One of the most fun projects that I get to do are these Little Tikes Playhouse Makeover Challenges with Homes.com! What starts out as a plastic playhouse with no personality turns into a custom playhouse that any little kid would love to play with. This is the third installment of the “Crafting for Charity” event in which I participated (click to see my cobblestone playhouse and my holiday-theme buffalo check playhouse!). I won both previous $750 prizes that were donated to a local homeless shelter in Maryland. I’m hoping to pull a third win this time around, as well!
This round, myself and two other bloggers are battling it out with a Spring theme. Only, this time there are a few conditions:
- We must creatively use Easter eggs.
- We must include some kind of “lawn art.”
- And we must have a flower box or some sort of flower bed.
After a little bit of stenciling and creativity, the playhouse turned out fantastic!
One of my most favorite colors is Duck Egg. I’ve painted many pieces of furniture in this color over the years and it has always turned out amazing. It had the “spring vibe” I was going for, especially with the stencil!
But first, I wanted to lightly sand (with 220-grit sandpaper) and prime each piece of the playhouse. I wanted the best adhesion possible so that this playhouse would last and be more resistant to scratches and nicks.
Once the primer was dry, I added a coat of the chalk paint. While that dried, I painted the door. I also mixed in a bit of white so that I could lighten up the brown paint to use for the bricks.
Next, I stenciled white paint over the Duck Egg blue, which is my favorite look! This stencil I have used for many projects around the house and I knew it would be perfect for a spring look for the playhouse. It was challenging stenciling round the doorways and in the narrow parts, but I tried to keep it as steady and flat as possible!
I absolutely LOVE pink and happened to have some on-hand for my project. I went with a baby pink spray paint for the windows and for the roof, I went with a more vibrant pink.
I added a punch of Spring color with a yellow mailbox! At first, I thought black would work, but it didn’t do anything for the overall “Spring” feel I was going for. So I switched to yellow and loved the way it worked with the colors!
I also lugged home a cable reel from my electric wiring class and turned it into a table. Things like this simply get tossed out in my classroom. So when one of my classmates took the last of the conductors off of this spool, I saved it from the trash bin. I saw it sitting in my garage and knew it would be perfect to make a little table for the playhouse! It got a coat of pink, too!
We were supposed to creatively use Easter eggs so I had found a large plastic egg for $5.00, along with some small styrofoam eggs. The large egg got turned into a lamp with holes driled in it (and a string of battery-operated lights placed inside).
The plastic egg looks soooo cool as a lamp! This is what it looks like lit up, without spray paint. The strand of lights illuminated the entire egg and I loved the way it glowed! The only problem with leaving it its original plastic is that there are a lot of rough edges that, when viewed in the daylight, look a bit more unsightly.
So I sanded the plastic egg lamp with 220-grit sandpaper then spray painted it. It does make the plastic opaque so it won’t glow as much, but it looks better because all the plastic circles are smooth. Either way, it looks pretty cool in the dark!
The Styrofoam eggs got cut in half with my scroll saw and hot glued to the edge of the table top.
By the way, I had cut a new piece of plywood for the top of the cable reel and wanted to hide the seams. I had attached it with Velcro (which helped the top not be so wobbly), then painted it white, and painted the sides pink to match the body.
The eggs were a fun way to add an accent to the table, but also hide the wide seam of the new upcycled cable-reel-turned-table!
And lastly, we needed to include a flower box. I wasn’t sure what I was going to make, when I realized that I had previously made pegboard boxes that resembled a perfect playhouse flower box! And wouldn’t you know that they were stenciled, too?! I couldn’t believe my luck.
I drilled two holes, screwed the new flower box to the front, and added some faux plants.
Overall, this was such a fun project! The weather was fantastic and allowed me to get outside during the coronavirus shut-in. It was also relaxing taking my mind off of all that is going on in the world and just focus on making this playhouse pretty!