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Kids' Playhouse (under stairs)

December 18, 2011 |
posted by kdins31
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Kids' Playhouse (under stairs)
Kids' Playhouse (under stairs)
Kids' Playhouse (under stairs)
Kids' Playhouse (under stairs)
Kids' Playhouse (under stairs)
About This Project

Had the perfect space for a little playhouse under the stairs in the basement and it's been our plan for 4 years to do something. Finally, we did something. Wanted depth so I added the roof and portico. Also added cedar shingles that I picked up for $7 at HD. Inside I had extra laminate flooring so I put that down and added beadboard, chair rail and crown molding. There's also a small transom window above the small kitchen area. The kids love the barnhouse doors with old fashioned doorbell, mailslot and window. The bookshelf under the stairs was the final touch. I didn't use any plans from this awesome site but did, as always, get a bunch of tips and inspiration!

Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Finish Used: 
Dark walnut stain on cedar shingles.
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Amazing!

this is so amazing! Great job!

posted by margjack | on Sun, 2011-12-18 12:26

Wow! That is awesome!

Wow! That is awesome!

You really did a great job on that! So imaginative, too. WTG!

posted by Cindy from Indiana (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-12-18 22:00

That is so stinkin' adorable!

That is so stinkin' adorable! Fantastic job. I love everything about it. Your kids (and grandkids) will remember the playhouse under that stairs forever!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-12-18 22:58
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loniwolfe's picture

That is so cool!!!

That is so cool!!!

posted by loniwolfe | on Sun, 2011-12-18 23:51
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Pam the Goatherd's picture

What fun!

What fun!

posted by Pam the Goatherd | on Mon, 2011-12-19 09:28

Great idea!

Wow, this is too cool! They are going to love love love this! Can't wait to see the kitchen reveal!


posted by spiceylg | on Mon, 2011-12-19 09:54
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kmatt55's picture

This is dope!! Great Job!!

This is dope!! Great Job!!

posted by kmatt55 | on Mon, 2011-12-19 10:40
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bhoppy's picture

Awesome!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!! It looks amazing! Makes me want to buy a new house with stairs. LOL

posted by bhoppy | on Mon, 2011-12-19 11:43

So Cool!

So Cool!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-12-28 19:58
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too cool for words!

You did an amazing job on this. I'm planning a bunkbed with a similar facade. I love how cozy it looks without having to make an actual pitched roof. The shingles are such a nice touch that I may have to copy you! And it's wired for lights; you've really outdone yourself.

posted by birdsandsoap | on Sat, 2011-12-31 21:26

door

I love this playroom you created. We are currently in the process of building a playroom under the stairs for our girls. Where did you find the door...it is exactly what I am looking for! What a wonderful job you did!!!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-02-28 00:14
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Door

Thanks to all of you for the nice comments! Re: the door, I just cut a plain 18x80 door slab ($21 from orange) and trimmed it out. I still need to put the window grille over the open space, and was hoping to find a cool 'speak easy' grille that fits the space.

Thanks again!

posted by kdins31 | on Mon, 2012-03-19 16:26
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wow

this is such an amazing little space! great work!

posted by megan_m | on Fri, 2012-04-27 11:07

Soooo Cute!!

This has to be one of the most adorable things I've ever seen! What an awesome idea......how cool is that for the kids??! Love the lighting and the laminate (or is it hardwood) flooring inside. Even the stove is gorgeous! Such fond memories will be made there and remembered forever. Kudos!!

posted by MicheleInAlabama (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-05-04 01:38

kid's playhouse under the stairs

I love this. I was just wondering about the little red kitchen. It looks like something I remember as a little girl back in the 60s. Did you make it or buy it somewhere?

posted by Shirlee (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-07-14 00:10

Oh my goodness this is such

Oh my goodness this is such an inspiration! However, as a beginning tool user, I don't think I could get my finishes so nice. How much experience had you had at this kind of stuff before? Was the area closed in before this project or did you do that too? I've got an open stairway into our basement and would be starting from scratch with ceiling, walls, etc. and have no experience hanging drywall or anything. I think it would take me a year. Great job, and thanks for sharing!

posted by Amanda Rhoads (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-12-05 18:34

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