PIMP A PLAYHOUSE
My children’s playhouse was constructed from plain plywood panels and H3 treated timber framing with posh joinery: the red shutters came from Egypt via my favourite local vintage shop, Troupes in Papakura, Auckland, while the small ground floor door was imported by my neighbour Alyson Wilcock at Pushkar Trading Company. To create the scalloped roofing tiles, I used a one-litre paint tin as a semicircular stencil. I cut out the circles with a jigsaw and painted them in different earthy shades – using Resene Jalapeno, Red Oxide, Redwood and Sandal – to match the autumn colours of the liquidambar tree behind the playhut. The swing, painted with Resene Jalapeno, was cut from a leftover length of hardwood decking timber. I drilled two 10mm diameter holes in each end and threaded through 8mm black and red poly-braided rope (Mitre10 Mega), adding a few large wooden beads from Spotlight. Concerned about those sharpcornered eaves and complete lack of safety railings on the stairs? Fret not, dear reader. We’ll get those sorted before the playhouse’s official housewarming on November 12-13, when my garden is open to the public for the Franklin Hospice Garden Ramble. For tickets, see franklinhospiceramble.org.nz.