Creative ideas to build your own Funky Outhouse or Wooden Throne

 

Need some inspiration for creating an outhouse ~ small garden shed ~ or small outbuilding ?  All three buildings are the same same but different.

Outhouse – toilet + gardening tools = Very cool garden shed

 DIY OUTHOUSE IDEAS :

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I tried to come up with a pretty name for an outhouse.  No such luck.  So I called in the troops (that’s you) and this is what they came up with :

The Ruby room, the sunshine mission, the pooter scooter, stinky chicken, the sand box, the Mary Jane, the reading room, the dump truck, the library, the la la, the back house, the thunder box, the deuce den, wooden throne, peepee palace, poopy portal.

The good news is that you can create an outbuilding just like this one and it will be no where near icky.   Don’t call it an outhouse.  Give it a love shack name.  It changes everything.   Try it.  Then get back here and tell me what you named your palace.

I had this same ‘name it’ problem with grapevine BALLS.  I still can’t get the word balls out of my head.  I may be scarred for life.  Now I have scarred you too.  My bad.

This {{ boudoir, privy, potty, ladies room, gents room }} outhouse DIY may be adapted as a garden shed [minus the toilet].  Or a small outbuilding.  Or a storage shed.  It all works.

REALITY OF AN OUTHOUSE :

Want to keep the toilet and make a portable outhouse~boudoir ?  I have a cool business idea for you.   An outhouse on wheels for weddings and large events.

Boudoirs on wheels.

How gorgeous would that be?

Goodbye gross port-a-potties.

Let’s start a revolution.

One with nice potties.

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An outhouse revolution starts here and now :)

Imagine a port-a-potty that you could sit on and not be nervous about what may be lurking beneath you?  Are you afraid that your somethin’ somethin’ will mysteriously dip into the blue water?  Or that an evil beast is swimming around in that blue water?  Do you worry if a sea creature will come up and bite you?  The horrors.

You are not alone in your fears.

Yikes.

I can promise you that.

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Let’s think fresh and clean !

HOW WE BUILT OUR OUTHOUSE

[insert cool name for it]

AND WHY YOU SHOULD BUILD ONE TOO…..

Many cities & municipalities will allow you to build a small outbuilding under the size of 10′ x 10′ without a building permit.  Double check first.  Jail won’t be fun.  Never ever never never evvvvha (Taylor Swift never) never make a building inspector or town official mad.  It is sort of like the classic childhood memory where you learned to never ask your Mom to brush your hair while she was mad.  Big mistake.

Here’s the good stuff on why it is awesome to have an outhouse :

1.    It smells pretty freaking divine !

Yup.  It smells good.  What’s the secret ?  Wood chips.  The outhouse becomes a self composting, green machine of awesomeness.  Who knew ?  It really does work.

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2.   Sink :

Yes.  We added a sink.   The toilet doesn’t flush, but the sink runs with nice clean water.   A reclaimed old porcelain sink.   I stole it from the same guy that I stole this one from for the treehouse.

A sink with running water in an outhouse.  What an oxymoron.  We tried to keep the true authentic nature of an outdoorsy outhouse.  Sort of.

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An old porcelain corner sink

3.  Lighting :

A chandelier.  It was easy to do.  And inexpensive.  We spray painted an old light with gold spray paint.  Wham.  Bamm.  Thank you Ma’am.  Mini chandeliers and outhouses are amazeballs of awesomeness.  Lighting is something to pay attention to.  It can make or break a peepee palace room.

3.   Toilet paper roll holder = twig

Twigs are your friends.  Cheap friends with ahhhmazing design potential.  Want more twiggyness  in your life?  You can get a few more twig ideas here : 15 Ways to Decorate with twigs. Just like Pocahontas.  You can create epic stuff for free.  Nice price tag.

Cool ideas on how to decorate with twigs and a funky #DIY to create an outhouse.

4.   Windows :

Old stained glass windows that hinge out on a stick.  Nice and breezy.  We lined the windows with screening.  No creatures are allowed in the outhouse ladies room.  Stamped it.   My girlfriends and I hang out in there.  No joke.  With glasses of wine.  The kids have no idea where we are.   Neither do the flies.

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Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best solution

5.   Venting system :

Therein is where the magic happens.  The vent thingy {you can see it in a few of the photos}  keeps the ‘air flow’ going out the pipe.  Think of it like a chimney pipe.  Minus the smoke.  It is what makes an outhouse smell awesome.  For an outhouse.  It works like a charm.  I don’t know about you, but if an outhouse smells bad, I’m not going in it.  I would rather do a wilderness tinkle.  Gross, but it’s the gospel truth.

