Give your playhouse a makeover with spraypaint

Give your playhouse an easy makeover with a little spraypaint! {Heather's Handmade Life}
Want to know a secret? I’m a terrible spray-painter who really, really likes to have things spray-painted.
I have quite a talent for spotting inspiring photos on Pinterest, rushing to the home improvement store to buy cans of spray paint, taping off a project, and beginning to spray it. But things go downhill quickly when the nozzle starts to clog and the paint drips.

Luckily, my husband is well aware of my spray-painting shortcomings, and steps in during the height of my frustration to finish up the project.

That’s pretty much what happened in this case. Last winter, we’d purchased a plastic playhouse on Kijiji for $40, but it was faded from years of being left out in the elements — plus, the colours were kind of gross.

One of my pet peeves — other than the phrase “pet peeve” — is kiddie gear in ugly colours. I understand that manufacturers want to make brightly-coloured items that appeal to children, but sometimes they are WAY off the mark in terms of what actually looks good.

I jokingly call our backyard “a Little Tikes wasteland” because of the plastic toys everywhere, but I knew this playhouse could be different. I wanted it to match our house — and our newly-painted shed — by giving it beige siding, a brown roof, and a bright red door.

Here’s what I did …

  • I loaded up a shopping cart with cans of Krylon Fusion for Plastic spray paint — three cans of beige, two cans of brown, and one can of red. This paint actually has a picture of an outdoor playhouse on the front, which confirmed I was getting the right type.
  • I hosed down the playhouse to remove the dirt (and spiders), and dried it off with some old towels. Then I unscrewed the roof panels to make them easier to paint. I was hoping more of the house would come apart — like the doors and shutters — but no such luck.
  • I sat the house and the roof panels on a plastic drop-cloth in the backyard, but then I learned the hard way that it was far too windy for outdoor spray-painting. So I dragged everything into the shed, and started applying a coat of beige to the “siding” of the playhouse.
  • The wind had died down at this point, so I was able to spread the roof panels on the grass and spray them outside. The shiny, rich shade of brown made it look like the roof was made of chocolate bars!
  • Once the beige was dry, I headed back into the shed for the detail work. I taped sheets of newspaper all around the windows and doorway, and just left the blue shutters and the door exposed. The red paint seemed runnier than the beige, and it was hard to get good coverage. This is the point where my handy, patient husband stepped in to finish the job — thanks, Babe! He screwed the playhouse roof back on when everything was dry, and “we” were done.

Our kids have a blast playing in this cute little house. To our daughter, it’s a restaurant where she serves ice cream, Diet Coke, and “hot tea” through the windows. To our son, it’s his shed — a serious building full of tools, just like Daddy’s shed.

Me? I’m barely holding myself back from buying another playhouse on Kijiji, just for the satisfaction of having another tiny matching building in our yard! Maybe we could have a little village of them?

Here’s our “Before” shot, with my little cuties inside! As you can see, the playhouse was very faded and weathered. It needed to be freshened up! (Plus, I wanted it to match our house, of course)
Darling Husband unscrewed the roof, and I gathered up my gear (four cans of beige Krylon plastic spraypaint for the house, two cans of brown for the roof, and one can of red for the door and shutters — we’re painting our own front door red this summer, so … how cute will that be?!)
Because the roof was a nice flat surface, the paint went on beautifully. One can was almost enough!
We took turns spraying the walls beige — inside and out — and the paint seemed to go on streaky, but it dried fine.
Last came the red shutters and front door!
Home, sweet home!
D was thrilled with the change. He kept saying “Paint da house! Ooh, nice!”

Give your playhouse an easy makeover with a little spraypaint! {Heather's Handmade Life}


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4 Comments on “Give your playhouse a makeover with spraypaint

  1. We used Krylon spraypaint that's designed for outdoor plastic use, Pamela! It even has a picture of a playhouse right on the can, so it's easy to spot.


  2. Looks amazing! Did you notice the paint coming off at all? I just got bright yellow little tikes chairs that need a bit of love but I’m afraid the paint wont last that long with kids sitting on them 🙂


    • The paint is designed to stick to plastic, so it held up really well. We don’t have the playhouse anymore, but it was in good shape when we sold it. Few areas where the paint wore off, but overall excellent.


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