Little Tikes Playhouse Makeover

Little Tikes playhouses have been around for decades and, man, some of them including ours, look it! They’re a super popular items with the kids at our daycare.

This plastic playhouse makeover has been on my list for a few months because it needs some TLC and this past week my cousins and I made the final touches. 

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What I used?

Estimating how much I needed was a little bit tricky because spray paint is hard to gauge! If the day is windy, the paint can go everywhere and you do not get as much from the cans, so it’s important to pick a good day to paint. I also hunted several blogs that had used spray paint to guess how much I would need. Here’s what I used:

  • 3 cans of the Rustoleum Painters Touch 2x Ultra Spa Blue
  • 2 cans of the Rustoleum Painter Touch 2x Dark Walnut
  • 3 cans of Rustoleum Painter Touch 2x Blossom White
  • 1 Sanding blocks 80-120 grit

Here are the next steps I took to start the painting process:

1. Taking the house apart

The first thing was to take the playhouse apart. These plastic houses snap apart and I took off the roof (two pieces), some shutters and the doors. I attempted to take the door handle off but I couldn’t, that’ll have to wait until the end of the summer.

2. Scrubbing and Sanding

I pressured washed the playhouse to get all the dirt off because the house was covered in mud from the rain, and grime from years of play.  I then scrubbed it and pressure washed it one last time.

Once everything was dry I grabbed some sanding blocks and lightly sanded every part to get some old paint off.  The house had been previously painted and I wanted to make sure nothing would flake or chip off. Sanding the plastic lightly made the surface a bit easier for the primer and paint to adhere to. 

Once the sanding was done, I wiped everything down with a towel so that there was no dust. Laid everything down on painting mats where I wanted to paint.

Note: When you lay things down you want to make sure your paint isn’t drying in direct sunlight because it can affect how the paint sticks. I pained under a tree and our roof.

3. Start Spray Painting!

I started with very Light Coats of spray painting and left everything to dry for at least an house before I gave it another coat.

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I began with the roof, roof, door, and then the window panels. Order doesn’t matter but it was exciting to see the big pieces in a new color.

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The plastic playhouse makeover was easier than I ever expected! It took time but the colors built up beautifully!