6.   Toilet containment :

We dug a hole.  A fairly deep one.  I say we.  I had nothing to do with that whole digging business.  Ewwwwhhh.  However, number two was my number one business of solving.   Why?  I didn’t want to smell a thing.  I wanted it to feel like a place that was fresh and clean.  No ickyness allowed.  Steal my idea.  It works.

7.   Weddings :

We do normally rent port-a-potties for weddings and events {for hundreds of visitors} around this neck of the woods.  I have no idea why….because… as soon as someone sets their eyes on our outhouse…. there is no port-a-potty happenin’ for them.  Hence, everyone lines up for the outhouse.  All the other port-a-potties are lonely.

Solution for outhouse heavy use :

Aromatherapy oils.  Have you tried them?  Wowsers.  They smell fantastic.   A scented candle would do the trick too.  Only a beautifully scented one.  No need for an outbuilding to smell like baked apple pie and cinnamon.  The thought of that just made me throw up in my mouth a little.

 

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Creating an Outhouse ‘mood’ LOL

 

8.   Curtains :

Ikea sheers.  They are my ‘go to’ curtain for pretty much every window on earth.  They are dirt cheap to buy.   Almost free.   They require no sewing.  No effort.  Zip.   Ikea can be your bestie.

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9.   Shelving ideas & display pieces :

The outhouse shelves are important.  People like to sit in there and just stare.  No joke.  Go ahead.  Build one.  Then talk to me.  It is really quite entertaining in an outhouse.

We mix up the outhouse decor every year.  Sometimes we load the shelves with books.  Sometimes candles.  Sometimes nakedness.  Not my nakedness.  Shelf nakedness.  Sometimes baskets of magazines.  Sometimes pretty little rocks and shells.  Colourful bottles are funky too.   This year it was candles and shells……

 A Funky Outhouse #DIY where you can create your own ! Glass cover from West Elm. Candles from the dollar store.  Containers are recycled yogurt containers.  Learn how on the blog lynneknowlton.com

Think outside the box.

The glass cover over the toilet paper is from West Elm.   Technically it is normally used for plants.  The candles are from the dollar store.  The candle containers are recycled glass yogurt containers.

 

10.   Walls :

We kept the walls as natural wood for a long time.  It looked fine.  Then life changed around here.  I became a white paint lovin’ trollop and painted everything that didn’t move… white.  For the outhouse,  we mixed white paint with water and did a white wash look.  We = me and the mouse in my pocket.

 A Funky Outhouse #DIY where you can create your own ! Glass cover from West Elm. Candles from the dollar store.  Containers are recycled yogurt containers.  Learn how on the blog lynneknowlton.com

 

Hey !

I originally wrote this blog post for a free ticket giveaway to the  National Home Show Toronto.  The show runs from March 15-24 at the Direct Energy Centre / Exhibition Place.

 Here are the winners of the tickets :  Michelle Clark, Kevin Ross, Alexandra Katschilo, Joanne Yinger, Home Reno 1 and Tunde from TNY photography.

CONGRATS to the winners !!

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Lynne

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  2. hello lynne, it’s like you dropped out of the sky for me!! see my website – this an event venue with no pavilions, bathrooms, etc. it’s for those who want a natural event in gorgeous surroundings. can’t afford to put in an approved septic system for weddings and parties. struggling with how to handle this issue. have lost bookings to folks who don’t want portapotties at all. really can’t blame them. have thought about outhouses and there you were. i am curious about your idea for making them portable, on wheels. please let me know more. thanking you in advance, pattie

    • Hi Pattie !

      I saw your website, and it looks gorgy gorgeous !

      We have had weddings here for family and rented porta-potties too. Everyone avoids them (even when they are half way decent) and goes to our outhouse. LOL.

      Do you definitely want one on wheels? I think it is do-able, but I love that ours isn’t on wheels too.

      Basically, the base of it would be a big metal square box (deep and wide) and you would need an mini opening/door at the back to empty it once a year.

      That sounds gross, but really, after it sits for a year and composts with all the saw dust, it sounds worse than what it is. I’m sure you could have a septic dude drain it for you too. Whew.

      The shavings/sawdust really do a great job. The vent also works fab too. (pipe up the side of the outhouse that vents out of the roof).

      It smells and looks DREAMY in there!

      I hope that helps !
      Lynne

      • hi lynne, thanks for the quick response. would like portability (but may decide against it) due to infrequent heavy rains that cause some flooding and for convenience and proximity. but what i’d be creating is just another form of portapotty, wouldn’t i???? so i’ll probably create one like yours in a high spot in an unobtrusive but convenient location. it sounds as though yours is “classic construction” with only a deep hole below your concrete pad. – is that right? no periodic compost removal? very grateful for any info and advice.

        pattie

        • Yes, mine is a classic construction with a deep hole below the concrete pad. We do periodic compost removal too. We let things sit (ewwwwh) over the winter for 6 months and then shovel it out. It is literally like earth and not stinky. Yup. I asked. I haven’t done that job. YUCK.

