DIY Painted Little Tikes Plastic Playset
While taking care of a few home maintenance projects, I had looked out our window and saw what condition our kids’ playset was in. Our kiddos love their big, plastic playset. It was quite the find at a garage sale, I only paid 75.00 (score!). But it has obviously seen better days. Structurally, it’s perfectly fine; it’s so sturdy that even I can stand on it.
But the paint was severely faded. So I grabbed a few cans of Rustoleum spray paint, which is a paint & primer in one can. I opted for the ultimate high-gloss, that bonds to plastic. They didn’t have the exact colors, so I got a little creative with my color choices.
I did not paint the tan parts. Those parts weren’t faded, they just needed a good scrubbing. I used 2 cans of paint for the blue, green and red, for a total of 6 cans. The total cost of paint was about $25.00. This project took me a total of 2 days to complete, from cleaning to assembly.
(No, I’m not associated with Rustoleum, I’m just a HUGE fan of their products!!!!)
Here is what it looked like before:
First I scrubbed all the parts and rinsed them extremely well, and waited for them to dry completely before I started spraying. It appears as though someone had painted this in the past.
After the parts were dry, I started in. I held the can about 10-12 inches from the plastic, using smooth back-and-forth motions to coat the parts without putting it on so heavy that there were runs. Each part took 2 coats of paint.
These were the worst pieces. This is after 2 coats. See that shine?
I let all of the parts dry for 24 hours before I started to assemble the playset.
Would I use Rustoleum’s paint again? HECK YES. It coated so much better than other brands I have used. The kids have been all over this thing, as well as the puppy and her claws. And there are no scratches! It looks amazing, and brand-spankin’ new.