Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Room for Improvement: Playroom
If you've got toddlers running around your home, you know keeping it in order is nearly impossible. So tonight, our makeover maestro Martin Amado is helping one lucky family create a playroom. It's all thanks to a Habitat for Humanity event sponsored by Channel 7, where the woman bid for a $1,000 gift card from Ikea.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "Its a challenge many parents face. How can I design a play area for the kids that's functional enough for them and yet decorative enough for the parents? Can you say organization, organization, organization. That's today's Room for Improvement. Let's meet our homeowner."
Martin Amado: "Room for Improvement.?
Tina: "Hi Martin. How are you Martin?"
Martin Amado: "Good Tina, how are you?"
Martin Amado: "OK Tina, so how old are your kids?"
Tina: "I have a 5-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl."
Martin Amado: "OK, and their names?"
Tina: "Christina and Stone."
Martin Amado: "And tell me about the space right now?"
Tina: "Its sort of a play room, but I'd like a better play room that will flow with the living room"
Martin Amado: "All right, perfect. Well let me get to work and we'll surprise you and the kids in the end."
Martin Amado: "This area right next to the kitchen would traditionally be used as a breakfast nook, but if you don't have the need for that, then it makes an awesome playroom because you can always keep your kids in sight. The goal for us is to add additional furniture pieces to keep things organized for Tina and her kids."
Martin Amado: "All right, we are finally done with all the assembly, which is the hardest part, so we can begin to put things in place."
Martin Amado: "You might have seen me use this bookcase before and its a great addition in a playroom because you can add doors, baskets inside all the cubbyholes so it hides all the clutter and it looks great in the process."
Martin Amado: "So now I'm organizing everything by category before placing them inside the baskets and inside the doors."
Martin Amado: "A good tip, once a year is to always go through your kids toys to see if there's any that they've outgrown. If they have, then go ahead and donate them. If you find any that are broken, then toss them out."
Martin Amado:"To save money in the future, it's always good to think ahead and buy furniture that can grow with your child. So instead of buying a typical child's desk, I bought a table top and adjustable legs."
Martin Amado: "By enlarging photographs of your little one's, you can turn it into instant art work on the walls."
Martin Amado: "I love these photographs capturing a moment of them enjoying ice cream. Its candid shots like that, that work best."
Martin Amado: "And the finishing touch are some comfy toss pillows directly on the area rug, so that Stone and Christina can just play games on floor, hang out and enjoy their brand new playroom. I hope they like it. Let's go get them."
Martin Amado: "Before, Tina was using this space off the kitchen as a play area for her children, but it lacked color and organization. Now, with a budget of $700, we created a space that's truly entertaining for the entire family to enjoy."
Martin Amado: "At the count of three, here we go. One, two, two, three. Go ahead and open your eyes."
Tina: "Look at your new playroom. Look at how awesome. You did a great job. I love it. Thank you so much."
Martin Amado: "All right guys. Well thank you so much for watching and we'll see you next time on another Room for Improvement."
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