A few months ago, a friend and neighbor moved back to the United States from our little base here in Japan. Alas, this is one of the many downsides to military life–your friends are always leaving you!
The upside to her moving? We inherited a number of toys from her boys, including this Little Tikes play place.
I believe we’re the third or fourth family to inherit it on our block! It is perfectly functional, but it was definitely a bit sun faded. Okay, a LOT sun faded. I remembered this play house I had seen over on Apartment Therapy, so I headed over to our hardware store on base and picked up some Krylon Fusion spray paint for plastics.
My fabulous hubby took the play place apart and then we cleaned it off. You can really see how sun faded it is in this picture.
In the most illogical move I’ve made in awhile, I chose to start spray painting the play place in my brand new dress in a crazy dust storm–sometimes when I’m working on a project I don’t make the best choices. Somehow I managed to avoid getting paint on myself. I’m still not quite sure how that happened! Anywho, here’s how it ended up:
I LOVE how it looks. We didn’t have a wide selection of paint colors here in Japan, so I stuck with red, white, and beige, and then I left the wheel on the play place the original blue. For some reason, it was the only thing on the whole play place that wasn’t sun faded and it worked well with the color I chose.
So, do you have any plastic patio furniture or plastic kids toys that have seen better days? Summer is coming, so spruce up those pieces today! But go ahead and put on your painting clothes…just in case you aren’t as lucky as I was!