Thank you for all the love on our holiday playhouse this week!!! I am so happy you love it as much as I do.

If you are thinking of getting a playhouse for your little ones for Christmas, I still love these wooden playhouses for this project.

If you are curious about how we achieved this look from the original playhouse, please find the details here.

'Get the look' design board for Christmas playhouse

01. // Playhouse; 02. // Birch lit tree; 03. // Boxwood wreath; 04. // Mini mugs; 05. // Welcome mat; 06. // Holiday garlands; 07. // Playhouse stools; 08. // Diamond rug.


Kids Christmas playhouse cubby house
Kids wooden playhouse decorated for Christmas

Our little wooden playhouse is all decorated for Christmas!!! You may remember the summer makeover of this cubby house from last year and I finally got a few things together to decorate it for the holidays. I had this idea to surprise the kids with a fun afternoon outside eating shortbread cookies and drinking hot cocoa and I am so thankful we did it before the crazy rain started because they LOVED it!

kids in playhouse

The white lit birch trees were such a fun addition that I will move inside later; one for the girls' room and one for Xavier's.

playhouse cafe menu

We swapped summer lemonade for hot cocoa and the menu changed to include cookies, brownies and candy canes (kids dream menu!). All three kids wanted to take turns 'serving' the others and the shortbread cookies were gobbled up nearly instantly.

playhouse cafe
playhouse cafe at christmas
mini shortbread cookies stars and trees

I just love the unexpected colours in the peppermint garland from Pearl and Jane. It's so cute for the playhouse and would be equally as adorable as holiday decoration in a children's room!

playhouse cubby house decorated for christmas
playhouse hooks
JOY garland

I adore the little details in our playhouse: the tiny HO HO HO banner, gold drop garland and JOY banner are all from Etsy. So many creative makers that I love to support! I just had to include this photo of our youngest smiling broadly and poking over the door. 

Xavier front door playhouse

If you missed the original makeover, you can find that post here. I hope you find inspiration and a little fun from our holiday playhouse.



kids summer playhouse


Last Spring over a long weekend, I decided to redo our little wooden playhouse and give it a new lease of life with white paint. I had NO idea how popular this little project would become and am so thankful that so many other people have embarked on their own playhouse projects using ours as inspiration! Very fun.

Just the other day, I was sent an email telling me that our exact playhouse is no longer available and I should change the link in our 'get the look' post to something new. After looking around to see what I could find, I figured I'd share this year's playhouse picks that would work well for this project.

So, if you are up for a weekend with a lot of paint (I find painting therapeutic!), a weekend of fun and a big 'WOW' at the end, I've rounded up my pick of wooden playhouses perfect as they are or ready to transform into your own special backyard play space for the summer.

Happy Friday friends!

wooden playhouses for kids


get the look for the playhouse makeover

If you're looking for a fun and rewarding summer project, the playhouse makeover is for you. Here are the sources that brought this project together, as well as 2 cans of Behr paint. The kids LOVE the result and so do we. Enjoy!


01./ Wall vases; 02./ Wooden playhouse (similar); 03./ Door mat; 04./ White chair; 05./ Light garland; 06./ Market basket; 07./ Chalkboard sign; 08./ Chalk pens; 09./ Play table.


costco georgian manor playhouse revamped into scandinavian wooden white play house

I have seriously dreamt of making over this wooden playhouse since the day it was put together...three years ago. Sigh. Children...take what seems like a busy life and they magically make it even busier. It was in serious need of a major overhaul as the stain had faded and wood planks had fallen off. It was a case of "good enough" and "someday" but this summer, it finally got the makeover it deserved! To redo the whole playhouse took a little work, to say the least. We started by removing all of the curved features. Then, after the initial sanding, it took 3 coats of Behr Ultra White paint to get the house covered and then the fun began! We spray painted all of the trim (easy and quick!), fixed the boards, added a few extras and then it was simple decoration.  

girls in playhouse
kids playing with outdoor playhouse

Now...let me just show you what this beauty looked like BEFORE the playhouse makeover.

costco playhouse
costco wooden playhouse for kids


kids costco playhouse repainted in white
vancouver blogger and interior designer melissa barling revamps costco playhouse into cafe for kids

Same same but, oh-so-different! What do you think? Do you like the lighter version with pastel hues a little better???

"adventures happen here" sign
artificial flowers for kids spaces
fresh peach
children's playhouse
parade and company sign with jae on the wall garland

It's many adventures really do happen here. With three kids 5 and under, there are countless play dates, backyard summer escapes, imaginary pies, lemonade stands, muffins made. Keep in mind I really do have a 5-year-old whose favourite food is blue cheese! Don't you love this adorable wooden sign from Parade and Company? It pairs perfectly with the garland from Canadian maker Jae to the Wall. These peaches were hand picked from Papa's tree the day we left from our week in the Okanagan and apart from making perfect props for the revamped playhouse, they were the juiciest, most delicious peaches I have ever tasted. 

mason jars for kid's lemonade
chalkboard menu and market basket with kids playhouse

This gorgeous market basket is from Majorel Design and I love the flowers from Gypsy Petal so much. They are indestructible and the kids love playing with them!

pastel stools and fresh peaches

So there you have it. Our wooden playhouse lovingly restored and refreshed for the kids to enjoy and make memories in for years to come. Who wants to come over and play?