          Hope that helps!
          Lynne

  3. Jacki says:

    Google-searchin’ for outhouse ideas as we design a shelter for our composting toilet. Lucked on your site. What a super fun read. Not to mention outhouse design. Can’t seem to find anything more inspired online other than moon shapes on the door. We just moved our family from the ‘burbs to the woods and put up an off-grid geodesic dome. And you can’t just stick a shack next to it. WWBD? (What would Bucky-Fuller do?) Not sure, but your outhouse pictures sure gave us more to work with. We had the sawdust, already. But not the twig t.p. holder. Or the curtains. Or the pretty (read: not Home Despot orange) buckets. Think we’ll call ours the shouthouse, since ours will be a shower/outhouse combo. Though I might steal Oval Office from your commenter, Janet. Our shouthouse will, in fact, be oval. Because you can’t just put a square next to a dome, either. Joining the outhouse revolution. Even though I’d call it a movement. If you know what I mean. Thanks, again. – Jacki (Watch it happen here: postconsumerlife.com, which you can delete from this comment if it seems like I’m trying to increase my current readership of 43, 40 of whom are my family and friends. Just thought I’d give you some context, if you’re interested.)

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  6. Laura says:

    I have found my people! I plan to build an outhouse near my barn for the ladies that ride here and no I don’t want just ANY old outhouse – I want one with a front porch and white paint and candles (battery operated becaue I am the safety officer here) and a place to change into riding gear and yes, an outhouse that could be used as a place for sipping wine. Your outhouse design is zactly what I am looking for and now i can show the men folk that I am not the only one that believes sheer curtains might be needed in the ‘wine closet’.

    • Hahaha Laura
      I missed your comment and a few others and found them over a year later. TODAY.

      I just laughed out loud at …

      I HAVE FOUND MY PEOPLE.

      hahahahaaha!
      Lynne xx

      • Laura says:

        Lynne,
        so glad you found my comment! I did build a wine closet and it is lovely. I can’t upload a pic but I will tell you it has a front porch with rocking chair, a glass pane door, a beautiful window, and a fanzy schmanzy PVC vent system. Candles to be added later. My friend placed deer antlers at entrance and we now refer to it as ‘The Lodge’. :-)

  7. Ken DeLoach says:

    I love the outhouse and want to build one like it. Could you provide some sort of plans which include the measurements and dimensions.? (Door size, window size, sq ft., etc. thank you

  8. Yay – I love your outhouse post!! I never thought to use wood chips for the smell, GOOD idea! I have this linked to my outhouses project post too today, it’s a keeper!!

  9. Kathy says:

    Gorgeous outhouse! Thanks for all the tips and tricks. My one comment is that while I love the candles, it seems rather dangerous to use them in a building with only one door!
    Nonetheless, the entire post was inspirational. Thank you!

    • Hi Kathy
      I agree that it probably looks kinda scary having those candles in the wee outhouse. I lit more for the photos than I normally do.. and I always keep them in a glass container. I am married to Elmer the safety elephant. LOL. xx

      • Kathy says:

        Ah-h-h, I see! Thanks for the reply. Anyway, I’m so tickled to see a “romantic outhouse.” Now that is something I never knew existed. Awesome.

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  11. Rosa Tackett says:

    Very creative use of twig for holding toilet paper roll. The Ikea sheer also add to the look of the windows without hurting your pocket.

    PS: Love your style of writing as well.

    • Cheers Rosa !
      Twigs are so handy for so many things, aren’t they ? Toilet paper rolls, curtain rods, coat hooks, drawer pulls.. ahhh. Have you used the ikea sheers yet? They are so easy to ‘hem’ too. I just cut them with scissors and puddle them a bit on the floor. Done. So easy.

      Lynne :)

  12. Stacy Gordon says:

    Absolutely loved your blog. Dashed against it while searching for some of the best home blogs out there and impressed I am. Anyway, your outhouse plan was lovely but no shame admitting I was paying more attention to the humor than to the design details!

    • Hi Stacy
      Sorry I didn’t respond sooner… your comment was in my spam folder. Waaaahierd. Geesh, I hope you are legit.
      Thanks for the beautiful blog compliment !!

      Have a fantastic Easter weekend…
      Lynne !

  13. Linda Bryant says:

    Did you build the outhouse or buy it? If you purchased it, can you let me know from where? We live about 20 minutes south of you.
    Thanks for this blog. Perfect timing for our outhouse planning.

    • Hi Linda,
      Our contractor ~ Chris Wilkes built our outhouse. He is the same contractor who built our treehouse too. He is one really nice man and he is a master of outbuildings :)

      He doesn’t go on line a whole heck of a lot, but you can reach him on his cell phone : 519-369-8721
      The outhouse is his design. Pretty cool, huh ?

