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A finished cubby house customised to look like a greengrocer, pictured from the front

Overview

Spark your kids’ imaginations with this simple D.I.Y. project to personalise a cubby house. With a natural timber Climb Hut Cubby House as your blank canvas, you can create a whole range of scenarios to encourage creative play with your kids.

We’ve chosen to create a fun farm-to-table shop with this project, but you can easily adapt it based on your kids’ interests and ideas.

Steps

1Assemble your cubby house

Start by assembling your cubby house. It comes as a flat pack, so break out your drill and put it all together.

Green Bunnings hammer
Tip: From assembling your cubby house to giving it a lick of paint, wear the appropriate safety equipment (mask, glasses, ear muffs) and always follow the instructions for the product or equipment.
A screw being drilled into a cubby house with a power drill

2Choose your theme and colours

Your cubby house could be a café, veterinary clinic, family home, Santa’s workshop, or the International Space Station. The sky really is the limit. Once you and the kids have chosen your cubby’s theme , it’s time to let paint bring it to life. Start with a base coat: a white base will keep the interior light, bright and airy, while a darker base paint will mean less frequent cleaning.

It’s always a good idea to add a pop of colour, especially if your base is white. We’ve chosen sunshine yellow as our accent colour, which is perfect for a country market-themed shop.

Apply two coats of paint (both the base and accents), leaving to dry in between.

A Bunnings team member tending to a flower planter in the window of a cubby house

3Personalise with signage

No cubby is complete without a sign! Use a saw to add a pre-cut piece of blackboard the front of the cubby house. 

Mark and measure out the middle of the cubby house before securing the sign to the cubby.

Next, add your cubby house’s name to the blackboard with a piece of chalk.

A sign mounted on a cubby house having 'farm to table' written on it with chalk

4Decorate your cubby house

The final touch is to decorate your cubby house. We’ve chosen to add some foliage, a bell, an awning and small baskets filled with veggies for a market vibe.

Various crates and baskets of fruit and vegetables displayed outside of a cubby house

5Eager to try it yourself?

Check out our range of outdoor play equipment and get started! 

A finished cubby house customised to look like a greengrocer

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.