Attic Playroom The Victorian House

The Playroom’s #100reveal Makeover

I’ve been making over four spaces in my home over the course of four weeks, using just $100 from Target each time, plus GE reveal® LED light bulbs. I’ve also had a total of $4000 in Target gift cards and plenty of GE reveal® lighting to give away so that each week, 10 readers win everything they need for their own #100reveal makeovers! The rules and information are at the bottom of this post, so be sure to enter.

You’ve already seen what I’ve done to update my dining room and work space, and this week I worked on our playroom.

The Playroom, Before

The room is divided into a few different zones with one side set up for art projects, plenty of toys on shelves and a big open space in the middle for playing, and then what I jokingly refer to as the kids’ apartment, over by the window. There’s a nicely stocked play kitchen, a small table and chairs for hosting tea parties, and a couple of chairs that divide the space and provide a spot for the grownups to sit. That’s the side I focused on for my #100reveal makeover. I used my budget at Target to pick up a wire cubby, a large wire basket, a clock, picture frame, and some fake flowers for the kids’ table.

#100reveal Makeover Supplies from Target and GE reveal® Lighting

The cubby, picture frame, and clock were hung on the wall to the left of the play kitchen. The cubby is acting as a pantry, the sweet print in the frame is from Petit Pippin, and I figure every kitchen (pretend or not) needs a clock.

Playroom Toy Kitchen

Clock, Petit Pippin Framed Print, and Cubby with Play Food

I like to have fresh flowers on our dining table, so the kids like having them for their table too and an artificial arrangement is more practical for them to play with. The wire basket holds stuffed animals for tea parties.

Making it Lovely's Playroom

Wire Toy Basket

I sewed those patterned curtains years ago for my studio, back when I was running my stationery shop and before Brandon and I had any kids. I loved the pattern then and I still do, all these years later! (The fabric is called “Mom’s Couch” by Moda, but it was discontinued ages ago.) There are three lights in the playroom: one in the ceiling fan, a floor lamp, and a matching task lamp. Swapping out their bulbs for GE reveal®& LED bulbs really made that pattern in the curtains pop! The white walls looked far better at night too, without the former lighting’s yellow cast.

The difference between GE reveal® and ordinary lighting

You can see more of this week’s #100reveal makeover in action in the video below.

Wire Toy Basket

Eleanor and August patiently waited for me to finish up working on the room so they could come up to play. The new additions were a big hit, and the lighting made it much nicer to be up there as the sun went down.

Playing in the Playroom

Tea Party in the Playroom


Do you have a playroom or other fun space in need of some updating? Comment below about setting up the perfect place to relax and play using GE reveal® and a $100 gift card to Target, mentioning #100reveal for your chance to win!

There will be ten winners drawn. See the complete rules for more information, and good luck!

GE LightingI’m so excited to be a GE reveal® #100reveal sponsored blogger. Opinions are my own, projects have been chosen by me, and additional products used in the project were selected by me and provided by GE reveal®.

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  • Gretchen Alice
    March 10, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I know my couch could use some fun new pillows and better lighting would make for a better reading nook! That’s my favorite form of relaxation. #100reveal

  • Lena
    March 10, 2015 at 9:08 am

    So in love with your playroom – I need a space like this for me! :) The color difference in the curtains is huge. I have some of that fabric tucked away – this has really got me itching to whip it up into something!


  • BethP
    March 10, 2015 at 9:09 am

    I would love to fix up the lighting in our living room/play room using #reveal!

  • kristin | W [H] A T C H
    March 10, 2015 at 9:09 am

    our sunroom is in need of an update! #100reveal

  • Lauren
    March 10, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I just started decorating a playroom, too! And ugh, the lighting is bad. #100reveal
    We also need storage for toys!

  • Katie F
    March 10, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Our living room/playroom is in need of some major love. It’s so dark and totally boring, and with the beige walls everything looks yellow. #100reveal is on my shopping list so I can brighten up the space.

  • heather f
    March 10, 2015 at 9:29 am


    our front office is dark and complete chaos. my husband is a photographer and so it has stuff piled all over it without defined spaces. that’s the first thing I would tackle

  • Jessica Martin
    March 10, 2015 at 9:40 am

    We just finished renovating our dining room. It included repairing a lot of plaster and was soo messy, so it’s nice to be almost done. I’m not sure that I can even stomach the thought of another reno right now… Maybe in a few months.

