Playroom Updates – Alphabet Wall & Vintage Chairs

Operation Infinite Giggles is about to wrap up, Folks.  The only mission remaining is to make window treatments for the room and OIG will be done.  Complete.  Over and out.  10-4.  EOT.  You get the idea.  But I wanted to update you on where we’re at as of today.
Here’s how the alphabet wall looked for a year while (can you believe OIG began last June?):
I had a few letters hung just to help me with the visual of how it would look in the end.  After a few days of painting 2-4 letters per day, here’s the new Alphabet Wall in the playroom:

Sing it with me . . . A, B, C, D, E, F, G . . .

I found most of the letters at the usual places: Michaels, Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, et cetera, but as a nod to my love of all things vintage, I purchased the I and the J from flea markets over the course of this last year.
The letter K is a chipboard letter I purchased from Hobby Lobby and then I Mod Podged scrapbook paper on to it.
The letter O is one of my favorites on our wall.  It was a simple wood plaque I purchased from Hobby Lobby and then stained in Minwax Early American.  The hubby drilled four holes for me to make it look like a button and then I threaded extra thick Jute twine through it.  Wait.  I thought I couldn’t sew?  (*smile*)

The letter W is a postcard from Hobby Lobby (they offer the entire alphabet) which I backed with vintage sheet music and framed.  Again, another nod to my love of vintage sheet music.

The ampersand was purchased from Hobby Lobby.  I originally bought the wood plaque from Michaels and had intended to use it with the letter Q.  But once I mapped out how I wanted each letter to look, the wood plaque became a home for the ampersand.  I decided to give it a nautical twist, as well as a nod to the good ‘ole U.S. of A. by painting it red, white and blue.

First, I painted the plaque with white spray paint and then measured out equal lines of white and blue.  I painted the blue lines with Americana Ultra Blue Deep acrylic paint with a small paint brush and left everything else white.  I spray painted the ampersand in Rustoleum Colonial Red, hot glued it to the plaque and then hung it on the wall.  It was the last item to go up on the wall just a few short days ago.

I had also found these awesome vintage kids’ chairs at two separate flea markets over the past year.  One was au naturale and one was already painted red when I bought it.  We used them at the playroom table like this for a while, but it was time to brighten them up and tie them in to the rest of the room.

So I primed them, spray painted them in Rustoleum Summer Squash (which is the same color as our sunshiny Playroom Wardrobe), and then coated them in three coats of water based polyurethane.  I opted for poly this time, instead of wax, considering these chairs need to hold their own against an army of little munchkins.

So there you have it.  We’re getting closer to ending this Operation once and for all and returning to normal.  Stay tuned for the window treatments and a full OIG room reveal in the next couple of weeks.  Woo hoo!  We’re getting there . . .

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Thank you for reading!


XOXO
Laura


Linking to:

Chic on a Shoestring
The Shabby Nest
Tatertots & Jello
Six Sisters Stuff
Under the Table and Dreaming
Home Stories A to Z

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  1. stoping by from TT&J. What a cute alphabet wall! I’ve been wanting to do one too. Great Job!

    Alex
    craftingwithmycub.blogspot.com

  2. Love the ABC’s!! If I had a spare wall…I would do the exact same thing!

  3. LOVE it! That is so cute and perfect for a playgroom! I would love for you to share this (and any other house projects) at my “May House Par-tay” at http://www.cheapcraftymama.com!

  4. This looks amazing!!! I would love to have a wall like this one day. Each letter has so much character and the whole thing is so whimsical :) I bet your kids love it, too!

  5. The look great!
    -the hubby

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