Adjusting A Children's Playhouse
A children’s playhouse can be customized in many ways to keep it sturdy and looking new. With a few minor adjustments, it is easy to change the theme of your current playhouse, whether for decorative or maintenance reasons.
Adding accessories is the easiest way to change the appearance of a playhouse or its design without making any major structural changes. For starters, accessories are easy to find and can be very inexpensive. There is a wide range of accessories, including playhouse furniture, dress-up trunks, rugs and wall decorations that can be used to alter the décor.
Painting the Walls
Outdoor playhouses tend to be more expansive than their indoor counterparts. Such structures are usually made of wood that is susceptible to climatic conditions. To protect the outer wood and to update the appearance of the playhouse, occasionally add a new later of paint. Use complementary wallpaper on the inside walls for maintaining the overall theme.
A plastic roof can quickly change the appearance of playhouse. It can be painted to match the appearance of the walls, and the underside of the roof can be used as a stable base for hanging small flower pots or other indoor decorations. A plastic roof will also protect the interior from sunlight, water and other elemental damage.
If you want to change the appearance of the windows for a Victorian-era styling, try adding embroidered curtains. Along the windows, cultivate fast-growing plants like clematis to add a greener and personalized feel to the playhouse.
Small carpets matching the fabric and the color of the window curtains can also create a cozier feel inside the playhouse.
Flooring often needs minor tuning, as it tends to get worn-out with increased traffic. It is also susceptible to spills of various kinds and tracked-in moisture that could make it less durable. To ensure that flooring remains useful:
- Use rust-proof, galvanized screws for repairing the deck boards.
- Ensure that the nails do not stick-out. This could harm the children and compromise the strength of the boards. Hammer in the screws, and then secure them using a power driver.
- Lay down a tightly-spread plastic sheet to avoid any kind of mold growth or staining, particularly during the wet months and when eating inside the playhouse
The decking of the playhouse tends to begin squeaking after repeated use, as the boards begin to dry out. This also leads to a stability-related problem: dry wood tends to loosen the screws, which then causes small cracks to develop along the wooden surfaces.
To prevent this, use small, used bits of roofing felt called tar paper. Use staples to tack together small strips along the flooring and the roofing joists.