May 5, 2015

The Playhouse Repainted!

Remember last week when I shared Oliver's new (to us) playhouse? It needed a fresh coat of paint and a good scrub, but other than that it was in great shape.

Over the weekend we went to work on it - we were too excited for Oliver to wait! I thought it would take one nap time, about 2-3 hours total, to scrub and spray the whole thing. So of course it actually took about 7 hours over 2 days in 3 different sessions to get the whole thing done because I always underestimate this stuff. It wasn't bad, but I just didn't accurately account for all the required drying time - the drying time after washing it and drying time between paint coats on all the different sides.

I should have taken more pictures of the process, but I became overly focused on just getting the work done. We took the play house apart and I scrubbed every single inch of it with warm soapy water and a big scrub brush. Some parts with extra crevices and mildew buildup needed a second scrub. The roof and cabinet doors cleaned up so well, I decided not to paint them. 

Spray painting was the easy part. I picked out 3 colors - a light aqua/seafoam for the main walls (that were pink), turquoise for the cream accent wall that opens up, and yellow for accents - the door, chairs and flower pots. I was a little lazy and decided to paint the table and kitchen set the same colors as the walls instead of taking it apart, but I liked the idea of simplifying the interior. 

Laying down each side was the most effective way to get all the different angles and the best coverage. I tried painting the walls while they were standing up, but I missed too many spots. I used contractor bags underneath to protect the grass - they are a nice large size, they don't stick to the wet playhouse paint and will eventually end up in the trash anyway. Each playhouse side needed two coats of paint - I used 6 cans of of the light aqua/seafoam for the 3 main walls, 2 cans of turquoise for the accent wall and 1 can of yellow for the accents. If we had painted the roof I think we would have needed another 2 can, maybe 3.

Once everything was dry and had 24 hours to cure, we put the play house back together. 

It was a happy accident that the accent wall turquoise matches our adult-sized turquoise adirondack chairs perfectly. It's so nice when things like that happen. 

I love the way the finished playhouse looks. It looks new again! We are so excited to have it and Oliver absolutely loves playing in it. 


  1. I love it! It looks great!!
    What brand of paint did you use?


    1. Thanks! We used Rustoleum, the one formulated for plastic. The playhouse was already painted once with spray paint so we didn't need primer, though if it hadn't been I probably would have used it.