Painting your product

Below are recommendations we have found to be the best option for painting our forts, cubby houses and play furniture for both indoors (MDF) and outdoors (Treated Ply).

IMPORTANT!  Make sure the timber is left in a dry flat position if not coating straight away and does not get wet in any way. Timber can bow if it is not positioned flat before it is fully assembled into position. Remember, timber is a natural product and requires care for longevity. Any questions at all, give us a call, we're here to help!

STAINING  Treated Ply for outdoors
Our forts and easy cubby houses are made from LOSP or ACQ 17.5mm H3 structural ply and ACQ treated pine supa-logs. The timber is fine out in the weather once it is fully coated and sealed for longevity. We recommend only using water based products to coat your item.


Please do not pre-wash any of the timber (some stain instructions may say to do so, this is not necessary at all). Brush off any dust and apply stain with a paint brush. Forts can be stained before or after being assembled. If you decide to stain fort before it is assembled, try not to cover the numbers so you can still match up when assembling. Cubby houses are best stained before assembling. We recommend using an Intergrain Stain (supplied with fort packages) as we have found it to be the most wearing and has a nice range of colours to choose from. Apply two coats making sure the first coat is dry before applying the second. Putty up any noticeable holes usually found around the edges that may have been missed before applying stain. Any exterior putty is fine.

PAINTING  Treated ply for outdoors
What you will need:

  • Exterior water based paint as shown in image below which has the built in primer (amount required will depend on fort/cubby style and if using multiple colours)
  • Small roller
  • Pack of small roller sleeves
  • 180 grit sand paper (if desired)

Please do not pre-wash the timber, just brush off any dust with a half brush or broom. If you are using a few colours, we recommend painting your fort before it is assembled to do the individual pieces separately. Purchase a pack of additional roller sleeves for the other colours to save having to wash the roller out. Cubby houses are best painted before being assembled. Unscrew and remove any perspex before painting. When placing back on, remove the protection film first. Using the small roller, apply the first coat. The Dulux weathershield semi gloss has an inbuilt primer to prevent any staining from the timber coming through. The small roller makes it easier to do the edges and fiddly bits and offers great coverage and sealing of the edges. Give a light sanding around the edges to smooth after the first coat is dry if desired. Putty any noticeable holes with an exterior putty and apply the top coat making sure the timber is fully sealed so no water can get into the timber for longevity. We recommend Dulux in a semi gloss or low sheen for best results as shown in the table above.

PAINTING MDF for indoors
play furniture and indoor cubby houses do not require any primer. We've found using a small roller is best to give a better finish for the painting. Use a paint brush if choosing to varnish.

Use a semi or high gloss water based exterior paint x2 coats, give a light sanding with a fine sand paper after the first coat.