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  1. May 4, 2013
    Judy Clark

    Oh gosh, being a grandmother with grandchildren who already have a playhouse, I do have some suggestions. If the weird board is plenty high enough that there’s not a danger of someone running into it, I’d leave it and hang a pretty hanging basket full of flowers on it. Definitely put window boxes, a mailbox and maybe a little (one 6′ length) of picket fence. You’d probably want to cute it down in height so it doesn’t overpower the house. We put birdhouses on our picket fence that the kids helped paint. Use some of the outdoor fabric for curtains. You can buy those 12: concrete blocks at HD for $1.27/each and make a path.

    I hope your girls enjoy their playhouse as much as ours did.

    Judy
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    • May 5, 2013
      Tara

      Oooh, Judy… you’ve got lots of great ideas! I love the picket fence idea – I hadn’t considered that at all! How adorable would that be for the girls? We could even maybe plant a small garden on the inside of their “yard”! (Or perhaps just a row of carrots, as I don’t know how long a “kiddo garden” would last.) The birdhouse idea is so lovely too. Thank you so much for popping by and leaving a comment! I’m getting even more excited to get started on this project! 🙂

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  2. May 5, 2013
    Judi

    Hi there

    Lovin’ the playhouse, wish I had one to play with, lol. With regard to your sticky out piece of wood, couldn’t you maybe make it into a sign, maybe with an arrow, so perhaps ‘Ye Olde Tea Shoppe’ or To the Beach with an arrow, you get my drift???

    Judi in the UK

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    • May 5, 2013
      Tara

      I like your sign ideas! I think that might be the direction I go. I also had a suggestion of a doll swing. I’m thinking that I’ll sink some eyes into the board and then have signs (and a swing) that can switch out? I was thinking a Tea Shop (though I like your medieval wording better), but I hadn’t considered the beach. That’s a great idea! Thank you so much for commenting! 🙂

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  3. May 5, 2013
    Rebecca

    What a transformation! It looks great, Tara! You might be able to make a little welcome flag to hang out on the end of the board. A hanging flower basket would be cute too though. If you were to do a hanging flower basket I would paint “Welcome to Lila’s” on the board! Can’t wait to see what you decide to do with it!
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    • May 6, 2013
      Tara

      Thanks for the comment, Rebecca! I love the idea of the flag (and of it saying “Welcome”… perhaps a Welcome mat, as well?) – I’m considering hanging baskets and signs. I think that I need to do a bit of measuring and see exactly what I’ve got to work with!

      So glad you popped by!

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  4. May 6, 2013
    Adrianne

    Oh my – what a great addition and I LOVE THIS WHOLE IDEA! I was thinking treehouse someday but something on the ground would be SO much smarter!!
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    • May 6, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you, Adrianne! We had treehouse ideas in our head for a long time too – but then this “freebie” house showed up and opportunity knocked! It’s going to be a lot of fun adding a bit of fuss to the house. 🙂

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  5. May 7, 2013
    Callista

    I was also thinking hanging flower basket from the sticky outty piece or even a bird feeder. The signs a cute idea though!

    The playhouse looks great, and I agree that it was more scary than rustic before, only because I feel like the wooden playhouses are so dark inside so the outside needs to be fresh and clean feeling. Still on the hunt for on for our girls, le sigh!
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    • May 7, 2013
      Tara

      A bird feeder is a good idea, Cal. I’m worried that a traditional one might entice the squirrels (as they’re first-class jerks around these parts), but maybe a hummingbird feeder?

      You’re right – wooden playhouses are very dark inside. I’ve though about painting out the inside, but then it’s like I’ve committed to doing something that I probably don’t want to do.

      Fingers crossed that something pops up on CL for you guys soon!

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  6. May 7, 2013
    Sam @ Thrive 360 Living

    Tara – this playhouse is amazing!! I want one. I actually like that piece of wood. I feel like it would be a fun place to hang an official playhouse flag with a personalized crest. Or it would also be a great place for some DIY wind chimes.
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    • May 7, 2013
      Tara

      I’m loving the flag idea (and I know that my girls would love that – maybe even decorating their own?), but the wind chimes is another seller. I love the sound of good wind chimes (the heavy ones, with the low tones?). Maybe CL can cough something up for me! 🙂

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  7. May 27, 2013
    Jeannie

    Great playhouse and great suggestions from the other readers. I can visualize a hanging banner and a pretend garden entry there with the picket fence.
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    • May 28, 2013
      Tara

      I’m just starting to tackle some of my playhouse ideas right now. I love the idea of a banner. I’m debating whether I’m going to give the girls a “yard” or not. It could be so cute! But then, it could also just eat up real estate and they may not use it… decisions….

