For Bella’s third birthday we wanted to get her a play kitchen, but after pricing the options, we decided to make one.
Not only is our play kitchen much sturdier than anything we could have purchased, it was less expensive and it has a super-fun light that comes on whenever the ‘oven’ door is opened.
Now, nearly a year later it is still played with daily by both our boys and girls and is usually the first thing that visiting children check out.
Our starting point was an old bedside table that we had in our garage.
We took the bed-side table apart, sanded it down, filled in the holes from the knobs (because we were going to replace the hardware), added a board for the ‘backsplash’ area of the play kitchen,
cut out a circle in the top in which to place our dog-bowl-sink and painted the dresser and backsplash with “oops paint” that we found steeply discounted at Lowe’s.
We painted the interior of the entire dresser with black paint and I found a grill from an old oven at a thrift store and cut it down to fit into the area that was previously the drawer of the bedside table, but would now be the oven.
Just for fun, we found a motion-sensor night light to put into the oven so that the light comes on whenever the oven door opens or the kids put something into the oven.
I then took the face of the drawer off of the back part of the drawer (we did not use the back part of the drawer for this project) and attached the drawer front directly to the dresser with hinges to make an oven door that would drop down just like a real oven.
I also added a magnetic closer thing-y to keep the oven door from dropping open.
I thought I was going to need to find something to prevent the ‘oven’ from opening too far, but the drawer front is so thick that it runs into the face of the bedside table and so does not open too far, but depending on your particular piece of furniture, that may be something that you will need to add.
We spray painted four old CDs with black spray paint
and affixed them to the top of the side table with gorilla glue for our stove eyes.
Then I put on lots and lots of coats of polyurethane because I knew this piece was going to get lots of pounding and other heavy use.
We used wooden knobs spray painted black for the stove and the same handles spray painted white for the sink.
The faucet is a letter “J” that we found a Joanne’s and spray painted silver.
We had lots of fun converting other thrift store finds into parts of Bella’s kitchen.
A little bit of spray paint can make a big difference to a lot of things.
Another big hit was that we added three stick-on hooks on each side of the play kitchen on which the kids can hang pots, pans, utensils and even aprons.
I wasn’t sure how long the hooks would last with lots of use by little ones, but it has been nearly a year and there are still two hooks on each side.
In the cabinet of the play kitchen we placed a basket. This provides an ideal place to store all of that play food and the accessories for the kitchen.
Bella’s play kitchen remains one of the favorite toys in our house. The bedside table was fairly tall, so our kitchen is also tall, making it a good size for even 6-7 year old kids.
There are so many possibilities when creating a play kitchen. It has been one of my favorite DIY projects.
We still plan on adding a small shelf to the backsplash area above the sink…someday.
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