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« on: September 07, 2007 05:51:08 PM »

When we bought our house 2 years ago the play structure in the backyard came with it as the previous owners kids had outgrown it. It is probably about 15 years old. It was still solid but wearing, rusting in a few places, and there was a serious grass issue in the lower play area. So the first thing we did was strip the threadbare canopy, rusty slide and swings.
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The next thing I did was decide where I wanted it (our yard is huuuuuuuuge) and built a tiny patio for the whole thing to rest on.


The next step was moving it. We used some metal fence posts and just ancient-Egyptianed it across the yard (towing it by man power while rolling it on the posts). this was a lot easier than I thought it would be as the whole thing weighs about 200 pounds. Two strong men & round objects under it, it took about 15 minutes including manuvering it past the Peach tree without cutting branches.

Then we sanded, and sanded, and sanded. And then we painted, and painted, and painted!


And then I got really serious with the painting and played off some of my girls favorite pretend games, both of which are variations on 'Store', ticket booth and sweet shop.




The canvases took me two weeks, it's one set of canvases with sweet shop on one side & ticket booth on the reverse. They are fairly weatherproof but we take them down to store out of the killer south Texas sun when not in use. Of course my older daughter has put in orders for a space ship and a pirate ship next.

The next part I have to give credit to my dear Dad for- he made the ladder and slide hinge so we could mow more easily!


Whew! I think I'm done with the backyard untill it gets cooler!
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2007 06:06:45 PM »

wow, you guys did a great job!  I love the hinged slide (such a great idea!) and the signs.  what a great playscape.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2007 06:20:42 PM »

Wow.  That looks like a kid's dream!  Looks like it was worth all the effort.
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2007 04:51:43 AM »

You just won my "parent of the day" award (that I just founded)! Smiley Haha.

I love the canvases, they are so great, so detailed! It's easy to tell you put a lot of work into them. They look very professional...

I'm toying with the idea to do something quite like this, but for inside use. I've been thinking: Store, Hospital, Theatre (where you could add the red curtains thing), Spaceship, Bakery, Hair Salon, Castle, Restaurant... How did I ever NOT think of a pirate ship? That's brilliant.

Great work! Wink
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2007 07:07:19 AM »

When I was little my mom got some spring tension curtain rods (they are really cheap) and did two curtains so we could do puppet shows in the doorway between the kitchen and TV room. That's always sorta stuck with me as I loved it a lot.
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2007 10:12:18 AM »

I'm pressing this rocks because it does. Great Reconning. And I envy your big yard.

The next step was moving it. We used some metal fence posts and just ancient-Egyptianed it across the yard (towing it by man power while rolling it on the posts). this was a lot easier than I thought it would be as the whole thing weighs about 200 pounds. Two strong men & round objects under it, it took about 15 minutes including manuvering it past the Peach tree without cutting branches.


Whew! I think I'm done with the backyard untill it gets cooler!
"Ancient-egyptianed"LMAO!! I'm gonna use that phrase for sure!
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