I have been dying to get my daughter a playhouse because she wants to be outside all of the time. I started looking around at what is available and noticed that most of the second hand playhouses are a bit old and shabby looking. I decided that if I was going to give her a playhouse I wanted it to be one I’d be proud to have in my yard. This will help you give life back to an old outdoor playhouse allowing for hours of fun in a bright space that won’t be an eyesore.


  • 1 Little Tikes Playhouse, or similar
  • 7 Cans of Rust-Oleum spray paint


  1. Break playhouse down in to pieces. The shutters and doors will come out and the walls and roof all come apart.
  2. Clean pieces with soap and water, allow to thoroughly dry, I let mine sit overnight.
  3. You can then start painting the house. I did a light brown for the roof, beachy pink for the door and shutters, an aqua for the outside, light green for the top half of the inside and white for below the chair rail to add some definition to the interior. You'll need to spray paint one side at a time, giving 1-2 coats per colour.
  4. Allow the first side to dry for at least 24 hours before turning the piece over to do the other side.
  5. Once you have finished painting all of the pieces let the paint sit for 7 days to completely cure otherwise you will be chipping off paint when you reassemble the house.
  6. Reassemble your house and position in the yard, we've found under a tree works wonders to keep it from getting too hot in the summer.


You can find these old playhouses for $50 in online classifieds, it's amazing how much better they look with a fresh coat of paint.
You can even add a little picket fence and flowers to give them their own complete home, we'll be adding this next year when our daughter will be old enough to help tend to the plants.

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Sarah is a first time mum from America adjusting to life overseas and as a new mum.

Author's webpage/blog: Cool kids abroad

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  • That turned out so well! Great job and how much fun is that going to be for your little one to play in – such a bonus!


  • The makeover looks wonderful, well done!


  • Looks great, well done and thanks for sharing!


  • Great makeover, will keep in mind thanks for sharing


  • Oh wow it looks brand new! Kudos to you guys for doing such an amazing clean up job


  • New lick of paint and it looks as good as new.


  • What a great idea


  • Clever idea to re-use. We were given a wooden cubby house by another family so were lucky in that instance. We also passed it onto another family when my son outgrew it.


  • Good job, this looks good


  • Fantastic idea


  • I like your way of thinking! Cheap and used but looks a million bucks and brand new


  • Awesome looking! Very clever idea that I really like.


  • Great idea to make something old new again!


  • So you just buy a second hand play house and paint it? I like it, such a quick and easy fix up


  • It’s great what a little paint can do


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