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thenewaveragebear1983 Thu 05-Jan-17 16:23:55

Happy new year mumsnetters!
Just wanted to run a few ideas by you all, you 're always en pointe with your design ideas --and I'm rubbish but I want to get better
So, 1st thing..... Picture shelves/ledges? Yay or nay? I've painted my dining room dark mushroomy grey, I was thinking white picture shelves with assorted white frames, wood frames, and copper frames. I love family photos but want a way for them to look 'intentional' and not really a gallery wall kind of look.

2nd thing.... Playroom storage. I can't seem to get past 'IKEA hacks' of entire walls of kallax when I look on Pinterest. That's great, but where does all the big stuff go? The garages, Lego models, etc. I'm not averse to IKEA style furniture but not sure if I want a wall of squares?

3rd thing.....carpet in the lounge. Would you go: cheaper quality, light colour - plan to replace once all members of the household are house toilet trained? Or bite the bullet, expensive carpet- plan to be super strict and keep it 'naice'? We have to carpet it by the way, currently tiled with no underfloor heating and it's literally freezing in here!

So....imagine I've just made you a nice cup of tea, and let's have a chat. What do you think??? brewcake

IHeartKingThistle Thu 05-Jan-17 16:33:49

Hi! Milk no sugar please.

A) I love picture ledges and we have them everywhere. Also we have a super long one across a whole wall of the playroom. I had the most genius idea of my life and ordered loads of long flat white lego pieces from the lego store, superglued them to the front lip of the ledge and all the DCs' lego figures are lined up along the edge looking very cute while the pictures sit behind. Seriously, that shelf is the best idea I have ever had.

B) I know, and kids do not understand about making kallax look like it does on pinterest. We have two of those big ikea wall cupboards that come unpainted, the deep one on the bottom and a shallow one on the top. I've painted them with blackboard paint, all the ugly toys are inside and the DC write all over them. Weirdly they sort of don't stand out despite being huge and black.

C) is this still for the playroom? I'd go cheap and replace it if it was me. You can't be panicking about play doh the whole time when they're little. Or if you really want a nice carpet, a big cheapish rug that you can just chuck on the bit they play on most?

Got any biscuits?

thenewaveragebear1983 Thu 05-Jan-17 16:36:03

No biscuits, but there is half a toblerone knocking about in the Christmas box.....

The carpet is for the lounge, sorry.

Your Lego shelf sounds amazing!!!

NapQueen Thu 05-Jan-17 16:37:09

A- yy to picture shelves. Especially with a mixture of colour and size frames.

B- turn a four high slim Kallax on its side on the floor. Lovely long surface for dolls house/built lego/built Playmobil. Plentiful storage in boxes underneath

C- cheap and replace. Once you are past the play doh, kinetic sand, loo accidents stage replace.

IHeartKingThistle Thu 05-Jan-17 16:37:10

Well you might have a decent chance of keeping it clean if your DC have a playroom to do playdoh in!

NapQueen Thu 05-Jan-17 16:38:49

Oooo I'd love a pic of the Lego shelf!

IHeartKingThistle Thu 05-Jan-17 16:39:12

Ooh Nap your B idea is great - we did that in DDS room when she was into sylvanians and they went on top. We got some drawers for underneath.

Sunnysidegold Mon 09-Jan-17 20:13:44

I know this goes against the boxy ikea shelf idea,but we did like nap queen did and put the shelves on its side so it was four boxes on the bottom.i spray painted the white baskets I'd had before and put these in the bottom.used the top row for some books and some smaller imaginext /logo creations.on top they have their bigger imaginext players.keeps the big stuff off the floor and gives them.a place to play. I have three trofast drawer sets with different sized drawers.i did once label each drawer with a picture to force encourage the darlings to purchase stuff now the right drawers.

Sunnysidegold Mon 09-Jan-17 20:14:07

Put stuff in the right drawers, not purchase

thenewaveragebear1983 Mon 09-Jan-17 20:37:03

We're still undecided to be honest. We went to IKEA yesterday (got my picture ledges anyway as per my op!) but I just don't know whether a whole wall of shelves is going to be right.

I'm veering towards maybe mix and matching several types available- such as a few bookcases, a few kallax and boxes, and a few wider open shelves for bigger toys. I'm perhaps a bit naive here but I envisage a situation where, just occasionally, all the toys might be away on the shelves.....

Ordered my carpets though, which is a positive step.....

Still waiting for a pic of that Lego shelf......!!

Thanks everyone, keep the advice coming

DorcasthePuffin Mon 09-Jan-17 23:42:30

Picture shelves - yes!

Carpet - cheap. Don't torture yourself.

thenewaveragebear1983 Tue 10-Jan-17 21:50:55

Well, the picture shelves are up- dad put them up, I think they are a bit high, but they are ok. I think they will look better when I've sprayed all my frames white and put a few direct on the wall. The sideboard isn't going to stay there, but the wall it's going against hasn't built yet!

Sunnysidegold Wed 11-Jan-17 19:53:02

I may have been inspired by this thread and gone to ikea yesterday specifically for picture is already on order from eBay!

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