Creative Ideas and Tips for Painting a Child’s Playhouse
Did you have a playhouse when you were a kid? If you didn’t we can bet you probably would have loved one and we’re sure your child would love one, too! Today we’re sharing some basic tips for building and painting a child’s playhouse, as well as creative inspiration for making it one-of-a-kind.
1. Choose a style. How you decide to paint a child’s playhouse can have a significant impact on the overall look and feel. If you are going for a “log cabin” inspired look, all you really need is a good stain on both the inside and outside to give you that cozy, rustic feel. ECOS Paints (our “brother” company) WoodShield Stain would be perfect for the job and is totally child safe and non-toxic. For a “Victorian” inspired playhouse, you’re going to have to be thoughtful about color choices. Start by painting all of the trim and accents a bright white, and then use a bold and expressive color for the main portion of the house (such as pink or navy blue). If you choose to build something more like a fort, then go with dusky shades of brown and green to help camouflage the structure.
2. Sand down those edges. Be sure to sand down the playhouse’s edges and corners to ensure a smooth surface that will look better in the end -- and protect your little one from splinters.
3. Prime before painting. Since playhouses have to endure wear and tear from weather, be sure to apply primer to your surfaces before painting to give extra durability. We suggest using ECOS Paints Universal Primer. It’s totally non-toxic**.
**Conforms to ASTMD-4236, specifically concerning oral toxicity, skin irritation and respiratory effects.
4. Go light on the inside. Since playhouses don’t have electricity (usually), use light colors to help open up the space and reflect the natural light. Dark colors tend to absorb light and make space feel smaller.
5. Get creative. How about painting a wall or two with chalkboard paint? Your kids will have total freedom on what to draw or design on the inside. We suggest using Lullaby Paints Chalkboard Paint that comes in any color you wish.
Check out some creative playhouse ideas below!
Source: ZeroEnergy Design
Source: Liliput Playhomes
Source: Fyne’s Designs
Source: Posh Tots
Ready to get started? Order your free color samples today so you and your child can start picking out colors. Let us know in the comments if you have any questions -- and share some pictures of your finished project to inspire other parents, too!