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A painted and decorated cubby house with potted plants, a teddy, a doll and a tea set
Looking for a fun activity to do with the kids? Let us show you how easy it its to give their cubby a makeover.

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!

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.

Navy kids cubby house with picnic setup out front.

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.

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.

Kids cubby house with small recliner chairs, and decorative items out front.

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.

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!

Inspiration from the Bunnings Workshop community

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. 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.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.