The Playhouse Makeover: Before


This weekend I snagged this amazing kid’s playhouse on Craigslist. I’m beyond excited about how we are going to transform it and our backyard. Hooray, me!

Introducing The Playhouse

Often times I have insomnia and while I’m waiting to fall asleep I scour my favorite Craiglist app, called Daily for Craigslist for deals. It’s how two years ago we snagged our Pottery Barn outdoor sectional for $1,100 originally $5,000 as well as a handful of other awesome household goods. This spring, I broke down and purchased new replacement cushions for our outdoor sectional in navy blue. The cushions were originally in a stone color. Stone is not a good cushion color if you have pets. I tried everything I could to salvage then even going so far as to try and dye them a dark blue uneventfully. Three weeks in and the dark navy sectional cushions are holding up to kids, an Airedale terrier and a couple who wants nothing more than to sip wine on their patio.


Earlier this week I stumbled upon this super cute pink kid’s playhouse and after some back and forth we were able to bring it home. Fortunately for us the family who owned the playhouse lived in our neighborhood. We literally had to move and relocate the playhouse just a couple blocks. All told the process took an hour, a truck, trailer and 5 guys to move the playhouse, removing the fence panel and transport to our yard. I can’t wait to start the transformation process both inside and out.


The playhouse is in need of a fresh coat of paint inside and out as well as some personal updates. You can see from the picture below that we are extremely light on indoor space. We will be repainting and refreshing the inside of the playhouse while focusing on organization. In addition to doing some serious time garage saling, I am eagerly awaiting an ikea order where we purchased the following:

  • Ribba Picture Ledge. I can’t wait to try this one out. Looking forward to decorating with an assortment of cute plastic plates and pictures. (Click here)
  • Norberg Wall-mounted Drop Leaf Table. The width of the house is 50 inches. The drop leaf table provides Ryleigh a creative art and playspace that also allows for her to camp out in her house for the night. (Click here)
  • Fintorp Rail and Hooks. I first used the hook, rail and pail kitchen organization system from ikea in my art organization station in my formal dining room. The rail, pails and hooks will provide Ryleigh both flexible and fun options to store her crayons, paints and other playhouse necessities along the wall making the most of the small space. (Click here)

The plan is to paint the exterior a nice forest green and deep pink for the trim. I’m painting the indoor a nice fresh coat of white paint and re-using pints of paint of deep blue, purple and bright pink from our frozen bathroom renovation.  We’re adding a deck and small patio. I’m hoping to snag a deal on some kid’s outdoor furniture soon. Additionally, we will be adding a secret shade garden behind the house. Ryleigh and I can’t wait to get started later this week.

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