8.07.2010

Play Kitchen

Once upon a time, I grew up in a household. In this household, there was an end-table that someday I would get from my mother and turn into a 2nd Birthday present for my daughter. Here are the pictures to prove it.

BEFORE:

DURING:


AFTER:
Claire loves her framed chalkboard; I found the frame (originally an ornate, gold mirror frame) at an estate sale, across the street. :)

The lovely apron and hot pad/oven mitt were made by Claire's Auntie Amy -- a present for her 2nd Birthday. Awhile ago, I made some little yellow pom flowers for a friend's baby shower, and since I had them leftover I thought I'd throw those into the little accessories mix, along with the spray painted salt/pepper shakers I found at the estate sale.

Stove burners are wooden plaques from Michael's; I handpainted them. The stove knobs are just little wooden wheels that I spray-painted silver; they turn. Like MANY other play-kitchen DiY'ers out there, I used an upside down "J" for the faucet but had to stabilize it with scrap wood blocks because I couldn't drill through the piece itself and glueing it didn't seem like a stable enough option. The hot/cold are just little wooden people (again, like many people who made play kitchens online), nut/bolted down, but still turnable.

Thanks to Claire's Oma and Opa, she has pots and pans to complete her kitchen accessories. In addition, she completes her pots and pans with the magnificent felt food (veggie Farfalle pasta, sugar cookies and a stack of pancakes) that her Auntie Kate made her.
There are a few touches here and there that I would like to add (mount little push light in oven, paint/decorate spice rack for the right side, fix the curtain so it covers the gap between the dowel and the oven door) but for the most part it is FINISHED!
I had SOOOOO much inspiration, from ALL over the web. But, as many of you know, the play-kitchen that started it all, for me, was Vintage Songbird's.

45 comments:

wendy said...

Wow, that totally ROCKS!

Betherann said...

This looks AWESOME! Can you make one for me? Not because I have kiddos to play with it...but for ME. :D

katieoz said...

Thanks girls!!! I like it too :) Beth, I will totally make you one...for about $250-300 :) haha.

Heather said...

SOOO CUTE! Really nice job!

The Pond Pad said...

Uhmm...seriously! This is great! You are such a good mom! I mean, the upside down J- super creative. Way to go!

katieoz said...

thanks for the props, Jenn :) but....I can't claim that upside down "J" as my idea...it's an often used technique in the play kitchen world :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Katie,

Haven't seen you in awhile, but do think of you and check your blog now and then. The play kitchen you made is fantastic...can only imagine how much Claire loves it. Hope your whole family is doing well.
Sonya

emily kate said...

Ahhhhh I LOVE THIS!

Catherine Lowe said...

What an awesome job youve done! Wowee, thanks for the motivation to just do it! And give making one a go :)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I think we had that same end table, when I was growing up! Never thought to turn it into a play kitchen though - that's great :)

moomoo45 said...

That old table never looked so good!! You did an awesome job, Katie.
Claire will love making "Happy Cake" in her oven.

Kalee said...

We found a wood play kitchen at a thrift store for $10 that we're fixing up for our niece who is turning 2 in January (she's kinda my favoritest person and I tend to spoil her). Yours has given me so much inspiration to add a little bit of chic to a plain kitchen!

Leigh said...

That is amazing! I would have never thought of that.
--Leigh

julia said...

love it thanks for sharing

Rachel said...

It looks AMAZING Katie!!! I love the yellow and red together. The molding looks so much better painted white and with new hardware. You did a fantastic job! Love the picture frame on the side... I should have done that instead of trying to affix all that decorative molding. And the IKEA pots and pans are the best, aren't they? Love the kitchen window too! I'm sure your Claire loves it as much as my Claire loves hers!

Amanda said...

That is the cutest kitchenette I've seen - would love something like this for my little girl - you've given me great inspiration :)

Charity said...

Very Creative! I love all the finer details that set it apart from all the other kitchen redos!

Van said...

This is simply...the most amazing play kitchen I have ever seen! I am inspired to make one for my little niece out of re-purposed furniture now, too!

I'm new here, I shall follow to be inspired! I found your blog from Better After.

Anna See said...

Super dooper fun! That will be in the family for generations!!

Anonymous said...

You did a great job, I'm sure your daughter loves it!

katieoz said...

Thank you, all, for your lovely comments! It feels great to know Claire's little kitchen is so inspiring :)

Betina said...

This looks so great! I'm working on one for my little girl's xmas gift and yours has so many good ideas. THanks for sharing!

MaryBerry Boutique said...

oh my goodness! This is THE CUTEST play kitchen i have EVER seen! hands down. i am so inspired im making one for my little girl she wants a kitchen from santa this will be PERFECT:) thanks for sharing:) im showing this off on my blog:)
maryberryboutique.blogspot.com

Cook World said...

Cook World
It really looks very amazing and beautiful. I will really appreciate this post, which is very informative. Good Job. Thanks so much

Stacie said...

I love love love how this turned out! My daughter would love this! Thanks so much for sharing! BTW...I featured it here:

http://thecreativecrate.blogspot.com/2010/12/darling-play-kitchen.html

Thanks again! :)

So Scraphappy said...

Sooooo cute!!! I am in love! Just wish I had a child small enough to make this for! Terrific job!

