Thursday, May 24, 2012

Little Tikes Extreme Playhouse Makeover

Okay, really how can you not love Craiglist!?  Well, I have been stalking looking for some Little Tikes/Step2 outdoor toys {slide, pool, playhouse, etc} for Bellamy recently because this mommy just cannot see spending hundreds on something new that will only look like I bought it on Craigslist after one year of being outside.

Well, I actually found all of the outdoor toys I was looking for, but I will show you those later. So a few weeks ago I came across an add that had a Little Tikes climb cube with slide and Little Tikes playhouse for $40 and I could resist, so my dad hitched up the trailer and we headed out with Bellamy to pick up this stuff.

This is what the playhouse looks like but picture taken from Apartment Therapy
Everything was filthy and I knew I could clean it up, but as we were spraying everything down, I just kept thinking I should have waited and found a playhouse in a little better condition because this one needed A LOT of TLC {new screws to put the rook back on and it was missing the leg for the table} but my dad said not to worry we could get screws and we can make a new leg or just remove the table, but none of that was making me feel any better about the $20 I felt like I wasted. 

Later that night, I was googling how to repair Little Tikes playhouse and what pops up?!?! .....Little Tikes Playhouse Extreme Makeover!!  OMG!! I could not believe what I saw!! Others had purchases playhouses on Craiglist, cleaned them, and then painted them with spray paint for plastic. Hello, why didn't I think of this before?!

 Here are a few of the Little Tikes Playhouse Extreme Makeovers I found online! So cute, right?
Apartment Therapy

Jon and I decided that we really liked the idea of a brown roof, red door/chimney/shutters, and then a shade green for the

Red door, chimney, and shutters

Green siding
Brown roof
Well, the painting has already begun and I hope to be able to share the big reveal with
you in a few weeks so stay tuned! 

Happy Craigslist shopping!!


AMJ217 said...

We just bought the barn playhouse on CL and it's in need of some TLC. How did you do this? Scrub it first? How long did it take from start to finish? Thanks! I'm excited to hear how you completed it! They look amazing, by the way! Excellent color choices!!!

Anonymous said...

Bought the same Little Tikes Playhouse you have in 1992 and it was used by all four of our children.
Sold it to a neighbor about eight years ago.
We were looking for a used one for our first grandchild who will be one and low & behold that same neighbor left it on their front lawn with a "free" sign.
We brought it back to our yard and twenty two years later it's receiving a home makeover for a new generation!!!