How to Decorate Wooden Outhouses

by Brenda Priddy
Adding paint to an outhouse makes it a cute yard addition.

Adding paint to an outhouse makes it a cute yard addition.

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Most wooden outhouses are no longer used as bathroom facilities, but rather as quaint decorations from the past. If you have an old outhouse on your property, decorate it to make it a functioning storage room, or even an outdoor bathroom if you want to hook plumbing lines to the area. Wooden outhouses can be decorated in a variety of themes, including vintage, Victorian or farmhouse. Stick with one theme to create a cohesive atmosphere.

Items you will need

  • Oxygen bleach
  • Scrub brush
  • Bucket
  • Primer
  • Large paintbrushes
  • Paint
  • Newspaper
  • Glue
  • Paint roller
  • Patio lights or small light fixture
  • Old baskets and boxes
Step 1

Wash the walls of the outhouse inside and out with one cup of oxygen bleach dissolved in a gallon of warm water. Allow the walls to dry for 24 hours.

Step 2

Paint the walls with primer and a large paint brush. After the primer dries, paint over it with your chosen paint color.

Step 3

Line the inside walls with newspaper clippings, for an old-fashioned look. Use glue and a paint roller to hang the paper to the walls.

Step 4

Hang a nontraditional light from the ceiling in the house, such as a string of patio lights or a pretty light fixture.

Step 5

Use old boxes and baskets to hold bathroom items, such as towels, soap and toilet paper.

Step 6

Paint the floor a contrasting color than the walls to make the outhouse look more like a real building.

Step 7

Add decorative items that fit the theme, such as old Victorian art, farmhouse knick-knacks or any other decorations that fit your chosen theme.

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