Painting your product

Below are RECOMMENDATIONS ONLY we have found to be the best option for painting our forts, cubby houses and play furniture for both indoors (MDF & Satin Board) and outdoors (Treated Ply). Untreated ply is also available upon request.

IMPORTANT!  Please 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. We recommend painting your item to protect and stay within the guidelines of our warrantly. Below are recommendations only for the products we have used on our items and found to offer a great finish. Any questions at all, give us a call, we're here to help, or please seek the product supplier or a painting professional for advice. Paint your item outdoors and leave to dry in the sun prior to bringing indoors. We recommend only using water based paint.

PAINTING MDF or Satin Board for indoors
MDF
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 though.

Satin board offers a smooth white surface on both sides with raw mdf edges. Some people, we have found like the look to leave as is but the edges are exposed and unprotected. If you have chosen to do so, we do recommend sealing the edges with paint or clear varnish (water based) to make the edges easy to clean. When dry, use a razor blade to clean up any over paint from the edges, it will remove the excess paint very easily if gently done. You can purchase a safe flat blade with handle from the paint section at Bunnings
Depending on the look you are after, you can apply a clear varnish on large flat surfaces with a paint brush or spray gun. If you intend to paint the whole panels with colour any way, the plain MDF is a much cheaper option.
PLEASE NOTE: We do recommend coating the whole item to fully protect and to stay within the guidelines of our warranty. All of our items are DIY and require coating for longevity and easy cleaning.

Use a semi gloss or satin water based exterior paint (We find the exterior paint more hard wearing) x2 coats, give the edges a light sanding with a fine 180 grit sand paper after the first coat if preferred. Depending on the colour, you may need to apply an extra coat of paint. Darker colours coat very easily. A 4ltr tin of paint will fully cover your indoor cubby house. Available at Bunnings - approximate price range $70. * We have received one feedback with the Taubmans endure of a smell hanging around after painting. We have not experienced this with any of our indoor displays but feel it is worth the mention.

PAINTING CUBBY SIGNS
LETTERS (BOTTOM COLOUR) Follow this link to view a youtube video how to apply the first coat for the letters
Using a microfibre small roller, dip into the paint and using the end of your roller, fill in the letters with paint. Finish with rolling over the top to spread the paint out to leave a smooth and even surface. This will also spread the paint out evenly in the letters.
TOP COLOUR Follow this link to view a youtube video how to apply the top coat
Using a small white foam roller, dip into the top colour paint and roll onto a flat surface of cardboard to load the roller with paint. Always roll the cardboard before rolling over the letters. 

PAINTING CUBBY HOUSE WALL PANELS
Stand panels up against a wall. Theres no need to paint the bottom if for indoors as this will not be seen. Using a micro fibre roller, load with paint and start rolling the flat surface. Use the end of the roller to get into the slots and roll over the edges of the wall. Follow this link to watch how to paint your cubby wall panel with a roller.
TIP: Hold out away from the wall to roll edges. Try not to get any paint in holes (for bolts) or any edged grooves to make assembling your item easy. Apply two coats, lightly sand the edges with a 180grit sand paper and apply final coat. When fully dry, flip to repeat on the other side.  Save a little paint to do any touch ups if required after assembling.

PAINTING THE SMALLER CUBBY PANELS OR PLAY FURNITURE
Painting the smaller panels is easier if the panel is laid onto a raised platform so you can roll the roller around the edges. These panels are also easier to paint when laid in a flat position.
Apply two coats, lightly sand the edges and apply final coat. When fully dry, flip to repeat on the other side.  Save a little paint to do any touch ups if required after assembling. Follow this link to view painting the smaller panels with a roller

 


STAINING  Treated Ply for outdoors
Our forts and outdoor easy cubby houses are made from LOSP or ACQ 17.5mm H3 CD 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 some 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 washing 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.