ORC: Treehouse walls

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Welcome to week 3 of the ORC. Also known as the week where I worked to my breaking point every day and I still don’t have much to show. As you may remember, I’m working on my kid’s treehouse for the One Room Challenge, a challenge held twice a year by Linda of Calling It Home. On Wednesdays, the featured designers post and on Thursdays, the guest participants link up to join in the fun. There are so many amazing ideas that I’m honestly feeling a bit overwhelmed. This week, I spent much of my time working on the treehouse walls.


Here’s a before picture to remind you that I started without interior treehouse walls.

treehouse walls

Raw plywood and studs. Not exactly cozy.

So I headed to the hardware store and bought 8 panels of exterior plywood and got it cut into 12″ strips to make shiplap walls. I had many reason for this:

  1. Shiplap is awesome. I love the subtle texture.
  2. Getting 4’x8′ panels home isn’t fun or easy. Strips are easier.
  3. Same for getting them UP a ladder and into a narrow doorway.

treehouse walls

So shiplap it is! We brought it home and laid it out in the driveway so that I could paint them. They needed 2 coats and it took 2 days of back breaking painting. Seriously this was painful, but also led to me winning my Fitbit challenge for the week. 😉 I chose the SW color, Contemporary Gray. I would have loved white, but white is never a good idea here in the woods. Also, it would have been blinding in the winter. A medium gray blends decently from far away. It was a very disappointing choice to my daughter. I keep assuring her that the color will come.

treehouse walls

We took it out to the treehouse and I measured them and yelled down measurements to my husband for cutting. I used a pneumatic nail gun to attach them to the studs. And tada! We have treehouse walls! Painting them took much longer than installing them.

treehouse walls

We still have a few tiny parts at the top to finish, but before we did that, we added screen to the openings. Bugs are a problem, especially mosquitoes. It’s already helping and there are no window screens or a door yet! The wasps like to fly in at the top.

treehouse walls

On Sunday, we took some time off and went to my favorite flea market where we scored big time. We bought a hammock and it’s already a favorite for the kids. It’s going to be so pretty once I add pillows.

treehouse walls

Still to do:

  • Window screens
  • Window trim
  • Door trim
  • Screen door
  • Shop! (Already started)
  • Decorate and make pretty!
  • Plan a party.

I’m so close to the fun parts. Fingers crossed that I get there soon.

Linking up: Calling It Home

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  1. I love that you are doing a tree house! How fun. My kids are begging us for one. Your project might motivate me to make it happen – then claim it as my own 🙂

    1. Thanks Amanda! We’ve spent the last 2 summers building it and no we’re getting to the fun part. It’s way better now that the 4 giant poles in the ground. 😉 I highly recommend stealing it from your kids if you build one.

  2. What a cool idea with the tree house! Your kids are going to love this! Those walls are perfection, can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

    1. We have a minivan and a truck, but it has a short bed, so the minivan actually carries more lumber. We just need to buy a big ol’ pick up truck. 😉

  3. This is so much fun to follow your progress! You are well on your way and everything is lovely.
    I hope you will share this today at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
    Just stop by my blog to join in.
    Enjoyed visiting,
    White Spray Paint

  4. I am so jealous that you live in the woods! And how lucky are your kids that they have a treehouse! So many fun memories will be made there. I can’t wait to see how you finish it.

    1. Thanks Tilisa! We love the woods. Of course, it comes it with it’s own set of challenges, but it’s worth it. I’m hoping the treehouse turns out as amazing as it is in my head!

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