Quite some time ago I bought a second-hand play shop thinking it would be the greatest toy ever. As often happens I was very wrong and the only action it saw was a plant stand. This large, bright coloured object didn’t seem to find its place in the house and it sat lonely in the corner of the patio. I finally got around to give it a small make-over and have to say I’m pretty pleased with what can be done with a can of paint and cheap origami papers from Daiso. Here are the before and after:

shop beforenew shop 4

Ikea now sells this great cash register – a perfect addition to our little shop and a pretty decent deal at 59 RM. It is a real calculator so makes playing shop attractive to even a bit older shopkeepers.

cash register

The shop has now been allowed in the house, gets played (a bit more) and – not surprisingly – serves as a junk collection point.

new shop 3

In retrospect though: why on earth didn’t I just paint the whole thing white in the first place? This is what Pinterest does to perfectly sensible people.

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