This post is sponsored by Homes.com.
I love a challenge.
Especially if the challenge involves imagination and transformation and giggles and apples and a grocery store.
Homes.com asked me to participate in a challenge they are hosting for charity. Here’s the basic concept. They sent a basic Little Tykes playhouse to several bloggers and asked us all to use our imagination and to transform it however we wanted. Then you all will have the opportunity to vote on your favorite and the winner gets to donate their winnings to charity. If I win, I’m donating mine to Habitat for Humanity.
Sound like fun?
Are you ready for the transformation?
Are you sitting down?
Here’s a little playhouse before and after just for you.
(total aside: you can see all the befores and afters here. All you have to do to vote is to leave a comment on THEIR post with your favorite here.)
Here’s where we started.
It arrived in a big box with instructions on how to put it together.
This is what the playhouse looked like before we started.
The roof was red.
The shutters were brown.
The basic playhouse was cream.
That same playhouse?
It looks like this.
It’s black and white and striped and it’s a grocery store.
When I was little I had a grocery store just like this.
My uncle built it for me and it was black and white with a giant sign that said GROCERY.
The shelves were stocked with cans from my mother’s kitchen.
I’d raid the pantry and stock the shelves and all my aunts and uncles would stop by and give me .10 for a can of green beans.
Then I’d take my money and shop for candy at the little store down the street while my aunts and uncles quietly gave the cans of soup back to my mother. I’d eat my candy and congratulate myself on being an amazing business person and restock the store and the entire process would start all over again.
Every young entrepreneur needs a grocery store.
And this one comes with a fruit stand and order pad and grocery baskets and a chalkboard for sale sign.
And it’s own tiny grocery door.
We started by spray painting the entire playhouse.
The base was spray painted with a white spray paint designed for plastic.
The doors, roof, and shutters were all spray painted with a black spray paint designed for plastic.
Next, we built a piece that fit onto the front of the playhouse.
It’s constructed from 1″x 2″s and has a place for produce on either side.
The top was constructed with a frame on top to add a black and white awning.
Next, we added window boxes on each side and filled them with flowers.
The little black shutters open up and make the perfect place for additional grocery orders.
The playhouse was styled with a wreath, an order pad, a welcome mat for customers, a chalkboard sign, and tons of fresh produce just ready to order.
After it was finished, I invited my sweet nieces over to see how the grocery store worked.
I wish you could have heard the giggles.
And have seen all the apple purchases.
I’m so happy with how it turned out and how much my nieces love it.
Let’s take one more look at the transformation.
From this before.
To this after.
From my little store to this one.
Another generation of general managers has entered the building.
It’s a good day to be in the grocery business.
My little black and white grocery store would love your vote
Here’s how you vote:
Head over to this page and vote for your favorite. All you have to do to vote is to LEAVE A COMMENT on this Homes.com page with the name of your favorite. The winning blogger will receive $750 for their favorite charity (mine is Habitat for Humanity) and in super fun news—-one voter will be selected in a random draw to win a $250 gift card.
disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Homes.com.
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