DIY Indoor Playhouse Transformation

Is anyone else in mourning about the fact that it’s time to start school again and summer is essentially over? I’m probably overly emotional about it (imagine that!) but goodness gracious it feels like summer just started. I’m not ready to see it go. I’m not ready for cooler weather, or pumpkins, or sweaters, or any of it. Not. At. All. But since I have no say in the matter I guess I’ll just have to put my big girl panties on and deal with it. And while I’m doing that I should probably get on to today’s post, which is all about our indoor playhouse–also known as my kids’ favorite spot in the house. I shared this project months ago when I first started the blog, but it’s changed since then and I wanted to share the updated transformation with you fine people. Let’s do it.

DIY Indoor Playhouse Transformation

DIY Indoor Playhouse Transformation
DIY indoor playhouse transformation

This little house is what dreams are made of when you’re 5 years old. Or 30. Either/or. It’s just so much fun, we all looooooooove it. When we first moved in last year this was just an empty alcove. It was much smaller than a normal closet would be and really deep. Kind of a weird spot, if you ask me. Here’s a before photo:

Indoor Playhouse Before

After a few weeks of brainstorming, I came up the idea of an indoor playhouse. Thankfully my father-in-law has some mad wood-working skillz and was able to make this playhouse “cover” for the front of the alcove. It transformed this empty hole into an actual playhouse. I’m so grateful to both him and my mother-in-law for putting so much work into this, it’s by far one of the coolest spots in our entire home. Here’s what the initial cover looked like:

DIY Indoor Playhouse Transformation

And how it looks today:
DIY Indoor Playhouse Transformation

Of course I painted it and spruced it up a bit. We just recently added the little address numbers to the front. And those cute little curtains are also new–drop cloth curtains win again!
Indoor Playhouse Transformation Mailbox

Mail slot. Because every house needs one.

DIY indoor playhouse transformation

DIY Indoor Playhouse Transformation


Indoor Playhouse Transformation

DIY Indoor Playhouse Transformation

There ya have it! This little house just keeps getting better and I’m so grateful to have a spot like this for our chickadees to play in. And it’s so fun to watch their little imaginations run wild. If you’re curious about the paint color, I actually used Annie Sloan Pure White and finished it off with clear wax. And the numbers are from Home Depot. Feel free to ask if you have any questions–I’d love to hear what you think. Thanks so much for stopping by my friends! xoxo

Another empty alcove transformation:

Reading Nook with Planked Wall

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3 Comments

  1. Ragan wrote:

    Hi Sarah! Love your post, playhouse is so cute!!! However there’s a weird pic of a guy’s hairy chest in the middle of the blog post!! Just thought you’d want to know! Keep up the good work on Insta and the blog! I really enjoy your posts 🙂 Have a great week!

    Posted 8.15.16 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you Ragan! I’m not seeing the photo you’re talking about–was it on an ad?

      Posted 8.15.16 Reply
      • Ragan wrote:

        It seems to be gone now! It was where an ad would be but just said ‘The 4 W’ beside it. I took a screen shot and could email to you if you’d like. Just knew it was very strange and out of place for your blog and wanted to lyk!

        Posted 8.15.16 Reply

Hi, hello! Sarah Joy here. I'm a self-proclaimed home-body + lover of all things cozy. I'm sarcastic, overly caffeinated + usually at Target. This blog is my happy place, where I enjoy sharing fun things like home decor tips, affordable fashion, + life as a mama of three.

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