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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. 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! 🙂

I am thinking I will just show you the series of pictures and talk more about specifics later  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 🙂
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!!!


Weekend Project Canceled

Ugh, Really?
So my plan this weekend was to start working on the inside of the playhouse. We took a trip to Home Depot to get some wood, and as I was lifting a LARGE piece of plywood with Mr. Man at Home Depot, it slipped, started to fall to the floor, and my instinct said, “catch it!”. I tried and it was too heavy for me to grasp and stop the fall. The wood sliced through my thumb and forefinger and I had to take an impromptu trip to the ER. I will spare you the yucky pictures and show you just two … hee hee.

This was taken in the ER right after they took out wood, cleaned, stitched, and wrapped it. Just like a present for Christmas! I got curious yesterday and unwrapped it (the doctor said to check it for any infection) and it was doing pretty good. What do you think? 🙂

I was bummed that I wasn’t able to work on the inside of the playhouse as much as I wanted. I couldn’t stand it any longer today so I very carefully painted a bit. A couple of Advil later I realized that I am going to have to let this heal a bit more. 
I hope that you had a great weekend.

Playhouse Outside is Finished!!!

Yup, that’s right you heard me … Finished! (with the outside that is)

This was where I ended my playhouse update.

I kept looking at the cedar shakes and knew I did not like the look of the way I had put them up, so I took my trusty crowbar and delicately pried them off. It was actually not that hard getting them off again and I knew I had to redesign the pattern of the shakes before I went on, as it would bother me every time I looked at it!

I added a door knocker and small wreath to the top door …

I added a window box and placed some winter greens and berries in to match the wreath …

Every home needs a porch light …

I also added a glass door handle and a porch but do not have a close up pics of them at this time. I will have to share that later. And the final touch was staining a piece of wood and naming the play house. I called it this, as I always tell Miss Precious a made up story and it always starts with … Once upon a time … I want this to be a special place where she can let her imagination grow!

I drilled holes on the sides and strung twine in the holes, tied knots, and then hung it on the front of the play house.

Ok, I am ready for my BIG reveal! This is the finished product, minus a couple of touch ups to paint.

I will tell you hints on what I would have done differently when I am done with the inside. Stay tuned and have a great holiday season,


Under the Stairs Playhouse Update

I was able to really spend some time downstairs in our basement working on the playhouse today. I have a hard time stopping on things that interest me so now it is almost midnight again! 🙂 I will have to make this update quick as I work tomorrow. (I have to earn money to pay for my projects)

So, this is where I started …

I cut out the door and window. (No turning back now!)

I  did the framing of the window and door and outlined the house with the shape that I envisioned…

But decided to make a few changes as it was starting to look more like a stable than I wanted it too. LOL, that is so funny that I think that now because at the time I thought it was great! I decided that I would paint the wood so this is where the update starts.

In order to paint and then add the cedar shakes I took off the porch but will add on a different version than the one that was shown previous. I added the tree and decoration to help me feel as if 1/2 of the outside was done. It kind of is 🙂 I sure hope I can get it done before Christmas Eve!!!!


Who says, “Santa doesn’t have helpers?”

Happy Monday in just 10 minutes!

I was working on a project that is near and dear to my heart and I am so excited to show you some of the progress I have made. My goal is Christmas! Sounds easy? Normally it would be but we have a couple of weeks where I won’t be able to work on it, Thanksgiving, family in town, and all things Christmas. I am limited to just a day on the weekends which is why I am up late. I get on a roll and I almost can’t stop. I only did tonight because all 3 of my cordless batteries are charging. 🙂 Ugh!

So let’s get to the photos shall we?!

So, I was only using this space to read and I can read anywhere right? I had been toying with the idea of an under the stair playhouse for awhile and since I have an idea of what I envision but, I didn’t find any plans that I could use, I did what any sane woman would do.  I started cutting holes in the wall…

Well, I guess with two holes in the wall I am committed to continuing. I have an amazing Mr. Man! I sent him this picture of what I just did and he didn’t panic at all!!!  I think I am desensitizing him with all my DIY projects. *giggle*  Since I am making this from scratch, and I am having to think it through as I go, I had to remake a couple of things when it was not what I had pictured in my head.
(I will make a blooper section when I get to the end. Everyone could use a little laughter!)

One of the first things I did was to put up this plywood (no chemicals thank you. Not with my grandbabies!) because I felt creepy having the stairs exposed. Yay, I have a roof 🙂 Well gee, that was easy.

I ran into a slight problem when I cut out the board to make the door way. Um, open brick, GREAT! No worries, I just need to make a threshold. (I looked down in it first, with my flashlight, and it was filled with cement. Just not to the top.) I cut wood, added “Power Grip” and then added my “carpet to wood strip”. It worked out great.

I wanted to feel as it it was going good so I cheated and put up this lower wall board.  There will eventually be a molding and something special on the top. I don’t want to get ahead of myself on what is to come so let me get to the final picture.

Ok, so here is what it looks like so far … We have a roof line. One side slightly higher as I am toying with the idea of a loft and then there would be a window.  *Stay tuned on that one. I finished the shutters for the window and they are closed for the moment so that you can see how I attached the hinges. I am making a small covered porch over the door way and the Dutch Door is to the left waiting to be painted and hung. I have a lot of painting of the trim before I can add the cedar shingles to the front. Oh, and I still am adding a flower box under the window. Still a work in progress!  I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am!


Who needs sleep anyway!

So, everyone has a super power. “One thing”, no matter what the circumstances, they can do. Mine? It is falling sleep. You slow me down and I can fall asleep anytime anywhere. (My mom still tells stories of me sleeping outside, on the sidewalk in front of our home, in the middle of the day. Did I mention that I lived in California at the time and not in a rural midwest town?) Rarely, have I had trouble falling asleep but, last night for some reason, I couldn’t fall asleep until 2 AM! I have had all day to ponder and I think I have it figured out. I have been reading blogs from my Texas daughter and soaking up every detail even tho she blogs about running. No offense, but not a particular interest of mine. I have subscribed to blogs I have found with similar interests in home improvement and in each case I find it is because I not only get information but I hear the passion in which they write. The reason (or spirit) behind the blog. That is what I want to do with mine. Share my “JOY” in doing what I do.

Just for the record, any ability that I have is GOD GIVEN! Yes, I am a believer. Even tho I won’t be sharing that aspect of my life on this blog I want it noted that the credit goes to Him.

My project for the day? Woo Hoo … I am starting my “Under the Stairs Playhouse” My goal is to have it finished by Christmas as a surprise for, you guessed it, a very loved little girl. It will be shared amongst my other loved grandchildren when they visit as well.

So just for fun … here is a sneak peak.

Just a note …
There are no little ones around so I am able to leave my tools out
as I work. Yay me!

These are just photos off my phone so you will have to wait until I am done to get the “How I did it”  photos from my camera.  That, and I need to charge my camera battery. Ooops.
Now to get some much needed sleep!
Goodnight world,