Playful little playhouse

I'm so great at this blogging thing, I should totally rebrand & do this for a living.......is a lie I just told myself.

Has it really been months?  It's becoming a trend that I would've forgotten my Blogger login if it weren't for Google Chrome ('sup, dude).

Quinn.  Oh my firecracker.  With each passing day, I'm more aware that in just mere months our girl will be starting preschool.  It feels like it was just yesterday when we welcomed her to the world.  I'm grateful that I've had the chance to have her by my side almost every day; I don't take that for granted.  So I'm trying to be present in the moment which means limiting my blog reading & Instagram time (oddly freeing).  My pixie girl's growing & more independent....this will all be an adjustment.


Or maybe I'll be running thru the hills, twirling in circles with arms wide open, music swelling & cameras panning around me, singing "I'm freeee!"
Probably maybe.

In other news, I've given Quinn's old playhouse a little makeover.  Last summer, we got her one of those plastic playhouses from Craigslist (even though Craigslist makes me nervous these days, anyone else?).  It's not one of those charming wooden playhouses like Stefani's but you know, nothing says "We love you, kid!" like a piece of bright plastic.
My plan was to spruce it all up somehow to give it some charm.  So many people out there have spraypainted these plastic playhouses that I had lots of inspiration to piggyback from.   The first one I ever noted was my blog buddy Emily's sleek playhouse makeover.  As for the color scheme, I blatantly copied Jenny's (again with the charming wooden playhouse!).  Hey, when I copy someone, I give that person full credit at least ;-) #selfless


The window box (actually just a plastic liner) was a bit tricky to attach, being that everything's plastic.  The Mr. rigged it by threading nylon straps thru the drainage holes (creating a harness for the window box) & securing the whole thing by knotting it around the window frame.  It's not exactly pretty but it's sturdy/hopefully kid-proof.  Adirondack edging was chosen for the "picket fence" because I was afraid the kids were going to impale themselves on the picket fence edging that was my first choice.

The mailbox is attached on its underside by strips of heavy duty velcro.  I still need to rust-proof it with a coat of clear sealant or something. ETA: Mailbox found here

She's a critter catcher.
P.S. Many thanks to Rhoda of Southern Hospitality for featuring our home on her illustrious blog!  Rhoda, your kind words & lovely readers brought me much cheer, thanks so much for having me :-)

43 comments:

  1. Miss you girl! The playhouse is adorable. Our girls had the very same one (the "plain" version) years ago!! Those things are indestructable.

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    1. Miss you back, L! Thank you! Love that your girls had the same one, too. Indestructable indeed. As much as the wooden ones are adorable, can't argue with how low maintenance the plastic ones are!

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  2. so much about this makes me happy! Thank gosh for our text sessions, or I'd be in horrible FC withdrawals! But seeing that adorable Q, and I forgive you the long blog absences! This playhouse, that girl, you, and this post make me insanely happy! xoxoxo

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  3. I always smile when I see your name pop up with a new post. Oh my Q's new playhouse is so cute and I love the front door color, so pretty! This totally makes me want a mom playhouse, where I can escape and drink lots of wine! lol

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    1. Thank you, friend :-) Sometimes I feel a bit of a fraud in the current world of blogging. Things are moving so fast, I'm not worthy! ;-) I'm just grateful that you still drop by; that means a lot!

      And lol, maybe Q will let us crash the playhouse for our own mommys' time out haha!

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  4. I love the color scheme and hope your kiddo gets as much joy out of it as mine are! Thanks for the mention! :)
    Adorable as always!

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  5. This is awesome. My mom just brought home a house just like this and now we must paint it to be like Quinn's. She's such a trendsetter.

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  6. That is so adorable & you are very welcome!! Love your writing style,

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  7. How adorable is this!?? It's so cute! I'm totally jealous of Quinn's digs and of the fact that she still naps.

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    1. Thanks lady! Maybe she'll let you & I use her cotttage for our party pad (aka we'll drink wine there & hide from the kids).

      I'm surprised she's still napping! Probably making up for not napping the first two years of her life. I'm also surprised she hasn't climbed out of her crib yet (probaby just jinxed it). Trying to keep her in her prison, errr I mean crib, for as long as possible ;-)

      xoxo

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  8. Can I come visit Quinn's cottage? It's adorable. Love the flower box and the mailbox and the non-impaling picket fence ;) And when did Quinn get so tall? She's definitely looking like a preschooler 😔

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  9. Um, for real? Thanks for showing me what we should "get" Nell for her birthday. Well done, friend. Well done.

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  10. This is ADORABLE! I've never really wanted to buy one of these for my girls...until now. And I want to exactly copy yours. Looks so darling!

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  11. Stop it, how is she so big already? I'm not going to be able to handle this "growing" phenomenon once my kid pops out.

    http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

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  12. This is so cute! I should really try spraying some of Ashford's ugly plastic stuff.

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    1. Paint ALL the plaaaaasssstic!!!!!

      Hope you're well, sexypants :-)

      xo

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  13. What a lucky little girl!!! Quinn's new pad is awesome. Love the window box and mail box. Especially love that she's a critter catcher :) Sam brought me over his first bug catch of the season. Won't be long before he's bringing home frogs.

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  14. Quinn is absolutely the cutest and so is her clubhouse. What am awesome idea to repaint it!!!! Hope all is well girl, miss you!

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  15. OMG! Love this! Where did you source the mailbox? Seems too perfectly sized to be standard issue.

