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.

Notes... 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.

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  • I love refurbishing second hand things. I also love including my kids in it as I think it’s great they learn that you can often recycle something old into something new.


  • Thank you so much for sharing! This looks wonderful! I can’t wait to try it! :D


  • A nice way to personalise your find.


  • Oh this is amazing!!!


  • gee, who’da thought you could paint plastic – well done!


  • cheers for posting this by the way. this is a great way to up-cycle


  • The outcome looks fantastic!


  • What a fantastic upcycling idea… I will be on the lookout for some old playhouses to fix up!


  • Oh wow, that came up looking fantastic! Brilliant idea if you have more then one child, you can do it up for each one


  • It’s great to see things given a new lease on life.


  • I saw a Trike plastic car in a council cleanup that was badly faded but seemed to be still intake…going to go for a walk tomorrow to see if it is still there! Thanks!


  • Well done, looks awesome.. so cheery and bright. All the very best to you and your little one.


  • I’m on this project now…. its already looking so cute


  • I thought these were made from a type of plastic. If so, Is the paint going to adhere to it of its own accord? Is one coat enough to protect the surface

    • That’s why you need to use the Rust-Oleum spray paint, it sticks to the plastic which other spray paints wouldn’t. I think it would depend on what colours you’re painting if you need to do more than one coat, I thought I’d need more but one has turned out perfectly so far, it covered the original colour perfectly and has held up for a few months so far.

      • I’ll have to ask our local hardware store for that brand of paint!

      • that sounds like the paint did the job though. the playhouse looks really good and bright now. this has given me ideas :)

      • That’s good to know, thanks for this!


  • I didnt realise you could spray paint these! Looks great!


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