Sawdust and Paperscraps said...

Love it!

MeenyMoe said...

That is the most absolutely fabulous thing I've seen in a while! I have a granddaughter that turns 2 in March. I think my hubby and I will be working to make one of these for her by then! -Karen

Kelli said...

I am stopping by from the Creative Crate and I had to tell you how much I love this! I have an old night stand in my garage that was just waiting to be redone. Now I think I might have to save it and make one of these for my daughter! It is so cute, and I love that it doesn't take up too much room like some other ones. It looks fantastic!

Kimberellie said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
love that play kitchen :) What have you used as a base, and what is the size of your play kitchen?

Amanda said...

I've put together a round up of some fun play kitchens on Craft Gossip today and included your project. :) You can see it here
http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/9-cool-play-kitchens/

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Rachel Sue said...

Hi! I came across this and I would like to feature it on my blog, Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. The link will go live on 2-27.

Thanks!

http://reuseandupcycle.blogspot.com

Aedanseppe.etsy.com said...

this looks so cool!! I love it =D

I have to ask, you said "oma and opa" where are you from? Because I live in the US but am Belgian and speak Dutch ^_^

katieoz said...

Amanda! Thank you so much for the feature!

Rachel Sue, that's fabulous! I'm so glad you like it enough to share with others. ANYONE can make one of these...seriously! If I can, anyone can. And how great to just reuse and old nightstand!

Aedan, thank you! As far as my heritage...it's a little muddled. I am a mix of everything ;) As far as why "Oma" and "Opa"...my sister in law and her family were living in the Netherlands for a couple years and their son (my daughter's same age) called them Oma and Opa so we thought, "why not!?". Plus, it was easier for Claire to say :) So, it just kind of stuck. We love it!

toy shops online said...

Nicely done. You can take this whole kitchen set outdoor.

ShawnandSherri said...

I think that a boy version like this in a tool-bench would be awesome! My son loves sister's play kitchen, but I think they would both enjoy a tool bench.

One perk of making your own kitchen, is that it doesnt have to be totally girly if you want siblings to have fun with it too :)

Meghan Walter said...

I like yours way better than the one you gained your inspiration from!! :) Good work! From the pictures, it looks like she already LOVES it!

- HandmadeJEMs (etsy)

Adrianne said...

how much did it cost in the end. We really want to get me children one for Christmas but they are way too expensive. IT is GREAT!!!! Very impressed!

katieoz said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone! ShawnandSherri, I LOVE the idea to make a tool bench..even just for my little girl :) she'd love it.

As far as cost I didn't keep a breakdown. and I can tell you the second time I made a play kitchen like this I found cheaper ways to get the materials I needed.

For this play kitchen the nightstand was free already so that was great but I think all things (knobs, hardware, letter J for fawcet, bowl for sink, plaques for the stove, hinges, paint, wood to attach to the back of it, frame for the window and the little shelf, dowel and hooks for the curtain rod, gorilla glue, etc.) it came to less than $50. I found things like the frames (for the window and chalboard) and the shelf at a garage sale..so super cheap. I bought the pain full-price for a quart at Lowes. Bought the wood pieces at Joanns (the knobs, J, plaques)...but you can use coupons on that stuff too.

The second time I made a kitchen (http://landofozfam.blogspot.com/2010/12/i-shouldnt-say-never.html) I found way better ways to save money! That time I had to pay for the nightstand but I found so much of my material at the Restore (http://www.habitat.org/restores/). Look into your area and see if you have a Habitat for Humanity Re-store. It was AWESOME! I got knobs for 50 cents each, paint for $1, often times they have wood that will work for the back panel for like $2 or $3. So for my 2nd play kitchen, including the $12 for the nighstand it cost about $30 to make!

Of course, I did have spray paint, paint brushes, fabric, super glue, etc all that stuff already on hand from previous projects. If you can do it for under $50 totally worth it. It was a long process for me because I agonize about little details ...but it is actually a project I believe ANYONE can tackle. I had never made ANYTHING really, before this and got inspiration from online. My daughter still loves her kitchen well over a year later. Though, I am considering some add-ons...like more counterspace :)

Rita Arens said...

I'd like to feature this on BlogHer. I can't find your email -- can you drop me a line at rita@blogher.com?

Sue said...

This is so darling! Great work!

Emily said...

As many people before me have said..this play kitchen is adorable! I'm planning to make one for my daughter as well. I'm just starting to assemble some of the supplies. I have a few questions for you-

The back panel...how did you attach it to the night stand? Is it with just nails, staple gun, wood glue?

Did you spray paint the entire night stand or hand paint it?

Did you sand down the entire thing before you started it?

How did you attach the burners? How do you make the oven knobs and sink handles still turn?

Last one..how did you secure the kitchen sink to the rest of the unit?

I'm sorry for all of my questions! I'm a first timer to re-purposing anything and I don't have a "handy" husband either. Any advice you can send my way would be VERY appreciated! You can email me back at ems.pugh at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

We made the kitchen today from our bookshelves that were going to be trashed. Thanks for the inspiration!

http://nocirciswholeson.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/diy-play-kitchen-from-bookshelf-actually-2-bookshelves/

kitchen sink said...

great idea!! It contributed more of my knowledge on how to decorate/remodel my kitchen on a budget.

 

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