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Full house

Lots of kids but short on space? A foldaway playhouse is the perfect solution.

You will need:

  • 4 x pieces of tanalised plywood (500mm x 1100mm)
  • 1 x piece of tanalised plywood (1200 x 1100) rising to a point for the roof
  • 8 x wooden supports (1100mm x 30mm)
  • Resene Lumbersidertinted to Yabbadabbadoo
  • Resene Lumbersidertinted to Neva
  • Self-adhesive velcro, staple gun, four hooks with eyes, masking tape, sandpaper, nails for fixing supports, drill, saw and a decorative tile

As seen in kiwigardener

Step 1 Step one
Cut the plywood to size. If you don’t have a saw, some building suppliers will cut wood to exact measurements for a small fee. Sand the edges to remove any rough spots.
Step 2 Step two
Apply masking tape around the door, windows and roof to separate paint colours. Apply three coats of Resene Lumbersider in Neva from the Resene KidzColour range.
Step 3 Step three
Fix supports to the insides of the four side panels, just in from the edges. On the two end panels, fix one of the supports on the very edge of the panel. Apply three coats of Resene Lumbersider in Yabbadabbadoo.
Step 4 Step four
While the plywood panels are quite durable, the supports will help stop the panels from warping in harsh weather. The end support (below, right) is also used to anchor the house.
Step 5 Step five
Lay the pieces flat on the ground when dry and attach any decorative pieces, such as tiles or shells.
Step 6 Step six
Place two sets of Velcro squares on one side of each panel, 200mm from the top and bottom. Attach longer strips of Velcro to join the two panels.
Step 7 Step seven
Fix two hooks to the supports on each end panel. Fix two eyes at corresponding levels to a wall or fence, for the hooks to latch into.
Step 8 Step eight
Prop the house in place, attaching hooks and Velcro for support.

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