FSBO, 2br, hi ceilings, chefs kitchen, 1 ba + outhouse in LR


There was indeed some discussion when we first spotted the cardboard house. The discussion being that Nate, in typical fashion, wanted it for Thalia (along with everything else in the store) insisting that she would love it like nothing else. I resisted.

He won. And he was right.

It started with a lot of potential – a pristine white 3-dimensional canvas ready for water colors and imagination. But instead of turning it into a rainy day art project (because that would take planning) we decided to let Thalia go at it with any art supply, any time she likes. Basically the Running with Scissors approach to creativity. She had her way with stickers and shards of Crayolas retrieved from under the sofa. She painted. She let her sitter sketch suns and trees and stars. She wrote the letters in her name.

Even if it yielded a big multicolored mess it was her mess and she loved it. Her beloved mess in the middle of our living room.

Over time we saw the house evolve, as we had hoped. It was a castle, a kitchen filled with play food, a playroom, a dress up space. It was a place Thalia accepted junk mail through the little pass through slot or sat on a single pink toddler chair and ate an apple. She hung her art work on the walls. She invited her sister in for tea.


And then in the last week, it became something we hadn’t expected – a bathroom. Thalia moved her potty in there for privacy. Once a day she announces her intentions, then races in shutting the little cardboard door behind her.

I always wanted a second bathroom in our apartment. I never expected it would be an outhouse.

The best part:
Reading material.

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45 thoughts on “FSBO, 2br, hi ceilings, chefs kitchen, 1 ba + outhouse in LR”

  1. Love the commode! Our neighbor just gave us a box that held a hot-water heater (we are known in the neighborhood for liking that sort of gift), and I plan to turn it into a rocket. I’ll have to be sure to leave room in it for a potty.

  2. Ha! That’s so great! I’ve become the one in this parenting union that thinks he has to have everything in sight…I didn’t use to be that way!

  3. Love the house. Love her artwork. Love the fact that she keeps reading material next to her potty. And everyone knows that in NYC, you can get $50,000 more for that extra bathroom!

  4. We did the same thing a couple of weeks ago with moving boxes – the house hadn’t sold yet and I thought if I use the boxes for something else, it might about a dose of Murphy’s Law (it worked). Yeah I was wishing on every dandelion at that point. Anyway, Thomas looked at me with a great deal of apprehension when I handed him a bunch of markers and said, “Go to it kid!” :)

  5. I love the cardboard house. We had one just like yours and the girls decorated it and played with it until it was entirely in tatters. Cardboard, in whatever form you find it, is one of the best materials for kids.

  6. Oh how cute! I love how she made herself comfortable by dragging her potty chair in there (with the very important reading material). I wonder, if I buy my son one of these houses and put his potty chair in there, will he finally poop in the potty? If so, then it’d be well worth the $48.00 price tag! :)

  7. Cardboard is Dawson’s favorite toy. Anytime I get a box in the mail he takes it into his room and makes many houses, tents, and other interesting creations.

  8. < HREF="http://thereluctantmermaid.blogspot.com/2008/01/pee-pee-cha-cha.html" REL="nofollow">Iris reads “The Nation” upon her red Bjorn throne<>Ahh… the choice reading material.

  9. Hmm. I need to get one of these (and maybe a bedpan for the inside?) for my husband.

  10. Oh, I love the cardboard house. Now I will have to go out and get one, maybe then my daughter will actually use the potty!

  11. We’ve done the same thing, arts-wise, with all of Ironflower’s cardboard houses (it never even occurred to me to make it a fancy project, so you’re ahead of me there) but she’s never suggested moving her potty in there. What a brilliant idea!

  12. My fingers started to itch when I saw those pristine white walls…such a canvass to let my inner art freak loose on.However, I’d never have thought to use it for another bathroom.That’s pure genius.

  13. My autistic son had a large TV box that he did this to years ago. It is still one of his fondest memories! If he weren’t so distructive and then angry at me for destroying his own things, I might purchase this too. For now, we are just avoiding them. But she did a great job on hers!

  14. Hey Mom 101~ remember when you said you did the Montel show? Well it aired today at 1:00 this afternoon! I totally recognized you the minute I saw you! I feel like I know a celebrity! I am in California. Love your blog, when I get the chance to read it.

  15. I’m not sure anyone could dream up such brilliance! For real. A space such as this HAS to inspire a poop in the potty. Thalia gets a standing ovation down here in FL.!

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