Main Course With Annie – How to Create A Playroom

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Today I am looking forward to showing you all the great ways paint can transform your space.

How to Create a Playroom with Paint

I have some tips and some inspiration I can’t wait to show you.


With my family staying home more these days, it seems like every room has become a toy room. I’m taking back my living room and establishing a playroom to keep my kids and their stuff in one space. I have some unique ways on how paint becomes part of the fun in the space.


It all starts with the color selection. This is your chance to go big and be bold. We can play it safe outside these walls with neutral colors, but a playroom needs to be more exciting. Here are some of the tips for choosing paint for any kid’s room.


Tip #1 – Choosing the Right Colors

Complimentary color schemes that include primary or bold colors create excitement or high energy. A playroom should give kids a place of creativity and fun, so I wanted to encourage that curiosity by surrounding my kids with these types of colors. Wondering how to find these colors? When you go to your local Ace and look at the paint chip rack, grab a color card and turn it over. On the back of the color card it shows you the perfect color combinations. In this room, I narrowed in on a fun green and bright yellow. Both of these colors are from Clark and Kensington. The wall is Fiddlehead Fern, I chose this because green brings in that feeling of nature, and we love being outside and going on hikes. This works so well because of the natural light coming in from the window. I chose to accent this room with a yellow color called Taste of Life. It’s a beautiful bright color and gives the feeling of cheerfulness that promotes energy, which is exactly what a playroom should be.

Tip #2 – Choosing the Right Sheen

My second tip is picking the right sheen. With the playroom, I selected a sheen that is easy to clean. Using satin on the wall and semi-gloss on the trim ensures that you achieve the ultimate durability and wash ability in a kids’ playroom. Satin and semi-gloss paint are both very easy to wipe down and can stand up to vigorous scrubbing. Something that, if you have kids, you are no stranger to.

Tip #3 – Include a Functional Paint

Next, there are some cool and functional paints out there to bring the space to life. They encourage creativity and playfulness. Chalked paint from Rust-Oleum can work on anything, from wood to glass. But one of the unique materials you can apply it on is canvas. We recently redecorated our living room, and this rug was on its way to the curb. But instead, I applied the chalk paint and it made a fun hopscotch spot for my girls.
Another cool paint out there is magnetic paint, this product is a great way of keeping all those magnet letters and animals organized. What kid doesn’t like playing directly on the wall, and it could be a great learning tool. I used this product in Leftovers with Annie, where I made a racecar track with it, my nephew loved it. The Rust-Oleum magnetic paint is actually a primer, it can be painted over with wall paint. I love that option because I wanted to keep the bright colors in this room versus a black shape on the wall. So I put two coats of the black magnetic paint, and then one coat of yellow on top of it.
My last tip is to turn a wall into a dry erase board, yes you heard it right. What I love about this product versus a chalkboard wall, is that I don’t have the dust from the chalk lingering around.

With playful colors, a durable sheen, and some of these unique paints; you are sure to create a super awesome playroom in your house that’ll keep your kids busy for hours. For more helpful tips and advice, visit a neighborhood Ace, or visit us online at

Materials: Clark + Kensington Fiddlehead Fern Clark + Kensington Taste of Life Paint roller Paint tray painter's tape Rust-Oleum Magnetic Paint Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint  
Published on 7/22/21
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