PLAYHOUSE REMODEL

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Winter break is officially over and so is my downtime.  You know what that means?  It means that I’m back at it and am so excited to share all of the details on my playhouse remodel!  I purchased THIS playhouse and was thrilled when I found out that they decided to make it in white (it only came as a dark wood before) saving me lots of time not having to paint the entire thing.  The table, door, chalkboard and roof all came as a dark gray but I gave them a good painting to brighten them up.

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Before I began assembling the playhouse, I wanted to get everything painted first.  Here is everything I used!

PAINT

  • For the door + table I used THIS paint and color.
  • I am unable to find it online but I used PPG Glidden paint in the color Antique Linen for the roof
  • I used this cheap $10 PAINTBRUSH SET
  • I also wanted to change the mailbox flag and the chalk board to try and match the roof so THIS was the spray paint I used.
  • THIS is the spray paint I used for the numbers and door handle

 

DECORATIONS + TOYS/ PLAYFOOD 

 

I made sure that before I began to paint I had a tarp to lay everything out on because painting is MESSY!  I ended up doing two coats on each piece to effectively cover the dark gray.  I let the first coat sit for a few hours before I applied the second.

Once the painting was done, it was time to assemble the playhouse and I was so excited!  I could not wait to get it all put together so that I could officially see the finished product.

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I do have one suggestion when it comes to assembling the playhouse — ALWAYS read the step that you are on AND the step that comes after.  Trust me, I learned the hard way!  For some reason these instructions don’t come with any writing, just a drawn picture of what you are supposed to do and I noticed that I was doing things incorrectly every once in a while.  For example, the big mistakes were when I would place a wood panel upside down because I wouldn’t notice that one side would have holes for screws and the other wouldn’t.  Once I would get to the next step I would see that I had drilled the entire panel in wrong and have to retrace my steps!

 I also made an AMAZON LIST dedicated just to this playhouse with some cute toy food, rug, play mixer, these wooden hooks and market bags + more!

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I finally finished everything and could not wait for the kids to see!  The hardest thing was that I had it hidden over at my parents neighbors house and needed to get it to my backyard Christmas Eve night.  Luckily my brothers and parents live close so we called in all the man power we could find and they lifted it over some walls, drove it over, and placed it perfectly on our back patio.

Christmas morning came and the kids opened every present.  I found one present left and on the box it said, “Ho ho ho!  Run to the backyard for a BIG surprise!  Love, Santa”.  The kids ran out back and were so excited.  Well, Milo was at least.  Ruck was just excited about his new Nerf guns but now he loves to play in it.  Raen is also a big fan so it was the perfect Santa gift for everyone to enjoy!

We had the best Christmas and even now the kids will be outside playing for HOURS.  I think I ended up getting the best Christmas present of all — busy + happy kids!

Paige

Boys + Girls Holiday Gift Guide

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Shopping for my kiddos has to be my favorite. There are SO many kid-centered brands & stores that make Christmas shopping so easy, yet so hard! I want to get them everything! I try & get my kids a good mix of gifts for Christmas. I always buy them a few outfits & some toys that they’ve been wanting as well!

I have these AVAUMA PAJAMAS for Ruck but now I want a pair in every color!  They have so many good options for both girls and boys and the quality is incredible.  The best part is that the sizes range from baby to girls/boys sizes. 

This set of WOODEN EGGS is adorable.  Milo & Ruckus love playing ‘restaurant’, so I’m excited to add it to their collection of play food.

I swear there is nothing cuter in the world than this TOOTH TENT from Anthropologie.  They put their lost tooth in it for the tooth fairy and I love that it makes the tooth fairies job SO MUCH EASIER.  I’m also a sucker for anything creative like this.

Milo takes this ABDTECH KIDS CAMERA everywhere we go.  She takes after her parents for sure!  This is the perfect digital camera for your kid’s because it’s easy to use and they can just click away.  It’s so fun to see the world through their eyes!

Obsessed with the floral print of these AVAUMA PAJAMAS that I’m going to get for Milo.  Now I just need to figure out how to get them to make a pair in my size!

Milo has these FLOWER SUNNIES and won’t leave the house without them.  I can’t blame her, they’re so good.

I can’t believe the deal Amazon has for these KID’S FIRE TABLETS!  2 for $150!  My kids love taking these on flights & road trips & I love them as much as they do on flights and road trips.  My kids don’t make a peep and there are so many fun learning and creative games for them to play.

I cannot believe that I found the same exact DOLLHOUSE that Milo has on Amazon!  This dollhouse is a fun craft to do with your kids.  Milo and I have had so much fun revamping it. We painted it but I actually really like the look of the natural wood.  We also added new wallpaper (scrapbook paper) and flooring (popsicle sticks).

I would definitely get this OLLI ELLA DOLLHOUSE FURNITURE SET to go along with the dollhouse mentioned above!  How cute are the details? The rug?! So good.

Milo is obsessed with anything that has to do with animals & I already know how much she will adore this OWLEEZ INTERACTIVE PET.  She’s been eyeing them at Target and I’m excited to get her one for Christmas.

There is no cuter stuffed animal on the planet than CUDDLE + KIND. How cute are these rainbow unicorns?!  They have so many great options but this Unicorn has been Milo’s favorite.

Dying over this DYSON CORDLESS KIDS’ VACUUM!  It’s so cute!  I am all for the kids mimicking what I do, as long as it includes cleaning!  I think they’d have a riot with this.

I’ve never seen a more beautiful PLAY KITCHEN in my life!  The color scheme is so perfect and simple.  My kids would die for this.

