Fit for a princess

Dad’s di­lap­i­dated old store­room now pro­vides the per­fect set­ting for his lit­tle girl’s play ac­tiv­i­ties.

Home Paint It - - CONTENTS - By Shané Barnard and Shelly Bergh •

An old shed with peel­ing white paint near the braai area in Jo­han and Gayle Nel’s front gar­den was a real eye­sore. “I use it as a store­room for planks and blocks for all my wood­work­ing projects,” says Jo­han.

How­ever, Gayle and her mom Mar­guerite Pullen had other ideas for this un­sightly shed. They de­cided it would make the per­fect play­house for lit­tle Estella. Jo­han agreed on one con­di­tion: his tim­ber could stay where it was. But they were free to give the ex­te­rior and sur­round­ing yard a mag­i­cal makeover where Estella could play to her heart’s con­tent and they could keep a watch­ful eye on her.

Gayle chose a shade of blue-green for the ex­te­rior walls of the shed and a dusty pink for the door. Once the lit­tle house had been painted, the Nels re­cy­cled all sorts of bits and pieces (an old chair, a tyre and a wrought­iron ta­ble) to add the fin­ish­ing touches.

“We’re thrilled with the end re­sult,” says Jo­han. “Al­though Estella is still lit­tle, she loves play­ing here.” When the time comes to work on the in­te­rior, Jo­han says he’ll use some of his wood to build fur­ni­ture such as a craft ta­ble and chairs and shelves for toys.

An added bonus is that the Nels’ front gar­den is now so much more ap­peal­ing. “The tyre on the wall with the green­ery in it, the pot plants on the wrought-iron shelf and the bunt­ing have trans­formed this cor­ner of the gar­den,” says Jo­han hap­pily.

Pho­to­graphs Fran­cois Ober­hol­ster

Paint ter­ra­cotta pots with Har­le­quin’s Gardeners Pot Paint in the colour Night Fall and ap­ply a strip of cop­per leaf around the base. The metal pot stand was sanded and painted with Ham­merite White. Ce­ment flow­er­pots from MRP Home; bunt­ing and heart or­na­ment from Su­per Flo­ral; yel­low wire side ta­ble from Abode; um­brella from Wool­worths; basket from Builders

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