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  8. May 30, 2013
    Rebecca, Soap Deli News

    How adorable is that! I want one for myself! I think a hanging plant would look lovely on the wood to the left you aren’t sure what to do with. Or – even better – a swing for dolls!
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    • May 30, 2013
      Tara

      I love the doll swing idea! I wonder… how on earth would I set about making one of those?

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      • July 27, 2013
        mary w.

        So easy! Two pieces of rope and a board. Drill two holes in the board, slip the rope ends through and knot. Hang the rope from the bar! Or, find another one of those little doll benches and cut off everything but the seat and back, ta-da! Swing!

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        • July 28, 2013
          Tara

          I was thinking about a doll bench – though the simple swing with a board and rope is a good one too (and would be just as cute). I’m going to have to scour the thrift shop for a cheap-o bench and let that decide my project. Thanks for the great ideas~!

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  9. May 31, 2013
    Letitia

    I would definitely hang some kind of flowers or something from it!
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    • June 11, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, we’ve just put some flowers on the playhouse! Can’t wait to show you in our soon-to-be-posted projects! 🙂

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  10. June 11, 2013
    Julie Fagundes

    I LOVE this!!! Our girls are oh-so-lucky to have a fabulous playhouse like this at my parents home! We have one…not this cute at our house…yours is adorable!!!

    Julie@http://www.thevintagebarnhome.com

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    • June 11, 2013
      Tara

      Julie – I’m so glad that you like the playhouse! The girls adore it, and we’ve been working on all of our little projects slowly, but diligently. Thanks for popping by! 🙂

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  11. July 27, 2013
    mary w.

    My first idea for curtains was to head to the dollar store for those flowery shower curtains they always seem to have. Easy to hang and easy to cut to thr right length. And you don’t have to worry about them in the elements!

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    • July 28, 2013
      Tara

      Mary – that is an awesome idea! I hadn’t thought about shower curtains! I must find some adorable ones! 🙂

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  12. July 27, 2013
    Andrea C

    Hang a doll swing from it 😉 Then it will look like it should be there!! 🙂

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    • July 28, 2013
      Tara

      Andrea – That’s an idea that I’ve been kicking around… I’m trying to hunt down a doll bench to cut into a “porch swing” of sorts. I need the thrift stores and garage sales to cough one up! 🙂

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  13. July 28, 2013
    Andrea

    How about a cut up plastic shower curtain for the windows? Definately water proof and there are some cute designs out there!
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    • July 28, 2013
      Tara

      Andrea – This is a great idea! I honestly hadn’t even thought of it. I wonder what Target has waiting for me?? 😉

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  14. August 11, 2013
    erin @ dfmi designs

    You did a wonderful job cleaning it up! It looks very fun!
    Maybe use burlap (from free coffee sacks) for the curtains or cut down and old shower curtain (made from thick opaque plastic or polyester. Just to hold up better.) Looking forward to updates!

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    • August 11, 2013
      Tara

      I love the idea of burlap! So rustic! I have been keeping my eyes peeled for an old shower curtain with a fun design. Of course, I always fall in love with the patterns that cost big bucks. I think I need to remind myself that this is just a play house! 🙂

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  15. May 6, 2014
    Lauren

    Do you have anything in your playhouse? We have one a similar size and I’m wondering if I should put stuff inside or just leave as is.

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    • May 12, 2014
      Tara

      Hi Lauren! We don’t live there anymore (and giving up that playhouse was harrrrdd….), but we did have a plastic play kitchen (a cheapo one from Craigslist that they made mud-pies in), and some bins of toys. There was an old school chair that got dragged around inside and out of the playhouse too, but we didn’t have a little table and and chairs set-up in there, only because with two kids and the kitchen, it was already fairly crowded. I will say, though, the kitchen got a LOT of use. The girls played restaurant incessantly.

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  16. June 1, 2014
    Shauna

    Oh my, this is so adorable! Too bad you sold it with your house, but I’m sure you’ll do something even better with the next one.
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  19. December 1, 2014
    Erin

    I love the little white Adirondack chairs you’ve got to go with the playhouse. They’re so cute!

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