Before and After Playhouse Makeover

Did I ever share with you the final product of my DIY backyard playhouse makeover? I’m not sure I did. But, you guys, this thing is the capstone of my #SAHM-ness thus far. You know, besides my smart and beautiful kids 😂.

The story behind this playhouse is it’s one of the first things I bought when I left my job to be a stay at home mom. I bought it for something crazy like $30 from another mom on buy/sell/trade. It was supposed to be my super cute Pinterest project to work on “when I had time” while I was at home with the kids. Cue the laughter.

Because fast forward to having a newborn and a 2 year old and literally almost NO time to bathe much less get anything remotely “projecty” done.

And as time went on, my kids are 1 an 3 and 2 and 4. By then, I was so seriously ready to scrap the whole thing when a good (and wise) friend encouraged me to just try to do a little bit at a time, even with the kids outside with me. Which, like so many things in life, is super hard to accept. When I start on a project I just want to FINISH the dang thing. And I want it perfect, too. But life isn’t like that.

Soooo, from first buying this in 2015 to seriously almost three years later — that’s how long it actually took me to DIY the crap out of this house.

I added a new mailbox, fixed the broken parts, power washed it, primed it, painted it, painted the roof, awkwardly squatted inside the house to paint the interior, added a toy basket, and my mom even sewed handmaid curtains for it.

And the whole thing basically went down like this:
Paint some, change a diaper; Paint some, stop the dog from eating the kids’ snacks;
Paint some, breakup a sibling fight;
Paint some, fix an ouchie.
Basically aaaaall the 🙄. So so so many times I had to stop and take a break to attend to the tiny humans.
But I just I love the way it turned out in the end.

The moral of the story: Stick with it. Even with no end in sight. Even with it all working against you. Even if the kids promptly color all over it with chalk like mine did. 😉.
🏡🏡🏡.

About Tonya Strickland

Tonya Strickland is a journalist and Instagram influencer in the family and travel niche. A former Tribune news reporter, Tonya shares unfiltered #momlife content about places to go with kids. Her family moved from California's Central Coast to Washington state in August 2020. Their adventures now continue in the Pacific Northwest.

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