In a perfect world we'd all get BRAND NEW toys in tip top condition for our little ones. The reality is that it doesn't make sense for me to spend $300-$400 and up for a piece or even a yard full of toddler worthy play equipment that A) I can't really afford, and B) Will get
beaten up LOVED and really TESTED by the elements.
So...what is a mom to do? Why check out Craigslist of course!
Last week I scoured the ads looking for Little Tikes outdoor toys and happen to come across a little Playhouse Cottage. I scored it for a great deal and when I picked it up it was slightly dirtier than pictured and needed some love. I did hesitate for a second but decided to go ahead and give a "re-do" a shot.
Zoe - 20 mo old
I think it turned out pretty darn cute!
Here is the Before & After picture
I still have a few touch ups to fix around the door
but a certain little one was super eager to try it out.
At first I had all intentions of spray painting EVERYTHING! Sometimes when I tackle a new project I tend to go overboard...just ask my husband! I mean I was going to do the roof over in a dark sea foam green shade and the shutters I was going to do over in a fresh light green, etc. etc...
Well, after 6 cans of Khaki to liven up the old faded yellowish colored siding, (about 2 1/2 coats each side - 4 sides - you get the point) I was all set with the spray paint. I actually like the pastel colors that add a cute contrast, so why bother changing it. I did use Rustoleum from Home Depot. They had a very nice selection of colors. I looked at Walmart first and found out they carried Krylon "Fushion" for Plastic. Oh, and Michaels does not carry Krylon Fushion anymore, or so they said on the phone. I did want to try the Krylon so I got 2 cans of the beige spray paint from Walmart (I will probably use it on the Little Tikes table & chairs I got). I will try to remember to update if there is any difference in paints.
It only cost around $20 in paint, a little hard work and I saved a piece
of Little Tikes from eternal damnation in the junk-yard.
So give it a try, it's pretty easy and a lot of FUN!
The first time Zoe saw it her eyes lit up, she ran over to it,
opened the door and quickly slammed it shut!
She was so excited to have a little place all her own.
Aren't kids funny?
Z loves her new little house
(I also found a Little Tikes table & 3 chairs on Craigslist for $10)
I plan a mini make-over on them soon...when I find the time.
A couple weekends before this we found
a Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox, sand and all for $15.
I've recently been in talks with a neighbor over a Little Tikes climb & slide toy that they no longer use. She told me I could just come over and take it for FREE! It might be my next project, so stay tuned.
You just have to keep an eye open, there are deals everywhere!
GO GREEN & SAVE A TOY!
Learn & Play Everyday!