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Woman Creates Stunning Under The Stairs Play Area For Her Daughter

Woman Creates Stunning Under The Stairs Play Area For Her Daughter

Lockdown can be tough for all of us, especially kids, who want their freedom to go out and play.

But DIY savvy parents around the world have been tackling this by building their little ones their very own at-home play areas so they never got bored.

We saw one mum completely deck out her old Wendy House for her daughters, and turn it into a cafe.

But now another mum has bowled us over with her under-the-stairs play area, which is pretty, floral and fit for a princess.

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The cupboard looks unrecognisable (Credit: Handout/ Rachel Moore)
The cupboard looks unrecognisable (Credit: Handout/ Rachel Moore)

Rachel Moore, 31 from Alconbury would love to be an interior designer one day.

So, she got to work practicing on her own home - decking out the cupboard underneath her stairs with 3D cherry blossom wallpaper and floral garlands.

Little Freya is six, and has special needs, so Rachel really wanted to give her somewhere magical to call her own.

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Giving Tyla the lowdown on how she achieved the play area, Rachel said that, first, she pulled the cupboard of all junk.

Then, she "pulled the flooring up, painted the gloss work [skirting boards etc] and allowed [it] to dry for one day."

Rachel made the space for her daughter Freya (Credit: Handout/ Rachel Moore)
Rachel made the space for her daughter Freya (Credit: Handout/ Rachel Moore)

Next, Rachel rubbed the walls down and filled any holes before painting them blush pink, and pretty as a picture.

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This needed two to three coats of paint, and she had to wait for them to dry in-between.

Then "[I] applied wall stickers in the areas I wanted," she added. "We laid new vinyl flooring. I cut the flower heads off a cherry blossom garland and used a glue gun to secure into place on top of the wall sticker, to prevent damage to the walls".

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To complete the DIY mission, Freya bought a light shade, cut triangles out of it and stuck the flowers onto the cut out shade - but made sure to use a non heat bulb to protect from a fire.

Rachel used the garland to decorate the walls (Credit: Handout/ Rachel Moore)
Rachel used the garland to decorate the walls (Credit: Handout/ Rachel Moore)
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"I had some cherry blossom garland left so I brought battery fairy lights on a wire and wrapped around the garland and stuck into place," she added.

She also draped some flowers around the circumference of a mirror and hung that inside.

And look how pretty it is!

If you want to make your own under the stairs play area, we've found the very same cherry blossom garland that Rachel used on Amazon for you to get creative with.

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Rachel decked out the inside of the cupboard (Credit: Handout/ Rachel Moore)
Rachel decked out the inside of the cupboard (Credit: Handout/ Rachel Moore)

You can get the very same blush pink paint from Dulux here, and a gloss paint here.

And there are tons of fairy lights online, like these, if you want to add an extra touch.

Rachel bought the cherry blossom wall stickers on eBay - we found some similar ones here.

Luckily, she already had some flooring left over from when she'd decorated her bathroom, and overall the whole thing cost her just £71.16.

Not bad considering how brilliant it looks!

Anyone else *seriously* inspired to get decorating now?!

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Featured Image Credit: Rachel Moore

Topics: Home, Style News, DIY

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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]