Monday, October 29, 2018

DIY Playhouse Interior Decor

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I shared the outside of the playhouse with you last week, and as promised, today I'll be sharing with you the inside! It took awhile for me to figure out what I wanted to do with the inside. What kind of stuff to put in there and what not. I knew this was going to be open to the elements the majority of the year, so I had to make sure everything could be washed or sprayed down easily. And I had to make sure not to spend too much money on it just in case it got ruined quickly.

The first big part was painting everything. I used Behr's exterior paint in semi-gloss in the color Swiss Coffee for the entire inside. Once everything was painted, I then added a stencil to the floor.  This stencil is from DecoArt and the paint is a dark grey that I mixed up, also in an exterior paint. I then finished it with a couple coats of polyurethane.


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 I knew I wanted to add my kids "signatures" to the playhouse somewhere. I decided to incorporate them into the stencil itself. I have a hand print in each corner and they signed their names next to them.
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 The ceiling ended up turning out better than I had planned. The staples we had used to put on the roof  were too long and went right through the plywood. It was a complete hot mess on the inside. To remedy this, I cut cedar planks (some of them parts of an old fence, some of them new) to fit in between the trusses. I then whitewashed them. I didn't want them all white, but wanted some of the wood character to come through.
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 I hung a chandelier I found off the Facebook marketplace right in the middle. It doesn't offer any light or anything, but it does add a little bit of  glamour :)
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 In one of the eves, I hung a faux clock that I made.
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 I also added these wood corbels in the corners just to add a little more character. The curtains are grey ticking fabric from Hobby Lobby. I just hemmed all the edges then stapled them to the wood to hang.
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 I made some bookshelves to hold books. Obviously, their books will look a little different than this :) That hanging plant can also be swapped out for some crayons. I totally had the intention of keeping them in there, but then I realized how tempting crayons are for kids in a huge blank space. We already had some problems with a pen finding it's way in there :)
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 The other side is where the kitchen set is, so for the eves I hung a Fresh Baked Pies sign I got from the Target Dollar Spot last year. I added a little 'artwork' in the form of contact paper I found at my grocery story. For reals. I searched high and low on the internet for a kind I liked, and totally figures I would find one I loved while I was grabbing toilet paper. :) I placed the contact paper in painted frames.
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 The "Home Sweet Home" metal sign was a clearance find from Michaels.
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 This kitchen set was a Christmas present to my kids a couple of years ago. It got used, then forgotten, then used. And truthfully, it was just taking up a lot of space in my front room :) Plus, we had a dog kennel in front of it for awhile so I wanted to move it in here so it would get more time in the spot light. Seriously though, it will probably be kept more clean in here than inside our house. The pup slings slobber everywhere when he's in his kennel. I had to clean this thing weekly. Not going to miss that!
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 This is from KidKraft. (link here). It's their vintage kitchen in white. I have also seen one in pink. You would be amazed at how much stuff fits in all these cabinets!
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As for the "sitting area". These table and chairs are from Ikea. I painted them and added contact paper to the tops. I decided I liked the buffalo check fabric better and kept it on there as a type of table clothe.

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 The artwork is from Hobby Lobby. I needed to find something thin enough to fit in between the studs, which was actually harder than you would think. So, I fell in love with these when I saw them, they were the perfect size.
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 I've seen about 5 kids in here at once and there was plenty of room! I kept the space on all the other corners pretty empty so it wouldn't be too cramped. We have lots of neighborhood kids and I knew they would all be coming over to play.
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 I did decide to add some solar string lights in here for some light. I just fed the line through one of the windows and have the panel outside on the side. These lights aren't very bright, but will give off plenty of light when I put up on the plywood on the windows during the winter.
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 Now, of course, I would love for everything to be kept so nice and pretty with no color. Just white, black and grey. But, you know that doesn't happen with kids :) So, here's a few things that they play with in the playhouse.

First up, their dishes. These dishes are from Green Toys. They are actually food safe and can go in the dishwasher! They come with 4 of each of the cups, bowls, plates, and even knives, spoons, and forks. (click here for link)
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 As for the food, I actually have a lot inside, but wanted a complete set outside. And ones that would wear well. This set is from Melissa and Doug. (link here) It's made of wood, so I'm hoping it will last awhile!
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 And since this is their 'house'. Why not spark more imaginative play, right? This is another Melissa and Doug item (link here) that was given to them last year for Christmas. It was used, kind of. But, it has already seen so much more use since being placed in here. It's actually missing a duster, which I have no clue where that ran off to.
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And that's it.....for now :) I think I might add something to one of the corners, like a reading nook or something. Still haven't figured that out.

You can find the outside tour and design here:



Links for things mentioned above (click on picture)

Melissa and Doug Cleaning Set



Melissa and Doug Wood Food Set


Green Toys Dish Set
Solar String Lights






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