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Playhouse to Pump House

When we had a deep well installed on our wooded property we needed a cover to enclose the mechanical components. The well is beside my potting shed and the plumbing runs from it to my sink inside. I wanted to have a well cover in keeping with the style and colors of my potting shed so I started looking for a used child's playhouse. I found one locally on eBay and we proceeded to turn it into a functional pump house. The concrete pad was already installed to serve as a base.
I found this play house on eBay and was thrilled to see that it was only 20miles away!
We added sheets of thin styrofoam to the inside of the door window openings. We also glued 1" foam board inside and filled any joints with expandable foam to insulate the tank and pipes to withstand our sometimes below zero winter weather.
After washing the plastic exterior down thoroughly, I painted it with a plastic paint primer. I then was able to paint it with the same paint that I used on my potting shed.
I added a pink-painted vintage door knob with back plate in place of the plastic knob and loaf pan window boxes planted with annuals.
I think it now blends nicely with the potting shed and landscape. The paint held up well for about 10 years of scrubbing and weather and I just had to clean and repaint it this spring. We've never had our well plumbing freeze during that time so it has worked well as an insulated cover. During the coldest weather, below 15 degrees or so, we do run a very low wattage heater to assure that it doesn't freeze.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Little Tikes child play house   (eBay)
  • Plastic primer paint, latex exterior paint, foam board insulation, expandale spray foam   (Lowe's)
  • Vintage door knob set   (Habitat ReStore)
  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jun 17, 2016

    This might be the cutest thing I've ever seen. I LOVE it!

  • TwoPlusCute
    TwoPlusCute Northampton, MA
    on Jun 17, 2016

    It is both smart and pretty. What a cute (and genius) idea!

  • Jessica A
    Jessica A Kingston, PA
    on Jun 18, 2016

    Love it! You just gave me an idea though. I'm thinking of converting it to a cat condo, add ledges and ramps and window seats, bedding to floor...etc.

    • Barbara Stanley
      Barbara Stanley Hendersonville, NC
      on Jun 18, 2016

      I've also seen a pin on Pinterest where someone made a chicken coop out of one, sitting on a chicken wire cage with roosts inside the house.

  • Jessica A
    Jessica A Kingston, PA
    on Jun 18, 2016

    or a kitty cottage......cat nap area......

  • Janet Vermillion
    Janet Vermillion
    on Jun 18, 2016


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