This miniature kid’s art room is the perfect solution for small spaces that need to pack in a whole lot of fun and style. Let me just say that I don’t put a lot of stock in manufacturing so-called “developmental” tasks. Guys, I have free range goats, free range chickens, and free range kids. Mostly they spend their days getting dirty, but when they are indoors they like to raid the art cupboard and create all sorts of things. The current rage is gluing bits of torn up paper to larger bits of torn up paper. Hey, who am I to say what constitutes art?!
Lately I’ve been thinking about giving the kids more of a space they can create freely. At the same time we have come to realize over the past year and a half since building our indoor cabin playhouse that it is not used with near the frequency of the smaller reading nook across that bridge. Guys, let’s be honest, that nook was an afterthought. A fun one, yeah, but not meant to be the show stealer, yo.
Then it hit me. Build an art room inside the larger cabin. Give purpose to the room.
So out came the cheap kitchenette that was really falling apart anyway (that’s why you gotta build quality, not buy cheap, right?!)
…And in went this fabulous little farmhouse style table I built using scrap pieces of reclaimed wood and turned legs from a thrift store side table.
…And these fabulous letters from Michaels.
…some storage space
…a place to show off their prolific work.
And that’s about it. Because we are talking about a space of barely 30 square feet here.
Seriously, it’s pint sized in there.
You know what? They love it.
Like, they love it so much they haven’t even noticed that I used the change as an excuse to get rid of more of their toys. (Bwahahaha!)
That’s it! I really think it is possible to design a terrific creative space in a very small area. Whether it’s built into a cabin (I mean, why not?!), tucked into a closet, in the middle of your kitchen, or anywhere in between, it doesn’t take much to create a fun space your kids will love.
I was able to create this look for about $125, using what I had on hand, a thrift store table for the legs, and some decor items. I’ll list some of those materials below.
Art Room Sources
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Thanks for reading, and happy building/crafting!
Pssssst! If you want to learn more – or build any of the other pieces in this cabin Elevated Reading Nook you can find details here: