Converting the Dining Room Into a Playroom

We love the architecture and details of many older homes, despite the smaller square footage and more interior walls than we'd like. There are no family rooms, recreation rooms or bonus rooms to speak of. But there often is a formal dining area adjacent to the main living area, perfectly-situated for a playroom.

Consider how often you use the dining room. We love to entertain but we find that more and more we're doing it in a less formal way - buffet style sitting on various surfaces throughout the house. The dining room definitely is handy for Thanksgiving dinner, but a playroom would be great the other 364 days of the year.

So we're considering taking the plunge. We need some paint, new lighting, new floor coverings and some storage space for our dining table. Has anyone done this in their own home? Please share with us in the comments.

(Photo: Courtney's Playroom)