Transform any plastic playhouse into a stunning cottage with spray paint! you won’t believe the before picture of this little Tikes Playhouse makeover!
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When Homes.com challenged us to compete against two other creative bloggers for a charity event to create the “ultimate Little Tikes playhouse makeover,” we were in! Our kids grew up on their products, just like we’re sure yours have…. except my oldest baby just got her drivers license this week so long gone are the days of cute plastic toys to play on. I’m glad I have this for future grands! 😉
Check out the “before” playhouse…
…and the “after!”
I’m gearing up for a new dark roof on our own home so it was fun to play with colors on this little cottage to see how we liked the color scheme. We’re, of course, partial to pink front doors but thought this pretty beachy blue would be fun for either gender!
How to Paint a PLASTIC Playhouse
Read on for the full step-by-step on how to paint a plastic playhouse. Leave any further clarifications or questions you have in the comments– we’d love to hear from you! 🙂
Supplies to PAint a plastic playhouse
We first made a run to our local hardware store and grabbed spray primer, the five colors we wanted to use (black shutters, charcoal roof, white house, aqua door + gold finishes) and polished off shopping with an online purchase of a gold bell and a glass knob to put on the door.
We’ve linked our supplies on both Amazon and Home Depot for you, depending on where you shop.
We used Rustoleum’s 2X line and had great luck with it. Be sure you use spray paint that says PLASTIC on it.
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- Spray Primer x 1 can (just for the door)
- Plastic Friendly Spray Paint: 5 cans: body = 2 cans, roof = 2 cans, door = 1 can
- Spray Sealer x2
Spray Paint Colors Used to paint plastic PLAYHOUSE
- Gray Roof: Granite
- Black Shutters: Canyon Black
- Blue Doors: Ocean Mist
- White Interior/Exterior: White
Does it matter which sheen (finish) you use to paint the playhouse? No it’s a personal preference. We used a semi-gloss so it can be wiped down easier.
How to paint little tikes plastic PLAYHOUSE COTTAGE
TAKE PLAYHOUSE APART. Whether you’re painting a new plastic playhouse in the box OR a used/put together plastic playhouse, your first step is to take it apart as it’s MUCH easier to paint each piece individually versus taping off sections. (Note: we strongly advise against taping off over fresh paint on plastic as the tape WILL pull the paint off.)
CLEAN THE PLAYHOUSE. Prior to painting, make sure the plastic is clean; if it’s been outdoors, remove all loose dust by spraying it down the towel drying or letting the sun dry it out.
LAY EACH PIECE ONTO A CANVAS DROP CLOTH. Once completely dry (paint will not stick to wet plastic) lay each piece of the playhouse in sections onto a canvas drop cloth. Note: a plastic drop cloth will peel off paint so we highly suggest using a canvas drop cloth … we may or may not have learned this from experience if you saw our Instagram stories, LOL!
USE A PLASTIC FRIENDLY SPRAY PAINT. Make 100% sure your spray paint is meant for PLASTIC. It’s meant to adhere specifically to plastic and is also meant to withstand the great outdoors. Don’t skimp on this step.
PRIME THE DOOR. If you’re using our same model playhouse, there’s no need to prime the whole house, just the door. The door is made of a slightly different plastic and is extra slick so definitely prime both sides of the door and allow to dry according to the can’s directions before spray painting your final color. If you’re unsure of the plastic materials in your house, take the extra step and prime. No need to sand beforehand but priming will just add to your final lasting effects.
SPRAY PAINT. Once primer is dry, paint your pieces the color of your choosing. For this particular makeover, we spray painted the roof charcoal gray, the exterior (and interior) white, the door aqua blue, the shutters black then the flag pole and new knob gold, as pictured.
LET DRY FOR 24 HOURS BEFORE SEALING. After 24 hours of dry time, we spray sealed the whole house (2 coats) for added durability. We did 4 coats on the door as it gets the most use and for this particular make/model of a playhouse, the doors chip easily. Plan for a few touch-ups after putting the door on as it will likely rub off here and there despite 2 coats of primer, 2 coats of paint, and 4 coats of sealant. Dang doors!
ACCESSORIZE! Once all of the paint was sealed, we accessorized this cutie. We added a blingy cabinet pull to the doors vs. a traditional doorknob then drilled holes next to the doorway to hang a bell. Plop a flag in and you’re done!
Accessories to Dress Up Little Tikes Painted Playhouse
We couldn’t help ourselves when it came to accessories! We grabbed majority of these goodies at Target (throw pillows, toys, faux cactus, and layered doormats) but sources are below for the other fun accents:
- Glass Knob (Hobby Lobby)
- Metal Bell (Amazon)
- Home Mat (Target)
- Pink Rug (Target)
- Fake Cactus (Target)
- Dollies: Pillowfort Line (Target)
This little cottage is SO fun for kids of any age and a total must-have in your yard! Kristi’s 3-year-old was in heaven simply playing with dollies but the possibilities are endless… using the cottage as a post office with the mail slot, a lemonade stand with the open door to serve drinks and treats out of, or as a schoolhouse, and etc. It is nice to fill the growing imagination of little ones with this now stylish painted playhouse!
PLEASE PIN so your friend’s can dress up a plastic playhouse, too!
We are so grateful for the attention this little makeover has gotten… featured twice on Country Living’s Instagram was a total surprise and made our whole year! 🙂
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Here she is all decked out for Valentine’s Day… including a fresh coat of paint! (Cause you know, the door chips a LOT.)
We LOVE seeing your playhouse makeovers!
Do what they did, tag us! Or be sure to leave a comment with a link so we can share!