Thursday, June 09, 2011

Our House: Nautical Kid's Play Deck

      At very long last, I am pleased to present our downstairs Kid's deck.  Our house has a walk-out basement - this is what it now walks out to.

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Most of this was inspired and built by John.  Yes, my husband is a rock star genius.  ♥ him.  You can see a lot of the action in this post, and it is something that has come together over the last two months.  We ordered commercial grade rubber flooring to put down over the concrete, because we didn't want kids to be landing on unforgiving concrete.  We ordered this swing set from Walmart, and John modified it to fit in the space that we had.  Lily kept saying, "Daddy building a swing set."  He added a steering wheel and telescope to look into the woods.

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This is my favorite part of the deck - the swing where I can sit and watch little friends play AND the giant map behind it.

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(Our dot is so very tiny in such a large world.)

Here's a shot from down in our yard.

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Once we had decided to put that giant map on the wall (I saw it on Centsational Girl and ordered it off of Amazon here), the rest of the explorer/nautical theme came to life.  The playset already had an anchor on the end of the swing, and I found some other accessories at Hobby Lobby.  I ♥ Hobby Lobby.  I sewed some canvas together in the middle and wrapped rope around it to make a ship-ish window treatment.  I ordered a net that had actually been used for fishing from this website that we draped on the ceiling - we may add some Christmas lights to it to jazz up the night scene down there.

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Underneath the playhouse, we put a toy box that we already had, and up above, it worked out perfectly to put the light through where there would have been a window.  There is a space underneath those holes that I am going to make a treasure map to fill it in.  Just haven't gotten to that yet.

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I love that I can stand and swing the girls at the same time.  All in all, we could not be more thrilled with the way this has turned out.  And it is wonderful to have a covered place to play.

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Next up on our decorating radar - the play room.  Paint samples are already on the wall.  If you want to see more pictures of our finished spaces, click here.

3 comments:

Lindsay K. said...

A-MAZ-ING!!!! The girls are going to have so much fun down there! Great job!!!

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