{shop the room} Under Stair Playroom Source List

Monday, May 18, 2015

To say there is a lot going on in our rock & roll under stair playroom would be an under statement, and this post is all about sharing the sources of the products that we used to give this long, thin play space so many widely varied functions. If you are just looking for all the pretty pictures of this space, I suggest you start with the room reveal post.

Under Stair Playroom Source List

I received free product from Command Brand and from Ikea Centennial to help bring this room to life. In the interest of full disclosure, all products received free will be indicated below with an asterisk (*). As always, however, all opinions are completely my own, and I would never endorse a product that I didn't believe in! 


Rock & Roll themed under stair playroom - complete source list

RECORDS - The ceiling is covered in 135 vintage vinyl 45 RPM records. A few of these records came from various thrift stores around town, but the vast majority were purchased for a mere $.25/each at Angelo's CDs near downtown Denver. During Week 2 of the One Room Challenge, I talked all about our experience shopping for enough records to cover the entire ceiling.

COMMAND PICTURE HANGING STRIPS* Although we love the look of the records on the ceiling, we wanted to find a damage free way to affix them so that they would be easy to remove in the future. We also wanted it to be easy to remove and replace individual records if the kids should break one. After considering all our options, we decided the best solution was to attach the records to the ceiling using Command™ Medium Picture Hanging Strips*. We've used these Picture Hanging Strips for many projects in the past, so we knew they would hold strong, but would also remove cleanly and easily in the future. I'll be sharing a full tutorial on the installation of these records in a the next couple of weeks.


Rock & Roll themed under stair playroom - complete source list

Because the room is so narrow, we wanted to give this wall a lot of function without taking up much depth. The solution we came up with was to create and art and music gallery wall that also incorporates small instrument/toy storage, as well as book storage. All of the frames and storage solutions on this wall came from Ikea*.

FRAMES* - All of the frames on the gallery wall are part of the Ikea Ribba series. Pictures frames can get expensive, but Ikea has a large collection of inexpensive picture frames (with mats) to suite any style! My Ribba series is my favorite because of the simple modern lines and color options.
  • Large poster frames - Ribba, Aluminum Color, 20½" x  28¼" outer size, $19.99
    • Our posters were non-standard sizes, so I removed the mats, wrapped the frame backer board in black wrapping paper, and placed the posters on top of the wrapping paper.
    • I particularly like that these large frames have a thin, clear plastic instead of glass, making them ideal for use in a kids space - no fear of glass breaking!
  • Frame around guitar - Ribba, Black, 19 ¾" x 27 ½" outer size, $9.99
    • This frame comes with a mat for three photos. I removed the glass, mat and the backer board, and used red Scotch duct tape to cover the unfinished inner edge of the frame
  • Frames used for kids art display - Ribba, Black, 12 ½" x 16½" outer, $6.99 
    • These frames came with mats for 8x10 photos, I removed the mats and glass and collaged the backer board with brightly sheet music to create fun displays for our kids art work. I'll be sharing the tutorial for these art displays soon.
  • Square Frames (with black and white photos) - Ribba, 9"x9", $9.99
  • We hung all the frames using Command™ Medium Picture Hanging Strips*. By using this product, we were able to secure both the top and bottoms of the frames to the wall, which was important since many of the frames are within reach of the kids, and could easily be bumped as kids run in and out of the narrow space. The Picture Hanging Strips prevent the frames from swinging or moving when touched! 
Rock & Roll themed under stair playroom - complete source list



Rock & Roll themed under stair playroom - complete source list

Rock & Roll themed under stair playroom - complete source list

Rock & Roll themed under stair playroom - complete source list


Rock & Roll themed under stair playroom - complete source list

We covered this entire wall in sheet metal, which we had fabricated to fit at a local Denver company - Calebs Sheet Metal Inc. They created four interlocking sheet metal panels to fit the exact measurements of our wall, and then we installed it ourselves. A complete installation tutorial will be coming soon.

