for the girls.

Before and After

Here is the BEFORE of the wall:

before

And the AFTER:

after: wall mural

Zoning the Space for Play

To further zone the space we hung a chalkboard on the mini wall next to the stairs, added a colorful rug and a pouffe seat, and set out a few toys. The nook is not large enough to store toys, so we keep toys in a cabinet in the living room and will bring in a few at a time. But the space is the perfect size for play!

playroom nook

The girls squealed with delight when they walked into their new space for the first time. I hope it’s an area they love and enjoy for years to come!

Thanks for Pinning!

April 15, 2020

Playroom Nook

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Hi, my name is Tyler Moore. My wife and I live with our three young daughters in a 700- square-foot apartment in New York City. I began my tidying journey when an early-30’s crisis invited me to reflect upon, challenge, and change my patterns of daily living. I quit my job as a school administrator, returned to teaching, and started Tidy Dad to help others tidy, simplify, and find joy in their lives. I firmly believe the tidying process can transform your life. I’d love for you to join me in exploring ways that tidying can make room for what’s important in life. 


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