Every little girl needs a playhouse. My wife Jamie has talked about her childhood playhouse and I’ve always wanted to give my daughter Madison the opportunity to have those same memories. When I was designing this playhouse I wanted to make it durable and easy to transport. Well, as easy as a playhouse could be to transport. Keeping those things in mind, I still wanted it to be cute for our little girl but not too girly so that our little boy could play in it too.

While the design of the playhouse was a big deal to us, so was the color and exterior paint. Not only do we love the colors that we chose for this project, it is great knowing that PPG’s Manor Hall Exterior Paint will protect our playhouse for years to come. And it helps that it’s dirt resistant. To see more about the planning for this playhouse check out our planning post. On to the plans!

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How to build a Playhouse

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DIY Playhouse Plans - Step 9






Paint and Transform!

With all that building out of the way now we can paint and transform this dull structure into an amazing playhouse for our kids. We went with PPG Paints Manor Hall Exterior paint for superior durability.


With the paint colors picked out it was time to get started painting. We started with the interior and floor paint first in which we painted with the Gypsum color. Then we painted the exterior with a nice subtle aqua color called Sea Pearl. Finally, we painted the Chalkboard and the flower boxes with the color Silver Strawberry.



This was our first time using PPG Paint and we found it to be a great product. Lucky for you, our friends at PPG have offered up a pretty sweet coupon on their paint. $10 off any purchase of $25 or more AND you get a free quart for a color sample.


Questions? Comments?

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!

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  • James Holland

    How much did this cost? Awesome job on this Jamison! We are SO doing this!!!

    • Thanks James! I estimate the cost to be around $800.

  • Ted

    Great video, cool project. Would this work well as a tree house plan? It seems a little heavy. How would you lighten the load?

    • I think it would depend on the tree. It is fairly heavy, but I’m not sure where you could really cut out any material.

  • Brittany Wise

    This turned out adorable! And she looks so happy to be in her new playhouse. Nicely done!

  • Firesun07

    Awesome Build Guy’s!! Great Job.

  • Eva Sosa Wathen

    Yup i love it too but when i saw the cost of materials …i wigged out…I did not imagine it would cost that much but hey what do i know…i love it none the less…it will make a lot of little girls happy out there…

    • Thanks Eva. Yea the price of playhouses are pretty staggering. For a small plastic one you may be able to get away with a few hundred for a wooden one that’s built to last and this size, you could be anywhere from a grand and up.

  • Dmitri Karpov

    Great job! I love your plans, not too many steps and very straightfarward. What software do you use?

  • Joel Campbell

    Love the playhouse! On my list to build once the spring comes 🙂 Any chance you’re going to detail out the inside build too?

  • Michael Sheridan

    I used the left over lumber from a construction site near my house. Took me 5 days and 40 hours do this job solo. My girls love it. I modified the roof right to 6′ due to HOA.

    Thanks for your plan!