This was a fun 4th of July project my dad and I did one hot and sunny day while I was home. The kid’s playhouse, a 6’ x 8’ cedar building, was in desperate need of new paint. From start to finish, the whole project took about four hours.
1) two gallons of BEHR Premium Plus Ultra® Exterior Paint & Primer in One (for walls and trim)
2) one quart BEHR Premium Plus Ultra® Exterior Paint & Primer in One (for the door)
3) some stiff wire brushes
4) one painting pad
5) a variety of brushes large and small
6) one ladder for reaching the taller areas
7) wasp spray to keep bugs from swarming when we removed their nest
Here’s what we did to get this old playhouse from looking tired and weathered to sharp and sparkly for the 4th of July visitors!
Prep work is a must. The old wood stain needed to be scraped, sanded and brushed off before a new coat of paint could be applied.
Good scraping tools for removing loose paint, stain and debris from the walls and trim.
The playhouse needed some attention. The wood stain finish was peeling and uneven looking. Time for a new coat of red paint!
To get even coverage on the cedar siding, Dad’s favorite tool was a paint pad. It holds a lot of paint and glides smoothly over the surface. Notice how the color looks different in the shade than in the sunlight. Two coats of Spice UL120-2 were applied.
I used an angled brush to get into small corner areas and underneath the board siding.
The buttery gold color on the door draws attention. In bright sunlight, the value of the door and wall color looks lighter than how it appears on the paint swatches. Always test your selections before you paint.
The finished project. What a difference! Any small building or shed can look this terrific with a little time and paint. Earthy red helps a small building stand out in this vibrant green landscape, and makes it more visible in winter snowscapes as well.