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    Lovely colours, very smart indeed

    I love Cuprinol! My shed/hutches/runs/garden pots etc are a combination of Willow and Somerset Green with Pink Honeysuckle for a splash of, well, extreme pinkness! I have a small tester pot of Fresh Rosemary as I fancy a change on the new bunny sheds.

    Looking forward to seeing it as it comes along, capable

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    I'll try and make my Facebook albums public so you can get an idea of what I did with my playhouse (which will also be going to orangediva's blog!) and shows off my somewhat-lacking DIY skills with regard to the anti-egress gate XD I've posted a picture of that here for now:





    And some other indoor ideas:



    I love the idea: lots of areas is great! Your garden is similar in shape to mine, where the bunnies are, and it's a really good idea. My biggest problem is stopping the playhouse overheating! Here's our setup: the fence is similar to where yours is and on the left of the photo, but the fence itself faces southwest so our North is about 100 clockwise compared to yours.

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    The weather has been good the past couple of days, and I've made a lot of progress!

    Sunday:
    I decided to tackle Jack's housing first, as it's the (slightly) newer of the two.

    My littlest boy being a patient angel in the Cube of Neglect (puppy pen) while I strip apart his house!



    The hutch got emptied, and the run scrubbed clean. I wish I'd taken a before and after, it was astounding. The wood was already dry, so I removed any loose dirt with a dry floor scrubbing brush. Next I used a metal cleaning pad with several fresh buckets of boiling water and bleach to scrub off the indiscriminate layer of 'garden gunge', and lastly a clean cloth with hot water and white vinegar to wipe off any left over muck. Turns out, wood takes FOREVER to dry, so I started painting the hutch and rotated the run so it all got sunlight.



    A freshly painted hutch! Seagrass on the outside, with a Country Cream interior! I also had to fix the warping wood of the back panel, tighten up the floor, and fill in some gaps to make it watertight again.



    This run is the 'Rose Run' from Pets at Home. After a couple of winters outside, the covered portion of the roof was totally rotten - it's plywood, and set into the frame, so all the rainwater collects...smart, P@H. It was so warped that I was actually able to pull it out with my fingers.



    I bought a piece of mesh from Homebase, clipped it to size, and stapled it to the underside of the roof - much better!



    And all finished!



    Mostly 'soft', decorative work, nothing that required too much thinking or DIY for a nice, gentle start!

    Capable's top tips so far:
    • you will run out of masking tape - buy extra
    • you probably don't need as much paint as you think you might - the hutch and run took approx 500ml, and both have two coats
    • ...on a similar note - everything will take 1 more coat than you think
    • DO ALL OF THIS WHEN YOU FIRST GET YOUR HUTCH/RUN/SHED/WHATEVER. I know it's long, dull work, and really you shouldn't have to treat/fill/waterproof brand-new things, but you DO, so DO IT.
    • stay hydrated
    • the 'all-purpose filler' from Tescos is awful, you'll have to cut the tube right open to use it
    • masking tape comes in 2 flavours - either it falls off at a sparrow's f*rt, or it is essentially super glue
    • this is long work, so make a good, neighbour-friendly playlist to get you through
    • attempt to keep the cat out of the paint. You won't succeed, but you should at least try
    • at some point, you will accidentally paint a little spider into the wood. You will feel bad about this, and that's ok, but if you start to get teary then stop and have a snack - your blood sugar is low


    Today's task was a completely different beast...

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    Very interesting both of you and, slightly selfishly, totally what I was hoping for for the old blog - better than tbh

    Loving that Seagrass as well

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    Keletkezes - I like your inner door solution! I'd been pondering over that myself.

    Orangediva - thank you! I'm having a whale of a time, both with the project, and with writing up - thanks for poking me into doing it

    My playhouse arrives this morning!! Between 10 and 12. I'm hoping it comes early, so I don't have to wait in the house for 2 hours, eating into my painting time.

    Yesterday was supposed to pour, but we got lucky. It was a...challenging day, project-wise, but I'll be making another photo post later on to tell you all about it! I'm trying to use every dry, not-quite-so-cloudy minute that the days give before it starts to rain again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by capable View Post
    Keletkezes - I like your inner door solution! I'd been pondering over that myself.

    Orangediva - thank you! I'm having a whale of a time, both with the project, and with writing up - thanks for poking me into doing it

    My playhouse arrives this morning!! Between 10 and 12. I'm hoping it comes early, so I don't have to wait in the house for 2 hours, eating into my painting time.

    Yesterday was supposed to pour, but we got lucky. It was a...challenging day, project-wise, but I'll be making another photo post later on to tell you all about it! I'm trying to use every dry, not-quite-so-cloudy minute that the days give before it starts to rain again!
    You are doing brilliantly, very familiar with the dodging showers thing - my son was going to lay a slab path to one of my runs for me today but it was an absolute swamp out there so we’ve had to leave it.

    As you’ve very kindly agreed to it, your diary entry is going to be my first guest blog post, hope that’s still ok

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    This is wonderful, thank you for sharing. So enjoying reading and seeing.

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    This is a great thread, love the top tips (painting over spiders ����) fab!

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    No problem: mine's a warped nightmare door but it works (my cutting skills are poor and one bit of wood was already bent I swear). Good luck!

    Thankyou for the top tips: I can't say how many times I've painted bugs into paint, poor things, but the recommendations are awesome. I only left the outside of the playhouse to do so that should be OK (ha, she says!) but it could do with moving away from the border which has grown so much I can't squeeze down the side It's my run that's the PITA because it arrived 'ready-painted' because I didn't stipulate I wanted a bare finish (and Dad thought he was helping ). ETA: I love the thing about maskibng tape: I would recommend getting the superglue type and de-sticky0ing on a fleecy top Also the filler I used was fantastic: my playhouse had a rotten corner so I used some treatment and then a filler and they're still going strong. Treatment was Ronseal Wet Rot Wood Hardener which was excellent and the filler was Ronseal High performance Wood Filler which might be a PITA to use for beginners but if you're used to using two-part stuff and not worried about the absolute mess you'll make of the finish (which can be dealt with once dry as well) it's excellent value for the tenner you'll pay. I've still got loads left. Recommend investing in some relatively expensive plastic knives, like the ones you have for parties, as I found thenm the best spreaders. Not the white plastic ones.

    Staples: what did you use? I tried out the nail/staple gun my mum bought me and that was really effective on the chickenwire we've put across the gap in the gate, but I dunno how well it'll cope with the better wood on the run...
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    Loving the tips my top tip is wear gloves before you snip the roll of weldmesh open, to avoid it springing open and gashing your hand like I did!

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