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Mum Transforms Daughter’s Wendy House Into Adorable Outdoor Cafe

Mum Transforms Daughter’s Wendy House Into Adorable Outdoor Cafe

With coronavirus lockdown in full swing, it's fair to say a lot of the population are turning to home DIY to bide their time.

Whether it's building that IKEA shelf you've been putting off for months or giving the kitchen a fresh lick of paint, around the world, people have understandably decided to do their odd jobs while stuck at home.

But savvy mum Becky Alice, 27 took it one step further, creating a fabulous outdoor cafe in her garden to replace her daughters' old Wendy house.

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Revealing that she was "fed up" of the dusty wooden house being used to store her children's toys, Becky, from near Manchester, decided to get creative.

The Wendy House looked unrecognisable (Credit: Facebook/ Becky Alice)
The Wendy House looked unrecognisable (Credit: Facebook/ Becky Alice)

Speaking to Tyla, Becky - mum to Jessica, seven, and Olivia, two - said: "I was actually inspired by Rochelle Humes' £10,000 Wendy house, and I [wished] I could afford something that amazing."

Not deterred, she opted for the next best thing - building it herself.

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And when she shared the end result on a budgeting Facebook page, she received over 5000 'likes' and a flurry of comments from others, impressed with her DIY skills.

Rochelle Humes' family own a pricey Wendy house from Tinytown Playhomes (Credit: Caters)
Rochelle Humes' family own a pricey Wendy house from Tinytown Playhomes (Credit: Caters)

Giving Tyla an exclusive run-through of how she achieved the renovation, Becky said: "I was just going to skip it, but I had an idea of making a cafe. We [weren't] sure if it would work out, but we thought we would give it a go, and it ended up being better than what we expected."

To make the outdoor cafe, Becky's partner Byron cut a hole in the side of the Wendy house with a jigsaw cutter, so the kids could look through and serve 'customers'.

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Next, she used the wood from the side of the house to make a counter, so cafe visitors (aka, herself and Byron) could perch their drinks, and even sit on some chairs, which she had spray painted silver.

The hole in the side became where the girls served 'customers' (Credit: Facebook/ Becky Alice)
The hole in the side became where the girls served 'customers' (Credit: Facebook/ Becky Alice)

She says it was super easy to attach the counter to the side of the house using glue, and the surplus wood from the window they'd cut out meant they didn't have to spend any extra money.

Then, Byron fixed the broken roof and removed the front fence to open it up more - like a real life house extension!

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"It ended up by opening it up it looks so much bigger," Becky added, proudly.

Becky's kids hard at work (Credit: Handout/ Becky Alice)
Becky's kids hard at work (Credit: Handout/ Becky Alice)

She tasked her seven-year-old daughter with painting the inside of the cafe while she got to work attaching wood flooring to the outside and giving it a fresh coat of paint.

Becky used Culrpino paint in the colours Pebble Trail for the outside, and a pink paint from her local DIY store.

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Because she is currently studying floristry, the mum-of-two took the decor one step further, buying some wisteria vines off eBay for the roof, which she cut and added to the surface to create a garland.

They spray painted chairs they already had silver (Credit: Handout/ Becky Alice)
They spray painted chairs they already had silver (Credit: Handout/ Becky Alice)

She also glued roses onto two planks of wood, that she had stuck on the window frames, "to create the effect of a window pot without the weight of a real plant pot because it would not hold".

In total, she claims all flowers cost £11, the silver spray paint cost £3, and the rest she already had from her local shop. What a bargain!

To spruce up the house a bit further, she bought white boards so the kids could write the menu down and create a sign out-front, a toy cash register so they could serve customers.

The inside even had a kiddy hob and oven (Credit: Facebook/ Becky Alice)
The inside even had a kiddy hob and oven (Credit: Facebook/ Becky Alice)

Plus, she even added a kiddy hob, microwave and oven for when they were slaving away on all that imaginary food and drink for their 'customers'.

She also draped fairy lights around the house so it lit up at night time, and hung a wreath and a sign saying 'Love' on the doorway.

Of course, you can add or remove all these extras depending on your budget.

Becky is a proud mum of two (Credit: Handout/ Becky Alice)
Becky is a proud mum of two (Credit: Handout/ Becky Alice)

Does anyone else actually want to visit this cafe as soon as quarantine is over?!

Discussing the response she's had to the lockdown DIY project, Becky said: "I'm so happy that this has inspired people to keep busy during this difficult time."

Explaining that she isn't done yet, she added: "My partner is now extending the wendy house with a home made sandpit by the side with accessories."

The house was draped with fairy lights (Credit: Facebook/ Becky Alice)
The house was draped with fairy lights (Credit: Facebook/ Becky Alice)

What lucky daughters Becky and Byron have!

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/ Becky Alice

Topics: Home, Home Decor, DIY, Coronavirus, Parenting

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]