Using a B lead pencil, draw the design you want on your shoes. I used a Santa belt and buckle design.
As you can see in the photo above, the shoe soles have been masked off with masking tape. This makes painting the shoes a little easier. It takes a bit of time to mask off the soles. To follow the contour of the soles, I use small pieces of masking tape as seen here..
Painting the shoes
I started painting the Santa shoes red. To get a good cover of red took 3 coats. Allow about an hour between coats.
Next I painted the belt black and once it was dry I painted the gold buckle.
When you’ve finished painting, get your paint makers and Sharpie pen and outline all the painted edges. The Black line on the scalloping was done with a Sharpie pen.
Protecting your Santa shoes
After painting and edge marking your Santa shoes, remove the masking tape. Use Beeswax to give your shoes a little bit of protection.
Scrub the Santa shoes with the Beeswax, giving it a good cover. Then heat the Beeswax with a hair dryer to melt the Beeswax into the shoes. this will give your shoes a natural coat of protection.
Many of the DIY cubby house plans from the major hardware stores include a cutting list and a list of tools required for the project.
Once you have your plans the next step is to start your building.
Start building your cubby house. The foundation and floor should be the first to be built.
Set out the playhouse using profiles (profiles are timber pegs to attached your string line to) and a string line. Measure from corner to corner to check that the foundation and floor are square.
Without proper foundations, your playhouse may not be stable and you don’t want to have any safety issues when your children are playing in the playhouse.
Once your foundations are set, build your cubby house floor because this will give you a flat, level area to work. You can use either floor boards or floor sheeting for the flooring, generally sheet is the more economical way to go.
Watch this video for one of the best methods for building a cubby house I have seen.
I would like to thank Bill for allowing me to show his great video in this post.
You can build all your wall frames on your floor for the cubby house as you would have seen in the video above.
Cut all your timber for your wall frames and assemble it on the cubby house floor with hammer and nails.
Mark your top and bottom plate where the studs are to go as this will make it easier to nail together.
Add extra timber to the frames where you are going to put the windows and doors.
Remember measure twice, cut once! Materials are expensive, check measurements before cutting any timber.
When you have all your wall frames completed, you have to stand them up. Start with the back wall and brace it once you have it up. Then stand the side walls and finish with the front wall.
Screw the wall frames to the floor as you stand them up and nail each frame to the other frames.
The roofing structure is the next step which will stabilize the wall frames and give you somewhere to screw the roofing to.
Attach battens to your cubby house rafters to support the roofing material.
Your roofing material can be either nail or screwed down, depending on the material you are using.
It is time to put the cladding onto your cubby house. Cladding may be made of many different materials.
You could use weatherboards or vinyl siding or sheeting. You can paint the cladding or leave it in its natural state depending on your preference.
If you have a multi level playhouse you can now add the ladder, slide and climbing wall or whatever else you want to have on the cubby house.
The final steps are putting the doors and widows into the cubby house and having a cubby house warming party.
Once again I would like to thank Billshowto for allowing me to link his video to this post.
Thanks for reading and I hope you have enjoy this post.