  • Judy N
    March 10, 2015 at 9:47 am

    #100reveal Yes! Our family room is lit by lamplight—no overhead lights at all. Even in the daytime it would be nice to have GE reveal light bulbs in the lamps. The coffee table and couch are where we play board games. I would love some new baskets to store the games and some pretty spring pillows or light throws to keep everyone cozy and cheerful.

  • Shawna
    March 10, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Would love to finish up my bedroom. Need more lighting!

  • Rebecca N
    March 10, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Our living room/playroom could use a fun new rug and some art for the walls (and new lightbulbs for the lamps)! #100reveal

  • Heidi
    March 10, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Our family room/playroom (i.e. the only living space in our cozy home) is in dire need of an update. The walls are a lovely light blue color but the lamp lighting at night is horrible (and I never use the overhead light!). Some stylish storage would go a long way to making the room more functional and less of an eyesore. #100reveal

  • Grace
    March 10, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I have a living room that needs a major update. Thinking about using the GE lights since the room is rather dark #100reveal

  • Casey
    March 10, 2015 at 10:19 am

    We finished our basement less than a year ago. While we have the big pieces, we’re definitely lacking in the actual decor department. Most walls and flat surfaces are bare and it could really use some good throw pillows and curtains.

  • Megan C.
    March 10, 2015 at 10:20 am

    My kids’ playroom needs art! The walls are mostly bare. #100reveal

  • Ashley
    March 10, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I would love to finish up our back bedroom. We have the basics aka furniture but the decor could really use some sprucing up and the GE lighting would make a major difference in there since the room is located in the back of the house! #100reveal

  • Alexandra
    March 10, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I definitely need a lighting and decor makeover in the bathroom of my new house. It probably needs to be gutted one day, but some small accessories like new towels and a mirror from target would help as a stop gap!

    • Alexandra
      March 10, 2015 at 10:34 am


  • Carlotta
    March 10, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I could use some new lighting in our basement playroom with no natural light. #100reveal

  • Christina
    March 10, 2015 at 10:39 am

    We also have a playroom space in the attic that we have not yet made good use of. There’s an easel and some trains set up, but no rug, floor or table lamps or décor. I would love the opportunity to transform it with a #100reveal makeover!

  • Beth
    March 10, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I’d love to get some more light and updated decor into my too-dark living room.

  • barbara
    March 10, 2015 at 10:41 am

    We bought a turn of the century farmhouse a few months ago and have several rooms with nothing in them. I would buy a few lamps from target and use #100reveal by GE to light the rooms for starters. I’m a fan of Target lamps and shades!

  • jill
    March 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

    We bought our first home last summer and I am finally getting around to fixing up a room in the basement as a sewing room. Lighting in the room is minimal – just one recessed light over the closet door! My 3yr old loves to color and count my button collection at an old school desk while I sew but we need better light!

  • Sally
    March 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I have been working on our basement playroom and reading space for about a year. We are almost done but lighting is a huge issue. #100reveal. Would love a new light fixture and a few lamps to help finish the space.

  • Minta Boggs
    March 10, 2015 at 10:47 am


    I definitely need more lighting in the kids bedroom!

  • Sharon Flasche
    March 10, 2015 at 10:48 am

    #100reveal, would love to redo the lighting in my dining room.

  • Bridgette
    March 10, 2015 at 10:55 am

    our playroom could definitely use some styling updates. It has a the bases covered but needs some more character :)

  • Tanya
    March 10, 2015 at 10:55 am

    We need to update our kiddies play room #100reveal

  • Elizabeth Smithson
    March 10, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Brand new house and every room has different light bulbs in every socket! It’s awful. #100reveal – I need to focus on the basement den and get that set up, both with consistent lighting and some fresh decoration.

  • Ashley Bee
    March 10, 2015 at 11:02 am

    We have an upstairs loft game room that is in serious need of a #100reveal! Since it’s a second living space, it mostly gets the hand-me-downs from the family room and sort of looks like a rummage sale! I really need some pretty curtains and accessories from Target as well as some fun lighting!

  • Adrienne B
    March 10, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Our living room could use some better light- the yellow cast seems sort of dim at night, and not very cheery!

