Monday, October 26, 2015

Treehouse

Last Christmas we built a treehouse for the kids and then six short months later we had to take it apart again for the move. We were worried about whether or not we would be able to move it.

It took help from cousins to take it apart, six guys, a girl and a Uhaul to move the floor but we did it! Then it sat on the side of the new house for four months making our house look like a junk yard.

Finally last week, Dallas had some help and he put the structure back together and I went in and cleaned off the spider webs, found all of the knick knacks I had collected and we put it back together.

Now its as good as new and I wanted to share it with you!


For the construction we used these instructions from The Handmade Home. They were awesome and worked amazingly!

For the most part we stained the wood and painted one accent wall. I wanted to keep the paint to a minimum to give it more of the look of an an old rustic treehouse.


I found this little mexican style hutch/desk at the swap meet for $40. Its perfect for an art station and an outdoor space for Archie to do his homework.



I painted the bench seating and made some pillows. I found the vintage butterfly quilt that I used for the pillows at the swapmeet and have been holding into it for almost a year now trying to figure out what to do with it!


The fox painting is a reproduction my mom did of the amazing Sonia Cavalinni's fox painting. She is one of my favorite artists, (she does the artwork on my blog header) and I just had to have a huge whimsical painting like this for their playhouse.



I got these little embroideries at the Queen Bee Market last year. I love the little buttons and notions that add to the whimsy of the place.



This kitchen set was an old Ikea one that a school was getting rid of so it was actually free. I painted it up, added some handles from anthropologie and wall papered the back of the hutch with some gift wrap from Rifle Paper Co!


I found these copper canisters, bundt pans and the flower ones at two different swap meets and paid close to nothing for them.


The sweet felt garland is from Bee's Knee's Shoppe on Etsy. I love her shop and I met her in person at the Queen Bee Market and she is so sweet and just the type of person who I LOVE to support!

 

I made these spoons. I reproduced these from an english artist named Jess Quinn.  Her work was what originally inspired me to make handmade dolls.


Winnie is baking our snack.


I got this woven rag rug when we were in the Netherlands two years ago. We had it in our kitchen in the old house, but it wasn't working in the new house so I moved it out here :)

 
 

She's pretty proud of this dish she's made for us!




One of her many tea sets.


I found this carved wood chess set at the swap meet as well. Archie loves it. They are all carved wood frog men or dragons with frogs on their backs. He once talked me into playing a game of chess with him that lasted three hours! I wanted to stab myself in the eye the entire time.


I found these little dolls guys (and their camel) at the swap meet as well.


You can find so many treasures there, like this mini ship, for next to nothing.


Gotta have a mailbox right!?


We added this little gingerbread detail.


You can see a glimpse of my lampshade leaf chandelier here. I just threw it together. I'm sure I will improve upon it in the future. But I love that the leaves make it feel like a tree house!


My cousin Audra gave me this sweet table.


It's perfect for tea and snacks. We enjoyed mushroom, banana and melon soup!


 

Cousin Audra also gave me this sweet antique little dolly house!


And of course we had to have a slide!




This is the outside. We installed these antique windows and shutters that I'd found nearly three years ago and hoarded. I'm so glad they were perfect for the treehouse!



I love that it is nestled behind the fruit trees and the morning glories that will eventually make their way to crawl onto the railing and then the roof making it look like a little tree cottage in the woods.

And our sweet neighbor just stopped by and gave us some limes!


The new house is starting to feel like home and I love setting up these fun spaces for the kiddos so they feel at home too!

14 comments:

  1. how lovely! your kids are so lucky :) what an amazing place for outdoor-play... only works in a place though where there isn't much rain eh? (as it's open on one side).
    btw - what's that white structure you can see in the background of the first slide picture?

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    1. Thank you! Actually it withstands the rain just fine. It has an aluminum roof so everything inside stays dry. The table and chairs outside do tend to get wet, but they usually dry off with the sun. It never rains for too long here :) The structure is the chicken coop that we still have to fix up and put chickens in! <3 <3

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    2. great :)
      aaah, chicken coop - true, you mentioned that in a previous post. Ah I wish... having a house, some chickens.... vegetable garden.... hmmmm.... that would be nice :) who knows, maybe one day ;) (although, houses tend to get built so close together here now, not much room for gardens, and I'm pretty sure neighbours would oppose chickens..... 'because of the noise' *eyeroll*)

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  2. This is awesome. I love reading your blog Jenna, you have such great taste and your pictures are always very nice.

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  3. Awww, this is absolutely amazing and lovely and I haven't got the words for it!!!
    I love how you assembled all those details, bits and pieces from here and there - makes it even more special and so creative and lovely. :)
    I was wondering if there's a way to close the house to protect it from possibly rain? Just being curious. But then I live in Switzerland and we get weather galore here as I tend to say it. :D Heeheeh.

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    1. Thank you so much!! Yes the roof does keep the inside dry, so sometimes the table and chairs get wet but that's about it :) <3 <3

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  4. This is the cutest ever!! Love every adorable detail. Very well done!

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  5. I love the photos you post. They capture really cute moments.Do you take this youreself? Btw: loved the treehouse.Always wanted one when I was little :)

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes I do take the pics. I think I'm actually just making the stuff that I really wanted when I was a kid and living vicariously :) Thanks for stopping by!

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