Saturday, November 5, 2011

Brainstorm!

I was just lamenting the fact that the room we use as a playroom is too small to be able to include everything I want to in there and still have a lot of open floor space for play. (Oh shut up, Self. Not everybody even gets to have a playroom!) I think the room is about 11 x 12 or something close to that. One wall is filled with a window. A beautiful brand-new bigger window, btw! One wall has the door into the room, one wall has the door into the master bedroom, and the last wall is taken up by the closet.

Wait...wait a minute...the closet...

The closet that we rarely ever open. The closet that is full of stuff we don't use. Stuff that could be stored elsewhere. The closet with bifold doors so squeaky we can only open it at times the kids are awake, or else we risk waking them up.

Why not get rid of those doors? Why not get rid of some stuff, and relocate some of the other stuff? Why not repaint it a coordinating color, reconfigure the shelving, and make it a usable space?

It could be a reading nook, or maybe the dress-up area, or an art center! It could add a few extra feet of space to the room and provide a little storage for art supplies, games, and out-of-rotation toys and books.

I'm already in love with this idea! I love a good brainstorm!

I'm so excited about the playroom! It's been kinda half realized for a while, but never entirely planned and put together. Now that the old, small window has been replaced it feels ready to come to fruition!

My playroom Pinterest board.

Kitty-proof sandbox

Elliot and Sylvie have long outgrown their plastic turtle sandbox so a new, big sandbox has been on Randy's honey-do list for a while. He finished it up yesterday, and after buying 8 bags of play sand today, the kids are loving their new toy! I'm loving that my dirt obsessed children are no longer insisting on playing in the "questionable" dirt in the yard. Randy built the sandbox out of 2x10s that he used a planer and router on so they would be extra smooth. He put on a bunch of coats of water sealer as we chose to use non pressure-treated wood to keep the kids from being exposed to a lot of nasty chemicals. He put it all together using L-brackets, put down a layer of weed guard underneath it, and sat the box down on top. I think the finished size is 4 feet by 6 feet, lots of room for both kids and for them to have plenty of space to play without invading each other's areas too much. Even after 8 bags of sand, it probably needs about 5 more to really be filled up sufficiently!

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Plenty of room for two. Randy had already persuaded Sylvie to go inside with promises of hot chocolate and a peanut butter/honey sandwich.

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I can't seem to convince Elliot that it's no longer bare feet weather!

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Jumping to squish a castle.

We have a few outdoor cats that would love nothing more than to have their own personal potty box, so having a lid was a requirement. It was made using a sheet of vinyl lattice (to keep the cats out) layered with screen (to keep leaves and debris out), and framed with vinyl brick molding. It's heavy enough to keep from blowing off, but still light enough to be able to easily move around. We lean it up against the fence when the sandbox is in use. Now we just have to remember to put it back on each time to keep the cats out!

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Our winters in south Georgia tend to be really mild, so we should get a good bit of use out of the sandbox even through the colder months, if I can get that boy to keep his socks and shoes on his feet! And then when warm weather hits in the spring, Elliot and Sylvie can fight over who's turn it is to be in charge of the water hose and make lakes and rivers in the sand! That is also the reason we chose to not have a solid lid, to allow the wet sand to dry. The sand in the plastic turtle with the solid lid tended to get moldy smelling from staying wet.