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Our FREEBIE backyard play structure makeover!

Posted on: by Kate


We moved into our new little fixer upper house about a year an a half ago.  Our new house is a bit smaller than our last and full of projects.  One thing that is a HUGE upgrade for us is that our teensie tiny backyard at our last place has been upgraded to a much larger backyard – it isn’t gigantic, but there is plenty of flat grass for running and playing.  With three growing kids this was a huge blessing.  I am excited to share a thrifty thing we did for the kids that cost hardly a thing – our freebie backyard play structure makeover!

We wanted to get a play structure for them from the moment we moved in but we were so busy and had stretched our budget with so many other necessities (safe flooring, electrical fixes, fresh paint, etc) that it just kept getting pushed back.  Today’s Thrifty Thursday is a fun little almost free project we think might inspire others to look at well worn items and consider giving them one more shot!


Well we finally had a free weekend and I got on Craiglist determined to find a well loved play structure for less than $300.  We still have so many projects on the horizon that we couldn’t spend a ton of money – but we also really believe in making use of things that already exist.  Even if we had $2000 on hand for a brand new fancy schmancy play structure we would prefer to buy something that already exists.


Well as luck would have it, we were able to find someone just one city over giving away a very well loved (but structurally sound) Child Life play structure!  Giving it away!  We just needed to pick it up!  Harry rented a Home Depot truck and spend an afternoon taking it down from one house and putting it back together at our house.


The one thing it needed was a nice coat of paint.  Well – we of course are big fans of Behr Marquee – we ordered two gallons of paint (in retrospect one gallon and one quart of trim would have been plenty).  We like Behr Marquee because it is low VOC and has LEGIT one coat coverage.


The kids even pitched in and helped! It took only a couple hours to paint the whole thing one day during our spring break!



Now our backyard play structure makeover not only looks nicer, but will stand up to the elements for years to come.  I hope it inspires some who maybe have a very tiny budget (or maybe just want to reduce, reuse, recycle a bit more) to consider that dingy freebie nobody wants – a can of paint can do wonders!


* I am part of Behr’s blogger network and they occasionally provide me with paint for projects – this is not a sponsored post but Behr did provide the two gallons of paint for our backyard play structure makeover – thank you Behr!*

Until Next Time ~ Kate
Comments: 8 Responses
  1. Becca says:

    This turned out fantastic! I especially love that the kids could be involved.

  2. kate says:

    thank you!

  3. Urvi says:

    Such a nice makeover. It would be fun for kids

  4. Melanie says:

    What a score! It looks so fantastic!

  5. shannon R says:

    Great job and I like that you had your kids involved in the painting process.

  6. Sarah Sobocinski says:

    This is awesome. I wish I had a handyman husband.

  7. Joyce says:

    I have to show this to my hubby. We have an old (not put together set) in our backyard that looks like yours and is in need of some love too! Yours looks brand new again!

  8. Devon F says:

    Love this it looks brand new! So awesome that the kids were involved in it’s makeover

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