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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Update to the Kids Art Center

If you've been around here for awhile you may remember this project from last year.  I made use of a weird wall in our basement by turning it into an art center for my kids.

art center for kids

This space gets used so much.  I'm honestly amazed at the amount of time my kids spend sitting at these desks!  However, one of the things they both sort of complained about were the poufs.  According to my daughter, "They're great for watching TV, but for drawing they're too squishy."  Ummm, okay.  The whole point of using a pouf instead of a kids chair is so that when no one is sitting at these coffee-tables-turned-kids-art-desks you can easily push them underneath and get them out of the way.  I thought about buying a couple of step stools, but I thought they'd be too hard on their little bums.  

So I decided to start looking for less squishy poufs - they had to exist right?!  Luckily, I found some at The Land of Nod.  


These looked perfectly non-squishy, and it didn't hurt that they came in my favorite color - red! 

I was thrilled to receive them and busted open the boxes immediately only to find that they were too tall for these coffee table desks.  I probably should have measured before ordering - oops!  Back to square one.  I thought about returning them or maybe using them in another room.  Then I thought......hmmmm......what if the desks were taller?  All I needed was a few inches to make them work.  I stopped by the Home Depot to see what I could find to raise these desks up just a little and found these sweet bun feet.  

Problem solved.  

Our Fifth House - kids art center

Obviously I used my favorite gold spray paint and added on some corner brackets too.  My addiction to gold knows no bounds. 

coffee tables turned art desks for kids

Adding on these bun feet was super simple.  I just drilled a hole on the bottom of each leg and screwed them in place.


And as the story usually goes, one thing led to another as I also decided to take a tip from my friend Courtney and add these brass plate labels to a few of the picture frames hanging on the wall.  

labeling children's artwork

I used alphabet stamps to label the pictures with their name and age.  


displaying children's artwork
These brass plate labels are part of the Martha Stewart line at Staples.  
I also added scrabble tiles to the art display clips.

children's art display

I adhered the scrabble tiles with command strips I cut down to size.


I found this picture hanging here a couple of weeks ago, and it made my heart hurt just a little.  Prince was the dog we lost before Christmas last year.  It's amazing to me how therapeutic art can be for a child.  I'm really grateful my kids have a little spot that is all their own where they can unleash their creativity and really express themselves.

kids art center

Does one change end up leading to another in your home?  That seems to always be the story for me.  I love these little updates as they keep things fresh around here.  Have you made any little updates in your home lately?



*Sharing with Emily A. Clark

27 comments:

  1. those are pouf-fect! ;) and the color, well that's a no brainer for you! :)

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  2. Red is also my favorite color...and gold, well, let's just say it's also an obsession! So cute!

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  3. Love that! Your solution is so creative and the outcome rocks. The tables look great and those poufs are gorgeous!

    ~Sarah

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  4. I love that you made that table work. Such a little change but it definitely adds appeal!! Love it! xo Kristin

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  5. Perfectly gorgeous space for the little ones to get creative!!!

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  6. I know you added those feet out of necessity, but I think they totally make the tables 1000 times more fabulous! I love the curve they add to the square table. I have a couple lack tables sitting around that I have felt quite uninspired with...maybe I need to go feet (foot??) shopping!

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  7. Love this!!! I must have seen the original post and totally forgot about it... Bc I am doing the same thing in our kids playroom! Poufs are great for my 14 month old as she only knows how to stand on chairs! Where is that table/desk from? I am planning to hack an ikea table.

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    1. I bought them at Target - but they are pretty much identical to the ikea version.

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  8. I would LOVE to have a space like that for kid art. My refrigerator cup runeth over.

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  9. Love the changes! And the gold and red is totally you! ;)

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  10. I love the bun feet! What a great solution. The red and gold both add so much to the space. One questions I have - how did you install the bun feet? Did you have to drill for them?

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    1. Yes I drilled a small hole on the bottom of each leg and then just screwed the feet right on - super easy!

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  11. LOVE, LOVE!! WHAT A DIFFERENCE THOSE BUN FEET AND BRACKETS MADE! AND THE POP OF ORANGE SCRUMPTIOUS.. THOSE KIDDOS ARE SITTING IN STYLE!

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  12. AHHH!!! those feet are adorable! love the gold omg!! I mean seriously when I scrolled down and saw the gold feet/brackets my mouth dropped open! what a cute difference!

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  13. You always know how to bring in a dash of red just perfectly! Also, the gold details are stunning. I am really loving the gold trend these days. Hope you're having a wonderful week, Miss Carmel!

    ~Abby =)

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  14. Eeek. Agree with Abby. Just perfect. Love the new poufs and the solution is genius. Those tables looks so custom now.

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  15. Love this! I have an area similar to this that is my daughter's "play room" since she can't be unattended. Will definitely be converted to an art area in the future!

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  16. I love the idea of the bun feet, how clever for furniture. I have one of those tables, now I know how to reimagine it!

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  17. What a neat idea! Love the new and improved coffee table and those scrabble tiles - too cute! Thanks for linking up.

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  18. I love the changes! That pop of red and glint of gold is to die for. It totally makes the whole space seem high-end. I also love the new lamp shade. Well done!

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  19. What a great kids space - looks really good! The red pouf and the gold is gorgeous!! I have this linked to my kids art display post too today.

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  20. Hi there. I love this art nook. I have the perfect spot in our home for something like this. Are you able to paste the link to the coffee table from the Target site? I've looked and can't find a similar table. I've already got the poufs to fit! Thank you so much!

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    1. I didn't see it online - maybe it's out of stock or an in store only item. It's pretty much identical to the lack table from Ikea. Hope that helps!

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  21. I saw you featured at Home Life Abroad. I like those poufs! Headed over to the Land Of Nod to take a look.

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