A wooden playhouse is an essential in any garden during the summer, an attractive feature that will provide endless hours of fun the children. We have a range of pre-painted playhouses available to fit in with any garden style; if you really want something unique and special for your children, however, decorating a wooden playhouse yourself is a simple and fun task that can have fantastic results.
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When deciding on how to decorate your wooden playhouse the possibilities are as limitless as your imagination; the best way is to come up with a clear plan, visualising what you want the final product to look like; then think about how to achieve this. Will you use paints? Stickers? Stencils? Or go for a more natural look with varnish or clear wood stain treatments? Also consider any extras like lighting or furniture and how they will fit in to the decorating scheme.
Whatever you plan to do with your wooden playhouse, the first step is preparing all of the surfaces. Sand down any rough areas to make even application of paint or stain easier, and seal any cracks to ensure there will be no moisture issues later on. If it’s being kept outdoors, wood should be painted as soon as possible to provide the best protection from the elements.
Start with an undercoat of wood preserver or primer, ensuring that you choose one which is suitable for outdoor protection. This will make your playhouse last even longer and will make the surface smooth and easier to apply an even coat of paint to. Give the undercoat 24 hours to dry, then you’ll be ready to paint!
Choose good quality, weatherproof paints which are designed for outdoor use and follow the instructions on the tin with regards to primers, undercoats and general product use. If you’re opting for a wood stain, pick a colour that complements the natural tone of the wood and decide whether you want to use a brush or spray system.
Start at the top of your playhouse and work down, leaving the door until last. This way any drips and drops of paint won’t leave permanent marks. Work methodically through each area, ensuring that you don’t miss even the smallest corner spots. Painting the door and window frames a different colour will give a stylish, traditional look; if you opt to paint the inside as well go for a light colour to increase brightness.
Once finished, leave to dry for 24 hours; after this you can decide whether a second coat is needed to further bring out colour, or get straight on with adding the additional decorations.
Once you’ve got the initial layer of paint down on all surfaces you can really start to unleash your creativity. Use cups, and plates or other hard edged objects as stencils to create simple patterns, or make cardboard cut outs for more complex designs like flowers or animals.
Camouflage patterns are another simple idea that will be great fun for the kids to paint, you can mark out sections freehand and work on a ‘colour by numbers’ approach. Choose plain greens and browns for the usual look, or go wild with some bold and bright colours to create something that really stands out.
Keeping the brightness on the inside is very important, but a simple wallpaper border could inject a bit of colour, or just decorate the walls with your child’s artwork.
The finishing touches are what will really make your playhouse; think about adding some furniture, table chairs or beanbags and other items such as a vase for flowers or a welcome mat. If your playhouse is close enough to a power supply fairy lights make an excellent final touch, otherwise various battery operated lighting options are available to add that extra sparkle.
Decorating a wooden playhouse is a fantastically fun project for all the family to participate in; the finished product will provide fun and diversion for years to come; the only limit is your imagination.