Call it spring cleaning, but we’re checking off the boxes next to some long outstanding projects this week in Ciburbanity Land. Today’s post: the refurbished playhouse.
Ever since we visited my parents last year for Easter (setting into motion our realization that outdoor space, ahem the suburbs, might actually be a nice move for our family), I’ve wanted a playhouse. But… playhouses are expense-a-rama. At first I thought I’d just build one. And this was my plan until… I saw this cutie pie on Craigslist:
It’s not the ritziest of playhouses and it’s certainly smaller than anything I would have built, but… it’s the right scale for the yard. It was WAY affordable (even with the cost of the Uhaul thrown in) and it didn’t require any construction… only fixing up. And I like myself a fixer upper. (Here’s the brand new version on Amazon… the price has fluctuated a bit, and it’s pretty inexpensive right now.)
Mark picked it up this fall and we barely had time to spray paint the roof (Eleanor’s color choice: Rustoleum’s Ultra Cover Brilliant Blue in gloss finish ) and spray the exterior before the temps got too cold for painting. I have this spray gun and used exterior latex paint in plain white and it took maybe an hour.
So there it sat all winter looking moderately loved, but still somewhat dejected and sad.
Until recently. Bulbs are blooming, birds are singing, sidewalk chalk is being eaten and the playhouse was ready for its closeup. Here’s what I had left on my makeover agenda:
- paint the inside
- sew new curtains
- add some fun house-like details
- repair a few loose screws
- mulch the inside floor to make it cozier and less muddy
- include some fun finishing touches
Done, done and DONE!
Painting the inside was a royal pain without the spray gun, but for lack of a full hazmat suit, I didn’t want to be spraying in such a confined space… I had to use a brush for the whole thing and there were lots of little nooks and crannies. Ugh. I touched up the hot/ cold knobs with spray paint I had leftover from some other projects.
Using the old curtains as templates, I sewed some new ones with outdoor fabric I grabbed at the discount fabric warehouse up the road.
I replaced the old worn knobs with these new spray painted wooden ones and included a hook on each window to keep them from swinging open with every little gust of wind.
The front door got a makeover with a new knocker and lucky #6 house number.
Inside, I found this old phone at the flea market for $5 and thought the kids could make some long distance calls for take-out from their new digs.
This old rubber mat from our Brooklyn patio got a facelift with the matching blue spray paint. I also saw this striped one at Pier 1 and together they provide a touch of comfort inside Chez Ciburbanity 2.0.
I thought some exterior lights would be adorbs, and saw ones like these (sold individually) at Home Depot that are solar powered LED. They’re meant to be in the ground, but the stakes unscrew so I could hang them from the sides. Plant hangers were too thick to fit the dainty little loop on the lamps, so I used small shelf brackets with an S hook. I mean, that’s cute, right?!
A few more finishing touches and we finally have a fun, functional and fixed up playhouse for the kids to enjoy!
The kids cannot get enough of it. Today while Oliver was at school, Eleanor spent most of the morning out there prepping meals, making phone calls… the life of a fairy homemaker is always under-appreciated.
Another shot of the before and after so you can appreciate the beauty of a little paint and decoration!
Phew, how good does it feel to FINALLY finish a project that has lingered all winter?! Any fun projects you all are working on? Dish!
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