‘Tis the season to encourage your kids to get outside as much as possible! The weather is warming up in most areas, and if you’re anything like we were, it can be hard to get the kids outside unless there’s something fun and exciting to lure them out there.
We’ve been spending a lot of extra time at home lately, so we decided to get a wooden playhouse for our kids to help encourage more outdoor play and give them something of their own to hang out on while they’re in the yard. Most wooden playscapes and playhouses come unsealed - manufacturers generally leave the wood raw because different climates will require different types of sealant. So, if you do choose to get a wooden playhouse or playscape for your backyard, you’re going to want to make sure to seal it or paint it as soon as you can in order to ensure it stays looking great for as long as possible. Generally, depending on how harsh your weather is, it’s also a good idea to re-seal it every few years to keep it in good condition!
I used my Wagner FLEXIO 3000 paint sprayer to help me paint the house and seal all of the decking - so now I know that the wood playhouse is protected and will last us for years and years to come!
I started by taping off the windows and doors of the house part (we removed it from the decking first) and using my FLEXiO 3000 to paint all of the trim and the roof black.
A sprayer is the perfect tool to use for a project like this because it makes it the whole thing go much faster - it would have taken ages to painstakingly paint every piece of trim on this tiny little playhouse, but with my sprayer I was able to get it all knocked out in about 20 minutes or so.
I chose to paint the siding on the playhouse by hand, simply to avoid taping off all of the trim and because it was such a small surface - but I’d estimate that using my sprayer cut the time for the job in half, if not more!
Once the house was painted, I turned my attention to the deck. I chose to simply seal the cedar to keep it looking great for years to come - although you could definitely paint it if you prefer! I used Spar Urethane in my FLEXiO 3000 to seal and protect the wood. With all of the stairs, balusters, and the underside of the deck it likely would have taken me hours to seal it all by hand - but with the sprayer, it took about 20 minutes per coat (and a minimum of 3 coats is recommended).
Once everything was dried and put back together, it was looking way cuter and my kids were so excited to get out and start playing with their freshly-painted playhouse. They love that it feels like their own little house in the backyard, and I love that it looks adorable outside my kitchen window.
If you’ve got a wooden playscape in your yard (or if you’re thinking about buying one), now is a great time to start thinking about making sure it’s sealed, protected, and looking good. I highly recommend using a Wagner paint sprayer for a job like this - it’ll make it go by so much faster and easier, and get your kids outside and playing even sooner!
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