Gather your supplies:
• 150 x 50mm treated pine sleepers
• Treated pine to match existing frame
• 12mm exterior plywood
• Polycarbonate roof sheeting (translucent) and polycarbonate roofing screws
• Checkered vinyl flooring
• 140 x 22mm merbau decking
• 140 x 45mm treated pine
• 4mm marine plywood
• 4mm dia. dowel
• Craft letters
You’ll also need:
Various-sized screws; Dulux 1 Step Primer, Sealer & Undercoat; Dulux Weathershield Low Sheen Acrylic; double-sided tape; Dulux Design Chalkboard paint.
Remove parts of the cubbyhouse that have seen better days and can’t be repaired, such as rotting plywood wall linings, as here. Remove other parts of the cubby to make them easier to renew, such as window awnings and the door.
With the help of a couple of mates, move the cubby to its new site in your backyard. Use a few lengths of timber under the floor to act as handles for the lift.
To lower elevated cubby, first screw 3 lengths of 150 x 50mm treated pine sleepers to underside of cubby floor. Using a length of timber as a lever, demolish legs, then slowly drop cubby to ground. Repeat for other cubby legs.
Replace any rotten timber of frame with treated pine in similar size. Cut pieces of 12mm plywood to fit over frame. Screw through plywood into frame to secure.
To let more light into cubby, remove a solid roof sheet from centre of roof and replace with polycarbonate roof sheet cut to same length. Use polycarbonate roofing screws to hold in place.
Sand old timber to remove loose paint, then paint with 1 Step Dulux Primer, Sealer & Undercoat. Let dry. Use Dulux Weathershield Low Sheen Acrylic to complete cubby transformation into a shop. (We used Vivid White, Symphony Red and High Blue.) Paint 2 coats, allowing to dry after each coat.
Cut vinyl flooring to fit. Run double-sided tape around floor, then press vinyl flooring onto it to secure.
Use merbau decking to create a counter bench at window. Install second shelf on outside wall of cubby/shop using 140 x 45mm treated pine. Screw through frame into counter and shelf to secure.
Prepare and paint items removed in Step 1, such as door and awnings. If possible, spruce them up – for example, replace old polycarbonate sheeting on window awnings with new sheeting.
Attach renewed window awnings and re-painted door to shop. Cut menu boards out of plywood and paint in Dulux Design Chalkboard paint. (We used plain black outside and Colossus on the board inside.) Screw chalkboards to shop.
Make a simple shop sign and screw to the top of the shop. We used 2 pieces of 4mm- thick plywood, cutting 1 into an icing shape and painting in Dulux Smooth Chocolate, then adding pre-painted craft letters and brightly painted lengths of 4mm dowel for sprinkles.