Thursday, June 11, 2009

Our Playhouse

I little over a year ago my hubby told me he wanted to turn the attic above the garage into a bonus room. I thought he was CrAzY since the only way we could do it financially was if we did ALL of the work (and when I say "we" I mean "he") and he is a very busy resident. Not to mention the fact that he has never built a room before.
Anyway, make a long story short, HE DID IT!
During the process we found there was a little nook in the back of the attic and at first we thought we might just wall it off but then we decided it would be perfect for a little "playhouse" for the kids, especially since it opens into their playroom.
I keep adding stuff to it as I find new things (on sale or at garage sales of course) but this is how it has turned out... so far.

BEFORE, literally

AFTER
I want to put up a little roof face that comes out of the wall with wood shingles eventually but that is at the bottom of a long list of things to do so we'll see. Until then I think this iron piece gives it the shape of a rooftop.

I ordered this vinyl "Welcome" sign from Scribble it. You can't really tell from the pictures but the rod iron piece and the "welcome" sign are chocolate brown.
I LUUUVVVV it!

Remember, I am just learning (notice I didn't say "can't", baby steps people) how to sew. These curtains are actually placemats I found and loved the colors so I just folded over one side and made a seam for the curtain rod.
This window is perfect for puppet shows too!

Here is the inside of the playhouse.

See the artwork display in the back? Just a 1x4 piece of painted wood with clips mounted on it.
Easy!

Remember the silly lady that sold me a dresser for $5? She also sold me this gold framed mirror for $3... I love that silly lady.
I spray painted it with a high gloss turquoise and put the kid's "dress-up" clothes next to it.

I swore years ago that I would never paint anything orange in my house...

You should never swear. ;)heehee

So there you have it. Our new playhouse.
P.S. Literally 5 seconds after I took these pictures my two-year-old came through and destroyed all of my "staging" efforts. Real life at our house is NeVEr this clean. ;0

63 comments:

Melissa said...

I am soooo in LOVE with this! What a fun awesome thing to have! Plus to do it all yourself, you are a couple of extremely talented people!
Traci's SIL built an awning out of fabric... it might be cute for there. If your intersted I can dig up the photo

Melissa said...

I am soooo in LOVE with this! What a fun awesome thing to have! Plus to do it all yourself, you are a couple of extremely talented people!
Traci's SIL built an awning out of fabric... it might be cute for there. If your intersted I can dig up the photo

The Harris Family said...

Very cute! We need something like this in our house.

Alexis M said...

Wow! This is incredible. I love everything about it! But maybe the turquoise mirror is my favorite! I only wish I was creative enough to think of things like that on my own...but for now, I'll just have to copy you. :-)

Tonya said...

Awww, this is sooo adorable!

Carmen said...

Wooooowwwwwww!!!! I love, love, love it! My favorite part is the entrance. (Well, I love everything) It's so cute!!!!!

Wes and Dani said...

I am SO in love with this! Adorable!

Jessica Washer said...

You are amazing! I LOVE the welcome sign. Hope all is going well and that you all are having a beautiful summer!

Char said...

Holy crap this is CUTE!

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

That is too cute...My kids (9 and 12) would still love to have a little place like this...

Love the staging...

Controlling My Chaos said...

What a great little play house for your kids. The best part is that they can use it year round. Way to go!

Lindsey said...

How fun! You are such a great mom to create such a fun playroom for your kids.

Priscilla said...

Way cute! Love the colors. Every kid should have something like that! Can't believe your honey did that by himself while doing residency stuff. BUSY guy! What's next on his "honey do" list?! LOL!

Jessica said...

It is fabulous! What a fun little space for the kidlets to play. I love your vinyl welcome sign. So cute!

Ter said...

good job! I like it! I wonder if I have any hidden spaces that I could use...????

Matt and Mandy said...

love it, so cute and fun! The shingled overbuild/porch cap is easier than you think, check out our work at http://beehivestatebuilders.blogspot.com/2008/09/basement-playroom.html we designed it and did MOST of the work ourselves, but I cheated a little since my husband is a general contractor and framer by trade :) And NEVER say never, I have a terra cotta orange office, I am not a fan of orange, but I LOOOOVEE my office color!

DairyQueen said...

Love it! Y'all did a great job!

MaRiN said...

Seriously so cute! I'm jealous. I would love to have one of these in my house. You couldn't have done a better job.

Meg said...

It is beautiful and so fun for your kids!!

Great job on being creative for the curtains- they work perfectly!!

Melissa said...

I am so glad you added in that your kids had destroyed how perfect everything looked. I was begining to think something was wrong with my kids. Our playhouse is under the stairs and my kids just try to see how much stuff they can cram into it.

Yours looks great!

The Farr's said...

That is so cute!! I love the curtains...what a great idea!!

Kari @ Ucreate said...

Amazing! I'm speechless!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

How COOL is that?! Can you stand up in there? Oh, what a wonderful gift for your kids. It will be an amazing memory for them. When we finish our basement, I'm hoping to do something similar (on a smaller scale) under our stairs.

Crafty Mom said...

Totally cute!!!! Love it! The window with the curtain and the door with the welcome sign are just the cutest finishing touches! Adorable!

michellejohnnie said...