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    1. Thank you! I forgot to link to the mailbox, sorry! Here it is:
      http://www.amazon.com/Hampton-Art-Mailbox-Medium-Black/dp/B00J3NP18Q/ref=pd_sim_201_8?ie=UTF8&refRID=0R1AK0E5A8A5YMZYQ3SB

      It's definitely not weather resistant/meant to be outside but I've sprayed it with a protective coat (Rustoleum) so hopefully it'll prevent it from rusting too much. It does dent easily but that's ok with us.

      :-)

      xo

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  16. I might actually play in this playhouse. Well done, friend!

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  17. OMG this is one chic ass playhouse. I love it, and Quinn is just a little ball of cute perfection.!!

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  18. I need to do this. More for me, less for Theron. Ha! I scoped out one in my neighbors' garage the other day and totally wanted to ask them, "Hey...are you using that...can I buy it off you?" Not weird at all, right? And if this does become a reality I'm totally using this color scheme. Thank you very much. MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!

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  19. How cute!! I LOVED Stephani's playhouse too, Santa straight up copied that for our house last year. I (I mean he...) added a mint door instead of green also.

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  20. You both are the cutest, for realz. And ps I immediately pinned this because, well itssofreakingcute. Maybe we should start a "hi I blog once a month if that" club? We could really be the spokeswomen for that slow blogging movement? You know what, these babies will only be babies once, QT with them is WAY more important! Plus that makes me REALLY excited when you do pop up in my feed! Lots of love! - Mic

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  21. Did you paint the body of the house? Love the color scheme and the way it turned out!

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  22. This is great. How has the paint held up over the summer? Also, would you mind sharing pictures and what you did with the inside? The one we bought from a friend has the stickers all removed so we would like to paint the clock face and such. But I would love to get inspiration from yours.

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    1. The paint has held up beautifully over the summer! Even through lots of rain & hail.

      Sadly we haven't done anything to the inside. The previous owner was so nice to have ordered new stickers for the clock face & stove, etc so we've just left it as is. :-)

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  23. Curious how much you paid for yours on craigslist (if you remember & don't mind sharing). I am finding that brand new they are like $500-700, and so on craigslist people are still trying to get $250. I'm hoping I can find a cheaper one! Another random question- how tall is Quinn? My daughter is pretty tall, so that's another factor I'm thinking of (how long will she be able to use it? ha). THANK YOU!

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    1. No prob! We paid $180 for ours (not too bad for the Denver area which tends to overprice Craigslist stuff) about a year ago. I know some of the playhouses out there are shorter but the doorway to ours is about 4 ft tall, & the roof peak is a couple of feet higher than that. Quinn's pretty tall for her age & we've had 5 yr olds play in there with plenty of head room!

      Hope this helps!!

      xo

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  24. Is the roof/shutters brown or black?

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  25. How is the paint holding up to the elements? Also did you just use 1 can each? I have this exact "cottage" im going to use different colors but was curious how much to get.. nothing worse than having to throw the little one back into the car and get more paint! Also did you do take the "cottage" apart or did you paint It together? Final question any prep work?

    Thanks so much in advance!!

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    1. Hi Kate!

      I used 2.5 cans for the roof & shutters (I did NOT spray the underside of the roof, but did spray both sides of the shutters). About half a can for the door. The doorknob took just a tiny amount of the lacquer spraypaint.

      We were able to remove the roof & one set of shutters...but the door & other set of shutters wouldn't budge so I just taped plastic over the surrounding playhouse parts to protect them from spraypaint over-spray. I think all the playhouse pieces should be removeable, but ours is an old one from craigslist that's probably too warped by the elements.

      No prep work other than hosing down the pieces to be spraypainted & letting them dry thoroughly before painting.

      It's all held up to a full year of Colorado sun, hail, rain really well. There are a couple of spots on the roof I need to do paint touch-ups on (from hail damage) but it's not that bad.

      Hope this helps!

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    2. Oh and it's held up to our blizzards of course :-)

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  26. This is adorable! I bought the same house at a yard sale and fell in love with your color scheme! I bought the colors off amazon and cannot wait to see how it turns out. Curious as to how well the paint has held up- I am not sure what year you completed this project!

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    1. Hi Carrie
      Thank you for your kind words; I'm excited for your project!
      It's been just over one year & it's held up to the Colorado sun, hail, rain, & blizzards really well. There are a couple of spots on the roof I need to do paint touch-ups on (from hail damage) but it's not too bad. It can withstand when we've hosed it down (definitely DO NOT use a pressure washer though as it will strip the spraypaint right off).
      Hope this helps & hope you have fun with yours!
      xo

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  27. Hello! Like many of the other people here I have to do this to my daughters playhouse!! I was wondering how you painted the inside? I wasnt going to do to much but mine needs a little sprucing. Just looking for some inspiration!!
    Thanks,
    Kate :)

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    1. Thanks so much for dropping by & for the kind words, Kate! I didn't spruce up the inside of the playhouse other than hanging a chalk/magnet board & adding some kitchen toys. I think my creativity had run out by then ;-)

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  28. Thanks for responding so quickly! I was able to take the stove off so I'm painting it :) I ordered a couple new stickers and things from step 2! I'm about half way through the project Im so pleased with everything so far!! Thanks for your tutorial!!!!

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  29. Hey there, Just wanted to say thanks again my daughters house turned out amazing!! I even did a cozy coupe to match ots parked right next to the house :) Thanks!!!!!

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    1. Oh yay I'm so happy your daughter's playhouse turned out amazing! I love hearing that. The cozy coupe is the perfect touch! Lucky girl!! :-)

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