I love a challenge. Especially if the challenge involves imagination, transformation, giggles, apples and a grocery store.
Homes.com asked me to participate in a special challenge for their Crafting for Charity initiative. Here’s the basic concept: they sent a tan Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse™ to myself and two other bloggers and asked us all to use our imagination to transform it however we wanted.
Stay tuned–you all will have the opportunity to vote on your favorite, and the winner gets to donate a cottage (and an additional $750) to their favorite children’s charity. Plus, one random voter will be selected to win a $250 gift card!
Sound like fun?
Are you ready for the transformation?
Are you sitting down?
Oh, good. Me, too.
Here’s where we started. It arrived in a big box with instructions on how to put it together. The roof was red. The shutters were brown. The base of the playhouse was tan. And now?
That same playhouse? It looks like this. It’s black, white and striped and….. it’s a grocery store!
When I was little I had a grocery store just like this that my uncle built it for me. It was black and white with a giant sign that said GROCERY. I’d raid my mother’s pantry to stock the shelves and all my aunts and uncles would stop by and give me 10 cents 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, congratulate myself on being an amazing business person, then restock the store so the entire process could start all over again.
Every young entrepreneur needs a grocery store; this one comes with a fruit stand, order pad, grocery baskets and a chalkboard “For Sale” sign. Oh, yeah–and it’s own tiny grocery door!
We started by spray painting the entire playhouse using paint specifically designed for plastic. The base was spray painted with white spray paint, along with the doors and roof. We used the same spray paint in black for the shutters.
Next, we built a piece that fits 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.
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 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 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 and I’d say it’s a good day to be in the grocery business.