Ever since we moved into this house (way back in '94!), Jeff and I have used one of our several attic crawl spaces to store luggage. It served that purpose well, being as it was the largest and most conveniently-located of all the cubbies. But to everything there is a season, and this space's days as a storage closet were numbered after Rachel and Abbie helped Jeff pull out his suitcases for his trip to Sri Lanka last October. He let them play in it while he packed so immediately thereafter they started asking if we could convert it to a "princess fort."
We finally started the process about three weeks ago by first finding new homes for our travel gear (and my old hardback horn cases that I'd completely forgotten about). Then Jeff put up plastic along the one wall that opened onto a bunch of pipes and also hooked up a wall lamp and strung some LED Christmas lights. That was cute, and the girls played in it, but we knew it wasn't nearly done.
So yesterday the girls and I spent the morning painting, and I did some final touch-ups last night. This morning, I hung a Disney princess border, and the girls put up appliques. Then Jeff hung a floral curtain over the plastic "wall," and we put down - what else? – shag rugs. And, voila! The girls have their princess fort, though Jeff and I are affectionately referring to it as "Fort Bismuth," for obvious reasons.
Of course, they asked if they can sleep in it. Answer: yes, but let's wait until Friday night; after all, homeschool is still school, and tomorrow is a school day. They are also already planning who will lay where when friends come for sleep overs.
And this whole process has sparked their imaginations. So the next project to tackle - after the spring thaw – is the space under our deck; after all, they'll need an outside fort, too. :^)