A couple of years ago we purchased a custom built playhouse at our kids’ school auction. Growing up, I always wanted a playhouse. I remember getting a cardboard playhouse at Christmas and we played with it until it would no longer stand. With our kids’ ages spanning from eight to one, we knew they would not only love it, but there would be many years of memories made together. We have been patiently waiting for our move so we could surprise our kids with their own playhouse and I am excited to take you through the build process, and today we are starting with the outdoor playhouse plans we used!
The paint featured in this outdoor playhouse plans post was sponsored by Sherwin-Williams, however, all opinions are my own.
We started this journey by settling on the perfect plans. We wanted this house to be versatile in use. Whether it was a tea party, or a nerf gun fort, we wanted both our boys and girls to be able to enjoy this for years to come. I can say that in the few weeks since was completed, it’s been used for both and more!
For the most part, these exact plans were used, however, when we first met with the contractor we asked him if he could modify the original plans with a few special touches. First, we wanted to raise the ceiling to eight feet, so our kids could enjoy it longer and my husband and I could also join in the fun. We also added working windows so the playhouse could be enjoyed (mostly) year round and I love that they came with screens to keep the bugs at a minimum during the summer months! I also wanted to forgo the porch railing so the house would resemble the dream home we plan to build in the coming years.
With the addition of lights on either side of the door, we will eventually run wiring for electricity this fall and once I find the right light, we plan to add a small chandelier in the center of the roof so we have an interior light as well. I’ve also asked for an outlet to be added to the back, so we can plan for Christmas lights later this year. You know we have to have Christmas lights and a few wreaths on this sweet little house!
So with these requests, they got started. Our yard is primarily flat, but there is a grade so they started the process by adding cement blocks to level the floor frame. I plan to add a small garden area next spring to hide the cement blocks and so we have a fun opportunity to teach the kids about planting and maintaining a garden.
Next, they built the front and back wall and the right and left wall frame. They modified the plans to accommodate for the window sizes I found at Lowe’s. I ordered picture windows for the sides (they came in just three days!), and working windows for the front. We’ve all agreed that if we were to do this again, we’d have working windows on the side as well to provide for better ventilation. Lesson learned! 🙂
They then added the four columns on the front porch and installed the windows which really helped define the little house. I watched in amazement as they built the roof in pretty much one day, and the next day they added black shingles. I was so impressed by the crew working with the contractor, Kevin Carson from Carson Designs. I’m thankful they would donate an item like this to benefit our school. They built a solid house that will hold up to many years of play!
The last step was to create the door. Another item I plan to order in the future is an actual real door that can last longer and help with insulation in the colder months. But the door they created is perfect for now!
When thinking through paint colors, we wanted to paint it a neutral color so our boys would feel comfortable playing in it with their friends, but as I mentioned earlier, we also wanted the playhouse to resemble the house we plan to build in the coming years. We went with Sherwin-Williams paint and used their Emerald Exterior Latex Paint in the color Pure White. I love the Pure White color because it’s literally a pure white, but it’s not too bright on eyes in the sun. It’s a crisp white, and it looks SO good with the contrast of the black shingles, the black sconces and lanterns we used for decoration, and the black planters we found for either side of the doors.
My husband handled the painting and I was so pleased with how it turned out! He taped off the windows with plastic and he borrowed a sprayer from a friend. It really made the entire process easy and we were so pleased with the high quality of the paint. He started with a coat of primer and finished with two coats of the Pure White paint. After three weeks of heavy play, and hot temperatures, I’m happy to report the paint is holding up very well and still looks as good as when it was painted!
Is that not the most adorable little playhouse you’ve ever seen? I hope you love these outdoor playhouse plans as much as we do! I love waking up on Saturday mornings to hearing my big kids outside playing in their playhouse and it makes my heart so happy to know they will be able to enjoy this for years to come! Be sure to come back tomorrow for the before and after of our playset install, and I’ll have one final post to show you how we decorated it all. I literally can’t wait to take you on a tour of the inside! Here’s a handy pin to save these outdoor playhouse plans for later, thanks so much for stopping by today!