So it’s been a few years since I talked about upgrading our play set in the backyard. Let’s just say it’s been low on the priority totem pole. But this summer it finally happened.
I didn’t follow my plans exactly from my last post but the effort has been valiant.
Here’s how I transformed our used and worn plat set into a functional activity hub.
- Fresh paint- I used a solid stain I picked up on clearance at my local hardware store. It took a whole gallon to do one coat.
- A tent top- I picked up some outdoor fabric and used rivets to attach it to the sides of the set.
- Play sand- I dug out the base, lined it with landscaping fabric and dumped in about fifteen ten pound bags of sand into the base.
- Chalkboard- kids love art and adding a board where some deck rails were missing and painting it with chalk board paint has made a generous easel area.
- A table- Getting things done in the fort is now easier with a built in table area, also painted with chalk board paint for extra fun.
- Handles- Adding a few extra handholds for my littlest tike to grab onto while using the ladder makes it more accessible for all ages.
- A pulley- this is not only cool but also safe as kids no longer try to carry things up a ladder single-handedly.
- Functionality- Adding some hooks and brackets at key places let the kids put their sand toys up and lets them hang things where they wish.
I did not do all this in one day. It’s been a progression all summer long. I’ve got a few other ideas that are in the works but won’t happen till next summer at this point. Which is a good thing! Kids like change, they like projects, and they like it best when it’s for them.