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!

  • Sebastian Senday

    Hello hopefully you can help me out here. I’ve been wanting 5o build my daughter’s a play house for a while now and I came across this one you guys have and love the look of it. So I’m somewhat new to DIY and not to sure about products to buy and the cheapest route. I’ve got most things at decent price except the decking board which for some reason I can only find that measurement at home depot for the 16 for about 450 and is kind of pricy wanting to know if there might be a cheaper route on that, hell I might even be looking wrong but I’d greatly appreciate it if you can help me out

  • Sebastian Senday

    So I’m building this for my daughter for Christmas hopefully it get done by then but here’s my progress

  • Travis Little

    So I am putting this on 4×4 posts 6 feet in the air, above a sandbox. Posts are in the ground with 18″ in concrete.
    Any thoughts on issues with weight on top? So far I built it pretty well to to the design but a few inches narrower.

  • Travis Little

    Looks like it works so far!

    • Travis Little
      • JamesAZ

        Great job…
        Apparently you don’t have concerns from high winds… Is this just sitting on the ground or is it anchored (if anchored please describe)… Thanks… Again job well done…

        • Travis Little

          Adding a slide to one end as well. Will post the final pic.

          I am thinking the concrete, sandbox, and assist with the wind. But I don’t think I would want my kids in it during a severe thunderstorm.