Kids cubby makeover

With the weather warming up, sprucing up a plain cubby house with your kids is a great way to keep them entertained and it’s even easier than you think.

beach shack cubby

Pick your paint

Let’s get started by choosing your colour scheme. If you find yourself stuck or needing inspiration, check out Pinterest or Instagram or speak to one of our paint experts at your local store. Why not get your kids involved in the colour selecting process, they’re sure to have some great ideas too!

nordic kids cubby

Give it character

Time to personalise your cubby with some quirky additions. Create your own bunting out of plywood by simply cutting your plywood to size, adding a splash of paint and securing it to the front of your cubby. You could also give your cubby a house number to match your own and a brass ship bell for the kids to ring when they arrive.

nordic cubby seating

Shed some light

Decorative lighting is also a great way to give your cubby its own character. Lantern fairy lights have a unique design, they’re sure to look good day and night. You could even use a solar light post to create more space to the cubby’s area or fasten an outdoorwall light to the front if space is limited.

beach shack cubby seating

Somewhere to sit

Give your kids somewhere to sit and enjoy their new space with the Sommersault's kids chair range. They come in a bunch of different colours, so it will be easy to find a colour to go with your cubby’s theme.

Paint some more

Add some more colour to the area by painting some terracotta pots. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can customise the pots to suit your space and plants. If you have any leftover paint from your cubby, you can use this here, so nothing goes to waste.

pale blue kids cubby

Let's plant

Now that your terracotta pots are decorated it’s time to plant. Pop into your local Bunnings’ Nursery and speak to one of our horticulturists for advice on what to plant in your backyard. This is another great activity to share with your kids, they’re sure to love getting into the garden and we have a range of kids garden tools to help get them started.

Fill in the space

Your cubby should now be all set up so it’s time to decorate the surrounding area and really make it a fun and vibrant place for your kids to play. A couple of great additions to the cubby are chalkboards for your kids to draw on, plywood crates are good for storage and they look great too, and some outdoor cushions for added comfort and style.

You’re only limited by your imagination

There are so many ways to decorate a cubby, you’re only limited by your imagination, so visit your local Bunnings to get started! 

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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