Monday, June 25, 2018

Costco Playground Makeover

After returning home from deployment, my husband was able to take a couple weeks off. It was so much fun to spend all of that time together after being apart for so long. One of the things we did during his time off, was a playground makeover.

I had seen a couple ideas on IG of playground makeovers by Kirsten Krason and Jan Scarpino that are so amazing and had me totally wanting to make a custom playground for my kiddos. I thought for sure that I would pitch the idea to my husband and he would roll his eyes and say no way, but he was the exact opposite- SUPER EXCITED about it.
We headed to Costco and picked up the Cedar Summit Lookout Lodge playground set. It wasn't everything that I wanted in a playground set, and I really hated the green canopy, but my husband thought he may be able to make it into something I would love, so we bought it. (Plus it was $999 which was considerably less than the $1400 one that I had my eye on.) 
 We got it home and started making plans. We had leftover paint from when we built our home 3 years ago in our basement so that was covered. After a stop to Lowes for some extra wood to create the pergola instead of the canopy, we were good to go. 

We started by building the main "house part" that would be gray. Next, we primed it with Kilz primer. I am not gonna lie, about midway through painting the primer by hand I was second guessing myself and our decision to paint the playhouse. Holy Moly! It was a lot of work just to build the playhouse- plus painting it all was so much work. After we primed the main part, we got wise and used a paint sprayer for the rest of the main playhouse. 

Like I said, we used our leftover  Sherwin Williams Outdoor paint that our builder used on our home. 
(Gray: SW Dovetail Gray, White: SW Snowbound, Blue Door: SW Delicate Delia, Black Roof: Tricorn Black)
After we got the main part of the playhouse painted, we figured out which pieces would be the "deck and pergola" pieces and primed and painted each piece separated in our garage since the weather turned bad. There were a handful of  random pieces that needed to be painted gray as well. Then we primed and pained the roof black, and primed and painted the door blue.  All in all, we used one coat of primer and then two coats of exterior paint on every bit of the playground. I also used black spray paint to paint the door hinges and handle.
My husband made some adjustments to the construction of the "deck and canopy" portion of the playhouse and added the pergola he designed instead. It turned out even better than I thought it would. I was a little nervous that we would get it built and it would look like the pergola didn't mesh well with the overall playground design, but I totally think it looks like it was meant to be that way all along. He did such a great job!
I opted to leave off the clock and telescope, just because I wanted a more clean, fresh look. I didn't want to put on the plastic grill/sink but my husband and kiddos made an executive decision when I was out running errands one day.... haha! After some rain storms and the sink constantly full of yucky water, I may sneak out there and remove it when they aren't looking. 

All in all, I am just so happy with how it turned out. I love that it matches our house perfectly and that it isn't an eyesore in our backyard. In my little fantasy world, I would totally string lights on it and add a wreath and flower box to the window, but for now, I'm restraining myself and realizing that after all- it is just a playground. Maybe one day though. ;)

Thanks for stopping by! Hope this little project sparks some fun ideas. It's amazing what a little elbow grease and paint can do!

Have a great day!
xoxo, Ashley