Replacing a Plastic Window in a Playhouse

People looking out open window of playhouse
What You'll Need
Putty knife
Rubber mallet
Replacement window
Paint scraper
Old toothbrush
Warm water
Sandpaper, 200-grit
Wood putty
Wood trim
Wood finish

A playhouse plastic window is a frequently damaged playhouse part. This is partly because it is a highly utilized area of the house. Just like a real house, the windows in a playhouse also deteriorate from exposure to the elements. Once a window gets damaged, it becomes necessary to replace it. The below steps will guide you through replacing a playhouse window.

Step 1 - Remove the Window

Identify the damaged window. Begin at a bottom corner and poke your putty knife between the frame and window. Tap the knife from the back with a mallet to loosen the frame. Keep up the pressure until you reach the bottom of the frame. Work your way round the entire frame. Remove the pieces of wood trim that secure the window in place as you proceed. Once you’ve completed one side, do the same for the other side of the window until the window can be pulled out with ease.

Step 2 - Obtain Replacement Window

child with hands on a window

Take the window along with you to a hardware store. Obtain a plastic window that is similar to your damaged window. The dimensions should be an exact match with the damaged window. It is a good idea to buy an extra window so that it is readily available for future repairs.

Step 3 - Clean the Frame

Use a paint scraper to clear the glue and putty that held the previous window in place. Work along the perimeter of the frame. Once you clear the frame on one side, do the same for the other side. Take an old toothbrush and clear dirt and debris from the groove along the window frame. Wipe carefully all around the frame with a damp cloth.

Step 4 - Sand

You may spot some rough patches along the frame where the putty is stuck. Use a 200-grit sandpaper to smooth these areas. Clear the debris with a damp cloth.

Step 5 - Install Replacement Window

Take your new window and fit into the frame. Use your putty knife to apply wood putty around the window on both sides. Insert wood trim all round the window to secure it in place. Push the trim firmly into the putty for a secure fit. You may want to tap the trim into place with your rubber mallet.

Step 6 - Clean

young girl looking out a playhouse window

Remove excess putty with the paint scraper. Wipe all round the window with a damp cloth. This will leave your playhouse clean and ready for the next step.

Step 7 - Apply Finish

It is a good idea to apply the same finish on the repaired window as the rest of the playhouse windows. This helps to protect the wood from damage by the elements. Brush a suitable wood-based finish with a paintbrush onto the new window. Allow the finish to dry as stipulated by the manufacturer. Apply a second coat and let it dry completely before the playhouse is used.