When I was a kid, I had a playhouse. It had window boxes, shutters, curtains and wide blue and white stripes on the outside. I LOVED IT!
I spent countless hours in the playhouse with my sisters. We picked peas and blackberries from the garden and made “soup” to serve to our parents. We played school. I borrowed the neighbor’s dog and played house (I had no idea what his actual name was, but I called him Rex. Interestingly, he never came when I called him.).
Because I had so many fond memories of my playhouse, I naturally wanted one for my own children. We purchased one from a local business several years ago and I did many of the same things my Mom had done for my childhood playhouse. I painted the inside white with painted floor “tiles”, sewed colorful curtains for the windows, moved the kids’ play kitchen into it, and found a small table and chair set at a garage sale. The playhouse even has a beaded door curtain direct from Italy. My then 4-year old son was so intruiged by them when he visited his great-Nonna in Italy that he had to have them for “his house”.
That was then, and this is now. The kids have outgrown the tiny Step 2 table and they no longer play with the kitchen. Most of the kid-sized plastic food, after being stewn across the lawn during rowdy play “house parties” has been chewed up by the lawn mower. I’m sad to say (SNIFF, SNIFF) my kids have outgrown the playhouse.
So begins a new era. Say goodbye to the playhouse and hello to the tween clubhouse. My idea was to make it into more of a hang out space than a play space. My daughter especially likes to draw and the kids requested a dry erase board. I took their idea and expanded on it.
Tucked away in my basment was an unused tabletop that previously resided in my office. I had purchased it from Target and it sat atop two bookshelves to make a tall, square tabletop. It looked something like this…
So, as I said, the top was just sitting in my basment. I used my circular saw to cut it down the middle and installed it in the clubhouse to be used as a long desk. I added four Carlisle Dining Chairs from Target that I was previouly using as dining chairs on our back patio.
The kids helped me do a little touch up painting and that was about all the heavy lifting that was required for this project (other than some shopping!). I found some well-priced indoor/outdoor rugs and bright outdoor pillows for the loft. Dry erase boards, pin boards and a few cool accessories like battery operated lanterns and solar lights made it into my cart as well (They just kind of appeared in there, not sure how exactly. That Target is a magical place!).
And here is what it looks like now…