Painting the interior of our modern playhouse provided the opportunity for some added character and color. I also used paint samples to create some retro (and budget-friendly) accent stripes.
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After the exterior siding was installed and painted, I moved on to painting the interior. If you recall from previous steps, I did a lot of “pre-priming” before things were assembled. This may seem tedious, but I really think it saved me a lot of time when painting the interior.
In retrospect – I highly recommend that you prime as much as possible before the structure is fully built (within reason of course!).
The interior was painted with Sherwin Williams A-100 Exterior paint in “Alpaca.” I am now fully obsessed with this paint color. It’s a beautiful neutral, beigy-white on the cool spectrum (if that makes any sense). It has enough depth that it’s not glaringly bright in the sun. The whole time I was painting I kept thinking what a great shade of white it would be for the exterior of a home.
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After the interior paint was dry, I quickly moved on to painting the accent stripes. I was going for a retro vibe, and I think I achieved it pretty well with three Sherwin Williams colors: “Debonair,” “Surf Green,” and “Mannered Gold,” (top to bottom).
Instead of paying ~$18 each for several quarts of exterior paint, I opted to get the small “Color to Go” paint sample pints. At $6 each, I honestly don’t mind if I have to repaint the lines every so often.
I only did the accent stripes on two of the walls (mostly out of laziness and not wanting to paint around all the 2x4s). On the side wall, I curved the stripes downward (using a pencil on the end of a string as my curved-edge guide) for an added element of fun/interest.
I’m happy to report that when E saw the finished stripes he pointed and said “whoa!” I think that’s about as good as a compliment as I am going to get from a toddler.
Painting the interior of the playhouse was a relatively quick and inexpensive way to give it some added character. The light interior and pops of color were just what the dark exterior needed (IMO).