This spring and summer have been rough in the Midwest. Record rainfall and crazy winds have been even more noticeable as we are spending our first year in the country.
Not much to block the extreme weather.
And unfortunately, the insane winds took Henry’s playhouse for a ride a few months ago. I found it in about a dozen pieces one morning. I thought it was a goner.
However, some of the pieces of the house were worse for wear after its flight, so I needed to clean it up. Enter paint – my favorite quick and cheap way to bring new life to anything. (Don’t hold still in my house. You may get painted.)
I decided to use this as an opportunity to try out colors I’m considering for our “real house” exterior. Ryan and I have tentatively decided to go for an aqua/green/blue. Something a little different.
So, I tried a few colors and landed on Behr MARQUEE Cascade Green. (These colors all look so similar but had completely different feels when they were on the house.)
I also decided to paint the front door black, which helps the color feel less wild. I really would like to have the energy to paint or stain the roof a gray/black, but that seems like a lot of work (I’d have to be really careful on the edges to get around.) So for now, it’s going to stay cedar.
Henry actually loves painting. LOVES. Which means I usually paint when he’s asleep or away. Because he is the messiest painter on earth. (Gets that from his momma.) It takes four days of baths to get rid of all that paint on him.
But this time, I gave the little monster a paint brush and let him do his thing. It’s his playhouse, after all. He only lasts about 15 minutes anyhow before he’s distracted by something with wheels.
To finish the full makeover (ha! I crack myself up even calling it that), I added an old wreath that was literally lying in the grass, surrounded by weeds. And then I attached this cute cow head I purchased from my friend Ashley at ItsASchmollWorld on Etsy. I actually have another identical cow in our kitchen and planned to give this one away as a gift. But Henry is obsessed with cows so it went here instead.
Henry named him “cow.” Quite an imagination, that one.
Full parental disclosure – Henry was NOT pleased with the change. He is typically not pleased with changes made to his “things.”
He loved painting and didn’t seem to really notice that the color was changing. But then, when he came back later and it was STILL BLUE and the door was BLACK, he made this face. So much for a cute picture of him in his playhouse, am I right?
“Put it back to red, mom. I no can’t like this.” That’s Henry-talk for “WTF mom? Leave my stuff alone.”
He got over it quickly. And just yesterday he told me his playhouse was “great.” Which is the word he uses to describe just about everything.
I love how his playhouse turned out, but I’m still waffling on whether this will be “the color.” It is pretty much exactly what I wanted. But now I worry it will be a little too wild. It’s a big house and there’s no stone or brick to break it up. Just not sure I should get a little more muted of a color. Stay tuned.
I did also repaint the gray parts of my barn quilt and the birdhouse in the same color to get a second and third opinion. The bird had a similar reaction to Henry. And the barn quilt is still undecided.
So that’s how I pimped the playhouse.