Project Playhouse- Step One Complete

As I’ve already mentioned in a recent post, we have been keeping our eyes peeled for an elevated wooden playhouse for E. I have spent a fair few hours trawling the web to try to seek out a ‘shed on stilts’ but struggled to find anything under £200 which was worth the money.

Last week Paul somehow found the perfect playhouse which needed some work but was fairly priced and was being sold locally. After some serious sweating and swearing my Father in Law and Hubby managed to move said ‘shed on stilts’ from just around the corner to our back garden.

It may not be perfect but with some work I am fairly sure that we can transform this glorified shed into a playhouse fit for a princess (our princess to be precise).

Here is how it looked on day one after being dismantled, thrown into the back of a trailer, wiped down, nailed back together and placed in our back garden.

Project Playhouse- Step One Complete
After perusing Pinterest I came across a few ideas for painting and decorating playhouses, mostly in either duck egg blue or pastel pink, both of which looked lovely.

Some Online Ideas & Inspirations

E however had other ideas, our little pink princess wanted brash and bright (pink of course), none of that pastel rubbish… We considered painting it pale pink and pretending there was no other option but why bother painting a playhouse at all unless it’s to your child’s tastes? We therefore headed to the local DIY store and picked up some tins of Barbie Pink Wood Paint, we have since made a start on ‘Project Playhouse’ by giving the whole thing a single coat of pink and accenting the balcony and door in white.

Step One Complete

Project Playhouse- Step One Complete
We are yet to paint the back stilts in white and then apply a second coat to the whole shebang. Once that is done we will also slap some white paint on the window slats and accent the diamond thingy on the V of the roof in pink.

We discussed the idea of doing stripes and having alternative colours but we thought it might look a little garish and so stuck to block colours, which may well be fairly garish too but sod it, so long as E is happy who gives a flying flamingo (a bright pink flamingo that would be).

We will paint the interior of the playhouse white and add some carpet if we can find a small square of pink carpet going spare. I also plan to make some pink bunting to hang outside of the house, to add some pink lantern LED lights for a cute effect in the evening, maybe get a pink plant pot or two to tart up the balcony with and then finish it off by painting a large pink flower on the door and throwing some accessories inside the house for ‘inside outdoor play’.

There is loads to be done but we have made a start and I’m fairly confident that Project Playhouse will be a success given time, effort and beer.

A Cornish Mum


  1. June 6, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Ok, it’s looks a bit in your face girly, but it still looks fab. Let’s just hope her best friends aren’t boys! It’s one way of keeping them out.

    I wish we’d got N a playhouse with a slide off instead of a climbing frame/swings/slide, because he rarely uses it, but the playhouse at after school club he absolutely loves.

    • June 6, 2016 / 8:32 pm

      It’ll be nicer once it’s finished

  2. June 6, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    Oh wow what a transformation! It looks amazing and I love the pink 🙂

  3. June 8, 2016 / 12:36 am

    It’s looking fab! My little boy has a smaller – lower level one in blue and white and it looks so pretty in the garden

    Cat x

    • June 8, 2016 / 1:14 am

      Once we have finished the pink playhouse we plan to paint the garden shed blue and white… We will look like Balamory lol!

  4. June 9, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    Love it! Yes it is very flamingo but it’s perfect. Are you keeping the hinges and handles on the door black? I love how they stand out against the pink and white x

  5. June 10, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    It looks lovely… I think the paint make it more inviting. I’m sure the kids would have loads of fun in there. #PicknMix

  6. June 10, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    This looks amazing. We really want to build J a play house but we just havnt got round to it yet.

  7. June 13, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    It looks absolutely lovely, what a difference the paint has made. Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    • June 13, 2016 / 8:19 pm

      There’s more paint yet to come

  8. June 14, 2016 / 8:25 am

    Wow, it looks great! Can’t wait to see what it looks like once it is completely finished 🙂 If we ever get a back garden, I want to build a playhouse for Little D ) x #TuesdayTreasures

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:32 am

      My friend has done an even better one this week and I’m going to borrow some
      Of her interior ideas

  9. August 9, 2016 / 10:06 am

    Soooo cute!! I would have loved to have one of these when i was younger!

    • August 9, 2016 / 10:30 am

      Thanks Lee-Anne they love it

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