Wednesday, November 16, 2011

DIY Children's Play Kitchen

For my daughter's 2nd birthday I really wanted to get her a play kitchen, but didn't want to pay the price!  I came across this child size, wood curio cabinet at a consignment store and the ideas started rolling.  Working for a local cabinet business I was lucky to get the knobs, corbels to add to the side, and a piece of new laminate for the top.  The other huge help was my Dad.  He helped me put it all together.
I started out by taking off all the doors, hinges and handles.  Then I sanded down everything and re-painted it all white using leftover paint from my parents house.  I picked up a can of silver spray paint for the appliance doors, black spray paint for the burners and handles, and hinges for the additional microwave door.  Doing some research online I found that using old cottage cheese container lids for the burners worked great! 
After spraying everything and putting it all back together we began to add the details...
We used knobs for the faucet handles, I got a small stainless steel bowl from the a local thrift store for the sink, re-used the black handles for the appliance handles, cut-out and spray painted a faucet for the sink, glued on the stove burners and added some black vinyl squares for windows on the appliances. 
A couple other fun additions were some salt and pepper shakers made out of old spools of thread.  I added a button on top and a "S" and "P" out of pink vinyl for the fronts.  I picked up a small chalkboard to add to the side at a local craft store and added some vinyl to it also.
This little kitchen turned out just how I had planned and my little daughter LOVES it!  I added up the total cost for the cabinet and materials and it came to $30.  What more can you ask for?  How great is that!!!


  1. So cute! I wish I had the time to do something like this for my kiddos for Christmas!

  2. This is adorable! I have a 13 month old and can't wait until she starts playing with this kind of stuff so I can {try} to make something this awesome!! Your newest fan!!