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Monday, June 27, 2016

Ten Ideas for a Playhouse Exterior

When fixing up a playhouse - don't forget the exterior!  Pretty much anything you can do to add curb appeal to your house - you can do with a playhouse on a smaller scale.  Here are the ideas I gathered when planning for #HadleysPlayhouse.

Here is the before picture:

1. Porch
I used a simple landscaping paver as a porch.  Something similar to this:

2. Shutters
Shutters add wonderful charm and are an easy way to add an architectural element to the exterior.  You can make faux shutters with just three vertical boards with two horizontal boards across.

3.  Mailbox
Adds curb appeal and fun for the little one - any mail they get should definitely be delivered to their playhouse!

4. Window Box
This is a must - it adds so much charm!  Along with this remember to get a little watering can and remind little ones to take care of their flowers.  I got brackets to mount the window box.  It came a natural wood color and I spray painted it white.

Look at that pretty face!!

5. Sconce Lights
I found fairly inexpensive solar powered sconce lights on Amazon - the small size that would mount to the wall were pretty hard to find.  The ones I found really didn't work well, but they were just the right size and added tons of charm, so I decided to keep them.

6. Landscaping
As with each of these - it can be as simple or elaborate as you would like.  You could add shrubbery and flower beds around the entire house.  I chose to add a couple of potted boxwoods in front of the house.  Boxwoods are very sturdy and can survive without much water and they stay green all year round.

7. House Numbers
This is something I didn't get around to - but I saw the idea somewhere and loved it - take your address and add ½ to it.

8. Wreath
I almost forgot about a wreath for the door until my mom asked if I had something planned for it - a miniature of whatever you have on your door is adorable.  Or a wreath that matches the season.  Or one that the kids helped make.  Or a colorful one.  Or one that matches the theme of the interior (which is the idea I went with).  You can see all about how I made it here.  I had the thought that if I glued some moulding to the door before painting, it would give it more character, but I let that idea go.  The pin below shows you what I mean.

9. Picket Fence
I saw some little white fencing for flower beds at Menards that I was really tempted to get!

10. Outdoor Furniture - kid-sized of course!

In the same theme as the interior which you can read about here I kept the outside simple, clean and modern, but I love all the charm and character these simple additions added to #HadleysPlayhouse !!

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