There is an upside to having all the hassle and mess of having the cabinets put in (besides the joy of finally having cabinets! And no, we didn't have any cabinets in our apartment's kitchen before now. Yeah, not fun...but the rent is cheap.), and that is the empty boxes. One night after Hailey went to bed, I taped together three of the boxes the cabinets had come in, cut holes in them for windows, and voila! Perfect playhouse for a toddler. She was thrilled.
What you need:
one or more big boxes
a serrated knife to cut out windows, doors... (I used a bread knife and it worked great.)
optional: paint or other means of decorating. I didn't decorate Hailey's, but I kinda' want to...hmm...
Here's the door to the playhouse.
Windows, including one with "shutters" that Hailey loves to open and close.
Don't forget skylights! It gets dark in there, even with all the windows. I added "chimneys" to the two skylights, so they weren't just holes in the ceiling.
Can I come in and visit you, Hailey?