When we first bought our house, in place of a neglected side yard with overgrown rose bushes, I imagined an area where the kids could play. Not too long after that, out went the rose bushes and in came this amazing tumbled pea gravel that not only reminds me of an English garden, but is tender to bare feet! And under the orange trees, there was a perfect spot for a sweet, little playhouse. I wanted it to be a tiny version of our house, but I didn’t want to start from scratch or break the bank. Enter Costco’s Cedar Summit Stoneycreek Playhouse… I knew this would accomplish the look I was going for– with a few modifications of course (wink, wink)!!
So, about those modifications… yes, I changed some things– imagine that! Here’s a list of these changes (with even more details at the end of the post):
- Instead of the plastic rock board in the front, I opted for a more streamlined look. I added some wood running vertically before I painted the playhouse.
- I added a counter off the right side of the playhouse (because… snack bar!)
- I really wanted the playhouse to feel cozy so I added a floor. This particular playhouse didn’t come with a floor and I thought about just having it sit on the gravel, but ultimately… I really wanted that floor.
- The playhouse actually came with one little (red plastic) window box, but I am all about symmetry so I was on the hunt for some small wooden flower boxes. After some searching, I couldn’t find what I was looking for so, I ended up making these window boxes out of cedar fence boards and added some assorted crawling ivy.
- The playhouse was originally brown with a reddish tint, a stained cedar. I painted the entire playhouse white (2.5 coats later). I spray painted the window frames, the sink fixtures and knobs as well as the doorbell (yes– it has the sweetest doorbell that my kids cannot resist pushing every 10 seconds) with a black satin spray paint. I spray painted the little sink silver satin.
I decided I wanted a high contrast-look for the playhouse and black and white is my favorite way to achieve this. But my go-to is to soften the contrast with organic elements like wood and plants. Having a simple palette really allows for these these elements to take center stage.
On the interior, I wanted a beachy feel but nothing too obvious or overdone. It was a simple addition of starfish, some stripe pillows (Target $5 bin), a rattan rug and a tin sign with the quote, “And forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet and the wind longs to play with your hair…” that pull it all together. And I couldn’t resist the open/closed slate sign for the door and some simple black lanterns (with the third hanging from the ceiling inside the playhouse).
If you are thinking about doing your own playhouse makeover, I would encourage you to take the plunge! I had so much fun building and designing this playhouse! I cannot wait to see the kids turn it into a cafe, a post office, a school, Santa’s workshop…
Here are some more details about the changes I made with a few tips as well:
- Slat wood on the front: I had 6 pieces of wood that measured 1/2″-3/4″ x 2″ x 22″ cut at Home Depot and attached them from the inside with wood screws.
- Snack counter: I had a piece 1″ wood cut to 1′ x 2′ at Home Depot and I talked my husband into rounding the edges and notching out around two small pieces to account for the window frame with his skil saw. After some quick sanding, I attached the counter to the top of the inside shelf using wood screws. I added this corbel underneath to give it extra support.
- The floor: The flooring needed to cover 4′ x 44″. I found wood at Home Depot that was 4′ in length and 12″ in width. Of course that was what they advertise but the wood is never the exact measurements– they are more like 11 1/2″. I just had them cut one board down to 10″ in width so they added up to 44″. I flipped the playhouse over and once I had all the walls stabilized, I attached the floorboards using wood screws.
- Flower boxes: I cut two pieces of cedar fence boards at 1′ and two pieces at 4 & 3/4.” I used a nail gun to assemble to window boxes but you can use a hammer and nails too. I stained these with Early American stain by Miniwax and attached them to the playhouse using a small metal L bracket and wood screws.
- The paint: I used Behr Exterior enamel paint + primer in white with a satin finish. I used black spray paint in satin for the window frames.
- Read all the way through the directions before you start!
- Separate all the screws by putting them in little bowls and label them.
- Lay out every piece of wood with the number on it so you can see it easily. Put pieces of wood with the same number together.
- Pay attention to the little details like pre-cut holes on the directions (like which sides go where), mitered corners and making sure everything lines up perfectly.
- When painting, watch for drips and always do one last sweep to wipe away them all away.
Send me pictures of you playhouse makeover! I would love to see!