It’s spring, and with el nino having visited us all winter it is actually coming up green here (here being Calgary, AB, Canada – generally winterland) – the grass, the flowers, the trees. The days are getting longer, warmer, and we find ourselves outside as much as inside these days. I had initially planned to do my oldest’s bedroom this spring but then as the girls grew and grew and grew over the winter I realized they really needed a better place to play this spring and summer. The small plastic playhouse has served us well but my oldest prefers sitting on it to in it – perhaps because she doesn’t fit. And that makes the youngest want to crawl on top - but she hasn't figured that out just yet so yeah... it makes for a whole lot of arguing mostly. It's also week one - which means I have the most to say...
It’s a space I want to grow with them, as they get older and play less it can be a shady respite for reading, hanging with friends, or even summer slumber parties outside (although kinda squishy). While it won’t be big, at 4’x8’ there will be plenty of room for them now and just enough in the future. We can always make it bigger!
Due to the position of the treehouse along a neighbour’s fence line we will make sure that the back wall is decent and high (4’) so as not to intrude on their privacy. The front will feature a spindle railing so we can keep an eye on them (important with the youngest being just three this summer) but also help them have an open, airy feeling to the space.
No outdoor space would be complete without some plants, some lights, and some other fun whimsical aspects. And no ORC would be fun without some sort of dramatic reveal. Sadly, you’re going to be stuck with many photos of me painting/staining in the garage for the next few weeks. Hopefully I can sneak in some great product layouts, a bit of fun fabric, and some plants to help make the reading easy going. We have a date set aside to do the build/install the Monday of the ORC reveal. We will kick the girls to the grandparents for the day and assemble as fast as we can, adding stain touch ups as we go. This also means attempting to keep the project under wraps in the garage from two little busy bodies.
First some inspirational photos - find them all on my playhouse inspiration pinterest board.
This week’s plan is to start on the large pieces – the floor, back wall, and roof. Staining or painting as needed. I did some pinterest research on the outdoor chalkboard wall in the back of the playhouse. It seems to recommend tile grout in regular paint - anyone have any experience with this? I am also thinking regular (indoor) chalk paint over an outdoor primer should help protect it from the elements. All questions for my paint store friends!
Because you can't waste any time on the challenge the outdoor fabric from Tonic Living has been ordered!!! It's fun and girly but grown up enough to last a few years. I'm on the hunt for a great outdoor rug at a reasonable price but so far anything I've liked seems out of reach ($250!) or out of country (dang Target!). Small washable rugs might end up being the answer.
But enough already! Here's the plan!