I finished the Playhouse by Christmas Eve!

I last left off with this picture …

Holy Moley, this picture was taken a while ago!!!! LOL makes me laugh at how much work happened since then. A recap on why it has taken me a while to blog on the playhouse. If you remember, I had a run in with some plywood in Home depot and had to have stitches. You can see the account of that story here.Β Needless to say, I had to heal a bit and then I had to finish the inside by Christmas Eve, which meant I spent quite a bit of time inside. And that meant limited time on the computer. I know, I know, you missed me! πŸ™‚

I am thinking I will just show you the series of pictures and talk more about specifics later Β if you want them … Ready?

Up-cycling old hardware (tape and prime first)
Spray painted black along with washers that needed to be black. (Attached to the windows.)
Made a built-in bookshelf to hold toys, books, and puzzles.
Constructing the inside wall.
Nailing it into the cement
Making a window
Running electricity for a light … yup, I did that too πŸ™‚
Finished off the inside.
This photo doesn’t do this little window justice. The picture I used for her outside view is actually the garden area that I got married in. It is just adorable and I will have to take another picture of this now that she has a light in her playhouse.

Are you ready to see the final pictures???? I am so excited …

And one of the things I like best? I can look down from upstairs and see it.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey with me … I will be sharing the next project with you soon!!!


60 Responses to "I finished the Playhouse by Christmas Eve!"

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  1. Claire

    January 2, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    The playhouse is amazing-following you from thrifty decor chick-stop by for a visit!

  2. Vivienne @ the V Spot

    January 2, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    That is adorable! Are you kidding me!? How lucky is the little person who gets to play under the stairs?

  3. Vivienne @ the V Spot

    January 2, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Just shared this on my facebook page and tweeted it too! Amazing. I think I’m going to pin it as well.

  4. Audrey

    January 2, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Amazing job. What a lucky little girl to have such a nice playhouse inside the house. Sorry about your accident. Happy Blessings in 2012.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  5. VarietGrrl

    January 2, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    What a wonderful project – VERY ambitious! πŸ™‚ Looks amazing – I salute you for all your hard work! Welcome to blog-land – hooray for the newbie party! Cheers, Joy

  6. mrshinesclass

    January 2, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    WOW! The playhouse is soooo impressive and original! You did a fantastic job! Please come link up and show off the playhouse at my Show & Tell link party which kicks off every Wednesday. You can find the party at mrshinesclass.wordpress.com

  7. Amy @ Keep'n The SunnySide

    January 3, 2012 at 5:37 AM

    I too am WOW’D by this. Excellent job. Looks like it should be on a magazine cover!

  8. Anonymous

    January 3, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    This is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! It looks like something right out of a magazine.

  9. JOY in the JOURNEY

    January 3, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Thanks everyone for making me feel welcome to blogging and for the kind words! I have had a fun time doing unique things to our new home. I want the little ones to have a home to explore πŸ™‚

  10. Linda @ it all started with paint

    January 3, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Stopping by from Debbiedoos and my jaw just hit the ground! Wow! That is beyond DIY. Serious carpentry skills there!

  11. Linda Anne Young

    January 3, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    What an adorable playhouse! I’d be right in there with her, having a little tea party! Great story for your blog! I’d like to hear more about the wedding in the garden too! i found you from thje Newbie’s Party! Love your blog’s title! Blessings!

  12. Eilis

    January 3, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Your playhouse is amazing! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  13. Jodie

    January 4, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    This is Amazing! Love, Love, Love it!

    Warm Wishes,


  14. dragongirl

    January 6, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Not only is that playhouse AWESOME, but you must be a pretty awesome Mom as well. Glad you’ve shared this and given a peek into you life – trials and tribulations included. Lol.

  15. Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement

    January 6, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Wow! What a great job! I am so impressed with your attention to detail–so cute!

    It’s great to find your blog. Happy New Year.

  16. Tina

    January 6, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    What a great idea! That play house is adorable, I would love to play in there. You did a great job.

    Visiting from Debbiedoos

  17. Crystal @ Ordinary Days

    January 7, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    AMAZING!! I want my HOUSE to look like this! lol I absolutely love it. FANTASTIC job!!

  18. The Miller Five

    January 9, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    That is incredible! Great job!

  19. Janet

    January 9, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    This is so cute! I love all of the fun details!

  20. Kelly @ View Along the Way

    January 9, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Okay this is just start-to-finish AWESOME! Congrats on making the Top 6 projects! My bed made the list too, and I sent the link to my hubby, who said “Congratulations honey! But seriously, that playhouse was pretty incredible!” πŸ™‚ Haha. SUCH a cool project.

  21. Natalie

    January 10, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    Im your newest follower! Found you at Not JUST a Housewife. The playhouse looks amazing well done. I would love it if you would pop over for a visit to my new blog too.

  22. Nonnie Rhonie

    January 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Oh how wonderful. This playhouse is amazing, and you must be an amazing mom for giving up that much storage space. Wow. Can’t stop saying Wow.

  23. SH

    January 10, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    I LOVE IT ! I wish I had a space to do an indoor playhouse. Great Job πŸ™‚ http://www.bargainfun.net

  24. Natalie Dixon

    January 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    This is fantastic! I can’t stop staring at it!! That is one lucky little girl!!

