Hangin Out Under the Stairs. . .

Hi folks, lately I’ve been playing a little bit like Harry Potter and hangin out under the stairs.


Although I haven’t been practicing any wizardry and such I think as far as my grandies are concerned I’ve created a bit of ‘magic’.

Inspired by the many outdoor cafes and hanging clotheslines in Portugal I turned the playhouse under the stairs into a ‘Market Café’.


You may remember this little $4 thrift find cupboard that I painted a while back.   Perfect for holding things that are a must for a little café.




Necessities hang close by.


I found the little table at a thrift store also.  It was a little more pricey, $15.  Still, too cute to pass up.  I painted it with a chevron design and added a little chair that I bought at a yard sale years ago for $2.  The little stitched  picture and lantern are other thrift finds.



Sitting at the table you see the sweet hanging clothesline.   It’s a retractable one from the 1940’s.  I bought it when we went on a road trip to ID.   It was instant love when I spied it!  Many of the darling baby clothes were sent to me from my blog friend, Rose.

She just mailed me a package for no particular reason.  Imagine how elated I was to see these precious garments she wore as a baby!


The little sparrow I bought in Portugal.


Just in case the clothes get dirty, we have a bucket and suds close by.


This little catch all station was another thrift find for $10.  I painted it Duck Egg Blue and thought I would use it in my craft room.  When It really didn’t seem to work I thought I would try it in the playhouse, Bingo! 


The little doll was brought back to me years ago by my MIL.  It was a gift from Spain.  I had it in the ‘to get rid of’ pile.  After going there, she was pulled right back out!


Food waiting to be served.


On the outside I painted a few faux brick and stenciled the sign on an old chippy fence rail.


A couple years ago I bought the shutters at a yard sale for $1.  I painted them blue and put them on a shelf in my living room.  When I found that they fit the window perfectly I knew they had found a new home! The little ones are loving it at the small café under the stairs.  I even find a big one hanging out there now and then.


You know we’re never to old to pretend!

And here’s a picture I took in Portugal of a little market café.  Just realized I used the word little an awful lot in this post. lol!




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This post was featured at Sunday View


Helen and her Daughters said...

Someone is going to have a lot of fun in that little Market Place! so adorable!

Salmagundi said...

This is toooooo cute!! My kids and grandkids played for hours with our mini-play-kitchen. It's in the attic now waiting for great grandkids. I so enjoyed seeing yours. Sally

Jessie Lou said...

That's sooo cute! I would have loved to have that as a little girl. :)

Jessie Lou

andrea@townandprairie said...

Awww! I want to play house!

Art and Sand said...

Such a cute playhouse for the grands and a sweet reminder of your visit to Portugal.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I would never leave...I had a friend growing up that had a playhouse and I still can see it in my head...it was so much fun!!

Unknown said...

That is so precious!!! I'm not sure the little ones would ever get a change to get in there.....looks like a sweet spot to be....:)

Winnie said...

How cute!!! I love it ❤

Gina said...

Oh Jann, that is just too cute! Your grandchildren are never going to want to go home!

Susie said...

Jann, What a great place to play. Who wouldn't want to be a little kid there? I love the last photo too. xoxo,Susie

Anonymous said...

BINGO is right! I just love it, Jann! ♥

Marilyn said...

This is the best place for grandkids to play!! Right where gma can join right in.♥♫

Bernideen said...

How totally creative Jan! Looks darling! They will have a blast.

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...


Patti said...

Unbelievable! Your imagination is amazing! This is such a perfect place!

Unknown said...

Oh my!! Can I come play? :) this is awesome!!

Robyn said...

Oh my gosh is this adorable. I want to come over and play too!!

cynthia lee designs said...

What a fun place to play for little kids and big kids too!!

Rose L said...

I am so glad to see the little outfits I once wore hanging on your clothesline! It is nice to see them being appreciated. Your creativity is so wonderful!

Kris said...

I love it!!!
xo Kris

priscilla said...

Adorable ! Love the clothesline !Such a cute play area for your grandkids !

Irene Helms Designs said...

What a fun play house area! Imaginative and creative!
Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I want to play there also! So adorable!!!

Fran. said...

Jann you rock!! LOVE IT ALL!! XOXO Love Fran.

Stacey Johnson said...

I especially love the pans hanging on the wall. so cute!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my word, I love this. Such a fabulous space you have created, amazing. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

living from glory to glory said...

Helloooo Jann,
Can I come over to play house??
I think this was the sweetest idea ever. There is just something about the wee itty bitty stuff.
Blessings Always, Roxy

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

What a charming spot to rest after a busy morning playing outdoors! You are so creative. Who else would have recreated Portugal under their staircase?



Mrs. Laura Lane said...

Oh Jann,
I would have loved to play in your little play area as a child!

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The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh goodness, that is the cutest thing I have seen. You must have had sooo much fun. I can't imagine how crazy excited I would have been if I had something like that when I was little! all the kitchen ware and little cupboards. And the shutters and sign!.....Yep, those are some lucky kids!


Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

Too cute!! I love every detail :)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my gosh Jann, if that's not the cutest thing! What lucky grands you have to play at your house!!!

sweetbriardreams said...

Just brilliant! You have made me feel broody for little ones again! My children are now teenagers so would not appreciate this but wow! xx

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

I just love it! The cutest thing ever. I'm always drawn to little girl play things. I guess we never really grow up after all.

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

How precious! I'll bet your grandchildren love to come play at grandma's house. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


Debra at HOMESPUN: http://www.thehomespun.com said...

Lucky grands ! :) Ha ha i KNOW you are just using them as an excuse to play :)

ornate splendor said...

What a great play area for the grandkids!! I bet they love coming to your house!! You must have had such fun creating this area. Fabulous!! Catherine

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

How cute, Jann! You have it fixed up so sweetly for little ones to play. My son visited Portugal too and loved it! Thanks for sharing at my HOME.


Laura Turner said...

Oh my goodness!!!! This is WONDERFUL!!! (I envy your "grandies!") What a loving Grandma you are, and what a very special place you've created!


Tea in the Library said...

I wanna come play! What a sweet set up!

Fran said...

What a lovely little play spot for your lucky grandchildren. I love what you did with the chevron table. Have a wonderful week! :) --Fran

A Joyful Cottage said...

This is super cute, Jann. I appreciate you sharing it at ERITH, and it will be featured tomorrow. Hugs, Nancy