My lil’ guy loves forts. Outdoor forts, indoor playroom forts, forts above his bed, forts built in the closet with cushions, etc. So, my husband spent a few weekends building an outdoor fort underneath our deck for him and his friends. I won’t get into the step by step, since we are by no means professional contractors, but will opt to show you some before and afters.
First, the BeFoRe…
Now, for the AfTeR…
We purchased a $5 door in the scratch and dent section at Home Depot. I applied 2 coats of chalkboard paint. The hubs added molding that I had stained and hung it with some hardware from the plumbing section. Add wheels on the bottom, a handle also from the plumbing section, and you have a sliding chalkboard door.
We painted the outside to match the outside of the house. Looks like I still need to caulk some nail heads and do some more painting…
This is what it looks like now that my lil’ guy and his friends have been playing in it for a few months.
Yes, my lil’ guy is just a wee bit obsessed with Minecraft these days, so the fort is currently home to The Minecraft Club.
We added a bell and a peep hole (lil’ guy circled it in the photo above), so no one gets in unnoticed…
Here is a quick peek inside, which as you can tell, still needs some DIY love. The hubs added a ladder with a bed in case the lil’ guy decides to camp outside one night, and two chairs that can be folded up when not in use, some prayer flags, and more chalkboard wall for “the writing of the rules.”
As you can guess, this fort has seen a lot of love already. Hope you enjoyed this tour of The Minecraft Club. And of course, it is not complete without a welcoming mat.
love this post, love that mat! it’s reads one half of the title of my blog! i am now following you. 🙂
be sure to check out my diy video today: http://helloscarlettblog.com/2013/08/21/reclaimed-shelf-diy-video/.
hope to see you around!
Scarlett, thank you so very much for your lovely words and thanks for the follow. I checked out your video…must say, I love the handmade written signs, the music, and the black and white. Nice touches. Love your style.
What a cool place for playing and hanging out. You say it still needs some DIY love, but I bet, to your son, this is just perfect. 🙂
Imelda, you are correct. My lil’ guy loves it! Thanks for your comment.
Melanne, WOW…what unbelievable great parents the two of you are. I would of loved this as a kid!!! So Cool.
Thanks so much. We felt the same way, so we decided to build it for him and his friends. It seems to be a huge success.
Great fort Melanee, bet your son loves it! Every kid needs a fort and I fear it is becoming a lost art with all the electronic amusements to entice kids. Nice to see Minecraft taken into the physical realm. p.s. Like how the sliding door was done.
Thanks, Kenneth. My lil’ guy and his friends enjoy having their “own” space to play and pretend. I think we may use this idea for the sliding door inside of our home, as well. It works great!
Awesome! Love the door!
Randi, thanks. The hubs came up with the door idea. I think we might use this same concept in our house.
My lil’ guy definitely agrees with you.
Every little boy needs a fort and this one is spectacular!!!
Agreed…N seems to love it.
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