“This Old House” Inspired Fort for Kids

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Hi, Lemonade readers! This is Kelly. Nothing says outdoor fun for kids like a good old-fashioned fort, am I right? I found this simple plan on the This Old House website, and I promise you it was not difficult at all! (The plan is also in their book called “This Old House Fun Family Projects: Great Ideas that Mom, Dad and Kids Can Build and Enjoy!” which has MANY more fun family projects.)*

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*{This post is not sponsored or endorsed by This Old House. They have no idea who I am, but I really wish they did, because I think they are awesome.}

I won’t go into the exact step-by-step process for building the fort, since the online plan is clear and comprehensive. But I did make a few modifications, and here they are…

First, instead of 4-foot stockade fencing , I went with 6-foot fencing. I wanted the fort to have a little bit more of a hideout feel to it. And really, with a 7 and 5 year-old, do I really want to know what they are doing in there? Probably not.

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“Out with you, bad guys!”

This caused a BIG problem, however, when I went to Home Depot to buy it. Because 6-foot stockade fencing is HUGE. So huge, in fact, that when the two guys who had helped me pick it out asked, “How are you going to get this home?” I had only one thought. Which was – “Oh #$%&, hadn’t thought of that.” It meant I had to make other arrangements.

Was I embarrassed to be driving a truck that said "Rent Me Hourly" on the side? Yes. Yes, I was.
Was I embarrassed to be driving a truck that said “Rent Me Hourly” on the side? Yes. Yes, I was.

I sent a text to my husband: “Had to rent the Home Depot truck. Are you home to help me unload?”

“Uh, yes.”

(That man of mine. We’re so connected that I can sense his fear even in plain text.)

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Another feature I added was painting the entire fort in camouflage. Not only did I think the boys would dig it, but  it really does blend in (go figure) and isn’t a major eyesore in the backyard. To get the colors, I did the following:

  • Got a pair of my son’s pajamas
  • Picked out matching colors
  • Drew the pattern freehand

Nothing too fancy!

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The boys really love their fort. They did make a few suggestions they say would make it even more cool:

  1. A roof
  2. Windows
  3. Running water and a TV

We’ll be working on some of these this summer and I’ll be sure to give you an update. Except for #3…

IMG_0718Dream on, boys, dream on.

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6 Comments

  1. Looks great Kel, I might buy you a ticket and include a list of projects in the envelope!

  2. Ditto what Ellen says, minus the plane ticket since you live nearby. I’ll even drive the sexy Home Depot truck for you…

  3. Pingback: Summer Ideas Galore & a PARTY! | Making Lemonade

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