Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Big Reveal - Playhouse Exterior...

It has finally come together!

And just in time for the long Memorial Weekend...


The kids love it even more than I could have hoped for...

which is nice considering all of the time and effort that went into designing, building, painting and decorating it!

Remember where we started from?



Here are a few of the exterior elements:


A starfish...of course...



A hanging lantern...


A cedar flower box made to fit perfectly by Daddy...

(the boys picked out the flowers - they were going for the colors of the rainbow!)


And...

(drumroll, please...)



A Dutch Door!!

If I can't have an adult sized one, then at least we can let the kids have one!


Having my own Dutch Door (or two, or three) is still definitely on my wish list though!



We are extremely happy with how it turned out!

The shingles on the facade made all the difference on the look of the house, so despite it being a challenge to put them up (because we were working on such a small scale), we're both happy that we took the time to do it...


And my old window fits in perfectly with the look I was going for...


It is only 4 feet by 4 feet on the inside, but surprisingly, we can all fit in it...
at the same time!

And several of the women in our family can actually stand up straight while inside the house!


The kids got to see their cousin, Major, this weekend and I was thrilled that he (at nearly 2 years old) was just as happy to chill inside the playhouse as our kids are!

It was pretty cute to see all of them in there together!


And I can finally display the House Numbers that I made for the playhouse...
(see the rock at the corner?
)


I still need to make a "playhouse" sign for the outside and I would love to find a nautical themed weather vane to put on the roof, a little manual doorbell would be adorable...
but other than that, the exterior is finished!

I will show you pictures of the inside once we have it finished. We're still debating over a couple of options - just deciding which route to go. But I was able to get all of the interior painting done - which was no small task!
Have you ever tried to paint OSB?
Not fun at all!
And unlike the lucky ladies that can stand up on the inside, I (at 5' 9") cannot, so painting was....painful. But I love how it turned out and look forward to getting it finished up!

I can happily say...
chicken coop-turned-playhouse has been a great success!

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35 comments:

Simone said...

That is absolutely lovely! Your children are very lucky!
Simone :)

Sarah said...

Adorable!!!

Kathi said...

How cute! Love the shingles, the window and window box! The dutch door was a great idea! Can't wait to see what you do inside!
(any comments from the HOA??)

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

The playhouse could not be cuter! I'm so glad you were able to get use from it after the disappointment. Sometimes when original plans change, something even better happens. Great addition to your yard, I'm sure all the kids will want to play at your house now!
~Michelle

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

WOW!!!!! That is one of my dreams for my girls--to have a little house like that for them. NOT a plastic one like the one that currently resides in our backyard. But my husband would have to be nagged forever and ever and ever (you get the picture). It looks amazing!!! :)

Jodi said...

I love the play house. I think the little details are fabulous! Love the little lantern. GREAT JOB

Dallin said...

Absolutely amazing...I LOVE it and wish we could have one at our house!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

I LOVE it!! What a cool kid magnet to get them into the great outdoors!

The Tulip Lady said...

GREAT job...oh the memories that little house will hold!

Chris said...

It turned out wonderfully . I think I can make my kids door into a dutch door too .
Well done.
I love how you strung the star fish now I know how to do it too , thanks ,
Chris

~Kristen~ said...

It is adorable! Can't wait to see this inside, too!

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

You have the prettiest, most inviting chicken coop I've ever seen! ;) It looks great! I'm sure the kids love it.
I love the cedar shingles and dutch door, oh, and the flower box and lantern. Hmmm, I guess I love it all!
*Tricia

Kathryn-nannygoat said...

Beautiful! I LOVE the old window and the wood shingles. How fun for your kiddos!

Jill said...
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Jill said...

A total success!!! Nice job you guys, I love it!

Tara said...

AMAZING!! I love all the details, so perfect, I am sure any kid would love to come chill in that house! The chicken coup is a sucess even if it turned into a playhouse!! Awesome job!

Charis said...

That is the most adorable playhouse I've ever seen!

Love it! :)

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

This is absolutely darling! So cute that I want to move in! Haha! Truly though, it is very very cute.

Wanderluster said...

What a beautiful playhouse! Your kids must be thrilled to have such a magical space to play in.

Mary said...

I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago, I'm so impressed with your interiors! Everything is of such high quality, you definitely have a natural talent. I wish I had a playhouse like this one when I was younger, I never would have left it!

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

I am sorry to hear about the chickens not working out, but have to say the playhouse looks gorgeous, and I love how you hung that starfish.

Edwina - HouseAHolic said...

This is extremely super cute. I have been tryign to convince my boy to forget about his idea of putting a corrugated iron garden shed up and to do something like this instead... Thanks for the ammunition...

DesignTies said...

The playhouse is adorable!! There's something about mini versions of bigger things that's so appealing :-)

I'm sure your kids will spend lots of fun hours playing in there :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Struggler said...

I'm thrilled for you that this is done, and that so many others are seeing your post and loving it too!
I spotted the house numbers right away but thanks for the link to the close-up... the "1/2" is the perfect touch.
Have you considered making house numbers to order and selling them on Etsy?

Mrs. Petrie said...

My daughter would probably go crazy if we had one of these! It is AWESOME. Congrats on such a great project.

desiree said...

I want one! Just for me. Great job.

Maria said...

wow wow wow, total LOVE!!! I love the playhouse absolute eye candy and blends seamlessly, i really loathe the usual eyesore contraptions/playhouses found in backyards....so creative and beautiful! well done.

Carol Kennon said...

Oh WOW! Great job. Lucky kiddos will have lots of great memories made in that. I want one.

I am hosting a give away on my blog is you have time go by and enter.

tatumfam said...

Amazing!! Especially the shingles--they definitely add something! Can't wait to see the inside.

Astrid said...

So very, very sweet! We've been talking about building our girls a tree house but that hasn't happened yet. I LOVE that Dutch door!

Karla said...

Kathi - LOL!! No comments from the HOA yet! I'll keep you posted! :)

Tricia - my best friend said the same thing - way too nice for chickens! :)

Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments, everyone! I really appreciate it! You are too kind! XO

~Karla

Puna said...

How absolutely cute! We could never do that.

Tiffany said...

Oh, my goodness. I have never seen a playhouse quite as perfect as this one! It's amazing. My daughter would LOVE this! I want one. The details are darling, it makes me want to play in it. Gorgeous. I love your blog by the way. This is my first time but I will be coming back often to visit.

Valerie said...

I've been searching around trying to find some good pics of dutch doors for our little one's playhouse. I am in the midst of building her a "tiki hideaway". Pls let me know if you have any tips!

Thanks -
Valerie

Katherine said...

the playhouse is awesome!! i love it! can't wait to see the inside!