One funky guest room/play room reveal with an old sign headboard

Old signs headboard in a kid's playroom |

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There’s a 3rd bedroom upstairs that my son and his friends utilize. Not only is it a spare bedroom, it’s also the perfect little getaway at the end of the hallway for all my son’s treasures, fit for a young Hawaiian, princess or even Santa.

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At the end of the hallway, you’re met with a deep cranberry coloured wall, beckoning you inside.

Pinocchio Toy Room carved bear old sign in a kid's playroom |

Pinocchio Toy Room carved bear old sign in a kid's playroom |

And what a perfect backdrop for this 3d replica vintage sign happily greeting you at the door!

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Covered and see through storage bins keep the toys clean and organized…

Toy storage in floor to ceiling Ikea bins and Gorm shelving in a kid's playroom |

… in this floor to ceiling storage system. The unit was left in it’s natural pine state for added lightness to the room. Galvanized storage holds Nintendo, dress up clothes and super heros. The unit itself diffuses the deep red feature wall, creating the perfect hit of color and interest for an otherwise neutral color scheme. All the storage bins wear felt stick on sliders to protect the genuine hardwood flooring.

Old sign headboard in a playroom |

On the wall opposite the storage area, is a twin bed, framed up with an old authentic convenience store sign I found in my own local town. For free. 🙂 A random mix of  unmatched pillows (including a couple authentic sandbag covers) flank a wall, bringing out the colours of the room. Simply placing the pillows in a daybed format flips the bed into a sofa of sorts.

The wall beside the daybed holds a colorful mix of musical instruments, ready to toot or strum some happy tunes!

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Every hook is different, adding to the eclectic fun.

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What better way to display life’s proudest moments by finding a couple feet of deep red wall just begging to get into the action!

hanging awards inside picture frames on a red kid's room wall |

A glazed empty frame adds just enough importance for this trophy.

hanging awards on a corbel on a red kid's room wall |

Never underestimate the usefulness of a fancy curtain bracket for a mini shelf system.

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A true spare bedroom/playroom just wouldn’t be complete without a special nook for whom you choose to morph into for the day!

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kids bedroom decorating

Staged for the Christmas open house, even snacks were abundant for hungry musicians at play.

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The twin sized daybed was a thrift store find in very rough condition. A little reno work adding some board and batten treatment on one end and a simple coat of white paint for the base cleaned it up well. The incredibly deep drawers (entire width of bed!)  were coated with black for an interesting contrast.

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While the signboard indeed sets the tone for the room, the collection of pillows and red wall actually came first!

Luckily, in the previous room where the sign lived, the faded orange letters were repainted in the same deep red wall tone, then glazed over with the taupe wall color. A nice big denim pillow tones down the reds and anchors the room with just enough varying interest.

The end result is a casual and fun space that holds a young visitor’s attention for many hours!


Paint colors – Cloverdale Paint, Canada

red – 43057

taupe – bamboo beach

Storage system and all bins – Ikea

Other decor items

– thrift store finds, sandbags from the hardware store, sign from local gas station bone yard, toys ranging from baby to current so all little visitors have something to play with. 🙂

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29 thoughts on “One funky guest room/play room reveal with an old sign headboard

  1. I am furiously making notes on all the great ideas here Donna…my boys share a huge room, and we need to make one end of it the official ‘play room’. As of this moment it’s the official ‘pig stye’. Not attactive. Did you build the storage wall unit?

    Great style, as always! Itching to see more pics of your Open House….

  2. Thanks all!

    Cindy, at the time I was a bit ‘girlier’ than I am now and had a guy help me put together the unit. But today there isn’t much I wouldn’t tackle myself. A cordless drill would be mandatory in my book. Hand screwing would be insane with something like this. Ikea pieces make it pretty darn easy to follow.

    I tweaked the shelving to suit what I wanted to store. The larger gaps down below offer more of a useable counter effect rather than just shelves.

    The ultimate playroom to me if space allowed would also have a play table and huge bulletin board. Instead those things are in my son’s bedroom, so I didn’t have to jam it all in this small room.

    What I love about the playroom vs. bedroom is, one is a homework/sleeping room, and one is a free for all fun house. The division keeps both rooms much tidier.

    I wish I had a camera with a wide angle lense! Hard to capture the real live space in smaller rooms if you can’t stand back.

    FJ Donna

  3. Wow, such a fun playroom! I was sad to see the sign leave your room at first, but your room turned out so well, and now the sign has found a perfect new home!
    My favourite parts are of course, the sign, and the collection of pillows on the daybed. The sandbags are a great idea!

  4. Everything looks so good! I absolutely love that sign. All of the details are fun and the storage makes the room practical and real. Great job, Donna, I can’t wait to see the rest.

    By the way, thanks for the additional tips on my mantle. What you don’t see in the picture is a hand painted swag above the mirror, so I can’t turn it vertical. I love the idea and have been thinking about adding height and painting over my swag. You arragements have been very inspirational to me. With two toddlers, it’s easy to stay very boring and minimal. Time to get funky.

  5. I love this playroom. What kid wouldn’t want to spend all day in there. So much to do! I especially love all the different hooks, brackets and shelves. I makes the whole room look fun and playful.

  6. THE cutest (sorry…MANLIEST, TOUGH, AWESOME) playroom ever. And seeing all those nice and neat bins is making me drool. But we all know that it’s that sign that makes the room. Seriously. And if it ever disappears mysteriously, you might want to check my house….

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