      He also has an outhouse and treehouse on his property. He is known locally as a ‘master tree house builder’ :)

      Don’t ask him if he has any spare sinks sitting around. I already stole them all from him. LOL.

      Cheers !!
      Lynne x

      P.s. You are 20 minutes south of me? Where are you ? We are practically neighbours ! LOL.

  14. Lina says:

    OK…you got my attention! I never thought that I’d be reading a post about a DIY biffy (I googled that) in this day and age! Your blog seems like lots of FUN–love it! =D Also love this font…what is it?

    • Hi Lina !
      This font is called architects daughter. Isn’t it awesome ? I love how simple it is to read and yet still a bit funky and fun. Just like us :)

      Are you near Toronto ? Would you like tickets to the Home show ? Or do I need to fly somewhere in the world and deliver them to you ? Like Barbados. I would be happy to hand deliver them there. :)

      Lynne xx

      • Lina says:

        I agree–fun & funky!!

        For better or for worse, I do live in Toronto. However, should i fly somewhere else to meet you for the tickets? ;) That’d be FUN! But, yes, I’d love some tickets to the Home Show! :)

  15. Kelly says:

    Oh, I love it! It’s so beautiful. Now I would definitely use a place like that..heehee. My son (i know random) watches a cartoon and one of the characters is called “little nutbrown hair” yea..thought that just somehow tied in. Wish I could go to the home show :(

  16. Rachel says:

    Love your blog and the photo apps…hides my bad photographic skills :)
    Am in midst of bathroom renovation–inside not outside!

    • Hi Rachel,
      So happy that you adore photo apps too. They save our butts on photos don’t they ? I adore ‘em.

      I am writing a free ebook right now on photo apps and how to use them, my favourites, and other cool stuff.

      It will be free to my blog subscribers. An exclusive thaaaaang. It should be out next month or sooner if I get my butt in gear :)

      Cheerio !
      Lynne xx

  17. This is the first outhouse I have ever seen that has never scarred me for life. That’s nicer than my main floor washroom that is er, has been on my to fix up list for oh 2 years now.

    I know there’s a good name in there somewhere. Let me have some wine and get back to you!

  18. Janet says:

    “The Oval Office”
    You’re welcome. Ha ha
    It really is the most beautiful outhouse I have ever seen (or smelled). Stunning. And that’s not a word i would use for an outhouse every day :)

    • Ah Schmanks Janet !

      You may be the only person in the comment list that has actually witnessed the oval office outhouse experience first hand.

      Who knew that an outhouse could be kinda fun ? :)

      Get back here ! *tapping fingers , tapping toes *

      xx

  19. Tunde says:

    You are so creative! Love it!

    • Thanks Tunde,
      Now I need to learn some photography skills. You know how to rock the photography world. I wish that could rub off on me. LOL.

      You aren’t far…. time for a treehouse visit this summer and a *photo shoot * :) ?

      Ohhh hells yah.

      Lynne xx

  20. Kristen says:

    Lynn, I really liked yesterdays post about an epic childhood. It brought back many memories and it was fun to read all the others posts that were added. It makes me wish our kids could have had the childhood I had.
    Love your blog :)

    • Thanks Kristen !

      I don’t normally do back-to-back blog posts but I had a time constraint for the free tickets. ha !

      Wasn’t that fun tho? I had so much fun reading through everyones memories too. It sparked new ones. What a TRIP down memory lane !

      We are the baby boomers :)

      Lynne xx

  21. Suzanne says:

    Your outhouse is beautiful, just give it a french name, everything sounds better in french. Maybe salon du nature, or something like that.

    • Good thinkin’ Suzzzzz ! Another blog reader Tracey added a link to a list of outhouse names too. I added them into the blog post. What a hoot !

      Salon du Nature may just get painted on the outhouse porch this summer :)

      Lynne x

  22. Michelle Clark says:

    Hi, I liked your Facebook page Love the human eating scarf lol and love the ikea hacking!

    • Hi Michelle !
      You know… that knit body cocoon gave me nightmares. LOL.

      The DIY with an Ikea hack will be epic when I post it. You won’t believe how gorgeous it looks.

      Quick… get to Ikea and buy a couple of knit throw blankets. Cool stuff will be happenin’ soon :)

  23. Kevin R says:

    Hi Lynne,
    I have followed your instructions to the T !!! Hope you have a good day !
    Rgds,
    Kevin.

  24. gema kochovski says:

    Hi!!! I just liked you on Facebook. That is some awesome outhouse you’ve designed!! Wow!! There are so many pretty aspects to it. I love the stained glass the most and what a great way to keep the toilet paper covered up! What is your favourite margarita??

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