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Low-Cost, High-Impact Ways to Dress Up a Playhouse

Add big style to a kids' backyard playhouse with budget-friendly do-it-yourself updates.
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A Playhouse Makeover

Thanks to pressure-washing, fresh paint, simple planter boxes and a small entry deck, what was once considered an embarrassment is now the star of this backyard.

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The Playhouse, Before

Weather, leaves, dust, dirt and grime can take their toll on playhouse exteriors, rendering them unsafe or in need of major repair. After nearly five years of neglect, this cottage-style playhouse had become dingy, unattractive and more of an eyesore than a focal point. Rather than tearing it down, the homeowners decided to update it with simple do-it-yourself tricks.

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Clean It Up

Pressure-washing is quick, easy and inexpensive thanks to rental models at home improvement stores. Hook up the pressure washer to the home's exterior water supply. Steadily press down the handle of the pressure washer, keeping the nozzle at least 8 inches from the wall's surface, until the layers of dust, dirt and grime are gone. Allow all exterior surfaces to thoroughly dry before updating with paint.

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Rejuvenate the Roof

Pressure-washing the roof of a playhouse will instantly make it feel years newer. Anytime you're pressure-washing a roof, it's important to have a friend or helper assist in holding the ladder.

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