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Woman Creates Incredible Under The Stairs Playhouse For Her Daughter

Woman Creates Incredible Under The Stairs Playhouse For Her Daughter

Is your cupboard under the stairs currently stuffed with odds and ends? We think practically every homeowner in the world is guilty of it.

But take note, because one DIY savvy mum found the perfect way to turn her useless space into an incredible girly playhouse for her three year old daughter, and now we're *seriously* inspired.

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Home Care Manager Karen Adamson, 37, from Danderhall, Midlothian, decided to decorate the space because she wanted little Holly to have an area of her own to play in.

Karen Adamson decked out the cupboard under the stairs for little Holly Credit: Karen Adamson
Karen Adamson decked out the cupboard under the stairs for little Holly Credit: Karen Adamson

And she completely kitted it out to look like a miniature house - with a window cut out, a brick patterned wall and everything she could possibly need inside, from a sofa to a kiddy kitchen to a toy washing machine.

Now, we know what you're thinking... this must have broken the bank.

But in fact, the whole project cost less than £100, and was completed largely using easily accessible products from B & Q, B & M and Amazon.

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Just look at it.

The cupboard was transformed into Holly's own mini house Credit: Karen Adamson
The cupboard was transformed into Holly's own mini house Credit: Karen Adamson
The interior was decked out with everything a house would need Credit: Karen Adamson
The interior was decked out with everything a house would need Credit: Karen Adamson

Speaking to Tyla, Karen said that the whole thing had taken just one afternoon/evening to complete.

"I did the project on a Sunday afternoon with my partner Kevan, it was 3pm by the time we started so it ended up being a late night making sure it was ready for the wee one the next day."

The room already had a door for the cupboard, so they simply cut out a hole and lined it with a medium-density fibreboard [MDF].

"We cut out a hole for the window, lined it with MDF and used skirting board for the frame, we also made the cross on the windows from MDF," she added. "All these materials were from B&Q."

Karen's partner Kevan helped with the DIY effort Credit: Karen Adamson
Karen's partner Kevan helped with the DIY effort Credit: Karen Adamson
Holly absolutely loved her new 'home' Credit: Karen Adamson
Holly absolutely loved her new 'home' Credit: Karen Adamson

Next, the couple made the inlay on the door with beading from B & Q, painted the interiors and wallpapered the outside so it looked as authentic as possible.

The paint, wallpaper and window box were all budget buys from B&M.

To make the mini home extra special, Karen added brass hardware and a real working doorbell, which she purchased from Amazon.

And she's also thinking of adding curtains and a letterbox just to spruce it up even more.

"Holly absolutely loves it and enjoys pretending to make dinner for everyone, although she did say 'but I haven't got a dining room!'," she added. "Well...the space was a little limited."

We're in awe. What a dedicated mum.

Featured Image Credit: Karen Adamson

Topics: Children, Home, Home Decor, DIY, Real, Life, Real Life, Style

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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