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Playhouse Under the Stairs

28 Sep

We decided for Logan’s first birthday we would make him a playhouse. We had a little space under our basement stairs with a little door that we thought would be the perfect spot for him to play. It was a completely unfinished space, with no drywall or flooring. We finished it up and I just had to share it with you 🙂 it turned out pretty awesome!


Unfortunately I forgot to take a BEFORE picture…. but here is the space just as the drywall was going up


My husband started with putting up the drywall, and framing the space.




We took an old shelf we had sitting in the garage and my husband cut it in half and then cut them on angle to create a little roof for the outside of the house.

IMG_2013Then came the window! We had to make it small, since we didn’t want to mess with much of the framing since that space was supporting the stair case. Also, we had a lot of piping through there and electrical. My husband had to make the central vac line in order to create the window.



IMG_2167Once that was done, I got started on the painting. I used Navy Chalkboard paint by Benjamin Moore. I thought it would be fun to make the outside with chalkboard paint so  that we can write stuff for Logan and he can use it as he gets older. The colour I used was Newburyport Blue – and it turned out great!!!!




IMG_2367Once the walls were up and painted inside, we luckily got some left over flooring from a friend. My husband put the flooring in and then put up the trim.



I got the light from Canadian Tire, and found this really awesome Alphabet wall decal from Walmart!!


And here is the final product….. I am so happy with how it turned out. Logan absolutely loves it – the window is the perfect height for him and he is constantly going in and out all day long. I added a little hockey sign in the front that ties it into the rest of the decor in our man cave basement. I also added a little mailbox  and house numbers (both from Home Depot).












We are so happy we made this. We spent a lot of long nights working on it after Logan was in bed, but I really think it will be something he uses for a long time. It also is a great use of space – it went from storing our luggage to a super cute hang out. It also didn’t cost us much… We had left over drywall & trim and we got the flooring from a friend. So really it was just the paint and accessories that cost us money.

Glad I got to share it with you 🙂 I will be posting Logan’s Birthday Party soon! Stay tuned….




Playroom Inspiration

20 Sep

Since before I had Logan, I would dream of all the amazing things I would do for my kids. I would think about all the cool imaginative spaces I would create for them. Now that I have Logan, those dreams have gone into over drive! As a parent you just want to give your child the most incredible childhood that they will remember for the rest of their lives. I want to make sure that Logan has the best memories with his family and enjoys playing in our home.

We have a 5th bedroom in the basement that my husband apparently has big plans of knocking down the wall and extending his “MAN CAVE” to create a bar area – however, I have put those plans on hold with the argument that Logan might want his bedroom down there once he’s a teenager… 😉 But either way, I think it will be the perfect playroom once Logan is a little older and we have more kids. But for now – we are keeping the “play space” on the main level since Logan isn’t big enough to be playing downstairs by himself. Luckily we have a second family room that we use as the child friendly play space 🙂 I still have a few more things to do, but once that is done I will take some pictures and share with you 🙂

We also have a little cubby under the stairs in our basement that Adam & I are currently turning into a playhouse for Logan’s first Birthday! We are having so much fun doing it and I can’t wait to share it with you once it’s complete. I got the idea off pinterest of course, and here are a couple ones we love…




I think it’s so important for a child’s development to have a space where they use their imagination and can pretend play all day long!  Now although I have a little boy – I really try and keep most things gender neutral so if we have more kids in the future it won’t matter! Pinterest is the best place to get creative ideas – and since I am totally addicted I have put together some inspiration for all you parents (or soon to be :))








I love that these spaces are transitional throughout your home, and even if it’s in a main area you can still tie in your own home decor.

Stay tuned for our UNDER THE STAIRS PLAYHOUSE reveal 🙂