The main function of this wall is for the ping pong ball wall coaster that we created using ABS pipes, plumbing elbows and connectors, and magnets (all from Home Depot). We decorate the pipes with Scotch duct tape, and purchased the ping pong balls from the Dollar Tree. A full tutorial for the ping pong ball wall coaster will be coming soon!

In addition to being used for the wall coaster, the sheet metal wall also allows the boys to play with their magnetic letters and numbers, and can also be used as a dry erase board.

Rock & Roll themed under stair playroom - complete source list

This under stair space originally had just a bare light bulb fixture on the wall. We installed a new light fixture on the wall, then added additional lighting in the form of rope light around the room, and lighted rugs on the floor.
  • LED White Rope Light - We used boxes of 27' length Commercial Electric LED White Rope Lighting from Home Depot ($49.97/box). 
    • We chose LED rope light for several reasons, the primary of which is because it does not get hot, making it safe for use in a space where the kids can reach it, and reducing fire hazard.
    • We installed the rope lighting using Command Outdoor Rope Lighting Clips.
  • Vantad Rugs with LED Lights - We used two of these rugs, butted end to end; $49,99/each from Ikea
    • We leave the rugs plugged in all the time, and the kids use the control buttons (which are affixed to the base board using Command™ Medium Picture Hanging Strips*) to turn the lights on and off, and to set the lights to solid or flashing.
  • Mottled Silver Arm Hardwired Wall Sconce - We were told by our local Lowe's that this light fixture has been discontinued, so we had to purchase the floor model. However, this fixture still appears on the Lowe's website, and it looks like it is still available for online purchase, and the price can't be beat: $29.99.
Rock & Roll themed under stair playroom - complete source list

Rock & Roll themed under stair playroom - complete source list

The sheet music collage on the upper portion of the walls was an easy DIY project, and I'll share the tutorial for this collage technique soon. I purchased the printable sheet music online, and created the lyrics posters myself in Photoshop.

The marquee letters are from the Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Letter Kits from Michaels. I purchased each letter individually, and then decorated them to coordinate with the space. I'll be sharing the quick and easy tutorial for these DIY marquee letters soon.  The marquee letters sit on a 3 inch deep shelf that we installed above the door.

Finally, the Dutch door was a DIY project undertaken by my husband and father-in-law. Scott will be writing up the tutorial on converting a door to a dutch door, and I'll be sharing that with you in the coming weeks.

Rock & Roll themed under stair playroom - complete source list


I think I managed to touch on just about everything in our under stair playroom, but if I missed anything, or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or email me.

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  1. LOVE so many of these fun, elements Angela! And love that they are all affordable options, too. Can't wait for the dutch door tutorial :)

  2. You used so many of my favorite products! I couldn't live without those Command strips OR Bygel containers. I had no idea Command made those outdoor rope lighting clips - I'll be on the lookout for them for the back patio!

  3. My three children would absolutely love to have a space like this to hang out in. Thank you so much for listing the sources for all the cool accessories you included! Command strips ROCK!

  4. I love how this room turned out! I totally agree with the Command strips. I just finished my huge gallery wall and hung the entire thing with the picture hanging strips! I love the silver hand guitar holder! I need to get one for my son's room. He thought it was really cool looking. I may steal your idea of framing it too:) Thanks for all of the sources!

  5. I didn't know the ikea frames were glass free, that's a huge selling feature for me! Such a cool space!

  6. Such an awesome source list Angela, and I am obsessed with using Command hooks and strips wherever I can :) I can't wait to see all these tutorials!

  7. Coolest parents ever! What a fun creative space for your boys! How did I not know about the Command outdoor rope lighting clips!?! I need some of those for summer outdoor entertaining!

  8. Oh gosh, I am 100% obsessed with Command strips, hooks and everything else they make. I'm not surprised you are, too! They were perfect to help make this space amazing! And the frames, guitar accessories, and records also make it so special! Love it all.

  9. LOVE how this turned out! Great use of the command strips with the picture frames... I did the exact same thing in the twins's room. Thanks for the inspiration with this play area. I have a funky above the stairs closet that I think may be my next project!


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