It is well-known that kids of all ages like to be treated as equals, regardless if we speak about giving them responsibilities, providing them with private space or surrounding them with furniture of suitable size which is a mini copy of the standard furniture for the adults.
The old playhouse may not be that interesting to your toddlers anymore as they have used it for years and is no longer that attractive.
But how about finding a way to turn it into a more realistic small home that will encourage your kids to spend time in there and experience new and fun activities related to the housekeeping of the place?
Jessica and her husband have decided to give new life to an old wooden playhouse they got from a friend. They have creatively turned it into an imaginary but quite realistic farmhouse where their daughter can make lemonade for her friends and “sell” fruits and vegetables.
This playhouse is so great as there will be a dedicated place for the kids visiting their home. They will be well received by the welcoming decoration of the front door and will be thrilled to play ” the market game”!
The wooden playhouses are perfect for upcycling as the materials they are made of can be easily refreshed with easy to find supplies. The best of all is that these playhouses are the most realistic among all due to their shape and materials.
The playhouse they were going to renovate needed some good work in order to make it clean, shiny and ready for the new “housekeeper”.
The surface of the wooden beams has been damaged by the atmospheric conditions in the years so they had to look for a way to refurbish it.
First, they have water jet cleaned it thoroughly so that all surfaces were clean for the coats of paint they would apply later on.
They have sponged down every inch of the playhouse and then washed it with water to make sure that there weren’t any residues from dust, dirt, grease etc. left.
When the house dried out, they decided to paint the walls white. Since acrylic paints are children-friendly, they have included their daughter in the process.
The roof of the playhouse and the door have been repainted in black that contrasts with the white exterior and at the same time match the candle lanterns and the decorations for the “market”.
Because of their ambition to make this miniature house more realistic, they have added utilities, furniture and decorations that a standard market would also have.
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They have laid a carpet that goes well with the house color combi, a wreath on the door, lanterns above the window and even a doormat.
The inside of the house is furnished with a small table of suitable size, a shelf decorated with a vase with fresh flowers and a wooden small container to hold small utensils their daughter may use.
The table in the playhouse holds a big lemonade jar. The shelf beneath the window is used to store glasses and straws for all customers of the fresh market. Jessica has a flair for the small details and has placed a mini chalkboard where the price of a glass of lemonade is given.
In the spirit of an actual fresh farmhouse market, the couple has cleverly thought of other ways to store the products sold. A crate for the fresh eggs and a big basket for fresh flowers decorate the side wall of the market.
They have used a beautiful metal rack to display the fresh vegetables aside from the front door.
The metal planters on the windows make the tiny house look very pretty. They are standard buckets you can find at every dollar store. Fill them in with faux or real flowers and make the decoration of the playhouse more realistic.
The wooden signs for this small house are suitable for the playhouse’s new purpose. If you are keen on making a similar one for the smallest ones from the family, you can change the inscription depending on the idea you have.
Whether a fresh market, a tool house or a replica of living space, you must pay attention to the details and make sure that all in the house takes into consideration the age and physical size of your kids.
Make the place welcoming by furnishing it with small but realistic furniture, include items that will make your kids busy as a small broom, towels to clean etc. and explain to them how to housekeep their home.
They will enjoy their own house and will be eager to keep it nice and tidy as they have seen us, the parents, do.
This playhouse transformation is a great way to encourage your kids to spent fun time outside and “press the pause button” of the YouTube, the Xbox and the iPad.