Some time has passed since I last updated you on the Ronald McDonald playroom redesign. Despite the lack of updates, a lot of behind-the-scenes work took place since then – all of which I’ll share with you today, along with the final plan and all of the sources, as promised.
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In short, I’ve been invited by Thirty-One Gifts to re-design the children’s playroom at Chattanooga’s Ronald McDonald House. Both are amazing organizations that contribute so much to our community, so of course I said yes.
Since the last update, we’ve had several rounds of revisions, landing on a final design plan early last week. Below are a few of the changes and the reasoning behind them:
- The leather sofa was replaced by an alternative from La-Z-Boy, who is a national partner of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Every year, La-Z-Boy gifts several furniture pieces to the organization. So, to cut down project costs, we opted to use a gifted sofa rather than spending nearly $2000 on one from Article.
- The black and white striped rug from the original plan was replaced by a more tone-on-tone, kid-friendly alternative. The playroom is a high-traffic area, so we were afraid to use anything that had white in the design.
- The gray table and chair set was replaced by a white alternative. The white set has three chairs with backs and only one stool, whereas the original set had four stools. The thinking behind this change is that chairs with backs are more kid-friendly.
- Several of the products were sold out by the time we got around to placing orders. I tried to source as many lookalikes as I could. But such is the nature of these projects, and a few items we’ll just have to do without.
- We’ve also updated the look of the storage bins that Thirty-One is gifting for toy organization. The new design will feature embroidered woodland animals as part of the labels. This will not only highlight yet another personalization capability that Thirty-One provides, but it also adds a playful element to the room.
- The biggest change of all is that instead of painting the current built-ins, we’re completely replacing them – a decision that made everyone very, very happy. Those built-ins have been in the house since it was first built and were due for an upgrade. Unfortunately, the custom built-ins ate up into nearly our entire budget, and Thirty-One was so kind to increase their donation.
I will try to schedule a trip out to the RMHC to take some in-progress photos for you all within the next few days. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the final 3-D mockups, below.