Posted by on May 8, 2012 in backyard, outdoors, playhouse | 13 comments

I have an amazing husband!  On Friday, he called to let me know that he had seen a church yard sale on the way to work and wanted to know if I wanted to run over there with him?!  My husband loves a yard sale. . . how lucky am I?!

Needless to say, I found several good things and one amazing find!  I will be sharing that with you after it gets its “remake.”  But, I am needing to create a space for it.

So, today I worked on the side of the playhouse where this great find will find its home.

The word that this great find makes me think is. . . RELAX!

This is where I started.  With an old cabinet door from the Habitat store.  They are only $3!  I loved the style of this one.  (I only bought 2. . . what was I thinking?)

I gave it a light coat of spray paint.  (Finally used all of this can!)  I just wanted a little white to show through once I sanded it down.

Next, I painted on a light coat of blue paint.  (Almost out of this color too!)

I sanded the whole thing down to give it a more aged look.  Then, I used a pencil to draw on the word “relax.”  I used brown outdoor paint for the letters.

After the letters were dry, I lightly sanded the whole thing again.

Then, I sprayed on a clear sealant.

I made the hanger out of a heavier wire.

I used little pliers to make loops on the ends to nail it into the board.

The side of the playhouse was going to need more that this one “relax” sign.  I had some old shutters that I bought years ago.  I found some candleholders at a yard sale several months ago.  Together, they were just what I needed.

The candleholders looked like this:

Until I lightly brushed on a little of this:

Then, I added some votive candle holders and burlap bows.

The side of the playhouse that used to look like this:

Now looks like this:

I can’t wait to get the other find finished!  So far, this little “side” makeover has cost: $3 for the cabinet door, $4 for the shutters, $4 for the candleholders and $8 for the votive cups.  Not bad.

I am loving the transformation!

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  1. What a great advantage that your husband likes the yard sales as much as you do, I am sure it helps you a lot in your projects. The board is beautiful, the color, the finish, the distressing. Very nice, congratulations.

    • Thanks! It is good the have a yard sale loving hubby!

  2. What a wonderful job you have done. I want one too!

  3. That is one beautiful playhouse. Nice finds.

    • Thanks! I have added a little more to it. I hope to have pictures up this week!

  4. I cannot get over the versatility of shutters. I was floored when I saw them with the candle holders together. Such a complete look, yet so simple!

    • I LOVE shutters! Especially the old chippy kind! I have 3 sets, but would love more! I can always seem to find a great home for them!

  5. Wonderful finds!!! But oh my may I just say yes you are lucky. I think the only way I could get my husband to a yard sale is if they were giving away free fishing gear or a money tree, lol xo

    • Isn’t it crazy!? He loves a yard sale! I consider myself very lucky!

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