When I was a tinier girl, I had a friend with a two-story, fully-decorated playhouse in her backyard. It was incredible. I still want it thirty years later! Too bad my carpentry skills are so limited.
Emmie spied this playhouse at Goodwill a few weeks ago and would not leave it alone. I’m not usually one to put hulking pieces of plastic in my yard, but I put high value on anything that will keep her entertained outside. I decided to go for it. With my mom’s senior discount, it was $53. Our backyard is pretty much dominated by our two big dogs. The only place I could realistically put the house was in the side yard. Our sump pump drains there also, and it is always muddy. It was not an ideal situation. I needed a creative solution, not only to make the muddy area hospitable, but also to make the plastic house look a little less hideous. I decided to make the playhouse match our house as best I could. I took the roof off completely and spray painted it black. Then with huge amounts of tape and newspaper covering areas I didn’t want painted, I spray painted the outside of the house green. I added a battery operated doorbell, a flag, a vinyl tablecloth, and a flowerpot for fun. To solve the sump pump issue, I decided to create a little creek bed to work with the water. I bought about $6 worth of pebbles from Home Depot, dug a sloping trench, and added a few larger rocks I found around the yard. Emmie loves it when the water comes gushing out of the pipe, and now it’s a “water feature” instead of a puddle. At least that’s what I’ve been telling myself. As a finishing touch, I filled a broken wagon we had in the garage with some sand to use as a sandbox. Emmie mostly just picks up handfuls of sand and deposits them in the little creek. She doesn’t quite get it yet. Here she is, playing in her little house. Even though it’s not a two-story dreamhouse, it makes her pretty happy.