Home Spooky Home – Haunted Playhouse DIY

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Hello my name is Jennifer and I love Halloween.  I love it so much I turn into that annoying person that goes completely overkill with baking, décor, and parties every October. I love taking Halloween to the next level, and I love taking my kids along for the ride.

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I have been eyeballing some spooky playhouse projects on Pinterest all summer.  I’m not saying I came up with the original idea of spray-painting an old playhouse to transform it into a spooky house—but I am saying that I added a few new funky spins on this Halloween classic I am pretty smitten with. Oh yeah, and the mini Halloween lovers in my house love it, too.

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I found our playhouse on Craigslist for $60. Needless to say, you will need a truck to pick it up.  You might already have one that you can breathe new spooky life and interest into.  Also, a cardboard box can easily be converted into something fun.  Just check out the log cabin I made for my kid’s lumberjack party.

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Decide on a color theme. (Black was an obvious choice for Halloween.) You will need spray paint specific for plastic.  If you don’t want to paint your house consider maybe covering it with a tarp, sheet, fabric or LOTS of faux cobwebs.

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Tape off the areas you do not want to paint, and get your Banksy on. After the black paint had dried, I went back in with house paint and did the windows and the door orange.  Just as a side note craft paint does not work so well on plastic playhouses.  You need something with a little more ‘oomph’ or you might sand the playhouse first.

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Don’t forget the inside of the house! I painted the inside with chalkboard paint.  I used Plaid brand and it was super easy.  I applied two coats, let sit 24 hours and then covered with chalk to condition.

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This paint is super easy to use, and the kids loved adding details to the inside (and outside) of the house.

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I wanted to set the yard up around the house, so I threw in some plastic pumpkins, a small chair, and a throw pillow. The roof and neighboring trees were draped with spiderwebs.  Ahhh home spooky home.

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At my annual Halloween party I saw almost every child in that house.  Photo by Jennifer Ramos.

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Needless to say, it was a big hit. I’m already thinking of painting it into a gingerbread house for Christmas!  This post originally appeared on BlogHer.

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