Starting last year we knew we wanted to build something outside for the girls to play in. We went back and forth between a giant swing set and a playhouse. Ultimately the playhouse won, because mom has some design issues and finds swing sets ugly as sin. It ended up being the right call though because this playhouse is Noelle’s favorite spot!
We were originally going to build the entire thing but my project list is long so I was thrilled when I found this adorable cedar set at Costco. The price was perfect and the fact that if already had the bones made it the perfect fit. We put it together in a day and then I got to work. I did add a base and a floor to it, since we live in the Northeast and has pretty rough winters I wanted to help preserve it as long as possible We just framed it up with some treated lumber and then added planks for a floorboard.
I knew I wanted this white and girly, so off to Lowes I went. Now when you are painting a stained wood I can not stress enough how important it is to use a good oil based primer. If you don’t then the stain will bleed through and you will lose your mind. I like this one best, because it’s not as strong smelling as others. After I primed I painted it my favorite color ever, Alabaster White, the perfect white. I did an exterior paint just to help preserve it, I don’t want to paint that thing again anytime soon. I spray painted the windows grey and then Noelle painted her door pink. That was her only request when building the playhouse, a pink door, I couldn’t deny her that.
On the inside I added a tension rod and whipped up these adorable little flamingo curtains, the fabric is from Hobby Lobby. Noelle found an old, broken rocking chair in the shop that used to be her dads. I sanded it down for her and she painted it, pink of course. Then we hung a little lantern and a few decorations and the inside was done. It comes with this cute built in kitchen, which is perfect for my girl because she’s a little chef in the making. It also have two chalkboard panels.
Outside we built these little pine flower boxes out of scrap wood I had laying around. I planted some vinca vines, my go to vine because they grow great but won’t take over a space, in them. I had my husband add this cute little bar so that the girls could eat lunch out there. I just used an old piece of shiplap I had laying around and stained it Special Walnut. The stools your can buy here they are perfect height for the bar and quickly becoming Noelle’s go to place for lunch. I also grabbed these adorable Adirondack chairs from Pottery Barn. The playhouse comes with these plastic stone panels from the front, I ditched those and used some shiplap to finish in the front. Like I said…I have design issues. Finally I tied some battery operated lanterns in the tree and hung a tire swing.
Noelle loves playing out here and I can’t wait for Lennon to be big enough to join her. We have already made so many fun memories in this little house. I can’t wait to see how they decorate it for the Holidays. I know this little house will hold more memories than I can even imagine.