Transform a Little Girls Playhouse with Rust-Oleum
Every little girl wants to have her own playhouse, but they don't always come in a choice of colours, so here's how you can use spray paint for a quick and easy makeover.
Image credit: Rachelle Waugh
Spray paint is great for giving many items a makeover and in this feature we look at how a plastic playhouse was transformed using Rust-Oleum 2X UltraCover spray paint in pink and white.
Plastic playhouses are wonderful for outdoor play for both boys and girls, but they don't give you an option to choose on what colours you want and they can look a bit less colourful after a couple of years in the hot sun. If your child has a plastic playhouse in need of a makeover, or perhaps you want your child to fall in love with it again, here's how to do it the easy way with spray paint.
YOU WILL NEED:
Rust-Oleum 2X UltraCover or Universal spray paint in your choice of colours
Heavy-duty cleaner or sugar soap
1. Take the playhouse apart so that you can wash (and spray paint) all the individual pieces. You want to wash every piece nice and clean and remove all traces or grease or grime, as these will only spoil the paint finish. I recommend using a heavy-duty cleaner or sugar soap and warm water to wash down all the sections. Also make sure to dry all the pieces properly.
2. Put down some drop cloths so that you can place the individual sections on these. Remember that for this project there are two colours and each colour will be done separately.
GOOD TO KNOW: Check the weather before you do this project. If it is a hot day, find a shady spot in the garden or garage to set up for spray painting. Don't paint if it is wet or rain is on the way. If it's a very windy day, rather do this project in your garage so prevent leaves and debris from sticking to the paint and spoiling your project.
3. Before applying the first colour, shake the can well and then shake again. You should also shake the can while you are using it.
4. Stand about 30 centimetres away from the project and spray on light, even strokes from left to right, or vice-versa. The strokes should overlap slightly. Be careful not to spray on too thickly as this will result in runs.
5. Let each coat dry for the recommended time, or until dry to touch, before applying a second coat.
6. Once you have finished on one side, flip over the repeat the process on the other side.
GOOD TO KNOW: While the paint dries to touch quickly, don't assemble the playhouse for a couple of days just to let the paint dry thoroughly.