Kids cubby house
Workshop member Pete built this bespoke cubby house featuring tongue and groove cladding, a custom picket fence and even a fancy planter box with a geometric design.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are so many ways to decorate a cubby, you're only limited by your imagination, so visit your local Bunnings to get started!
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