The playhouse fits perfectly into your garden. Whether you designed a smaller version of your own house that is a perfect match in colour and style or an interesting contrasting accent such as a small log cabin or castle, you really didn't just mean for it to be toy storage. You want it to be a wonderful play space for your children. Match the inside decor to the outside style so your children will have a seamless transition from the garden to the interior play space.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Varnish or stain (optional)
- Child's round table
- Rustic furniture
- Toy animal head
- Pictures of landscapes or samplers
- Twig frames
- Rag rug
- Light-coloured paint or wallpaper
- Children's furniture
- 2 shades of grey or tan paint
- Rectangular kitchen sponge
- Child's dressing table
- Satin cloth
- Jewel box
- Shelves or racks
Leave the walls and floor unfinished or give them a coat of the same finish you used on the exterior of the house.
Cut large sections from a log for a table or paint the top of a child-sized round table with a pattern of tree rings so that it looks like an old stump. Cut sections from smaller logs for stools. Sand the ends so that they are smooth and comfortable to sit on. Small benches, chairs and a doll cradle made from logs or twigs are a wonderful addition to a log cabin.
Hang a pretend moose or bear head for an amusing accent piece. For the other wall decor, choose landscapes in frames made of twigs or replicas of old needlework samplers. A rag rug will make the floor more comfortable.
Paint the walls a light colour or use wallpaper with a light background to maximise the light in the house since most playhouses have no electricity.
Use furniture that will allow your child to pursue their own special interests; a play kitchen, doll cradle and highchair for a child who loves pretend play, a small table and chairs for board games or a cosy chair for a book lover. Set up an easel or paint a wall with chalkboard paint to encourage a budding artist. A play house is a better place to make messes than your house.
Frame photos of your family and pictures of things your child is interested in for wall decor. Calendars pictures are a good size for a playhouse wall.
Paint the walls light grey or tan and use a rectangular kitchen sponge and a slightly darker paint shade to add a few faux "stones" to make the interior walls look like masonry.
Set up a royal dressing table covered with a satin cloth for a princess. Place her mirror and jewel box on the table. Set up shelves and racks for a prince's weaponry and build a stall for his faithful hobby horse by nailing a few boards across one corner.
Hang banners on the walls and put up pegs to hold swords and shields.
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