What do you do when your own house isn’t ready to be tweaked? You remodel one for your kids! 😆 Ok, so call me crazy, but I have been itching for some tangible projects of my own while we are still in the planning phase for our house. Yes, work is being done, but nothing that I can actually get my own hands on, so it doesn’t feel quite as fulfilling. My parents have a big outdoor space and I decided it’d be fun to give the kids a fun space of their own to enjoy. I hadn’t realized how much I miss having my own space and my own creative projects to work on and see through!
My idea was spurred by a super cute wooden playhouse being sold on Facebook Marketplace. By the time I decided I wanted it, someone else had already scooped it up, so then began my plan and search! I originally was hoping to find something like this, but then I came across a great deal on the Step 2 Welcome Home Playhouse (that retails for over $600 btw) and was inspired by this tutorial I found on Pinterest.
I managed to score the house for $125 AND the woman was even was able to deliver to our house! I am such a believer in purchasing these types of things secondhand. You can save a lot of money and you can almost always find them for sale if you do a little bit of digging. I’ve since seen these playhouses listed on Facebook groups, Next-door and Craigslist, some even for free!
As for the details, here’s what I did and some tips if you want to tackle something similar:
I took apart the playhouse and sprayed and scrubbed to give it a nice cleaning before giving the house a new face-lift. Despite what some other tutorials said, I could not for the life of me seem to remove the door or shutters from the frame, so I taped them as best as I could before spray painting (which btw, was NOT perfect). I used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2x (paint + primer) in gloss. I needed 3 cans of black for the roof and shutters and one can in a turquoise color for the door. I definitely made some mistakes, but luckily discovered that you can clean up the mistakes with some paint thinner.
We had a big space in the yard where my parents had a tree removed, but it’s all dirt and the house doesn’t have a floor. I found these great basic 12×12 pavers for $.98 a piece at Home Depot and used them to create a floor. I bought 36 and it was the perfect size. We also had some leftover bricks that I used to make a walkway and to line the house and create some dimension and height for the planters I bought. I had intended to just use some ground cover to finish the space off, but then I found this picket fence intended for gardens and couldn’t resist!
All in all, I probably spent about $250 between the house and accessories, but I’m so happy with how it turned out and B&B love it too! Step 2 sells replacement stickers online for the interior, so I may do that next, but to be honest, I’d probably be doing that more for me than them. I plan to bring this back with us when we move back home and can’t wait to see what it looks like in our backyard next year. Sure felt good to get a creative project in and am already thinking about what I can do next!