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.
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:
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:
Mail slot. Because every house needs one.
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: