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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Tree House Transformation

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch is the hostess of Metamorphosis Monday...I am joining this week to see if I can keep up! This is not my best change ever made...but it was a biggie...and I think I like the end result.


This eyesore was "gifted" to our kids by a friend that bought a house with it in the back yard...since he has no children...He loaded it (with a few good buddies) and dumped it off in my yard. My husband put a real roof on it and I set my eyes on some paint...this is how it looked in 2006.
This is the tree house in 2006 AFTER the transformation....no one played on the lower level...and they argued over space up top.
This is the tree house last year...see how the grass is starting to suffer? By the end of the summer...the grass was a total write off...dead as a door nail...and U-G-L-Y! SOOOO....
I went to wal-mart...bought some cheap flat bed sheets...stapled them on, added bungee cords and loop hooks...got some old alphabet foam tiles out of storage (to use as a floor-the same as is on the top)
That is "Suzy"...my "assistant's" doll...she is sitting on the park bench that is serving as furniture until I come up with something else to use in there.
I want to find a small table and chairs to put in there for them to play with...but these things take time!
I added a wooden box that I built out of wood scraps...it will be the mail box for now.
Curtains closed...looks like Suzy got the boot!
My lovely assistant and her little play mate (thorn in my side) from next door. They are pretending to be at the movies.
And....now they fight over nothing...some live upstairs...and some live down stairs! (at least for today)
Does it look silly?
Now...we have a severe weather alert in this area for tonight...SNOW with FROST and some RAIN along with THUNDERSTORMS!!!!! Keep your fingers crossed that all I see is the rain part...I can't cover with sheets if it is raining and snowing and blowing...either the sheets will blow away...or the moisture will crush what I covered! Keep your fingers crossed!!! I'm just a tad stressed!

57 comments:

Lisa Shatzer said...

What an awsome playhouse and it's really atractive! Love how you put the mat on the bottom.

Shelia said...

Hi Tootsie! You're a genius! This little tree house looks awesome! I hope your kiddies appreciate you! I would have loved to have had something like this to play in when I was a little girl.
Snow? Did you say snow? Oh, I will pray you'll only get some rain!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Linda's Blue Gate said...

That is sooo dang cute.... I know the kido's just love it....... what change you made cute as a button.... gosh I hope your don't get bad storms....
HUgs
Linda

imjacobsmom said...

Hi Tootsie! What a great solution! It looks so much better and is way more functional for the kids. My fingers are crossed for you - We didn't rise above 54 degrees here all day. ~ Robyn

Happy To Be said...

What a special thing you did for the kids girl...I know Busy just loves it and I bet your Mealsy sis kids will also...Great Mama you are...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Helen said...

Tootsie, this is every little girl's magic playhouse. What can't you do? Hopefully Mother Nature will treat you and your little house with kindness............ It was in the high 40's early this morning and didn't rise out of the 60's. BUT snow? I think we're over that for now.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

OMG...are you not the best MOM in the world?! I want to come play in there! Quick, get some of those plastic floor covers that painters use and cover it all up! I love it! Love the mailbox and the flower box...great transformation. Bet your friend would never recognize it now! Susan

onlymehere said...

I love what you've done!! Your kids are so lucky. I've got my fingers, legs, and toes crossed for you on the weather. I hope it doesn't harm your beautiful yard. Cindy

marty39 said...

What a great playhouse, and I love the new floor and the curtains. It makes it even more fun. Great job. Hugs, Marty

FlowerLady said...

What a fun place to have! You're a good Mom, creating a nice, colorful place for kids to hang out. The looks on their faces proves it.

Great job ~ FlowerLady

Kammy said...

Hi Tootsie !
We are having that cold weather here in Colorado today. We had hail and thunderstorms...yuck ! I planted a couple of Toppsy-Turvey tomato plants today when it stopped raining for a minute. We never have this much rain, the plants are "digging" it !
Hugs ~ Kammy
p.s. I love your little playhouse for the kids....Love the thorn in the side quote...

trash talk said...

Ka-Yute! That is a clever transformation. I bet your cute asst. wants to play in there all the time now.
I'll keep everything crossed that will cross for no snow!!!
Your getting so fancy/schmancy with your blog. I'm going to have to do something with mine!
Debbie

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

What an awesome playhouse! You're the best!

Okay, my fingers & toes are all crossed hoping that you don't have snow!!! ☺♥☺ Diane

foxxy said...

Tootsie now you'll probably have every kid in the neighborhood over your house. Who wouldn't want to play on that? It's adorable.

Cindy said...

That is so cute and the kids look just delighted with their new space! Cindy

Florida Sue said...

Now that's what I call ingenuity! It looks great. My granddaughters would love something like that. The crappy weather warnings Tootsie..that really must be hard to take. I sure hope you don't lose any plants. That would be so heartbreaking after all of your hard work. We have just started hurricane season here. I guess it's always something no matter where you live.

Sue.

xinex said...

What a cute playhouse, Glenda! I am praying so your weather won't be bad...Christine

Sherrie said...

You did a wonderful job on the playhouse.
I must tell you before I got to your post I just had to stop and admired your garden photo on your header. What a beautiful garden!
Please no snow to tramatize your beautiful flowers!
~Sherrie

onlymehere said...

Yes, it's cold!! I don't know what the temperature is but I do know that I have my portable heater on here in the office to keep me warm while I work. I just want to crawl under a nice fleece blanket and sleep!! We're supposed to have this rainy cold weather for the next week so it doesn't look to end soon. I don't think we'll have any snow as it isn't that cold but I'm trying to finish painting my old office tomorrow. It's all primed and ready to go but I need a dry day to do it in so I can open the windows and let it dry and get rid of the fumes!! Try to keep warm and I honestly do hope your plants survive your cold snap. They're so beautiful. I envy your gift of a green thumb! Cindy

Traci said...

The curtains are adorable! What a great little place to hang out.
Great job!
Traci

momstheword said...

oh my dear, what a quandry! I so hope it doesn't snow. I don't blame you for being a bit stressed!

Love what you did with the playhouse. That is so precious!!!!

You have been a busy bee today. You are a rockstar!!!!!

Nancy Jane said...

The playhouse is wonderful. I would have loved it when I was small. You're one darn creative girl. (We just had my mother's folding card table with old bed sheets draped over it.) I can't believe that you might have snow! I'll start praying like crazy that you only get rain. Miss you...will 'talk' soon...Nancy
PS: I think my gardens are trying to kill me! After working on edging beds most of the day,I can just about walk tonight!

Gollum said...

This is the best idea ever for a playhouse! I LOVE it!

Smilingsal said...

How fun it must be to be your child!

CiNdEe said...

That looks fabulous. I see hours and hours of fun in that playhouse thi summer for the kids! Heck I would even sit in there too!!!
No Snowwwwwwwwwwwww...OMGosh that is not good at all! I will keep praying for rain for you!!!!

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I love it. It's like a playhouse with a rooftop deck now.
Good luck with the weather, I hope it's not as bad as they predict.

Julie said...

what lucky children you have, is all i can say!!! you did a great job and turned a house into a home! lol.

Justine said...

Okay, that looks SUPER cool now with the sheets and flooring! OMG, I wish I'd had something like that when I was Busy's age. You're such a great mom!

Geez, wonder if you got that snow? in JUNE for goodness sakes!

Justine :o 0

susan said...

This is pure genius! It will also make an awsome stage for them. Good luck with the weather--it's just too late for this kind of nonsense! :)

Picket said...

Morning Toot's....ohhhh we have the same blog dress girl! lol lol I love it!

Love that transformation you did on the play gym...it makes it perfect for both girls and boys!

I can't believe you're still having cold weather up there...we are going in the 90's here today with plenty of sunshine...hope it doesn't get as bad as they think girl..

Girl our little garbage bag window boxes are still thriving....we planted one just in the planting soil over on the opposite side of the yard and we have to water it all the time....but not those on the porch! Oh and this year we tried a new trick that we heard of..we planted one of our tomatoe plants directly in the bag of Miracle Grow....just laid the bag on the ground....cut a small slit in the middle and planted our little tomatoe plant in it...the sun heated it up and causes it's own moisture and the tomatoe is growing!!!!! Yes it's true...I am growing a tomstoe and it has 4 big green tomatoes on it right now!!!! Oh happy day! lol lol Hey it's rough not having a green thumb....LIKE SOME PEOPLE I KNOW! lol Hope you have a great week Toots with no snow!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Tootsie~ ~ ~This is brilliant~!
What a sweet little place to play. If this were mine I would get a mattress out there and be sleeping in the great outdoors this summer. I love the energizing feeling of sleeping on Mother Earth. I always wake feeling vitalized. With the sheets you have enough privacy.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

RainGardener said...

How cute is that and look what you've done to it. You just think of everything. Your kids are lucky to have you as a Mom!

raxx a day in the life said...

Tootsie I love the colors you chose, they look great and the transformation is awesome! It does not look like the same play-house at all!

Of course it would not have the Tootsie touch if you did not add your trademark beautiful flowers!!

Joye @ The Joyeful Journey said...

What a cute and clever little idea!! I bet your daughter LOVES it--it looks so pretty! How did it hold up from last night??? And did you say you were expecting snow? SNOW??!!

Darla said...

It's adorable!! Do you ever sleep?

salmagundi said...

How cute! Kids love to play in enclosed areas. I use those cheap $3 sheets from Wal-Mart all of the time for projects - you get a lot of fabric for the money. Way to go, Mom! Hope the snow doesn't materialize. Sally

Michelle said...

That is a great tree house re-do, like the non-traditional colors

Betty said...

My first thought of the before is it looked very American with it's red, white and blue! But the after is definitely a 100% improvement!
I hope you are spared the bad weather.

lilsista said...

Hey! Are you pressuring me? Huh? Huh?...Stop bossing me! Ha! I,m planning to blog later...my battery on the camera needs to charge before I can get the pics off it....so get off my back lady!!! I'm sorry in advance if I accidentally post a pic or two or seven of you...chuckle,chuckle....I hope you wait with fear....ha,ha,ha,...evil laugh.....
Lilsista

Roeshel said...

What fun!!! It's so cute! Great job! And I couldn't stop drooling, I mean staring at your flower garden. Gorgeous!

lilsista said...

Okay....SORRY for being such a hag. I'm just really grouchy today cause it's laundry day and I have lots of it...think I need a third set of washer/dryers...Hmmmmm.....anyhow...I promise to stop being bloggy snappy!

Jill said...

Now that is what I call a play house! woohooooo! It looks great! Can I adopt you as my mommy! PLEASE!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

How nice that you had a neighbor who gave your kids that playhouse. Those are really expensive. You did a great job in tricking it out.

mishebe said...

Of cours you needed to add some drapes. lol. Love it.

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Tootsie! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Your comment made me laugh because my husband used to say the EXACT same thing!!!
Tootsie, I have to tell you your garden just blows me away. I think I gasped when I saw it. I bet it's a lot of work but Oh, how it is worth it!!!

Karen

ButterYum said...

That's fantastic - you are very creative!
Hope the weather holds out for you!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

I would probably boot the kids out, grab a book and relax in it myself it's so wonderful! :)

Robin~♥

Erin said...

You did a fabulous job! It is so pretty that I refuse to show my daughter...she's be so envious. I will, however, steal some of your ideas and transform the bottom of our deck (which she has turned into her playhouse). You are so clever!

Bren said...

Your treehouse looks fabulous! I hope to stop back on Thursday for Fertilizer Friday!

Happy To Be said...

Tootsie its a good thing you got on lil Sista...ha ha!! she thought I was someone else...anyway thanks...Been cleaning my pig pen today...even self cleaning oven has to be cleaned what which that ha ha!! Thanks for coming by and your sofa is still safe with me !! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Jessica said...

This is the most adorable playhouse ever. I just adore your assistant, too.

Big hugs~ J

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

What an amazing tree house! You are so talented! I would have loved that as a kid! -Jackie

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Wow, I'm speechless! That is one gorgeous transformation. It's hard to believe it's the same structure. Great job!!!

Mary / Mariah said...

That's special ,so pretty , give's them a great place to play in the shade under it . My grand kids have one like it my son inlaw put together . Their to big for it now , 13 and 17 and have things to do .

Mary

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

This is just too cute! What a great idea! We currently have dirt at the bottom of ours, I may have to steal your idea!
~Michelle

Sassy said...

How cute is this???? What a fun hide-a-way for the kiddo's...what can't you do? Seriously?????

Boosalis Bloggle said...

I love it!! I've got to get some play equipment in my backyard now that I'm a granny! And, just think...when your kids outgrow it, you'll have tons of room for all of your sparrows and robins!!

Seriously, it is fabulous!! Your creativity is neverending!