Very cute and a great use of space. Lucky kids!

Dina said...

so adorable! I LOVE spaces made just for kids!! great job!

Casey said...

I love the door in the wall! I wish I owned a house and was able to do something like that

Stacey said...

That is sooo cute!! I Love it!!

Lillie said...

I love this. I have to copy this in our new house!

Suzanne said...

What a brilliant and gorgeous use of that space. Your children are so lucky. I would love to have a hideaway space. :-)

Angie said...

WOW!! i want that so bad! you guys did such a great job!!

Mrs Adept said...

That is awesome~!! You both did a great job.

Heidi J. said...

Thank you for the cute idea we just finished my kids play house and my daughter wanted curtins that is such a great idea thanks.

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

ADORABLE!!!!!!!

MelanyTN said...

wow wow wow!! That is really awesome. I LOVE it.

Twiddle Thumbs said...

Oh, this is WAY too inspiring! I love the colorful walls and fun decor.
The outside is so charming with the vinyl stickers and I love the 'staging.'
BTW, your blog is a favorite among us here at www.twiddle-thumbs.com

lacey said...

You have done such a great job- love the orange, and window curtains, and welcome stencil! I would buy your house just for this room ;)... I should say, I KNOW someone will be lucky to have your home!

Flower said...

What a great job you did!! I bet the kids love their new space and the orange wall!!

megster said...

this is incredible, awesome, amazing, and I wish I was a kid that could enjoy this!

Amy said...

That is so fantastic!!! SUCH a cute idea! Love it! You're amazing and I love the placemat curtains!!!!!

shortmama said...

That is so beautiful! Any kid would love to have such a cute playhouse!

Refracted Lite said...

This is fabulous, the new playhouse would be also wonderful under a large stairwell. I love it you guys did a wonderful job. What fun.

Rebekah said...

All I can say is YOUR HUSBAND IS SO AWESOME!! He did this for you!! Jon wouldn't let me put a "PlayHouse" in the closet under the stairs... Keep Trevor.

southerninspiration said...

Aww, how adorable...and the wrought iron is perfect. An Awning will be perfect, too, and I bet it will be pretty easy especially after these examples offered.

Suzanne

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

This is so Awesome! I love it all, what fun for your little ones! Love the orange!

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

What a great use of that space! I bet the kids love it, I know I would love to have that!!! Orange is a great color, glad you chose it, so fun and unexpected.

~Misti

Jennifer Juniper said...

That is A.MAZ.ING. Kimba sent me, and I have to say, she was right about it making me want to bash holes in my walls!

I'm so glad you broke your "no orange" rule, Ilove it!

To The Moon and Back said...

This room is adorable. Wish I had a bonus room!

Kasey Hunt said...

It's gorgeous. What a great job!!

delightfuldwelling said...

Wow that is amazing! Does the attic connect to another room upstairs or do you have pull down stairs or regular stairs to get there?

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

So adorable! What a great job you did. The kids must be crazy for their new space.
~Michelle

Kimba said...

Hey girl! I thought that I should stop in and let you know that I included your unbelievable playroom in my linky love post on Friday.

http://asoftplacetoland-kimba.blogspot.com/2009/06/linky-love-friday-edition.html

The Phillips Place said...

This is so great! My two little girls would think they were dreaming if they saw this! :) I am going to tuck this away for the day that we have a house of our own (and hopefully our children will still be little enough to appreciate it!).

Amber said...

So cute! I found you through ASPTL but I know that I will be back often! I've added you to my blog reader. I found myself clicking back through a lot of your old posts and loved all of your creative ideas!

Lowry Family said...

That is so funny. I just went to a bunch of garage sales last Saturday and bought two 22"x28" gold picture frames (with pictures inside) for $5. At another place I bought an old dresser and little shelving unit for $2. I love it when I come across crazy people too.

I turned one of the frames into a framed french board.
Check it out at www.pebblesandpoppys.blogspot.com.
It turned out pretty cute.

I absolutely love that little room. Oh to have that kind of room.

Melissa Lester said...

That is incredible! What a great use of the space for your children! I saw your feature on TCB. Congratulations!

Brittany said...

Love this! I'm putting it on my blog...I love how grown up everything looks. I'm sure your kids love it too!

Tiffany said...

Oh, wow! Gorgeous playspace! Love it! I can't imagine how much fun my kids would have in something like that! Thanks for sharing!

Coco said...

WOW that is so cute! And Impressive.

Anonymous said...

It's not "rot iron" it's "wrought iron"

FHL said...

A friend just sent me your link and I just had to comment that your playhouse is just TOO darn cute!! Love it!

Sandra Powell said...

Creating by Cami just put my playhouse on her "someday" list and I saw your link there too so I thought I'd better come check it out. It is so-so-so cute. If you would like to see mine it's here:http://sawdustandpaperscraps.blogspot.com/2010/03/playhouse-closet.html

Gabby said...

I love that you made a playhouse - but what I really admire is the uniqueness of it's location, or build...a little hidey-hole turned into a cute little play area...your child is going to look back someday at the little hole in a wall leading to her own little "home" and remember it as magical.