Fairy Friendly

What do you do with an afternoon and some wood left over from last decade’s kitchen renovation?  Break out the paint and make an appeal to the neighborhood fairies.  My three year old daughter and I were working under a tight dinner deadline to whip up a welcome sign, build a fairy house, outfit it with comfy furniture, and paint everything.  Turns out we missed the deadline, but we just finished up after dinner.

Fairies Welcome

So far we’ve seen no fairies, but there have been a few old walnut shells laying around, so who knows?  At any rate, it’s a hit with the resident one-year old.  He takes the roof off the house and fills it with mulch.  To be fair though – he likes to fill everything with mulch and dirt.

The Playhouse that Started it All

As I mentioned in my last post, here’s the indoor playhouse that I built for my daughter (before my son was born). The concept was a gypsy-wagon – the fabric roof and the swing out doors that make up the back wall (also handy for an adult entrance).

The siding is recycled wood from a previous kitchen renovation project (wood that has been involved in three other projects). It turned out I had JUST enough wood to do the trick, though it took numerous layouts on the floor and swip-swapping of pieces to make it work. Sort of like a devious math puzzle.

wooden playhouse for kids

I made the hinges (except for old metal hinge pins) from wood and finished them with a torch – a technique I used for the knobs in my kitchen. Inside is a metal wall perfect for magnets. The roof is a cool old tablecloth.