Customise your playhouse with a creative coat of paint, not only keeping the kids happy but ensuring it's protected from the elements.shop all playhouses
Preparing to paint
- Before painting, sand down any rough areas of wood and seal any cracks to ensure moisture stays out
- New wood should be painted as soon as possible to avoid any possible damage to it
- Firstly paint your playhouse with a wood preserver or primer to protect it from the elements and to ensure your paint work lasts longer and applies more evenly
- Spend some time getting creative with colour to make it more exciting, make sure you use weatherproof paint or stain, get your child to help choose the colours of paint
- Make sure you cover all areas with paint, don't miss any of the little nooks and crannies
- Top tip: paint from the top of the playhouse down, the door should be the last thing painted
Note: all treatments should be EN71 compliant wherever possible
What you'll need
- Use a primer specifically designed for outdoor use - many products can be used both inside and out but alway check the label and manufacturer's instructions.
- Exterior satins and glosses
- Use a primer fist when using satin and gloss paints. Some products, including Dulux Weathershield Exterior Glosses and Satins, and Ronseal 7 Year Wood Paint don't need an undercoat. Check the manufacturer's instructions.
- Exterior wood stain
- Wood stain is available in a wide range of colours. It's simple to use, either brush or spray on. There's no need to use a primer and your playhouse will be fully protected from the elements. The Cuprinol Garden Shades range is available in 25 colours, a further 26 can be mixed in-store, beautiful long lasting colour to suit every taste!
What you'll need
Exterior decorating ideas
- Paint the door and frame separate contrasting colours and the window ledge a different colour from the window frame for a quirky feel
- Paint the doors and windows a different colour to the rest of the house; see how we've made this a feature on our Blooma playhut
- Use old plates and cups to create different sized polka dots. Why not use different colours and paint them on a plain coloured background
- Camouflage - simple works best. Draw large uncomplicated sections freehand before painting. Take a painting-by-numbers approach and dab different sections with which colour you will paint them before you begin. For a traditional look use greens and browns. Express your creativity by mixing this up with different colours. See how we've decorated our command post in shades of blue and white
- Create your own stencils from old cardboard to add flowers, animals or other designs
What you'll need
Interior decorating ideas
- Why not paint the inside of the playhouse, or maybe add a simple wallpaper border to inject some colour
- Top tip: when decorating the interior walls ensure you use a light colour paint to brighten the room up and keep it light for as long as possible on summer days
- Create a theme around your child's tastes and decorate it in this way - e.g. princess, pirates, animals, army, etc. Whatever they like!
- Create a homely feel by adding blankets, rugs, beanbags and cushions to the floor and curtains in the windows
- Decorate the walls with your child's own artwork
- Use battery operated lights to add sparkle
- Fill it with their favourite toys! Why not add children's play appliances like a pretend oven & washing machine to make it a home of their own
- Add some child sized furniture for a finishing touch