I challenged myself to build a playhouse using only what we had stored in the attic.
Here’s how I did it:
First I ventured up to the attic and scrounged all of the hoarded wood I could find:
- a vintage bed frame
- a chopped up desk
- a few unused shelves & MDF boards
The pallets were attached together in an ‘L’ shape. The sturdy wooden shelves were secured to the top of the lower pallet to create the playhouse floor and the MDF board nailed to the upper pallet for the interior back wall.
The vintage bed frame had a two-piece headboard that made absolutely perfect side walls just as they were – no measuring or cutting required, hooray!
The solid wooden bedrails were cut to size and then added to the sides as roof supports.
The roof was created from 3 old wardrobe doors stacked, attached together, cut to size and then secured to those sturdy side supports.
One of the footboards from the bed frame added to the front created a fab low wall perfect for playing store, restaurant or whatever the munchkin's imagination desires! =O)
The kiddo and I marched back up to the attic and she chose chalkboard paint for the back wall + we also found a couple of small shelves for “holding all of the important things”.
Some oh-so-artistic details to personalise the playhouse...
+ a coat of leftover all weather blue paint to fancy it up and some furnishings completed our funky (& oh-so-sturdy) DIY backyard playhouse!
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