  • Gabie
    March 10, 2015 at 11:03 am

    #100reveal can I say every room? Because every room. We recently bought a new house so although we’ve done a lot it’s definitely still a work in progress!

  • Heather
    March 10, 2015 at 11:08 am

    #100reveal I’d love skylights in my very dark living room, but that’s not going to happen. So lightbulbs with a prettier light is the obvious solution!

  • Jamie G
    March 10, 2015 at 11:14 am

    #100reveal I’d love to update my patio! I live in a small apartment, but I am lucky to have a small outdoor patio to myself. I’d love to fix it up with updated lighting, a rug, and plant accessories and candles. Good luck, y’all!

  • Victoria
    March 10, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I would love to update my son’s room. He’s quickly growing into a toddler and he’ll need a big boy room! #100reveal

  • Taryn W.
    March 10, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Our basement playroom would definitely benefit form some new lighting and better organization such as baskets and bins. #100reveal

  • Amy
    March 10, 2015 at 11:38 am

    My craftroom is pretty much my version of a playroom. It could definitely use better lighting and more organization so that everything has a “home” #100reveal

  • Gena Bowen
    March 10, 2015 at 11:49 am

    My living room needs an update like no other! I’ve got curtains that don’t match and throw pillows on the couch that are falling apart! #100reveal

  • Karen
    March 10, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    We need do lighten up our guest room; I thought painting it a pale green would look good but it’s too dim in there to look good! These lights could really help and save me from re-painting it back to white.

  • Kim
    March 10, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Would love to make over my guest room or office!

  • Camille
    March 10, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    My daughter’s bedroom/playroom needs a makeover, because she’s going to be a big sister! #100reveal

  • Amy B.
    March 10, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I’d love to improve the lighting in my kitchen, and your post is timely because I was just thinking I need to start with new lightbulbs and fixtures. Somehow, our small Chicago kitchen is the #1 gathering place in our home. It’s where we eat, cook, chat, and it’s where my kids do their homework, so #100reveal / GE reveal® LED light bulbs would be a good fit. I’d also light to lighten up the color of the room, too, with a lighter coat of paint.

  • Dawn
    March 10, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    We have a big empty basement playroom that could use a lot of love!!! #100reveal

  • Kelly
    March 10, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I’m redoing our bathroom right now and could use #100reveal!

  • sarah r
    March 10, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    my office could use a playroom corner with some better lighting… #100reveal!

  • Nichole K
    March 10, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Our living room needs an update! #100reveal

  • Alexis H
    March 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Our sunroom/playroom could definitely use a #100reveal update!

  • kara
    March 10, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    we converted a former [windowless] storage room into a play area for the kids in our building – some brighter lighting down there would work wonders, especially in the drear of winter! #100reveal

  • Marisa C
    March 10, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    We could use a #100reveal update in our bedroom, which is just looking tired and boring.

  • Kirsten
    March 10, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    We could really use some floor lights/general lighting the basement. We are trying to create a kid friendly playspace down there! I love the idea, but basements always make me uncomfortable – they are often dark and dingy! My husband made sure to make ours warm, clean and dry so now we have to tackle the whole “dark” aspect!


  • Joanna
    March 10, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    We have a yellow living room/playroom and really need to try some new bulbs!

  • Brittany
    March 10, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I would love to redo the lighting in our bathroom. These bulbs seem so much crisper. We have a yellow tub in our bathroom (yay vintage…..just kidding I hate it, lol) and it makes the whole bathroom seem yellow! #100reveal

  • Stephanie O'Neil
    March 10, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Great giveaway! Lighting is so tricky, so I’d love to check out some better bulbs than what I’m using now! My little office space could use a little spring refresh too!

  • Megan
    March 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Our playroom is in, essentially, a really large closet. A more natural lightbulb is a great idea for our space. The split screen shot really shows the difference!

  • Ellen
    March 10, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Our den (which is also the playroom) is SO BAD when it comes to lighting. It’s basically a dark hole. Not only do we need new lighting, we need new lights and hopefully $100 to Target could cover it! #100reveal

  • Sara
    March 10, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    I would spruce up my eat-in kitchen. It is much of the entertaining of meals or card games at the table occurs. After recently moving into our rental spot the walls are still bare and need some loving! At night it is very dim and would be the perfect spot for GE reveal LED bulbs. I want to create an inviting space to sit down and enjoy a home cooked meal and quality time with family and friends. #100reveal

  • Rebecca Musser
    March 10, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    #100reveal I would love to update our bathroom and powder room lighting. We could all use a little help looking in the mirror!

