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We’ve lived in our house for 8 years, and for some reason, our boys’ playroom has been very neglected. It’s ironic since they spend the most time in that room! Over the years, it has gone through mismatched furniture, random decor items, and pieces that didn’t really fit the room but were “make do” pieces. As the boys got bigger and literally took up more space, we purchased a few larger pieces. We upgraded them to a sofa and two chairs. They are happy about the soft seating, but the flow of the room was not working out.
The room has an odd shape. It’s really long, but not very wide. It has windows on one side, and french doors on the other. On one long wall is a door, and on the other wall is another door---right in the middle. Essentially this divides the long room into 2 separate areas. We had the room arranged this way, but the flow was not working. All the heavy feeling furniture was in the middle. The coffee table was a bargain through a garage sale, but it was too oversized for the room. All the furniture huddled in the middle, and there was nothing anchoring it, like a rug.
The window coverings were sad. We had simply left the builder blinds and we had no drapes. There was nothing to soften the look of the windows. The room lacked warmth and coziness. I’m sure the boys didn’t mind that much. Since they are older now, I wanted to give the room a more sophisticated look.
I also didn’t want to spend a lot of money, or drive from store to store to store to figure out what I might want. I decided to sit down and make a list of things that I knew I wanted for the space.
I came up with the following, which you can use when sprucing up a room in your own home:
Like I mentioned before, I didn’t want to drive all around the town. After I reviewed my list, I went to Big Lots Website. After looking around the site, I knew that they had all my wishlist items at a price I liked. I didn’t know which specific items I wanted, but I knew that I could find all the items in one place. So the next morning, I headed out for my local Big Lots store.
I pop into Big Lots fairly often (it’s right next to Starbucks), but I often just go in and browse around. This time I was on a mission! I was determined to find what I wanted, and to do it in 1 hour. I was amazed at the selection my store offered - mainly because I live in a town with a HUGE university. The students had just moved back to town, so I couldn’t believe that there were still so many items available. Big Lots has rows of home decor items featuring candles, artwork, mirrors, decorative pillows and even seasonal decor. In addition, they have a furniture section where you might find things like couches and beds. There is plenty of accent furniture as well! Styles and selection vary by store so make sure you shop around for what you’re looking for at all of your local Big Lots stores before hitting any other stores in your area!
I started off by looking for my accent piece that would replace the oversized coffee table. I had seen a few coffee tables and other items online, so I wanted to get a feel for the size of the piece in person. In the end, I decided an ottoman would work best because they could be used for additional seating and for storage.They are also small enough that the boys could move them around. Luckily for me, they had 2! I was even more excited when I realized it could be folded down for storage, or the lid could be flipped over to work as a tray. I love double duty items!
Once I decided I liked it, I promptly sat down and drank that latte!
The kiddos came home from school and couldn’t believe the transformation!
I’m so excited with how quickly and inexpensively this room came together. I love how grown up the room looks now, and how pulled together. It’s amazing how just a few things can really make a room feel warm and cozy. I’ve already started browsing the Big Lots website again to see which room I’m going to redo next! I have no excuse now that I know how easy it is to refresh a room! I love that I got such a high end look for an unbeatable value! Have you ever shopped Big Lots for home decor or furniture? I’d love to hear about your experience!