Monday, November 16, 2009
This last Saturday Ryan, Jayna, and I all went to Pottery Barn Kids to buy two red Everyday chairs for her Dr. Seuss playroom, that hopefully will be "mostly" done by Christmas (cross my fingers). While there Jayna loved playing with the different toys and kitchens, but she especially loved this little playhouse. She loved looking out the windows and playing pica boo with the door. I was talking to Ryan about how much she liked it and he said we should make her one for the playroom. I was surprised he wanted to do another project for that room, but I was not going to pass up the offer. I said regarding the frame "you think you can make that?", his response was "I can make that in two seconds!" So I challenged him to make it that night...
Instructions on This Project:
1. We figured out all of our measurements. Pottery Barn Kids had most of them listed on their website so that was a good starting point for us.
2. Ryan went to the hardware store and picked up several PVC pipes and lots of PVC joints.
3. We cut all of our PVC pipe down to the right lengths using a pipe cutter. Your husband may have one if he has ever worked on the sprinklers. It is a lot easier then using a hack saw and there is no mess with the pipe cutter.
4. We started putting our frame together with all of our joints we purchased.
5. The pitched roof took some additional calculating of which I can not re-explain to you since square roots were involved.
6. Then with-in less then twenty minutes (almost = to two seconds) We had the frame of our playhouse.
So Pottery Barn can keep it's $200 playhouse. Although now it is up to me to sew the fabric for it and add all the little touches and details to it. I am going to do the house out of felt and it will be a Dr. Seuss house of course. I just have to find time to fit it in before Christmas.
I will have more details on this project later, and depending on how easy it is to sew I will think about selling kits if anyone is interested. This playhouse is a lot like the card table playhouses if you have seen those. I love the pitched roof though and it allows taller older kids to play in it as-well. So your kids will not grow out of it as fast.
So, thank you awesome husband!