I love kids playhouses! Playhouses inspire creativity and imagination for kids. My toddler (4 years old) loves that it is her own little space, where she can pretend play and it is so sweet to see! There are hundreds of playhouses online and you can even find instructions to DIY playhouse. All the options can get overwhelming! But ultimately, we chose this playhouse. It was the perfect house for us to personalize it and give it a great playhouse makeover!
It is made of 100% solid compostable wood! Which is perfect, because we are not fans of plastic playhouses.
This playhouse is made by Be Mindful Engineering, which is a great company with a mission to develop high quality and sustainable products for children at a reasonable price. This playhouse is also great because it is totally customizable!
Below are 5 easy and fun ways to make your playhouse awesome.
5 EASY PLAYHOUSE HACKS
1) Add some shade!
You can personalize your playhouse by adding some curtains, an awning, umbrella, etc. I decided to add an awning shade and it only cost me $7 to make!!! Below are the items I used to make my playhouse awning.
Tassel Ribbon | $2
My exact ribbon is out of stock, below are some great alternatives.
Link 1 | Link 2 | Link 3
Wood | $1.50 | link
I used this 1 wood piece and used my saw to cut it to pieces that I needed to make a L-shape, BUT this shelf bracket would make it a lot easier! I decided to use wood because I just had extra scrap wood laying around. If you use this bracket, make sure to purchase 2 (one on each end of the awning).
Then flip the bracket around (have it be the opposite of what it is meant to do for shelves), and all you would have to do is attach a long wooden dowel or long wooden piece that would connect the two ends of the awning/brackets.
Wooden Dowel | $1.39 | link
The purpose of this wooden dowel is to help create the shape of your awning. This will connect both ends (aka. your two shelf brackets) of your awning.
Fabric | $2 | link
I used this muslin fabric, but you can feel free to use any fabric you’d like!
2) Add a Table!
The last picture above is how the house looks when the table is collapsed. I wanted this playhouse to be more functional, so I decided to give it multiple purposes by adding a collapsible table that is attached to the playhouse.
I thought a table would be great for my daughter, Tenley, to use if she decides she wants to color or pretend she works at a cafe or eat her lunch outside, etc. I also decided to make the table collapsible to save space.
Here are the hinges ($4) I used! I purchased 4 of them. 2 of them attached the table top to the playhouse and the other 2 were connecting the table top and its legs.
3) Upgrade the Door!
I love this door, because it was all my daughter’s choosing! She chose this beautiful pink color (Behr Paint: Pink Abalone), and the door knob, which is actually a cabinet handle.
We only used a sample size of Pink Abalone paint ($8) and purchased the “door knob” at a local hardware store for $3.
4) Add Plants!
Pops of green is always a great idea! The majority of my daughter’s plants are fake. Pretty much, because I know she will either ignore them for weeks or will over water them LOL. But on the flip side, I do love adding plants because my daughter loves to pretend to garden!
One of my favorite additions was a macrame plant hanger on the side of her house. You can purchase this pack of 3 Macrame Plant Hangers for only $15! Here are some great faux plants for your playhouse: Link 1 | Link 2 | Link 3 | Link 4
Also, I used this brown paint color to paint the two planter boxes.
5) Upgrade the Windows!
Add window trims, curtains, etc! This is so simple, and it makes a huge impact in this playhouse makeover. I simply purchased this piece of wood for about $1 then I painted it black and made window trims from it. You can also add curtains, different window trims (like a decorative border, etc).
I hope you enjoyed our playhouse upgrades!
This was a special project for us, because this playhouse makeover was the first DIY project that I did with my toddler! I truly loved seeing her creative side come out and loved seeing how proud she was when she was able to choose the additions to her playhouse makeover. She even loved she helping me paint the playhouse.
Which one was your favorite addition in the playhouse makeover?
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! I would love to help! @tiffanie.anne or [email protected]
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Friday 25th of June 2021
Did you purchase the wood you used for the table or if came with the house?
Wednesday 19th of May 2021
How does this hold up in the rain? We are in Wisconsin so lots of weather. Wood makes me nervous to mold and mildew! Would love your thoughts.
Friday 15th of January 2021
This is a really cute post! I'm working on upgrading my kids' playhouse this weekend and this gave me some good ideas. Thank you!
Saturday 1st of August 2020
Hi how did you make the awning did you use hot glue? Do you have a link thank you