Why you should re-stain your kids play set

How and why you should restain your kids playhouse.

We spend a lot of time in our backyard. Whether it’s grilling pizza, having a bon fire or relaxing in the hammock, one thing is for certain. The kids are playing on the play set.

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Now this isn’t just any play set. No, this one has a lunch table underneath, a spyglass and rock wall. But not just that, grandpa and daddy put this play set together when we first moved here.

It’s extra special.

A few months after setting up the play set we decided to seal it, to keep it in good condition. But after loving this awesome play set for 3 years, it was starting to look tired and worn down. 

It was time for a DIY makeover!

 

If you have a play set in your backyard than you defiantly know what I’m talking about. Faster than you thought it became faded and worn.

Why you should stain your play set

We don’t do big purchases. We are save for it, work for it, kind of people. So when we moved here, getting a play set was extra special. I shopped around for the best deal! This play set needed to check off all the marks

  • Swings
  • Shade
  • Lunch area
  • Must be big enough to grow with them
  • Budget friendly and quality

That’s a pretty specific list. 

After a lot of searching I found the perfect play set that checked off everything on the list!

Since we purchased ours a few years ago, its no longer available where we bought it. But this playset is pretty close.

It doesn’t matter if this play set is 1 year or 3 years old, it was an investment that needs to be taken care of. Not only for our children, but also for the children that move in after us. As much as we love this neighborhood, military usually has other plans.

so we’ll love this house, and take care of it for the next family to enjoy.

Materials

  • Sand paper 
  • Stain
  • Hose 
  • Paint brush. 

Step One

The first thing we did was sand down any spots that looked like it might make for a good little kid sliver. Since ours was only 3 years old, we didn’t have much, but its still good to check.

Take off the rock wall steps.  

Hose down your structure of any pollen or bird droppings. 

Let dry. 

Step Two

Starting with the roof, stain any part that was faded by the sun. In our case we have no shade in the backyard. The roof, outside walls and floors needed stain, but the inside walls were still in great shape.

Step Three

Wait to dry, then reattach your rock wall foot steps. If you’re feeling extra on top of it, check your screws to make sure everything is still nice and tight. 

How long and how much

This project took about 3 hours to complete. Since we didn’t stain the parts that were still in good shape, it knocked some time off. 

We were able to complete this project with everything we already had on hand. The stain was left over from the summer before, when we stained our deck. 

Dry Time

We chose a nice sunny day to take on this project. We also have complete sunlight in our backyard. Because of that, it took less than two hours to completely dry. 

Final Thoughts

This play set was an investment that needs to be taken care of. When we were house hunting a few years back, things like old play structures, were a turn off.

Don’t get me wrong, I would have loved to have had one already waiting for us! But I was not going to let my children play on something that looked like it was half falling down. 

With a few hours of work, this play set is back to looking like new. Ready for another long summer of backyard fun. 

-Best Wishes

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