  25. Eclectically Vintage

    January 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Is it wrong for me (a grown woman) to want one of those?!

  26. Jodie

    January 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Just had to stop by again, I adore this little house! Your newest follower!


  27. Kim Sasse

    January 15, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    this is AMAZING! wow!

    New follower,

  28. Susan @ homeroad.net

    January 16, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    Amazing! I can’t even believe you did the electricity too! What little girl wouldn’t love this place!
    New follower!
    Susan (Homeroad)

  29. Jodie

    January 16, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    BJ, I was so excited to see you won the contest!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!

    Warm Wishes,

  30. Jeff & Kristin McClure

    January 16, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    What a great use of that space! Turned out great, good work.

  31. Brooke @ www.Getouttamyheadplease.com

    January 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Congrats! On Winning the Contest you deserve it this is a amazing project! do you have a facebook page?

    Im looking for someone to give a FREE blog makeover too if you would like one I would love to work with you πŸ™‚ .

    <3 Brooke www.getouttamyheadplease.com

  32. Tanya

    January 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Congrats on your big win! The playhouse is adorable.

  33. Crystal

    January 16, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    This is amazing!!! I just saw this on Pretty Handy Girl and it is so fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  34. kimberwidmer

    January 16, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Yay!! Congrats on the big win! So awesome.


    January 16, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Email me and lets talk πŸ™‚


    January 16, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Congrats on the engagement of your daughter πŸ™‚ How exciting!!!!

  37. Suffia

    January 16, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Brilliant work and you are amazing too. Congrats, you deserved the win. I’m your newest follower.

  38. Sawdust and Paperscraps

    January 17, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Congrats BJ! It’s a well deserved win.

  39. Jessica

    January 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    I just have to tell you – I’m thoroughly impressed!!!! I’m 32 and I want one of my VERY OWN to play in! πŸ˜‰
    What lucky children you have!

  40. Angie

    January 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Congratulations BJ…what a creative project! I can only imagine how much fun this is going to be for your granddaughter! Joy will certainly enJOY it!

  41. cathhasablog@gmail.com

    January 21, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Congrats on winning the DIY project of 2011!!! You totally deserve it, this is so creative and beautiful. I am now your new loyal follower!! πŸ™‚ If you have a chance, please swing by my blog (and say hello!) and if you like it, I would love if you would follow me back! πŸ™‚ Cath at Home is Where my Heart is: http://cathhasablog.blogspot.com/

  42. awal.ny

    January 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    The little play house is just darling. I love how the outside looks. We built one for our kids but not as cute as this one. Glad to hear you won.

  43. Chatty Chics

    January 22, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Love this playhouse! You did such an amazing job! Congrats on the win at Not Just a Housewife!

  44. Amy

    January 29, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Wow what a great idea. It looks beautiful. I bet your daughter loves it!

  45. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage

    February 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    I love this- sharing it at the party tonight! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! Hope you come share again this week!

  46. Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest

    February 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM


  47. enthused monkey

    February 3, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    This is utterly gorgeous. I feel so inspired to create something like this one day. This must surely be the ‘best use of under the stairs’ ever!

  48. PamLuvsPink

    February 3, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    There are so many was in which to comment, but, I see that comments before me are saying what I’m thinking. Brilliant, WOW, Gorgeous, Beautiful, Amazing, Fantastic. Congratulation on your big WIN!!!!! We should all be so lucky to have a beautiful, quiet place to go and get away from it all. Thank you so much for letting us peek in the window!!


    February 3, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Thank you … when you do… Send me a link so I can see it!


    February 3, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    You are so very welcome and thanks for stopping by … feel better soon!!!

  51. Kimberly

    July 16, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    This is absolutely the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Your granddaughter is going to have so many wonderful memories here. πŸ™‚ (Saw this on Toot Your Horn Tuesday, Christmas Version).

  52. Anonymous

    September 6, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    I adore this! Do you have plans? Very curious on the door and window…


    September 8, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    I don’t have plans … I made it up as I went along but if you want directions … email me and I can share my process.

  54. Dixie n Dottie

    November 29, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Wow! That’s awesome! Thanks so much for sharing at our Countdown to Christmas link party! πŸ™‚

  55. Linda

    December 3, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    I so want to do this! i immediately went to look at our stairs but we have the cellar stairs underneath the stairs going upstairs so there is no space. DARN!! I love what you did. I also went to the other site and saw the cute closet cubby. Darling! Thanks for sharing and showing us how. Linda

  56. Joy2Journey

    December 3, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    You are so sweet. You made me laugh that you went to check out what you had in your home. Maybe, for your next move … Thank you for dropping by,

  57. Marisa

    April 5, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    I want this play house for ME! It is absolutely beautiful. Well done!

  58. Joy2Journey

    April 6, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Thank you so much! I love too and am able to be in it every weekend when my grand daughter is over. We have so much fun baking and playing tea party πŸ™‚
    I am so glad you stopped by!

  59. Kim

    March 17, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Your blog has inspired me to make a play room for my boys under the staircase. Beautiful work!
    I am wrapped up in the small details right now while planning for the electrician this weekend. That being said, may it ask where you installed the lightswitch for the light over the door?

  60. Joy2Journey

    March 29, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    I just used a lamp cord and ran it from the plug below up into the light fixture. It has the wheel that turns it on and off on the cord. Let me know if you have any more questions. Hugs

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