Three cubby house transformations

Update the kids’ cubby with extra details that look fabulous and fire their imagination.

Bunnings magazine, October 2020

Kids’ cubby style makeover

We’ve given our three cubbies a makeover with a grown-up colour scheme you could happily use on your full-size home, but transforming a cubby into a place your child will love is about more than just paint. Add a selection of embellishments to turn it into an inviting play zone to lure the kids outside. Just remember that if you’re adding hard-wired fixtures such as lights, ensure they are suitable for outdoor use and are fitted by a qualified electrician.

Junior gardeners

Including window boxes, pots and planters lets kids experiment with their own growing space. Encourage them to plant edibles (cherry tomatoes are an easy win) or flowers. Task them with keeping their living treasures fed and watered – maybe even make a competition out of who can grow and harvest the most veg!

kids cubby house with flower basket outside of window

Nature babies

To hold kids’ focus in the great outdoors, draw their attention to bugs and birds. Including habitats for insects, bird feeders and birdbaths – attached to the cubby or set up nearby – will help little ones engage with nature as they watch the fascinating antics of local wildlife and creepy crawlies.

All-white flowering plants are a classic gardening scheme, and help foster an appreciation of the different shapes in blooms and foliage. Look for non-toxic, child-friendly plants, avoiding spiky leaves and thorny shrubs.

kids cubby house with pale blue and white paint

Backyard imaginarium

Kit out the cubby with equipment to inspire imaginative games and flights of fancy. A chalkboard can be used for drawing or to turn the cubby into a cafe or market stall; a letterbox is perfect for playing postie; while a ship bell and a telescope are all you need for a game of pirates! Soft lawn is perfect for play – try a hard-wearing variety that can cope with lots of foot traffic, and keep things cooler in summer by placing the cubby near a shade tree or adding a shade sail.

kids cubby house with charcoal coloured paint

Fill the cubby with games!

Follow our step-by-step guide on how to make outdoor dominoes.


Photo credit: James Moffatt

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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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