This year for Christmas, I knew I wanted to make some sort of playhouse for our grand-daughters. I searched online for ideas and came across this picture that inspired me to make a little cafe:
I liked the corner windows in this playhouse. I thought it would work well for a restaurant, or if they ever wanted to turn it into a little house, that would work as well.
I started sketching ideas for a basic plan. This paper is what I gave to my handy husband along with the above photo that I found online.
It took him a couple of weeks (working a couple nights a week on it) to finish the construction. Then came the fun part for me. Paint and accessories!
I started by giving it all a coat of primer. I painted the inside white and the outside a fun, bright pink. The roof is black felt, draped over a rod. It's stuck onto the sides with velcro. The letters and shutters are painted on, as well as the chalkboards. I used Frog tape to create a crisp, clean line. After drawing level lines on the wall, I filled it in with chalkboard paint to create the "specials" sign on the outside...
and the "menu" board inside.
Of course no restaurant is complete without a menu. I typed up a menu and put it on top of scrapbook paper. Then I covered it in clear contact paper. If I did it again, I would have laminated them. The contact paper was so sticky and hard to place onto the paper onto without wrinkling. I ruined one of the menus trying to get it to work.
Here are the sweet little chefs! Many delicious meals have already been served here. I highly recommend it!