Here’s How I DIY’d This Outdoor Wooden Kids Playhouse That I Got for FREE
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Hey, Hip readers! Sara here!
I scored this kids’ playhouse for FREE recently 😱, and I also recently moved to a new house (which I shared over on our Instagram page).
After “over-sharing” some of my recent home projects with my Hip team behind the scenes, I’m so excited to be sharing my journey here with all of you! In my home renovation series (which started with this post!), I’m hoping to share frugal finds, house projects on a budget, tips on decorating for less, and tons of jaw-dropping before and afters! 🎉
But before we take this show inside… I had to kick things off outside by sharing how we flipped our new kids playhouse! 😍 Proof that one person’s junk can be another person’s treasure. 🙌
Except… the kids playhouse used to look like this.
Going for walks around our new neighborhood is one of our favorite things to do after dinner. Come to find out, bulk trash night (which happens once a week here) is quite a time to score freebies… like a kids playhouse! 😱 Who would have thought there was another dreamy place other than Hip2Save to score free stuff?! 😏
When I set my eyes on this beauty, you better believe I propped it up on top of our wagon and enlisted the help of some neighbors to steer it down the street to its new, permanent home. 🤣 My mind was racing with all the possibilities. 🙌
…it’s makeover time! 👏
My first instinct was to either leave it be or go to the extreme and make it Pinterest-worthy, but that costs money and time that I wasn’t anticipating putting into something prior to finding it.
So instead, I took the frugal route to dress it up a little. I asked to borrow a family member’s pressure washer, hoped it’d work, and that our water bill wouldn’t be too high. 😅
I’ll let some of the before & afters speak for themselves…
We didn’t stop there…
Since we hadn’t spent a dime on the playhouse yet, there was plenty of room in the budget to spruce it up even more – I knew that adding some cute & frugal touches would make it perfect!
I took my daughter shopping at the local nursery and let her pick from the BOGO half off flower section. Now she has some live greenery to give her mini home curb appeal and she’s learning some responsibility, too! Plus, we had some leftover brick pavers in the garage from the old owners. Funny, because I never thought we’d use them, but here we are!
Of course, we needed lights, too!
I’m obsessed with moody lights, string lights, tea lights, you name it – they make everything look more dreamy. 🙌😍 We recently shared these battery operated tea lights on our site and I couldn’t be more obsessed with how easy they are to use and they look so great at night (we’re saving them for special occasions 😉).
And since I’ve been dying to hang some string lights, I splurged on these solar string lights at Home Depot to have on all the time. Not exactly Hip2Save, but since they’re solar-powered, I’ll never pay to have them on again! 👏
As if our “Welcome to the Neighborhood” wasn’t enough, the neighbors getting rid of their kids’ playhouse told us to come back that weekend for the deck platform it’s sitting on (another score!) and they gave us a can of Varathane. Not only did the pressure washer do an amazing job, but now we’ll have a well-protected kids’ playhouse for years to come…
…all for the price of FREE! 😱
As you can see my daughter is thrilled with her little house and momma is even more thrilled with the price! She doesn’t waste any time in the morning running out in her jammies and grabbing the first pair of shoes she finds (aka, her older brother’s slides, haha!)
Overall, we spent about $60 total on this project (the majority being the splurge on solar lights) and it felt so good to put materials we already had to good use (the tea lights and brick pavers). We didn’t spend a ton of time on the inside, just pressure washed it a little, added some more fresh flowers, and the curb appeal to the outside of the house speaks for itself! We spent a fraction of the price we would have paid to buy a brand new playhouse!
Needless to say, I’m addicted to going for walks with the wagon on trash night. 🤣
Stay tuned for the next episode of Sara’s Home Renovation Series when I take things INSIDE! 👏
Repurpose your trash with these incredible hacks Lina shared.