  • Cassie
    March 10, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    #100reveal. We are bunking our girls to make room for a new baby and would love to refresh the room. We are planning a reading area as well as two bedsides so lighting will be key!

  • Darah
    March 10, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    We have a funny attic space that has to work for both storage and playing, but frequently storage gets the upper hand because creating a workable play area hasn’t been in the budget- money wise or time wise! The lighting up there is terrible! And not just because almost all the lightbulbs are burned out! This would be such a fun incentive to get it working! #100reveal

  • Dana
    March 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    We live in Alaska and our house is darkdarkdark! We could definitely use some lighting additions and the new bulbs too!

  • CR Williams
    March 10, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Yes my daughter’s play room needs some help for sure.

  • Pat
    March 10, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Yes, I would love to do a makeover in our basement playroom for the grandkids.

  • Linda
    March 10, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I have a new baby and she came early so we were not able to finish her nursery yet- lighting is so important in a nursery! Would love to get a lamp and some additional items to spruce it up!

  • Jane
    March 10, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I have been so inspired by your $100 Target makeover blogs not only for the great Target finds but also for the difference in lighting quality you are showing in each post! My husband and I are always talking about how our current LED’s make our bedroom and everything in it look lifeless. I am excited to get some of the GE reveal LED bulbs in there to really change the feeling of the space from yellow and drab to bright and fab!!!!!! #100reveal

  • Jill
    March 10, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    My entire house could use refreshing with some new bulbs, but I’d start with our (still mostly empty) nursery.


  • Danielle lindberg
    March 10, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Ohh, I would love to use the #100reveal Led bulbs in our split level playroom to brighten it up!

  • Beth C
    March 10, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I’d love some new lighting to brighten up my own relaxing space. #100reveal

  • Haleigh
    March 10, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    My husband and I don’t have children, so no playroom in the traditional sense. However, I would love to create a dedicated craft space in our new house…a play room for me I guess :) #100reveal

  • Deb
    March 10, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    #100reveal! I would love to brighten up my bathroom and add some finishing touches to it!

  • Heidi S.
    March 10, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I would love some better lighting in our very tiny bathroom. #100reveal

  • Emily
    March 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I’d love to update my kitchen lighting. Right now it is either a cavern or a hospital, depending on my two levels of light, and I don’t care for either! #100reveal

  • Tiffany Smith
    March 10, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    My kiddos playroom is super dark the one window in under the big awning at the front door. Would love to remove the 1968 shutters and replace with airy curtain and some of these great lightbulbs.

  • Nicole Serena
    March 10, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I’d love to update our upstairs hallway with new lighting and decor. It’s very yellow – everything from the lighting to the yellowish-beige walls to the yellowish-beige carpet. I’m updatig our house room by room to lighter, cooler colors, and hadn’t really thought about changing the lightbulbs, but now I’m adding that to my to do list! #100reveal

  • Jessica @
    March 10, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I would love some help with our playroom. We’re in the middle of final planning stages. We have some of the furniture and many of the accessories we need, but lighting is an issue. It’s in our basement and has two windows but they’re just barely above grade and therefore, don’t give much light. Working with #100reveal would be FABULOUS! I need bright, but not yellow as we have a 60s-ish apple green in there!

  • Whitney Ross
    March 10, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    #100reveal Our dark office/ playroom needs desperate updating now that our 18-month old toddler is into everything! Bright lights, storage baskets, and kiddie bean bag chair would make a big difference!

  • beth shepard
    March 10, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I would love to update my sewing studio, to brighten up with #100reveal lights. Lighting is so important in a studio. I would like a cleaner look with some new storage.

  • Jen
    March 10, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    We have a small loft space in our house that overlooks our kitchen. It is adjacent to our daughters bedroom and I have been wanting to make it over in to a quiet play place for her (instead of its current use as storage!) #100reveal would be a great way to do that since it’s such a dark and gloomy space with no windows!

  • Lauren
    March 10, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    I would like to set up a reading corner. #100reveal

  • Kristy
    March 10, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    We are in the process of converting a game room into a more friendly-to-our-family space. We’ve ditched the pool table and ugly light that hung over it, and moved in a sectional and tv. There’s room for a table for games and puzzles, but we need lighting! #100reveal would be a great help to spotlight this new fun area for our home! Some window coverings and other accents from Target would be awesome!

  • Angela Maniaci
    March 10, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    My son is going to turn 4 at the end of April, and his room is BOOOOOOOOORRRRRING. The walls are beige, we still have his ugly baby, blackout curtains, and an old area rug we borrowed from another room. I would love to swap out the curtains and rug for something lighter and more fun. He also has a great, handmade quilt from my sister-in-law, but it looks dingy and yellowed with the lighting that’s in there now.

  • Ali
    March 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Would love to redo my reading corner with some awesome pillows from target and of course some great reading lamps with #100 reveal

  • Kim
    March 10, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I would love to add some special touches to make my husbands home office a happy space for him! He does so much for others and deserves a wonderful space to work in.

  • Cvjn
    March 10, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I would love to add some better lighting and cute accessories to our office.


  • Cvjn
    March 10, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    I would love to add some better lighting and cute accessories to the office


  • Mercedes Conde
    March 10, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    There are plenty places in my house that could use the extra help. We moved in two years ago. The house is beautiful but needs a lot of work. It looks like nothing has been updated since the 50’s, specially the lights!! I could use a little help for sure!!

  • Bre
    March 10, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Our bedroom is the long narrow room with slated ceilings and just two windows that you find on the upper story of 1940s Cape Cods. Now that we have two young kids we need this room to do more for us in providing play and relax space, and some great light bulbs and a cozy rug would get us a long way! #100reveal

  • Leigh
    March 10, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    We have a wide upstairs hall that I would love to make more like a play room. #100reveal

  • Rachel Allmen
    March 10, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Our bungalow attic is a mostly finished space that is a wonderful play room during the day but we need lighting help at night! I’d love to make the space fun and inviting whenever we would like to use it. #100reveal

  • Alison
    March 10, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    My son’s nursery could use some brightening up! Our apartment is north-facing and very dark but I want to be able to play in his room with him once he’s a little older.#100reveal

  • Mary @ athomeonthebay
    March 10, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    It is amazing the difference the GE Reveal lightbulbs make. I love those curtains. I would work on fixing up my office with good lighting a some nice accessories. #100reveal

  • sydney85
    March 10, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Our master bathroom seems so dark so it could really do with some new bulbs to lighten it up.#100reveal.

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    March 10, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    It looks so bright up there now – the kids must want to be there all the time! Cute accessories in the kids’ apartment. I’d love to come over for a tea party :)

  • Erin R.
    March 10, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    I would love to update the lighting in my bathroom and in both of my kids bedrooms.

  • Megan
    March 10, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    #100reveal Would love the chance to get better lighting and some cute accessories in my office!

  • Kelly
    March 10, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    #100reveal! I would use GE reveal® and a $100 gift card to Target to brighten up and organize my craft space in our basement.

  • Kristin
    March 10, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Our whole house could use a good ol’ #100reveal renovation.

  • Lisa T
    March 10, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I would love to help my daughter set up a playroom for her 4 and 1 year old! Love how you made your kids kitchen into a mini version if your own ❤️

    • Lisa T
      March 10, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Ps #100reveal ( we’ve been switching out our old bulbs as they burn out with new GE reveal bulbs

  • Deandra
    March 10, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Just bought a 60s rambler. Lots of space for the kids to play in bad lighting. #100reveal

  • Caroline
    March 10, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    We are currently in the middle of an interior bathroom makeover (read: no windows). I cannot think of a more perfect place for GE reveal bulbs! Fingers crossed! #100reveal

  • Darlene
    March 10, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    That fabric! I searched high and low for it when you 1st posted pics ages ago (long time reader here)! I’d definitely splurge my #100reveal winnings on new shelving! Still working on my New Years resolution to get organized.

  • Amanda
    March 11, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I could definitely use new light bulbs for my kitchen wall sconces – mismatched lumens look awkward. And I could definitely use some of Target’s cute kitchen gear. I’m planning a kitchen renovation that will be very neutral (a whole lot of white) and I need pops of color to make the room happy for when I’m dragging myself to morning coffee.#100reveal

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