Camping runs in my family’s veins so I know how much fun my kids would have with this adorable MINI CAMPER PLAYHOUSE!  

Everything made by Melissa & Doug is so cute.  I’m thinking of adding this WOODEN FOOD PLAY SET to my kid’s play food collection as well!  These ones are fun because they can be diced.

Milo has a few of these MICE IN A BOX and they’re so adorable!  She loves playing with them in her dollhouse.

This DOLLHOUSE is another great gift idea for your littles!  I love how it latches shut & has a handle. So precious.

This ROCKET TOY SET is one of my favorite finds for Ruckus!  I can see his imagination going while he plays with this.

This STUFFED OCTOPUS is just so cute.  It would look so good propped right on the kids beds or on their dresser.  It has the perfect pop of color!

Ruckus would be over the moon about this DINOSAUR NIGHT LIGHT!  He’s alllll boy for sure and he’s at that age now where he wants just a bit of light when he goes to bed.

Milo and Ruckus could play on these SCOOTERS all day if I’d let them!  They have so much fun on them.  By far my best purchase yet!

Here’s that same SCOOTER in pink!

This little CERAMIC RAINBOW would look so cute in a little girls’ room!  If you haven’t noticed, these just happen to be all of my favorite colors right now.

These DRESS GIRL DOLLS are so precious!  I’d love to get all 3 for Milo.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about these VTECH WATCHES for kids & they sound so cool!  I love that it encourages kids to learn and stay active!

As much fun as my kids like playing ‘horse-riding’ with Ben, they would love this RIDE-ON PLUSH PONY!  The kids just slightly bounce up and the horse starts moving forward.  I wish they had one for me! Imagine all of the chores I could get done riding this thing around without ever having to stand up.

Milo would wear these DONSJE ANIMAL PURSES around everywhere!  What’s even better is that it’s not obnoxious, bright, or an overly sparkly kids purse.  It’s cute!

Both Milo & Ruck have an OLLI ELLA SUITCASE & LOVE them. They’re the perfect size for your kids and they’re just so darn cute.

I want to get this PUPPY CUDDLE + KIND ANIMAL for Rucks bed.  He’s such a dapper little guy.

Milo would be obsessed with this little GUARDIAN ANGEL MOUSE.  It also comes in a little suitcase for carrying around! So cute.

This WOODEN CAMERA is perfect for the kids to pretend play with! 

Found this WOOD CASTLE BUILDING BLOCK SET on Nordstrom & know that my kids would have a hayday playing with it!  It’s a 150 piece set for $40! Steal deal.

Milo has this HONEY RATTAN DAYBED in her room & it’s one of my best furniture purchases ever.  Not to mention, it’s 40% off!

I love gifting each of my kids a new book for Christmas & Anthro has some great options!  I got THIS ONE for Raen this year!

Anthropologie’s kid’s products are the cutest I’ve seen, especially this KOALA BACKPACK

I’d love to get the kids this FUJIFILM POLAROID CAMERA! They would have so much fun taking this everywhere we go!  My kids are amazed that the camera immediately prints out their picture.

You can never have enough outdoor toys for your kids.  How adorable is this BANWOOD CLASSIC BIKE?  I can already picture their faces on Christmas morning if we got them one of these.

Raen’s Nursery Makeover

I think Raen’s room may have been my very favorite makeover yet.  By adding just a couple of paint colors and a new bookshelf it became a whole new room.

I first sketched out a couple of different options to paint and finally fell in love with one of the most simple choices.  I began by painting what I refer to as the rainbow but I didn’t love the color so I decided to start over.  I was so much happier with the new color so once that was done,  I then painted a thick strip from floor to ceiling using paint tape to make straight edges.  Once that was finished, I still felt like the walls were still too bare.  I thought about it and figured I’d add a random, big circle with the hopes that it would work out and it did!

The paint colors I used:

Large circle- Burnt Toffee in Satin in Satin finish

Strip from floor to ceiling- Honey Nougat in Satin finish

Oversized Rainbow- Beech Nut in Satin finish

If you want to see the process of the makeover, here is the video.

See below for more links!

We’ve had this CRIB for a few years now and it still looks like new.  It’s a convertible crib so it can be made into a crib or toddler bed which is nice for those growing years.

This RUG has been put through the ringer.  It’s not a washable rug but I wash it in my washing machine and have had no problems with it wearing down!

I love this simple PILLOWand this MUSTARD PILLOW for a pop of color.

This SHELF UNIT  is from IKEA and I love how it looks in Raen’s room.  I love the raw wood and having a place to put his little knick knacks.

This is the MIRROR I want to hang above Raen’s dresser.

This DIY CLAY MOBILE was one that I made a few years ago.  Check out the blog post and create your own!

I love this FAUX CACTUS.  I’ve seen it in person and it truly looks real!

Raen’s chair is no longer available but here is a similar LEATHER SLING CHAIR in white that I really like!  This CHAIR also has my heart but it’s definitely on the pricier side!

I just purchased this SLOTH BOWL to keep Raen’s binkies in.

The chair Raen is sitting on is a vintage one that I found at a market a few years ago and unfortunately haven’t been able to find a similar one!

I couldn’t find the exact LAMP but found this similar one that’s also available in pink and green.  It’s also on sale for $13.49!

This is our favorite kids SUITCASE that I forgot to put next to Raen’s crib until after taking photos.  I love the vintage look and the fun color options!

Raen’s PIGGY BANK is no longer available but here is a fun, unique one.

DEER STUFFED ANIMAL is one of my favorites, I love the little pants sewn on.

Paige