Give the kids’ cubby some Christmas cheer. This simple makeover (a lick of paint and a few merry details) transforms an ordinary cubby into an elfin workshop, a North Pole playhouse, or an enchanted forest – whatever your kids want to imagine!
Pre-drill the screw holes to prevent splitting. Smooth around the secured screws and any rough areas using 120-grit abrasive paper with a sanding block, Next, smooth around the windows and door with 180-grit to remove any splinters.
Use a mini-roller to apply two coats of exterior paint to the inside and outside walls and roof, inside and outside walls, leaving to dry after each coat. Use a 50mm angled brush to apply three coats of white paint to the door, window and roof fascia, leaving to dry after each coat. For the walls, we used Dulux ‘Weathershield’ low sheen exterior paint in Oolong.
Cut 43mm-diameter pine dowel into 30mm-thick discs with a mitre saw, smoothing around cuts with 180-grit abrasive paper. Working in a ventilated area, wearing mask and gloves, place knobs on scrap cardboard and apply two coats of white spray paint, leaving to dry after each. Using a small craft brush, make red swirls on the knobs and leave to dry. Seal with a clear, water-based varnish and leave to dry.
After Measuring, position the knobs evenly around the outside of the door frame, applying construction adhesive and pressing firmly to secure.
Set the cubby on a flat, stable surface, checking clearances for the door and windows. Style tip: Let the kids embellish the cubby with their favourite festive decorations. We added Christmas cheer with a reindeer ornament, pine cones and fresh foliage.
Working in a ventilated area, wearing mask and gloves, position the terracotta pot and bowl upside-down on scrap cardboard. Apply two coats of white spray paint to the pot and two coats of red spray paint to the bowl, leaving to dry after each coat.
Apply construction adhesive around the rim and outside the top of the pot. Press the bowl upside down onto the pot and leave to dry.
Use a small craft brush to paint different-sized circles on the bowl with white exterior paint, applying two coats and leaving to dry after each coat.
*Timbers vary by state and territory; contact your local store for further information. Paint colours may vary on application.