May 27th, 2014

Playhouse Makeover with Paint

Parenthood can sometimes mean putting up with a few decor faux pas for the sake of our littles’ enjoyment. While this is sometimes unavoidable (I’m looking at you, ever-growing pile of toys in the living room!), there is no reason to take it lying down! This is a perfect example of where a little bit of a paint and a grown-up color scheme can totally transform a look without taking away from its intended function.

Case in point: a wood playhouse that I knew my daughter would love, but would most definitely clash with the rest of my backyard and personal sense of style. Armed with Glidden exterior paint and a favorite color scheme of mine (Emerald in Semi Gloss for the door; White and Black in Flat for the walls and roof), the playhouse went from schoolhouse classic to fabulously chic. Bonus: Because exterior paint protects from sun and weather damage as well as preventing mildew, painting it will actually extend the life of the playhouse.

I started by giving the door three solid coats since I wanted that to look its brightest. The exterior walls got a quick double coat of white while the roof was treated with a flat black. It only took a few hours of work but now I love looking at it—instead of an eyesore it’s a garden feature!

The key to transforming the playhouse was using a grown up color palette—black and white—with just a pop of pretty in the form of a bright emerald green door. I would love this color scheme just as much on an entire house so it was the perfect solution to make the playhouse more visually appealing without sacrificing any of the fun for my daughter.

Once the painting was complete, a few accessories were added to complete the house and it was ready to go. I think it’s time for a toddler housewarming!


I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.