Wednesday, June 10, 2009

a repurposed play kitchen

remember this?

well, it's finished:

Sutton's third birthday was June 9th. This play kitchen was what I made for her. She calls it her "chicken", meaning kitchen.

This is how I turned an entertainment center into a play kitchen-

1. Took the doors and the back off and removed center wall/support.
2. Re-enforced the unit with some 1x2's and 2X2's and plywood for the back.

3. Cut the hole for the sink.
4. Cut the hole for the window in the oven door.

6. Added filler pieces under sink and beside oven.
7. Drilled holes for stove and oven knobs.

8. Replaced decorative piece on bottom because it was ug-ly!
9. Used wood filler in grooves on dishwasher door for same reason as #8.

10. Cut and painted trim for window
11. Primed entire kitchen
12. Painted the blue sections of kitchen

13. Painted stove and oven and doors for oven and dishwasher with "Aluminum" spray paint.
14. Painted counter and back splash area a glossy white.

15. Spray painted yogurt and formula lids for stove burners black.
16. Put it all together- glued on window picture (thanks mom and dad for the print!), installed window trim, installed sink, attached knobs and burners, attached hardware to doors and installed doors (hinges added to the bottom and magnetic closures on top so doors open the same way ovens and dishwashers do), attached pot rack.

17. Sewed and installed curtains.

I still need to caulk and touch-up paint the window.

This was such a fun project for me. It was a big one! It was the first time I have used power tools (like the table saw) on my own. The first day I worked on it (taking it apart and reinforcing the structure) I was lucky enough to have my mom visiting. She has been building/creating all my life. If she wants to make something and doesn't know how, then she teaches herself or makes it up as she goes. She is a great inspiration to me! Surprisingly, this was the first time we have worked on a project together. It was a great experience!

The total cost was approximately $65. The entertainment center was $20- craigslist. The sink and faucet $15, knobs $4 and blue paint $4- all from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I tried to use things we already owned- handles, fabric, pot rack, window trim. About another $25 for plywood, magnetic closures, spray paint, nuts, bolts, washers, plexiglass etc.

It's been a huge hit! The girl loves her new kitchen. My six year old boy thinks it's great fun too.


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DIAPERS in the DESERT said...

I LOVE everything you did with the kitchen you made!! It looks GREAT!! I posted a pic of it (with your link) on my blog post about what kind of play kitchen I want. Let me know if you are not okay with that and I will take the pic down. Thanks!!!

Lionessak said...

OMG!!!! Best looking play kitchen I've ever seen! You're so creative. Loooove it!! I want to play with it myself! :)
Now this is a repurposed item!

JennyTheArtist said...

this is amazing. congratulations!

Ann said...

Thanks so much for sharing such an awesome idea! I am using this for inspiration as my husband tries to recreate this for my kindergarten classroom! Love it!

David said...

Sooo cool! I just posted on my blog about mine, which was repurposed from a super ugly old nightstand.

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Hello! Here is the blog post where I included your DIY kitchen! I hope you like it!
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Jessica said...

I just wanted to let you know that you totally inspired me and after I saw a picture of your kitchen I started mine the next day.

Thanks so much for sharing your great ideas!

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This is incredible!!! Beautiful work!

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I like the idea and I am thinking to modify my kitchen with this kind of technique. I am wondering that it is effortless to make thinks so big and so effective in our home.

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Cool artworks, very creative... can you make more in the future?, i think it is a good idea to make some round table etc...

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Lauralee said...

Love this so much! You inspired me to create my own. I linked back to your fab kitchen as well.

Thank you for a wonderful idea!


I took some inspirations from yours and made my own! Thanks so much! You can see mine here:

FATIMA said...

I was searching for a doll house DIY project, and I found your blog. That play kitchen is so lovely..your daughter must be so lucky and happy :)

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Fantastic! Thanks for sharing your technique.

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Brenna said...

I refer to this post all the time! Yours was the first ever upcycled play kitchen I had ever seen and it still inspires me. We just purchased a similar ent. center via craigslist and this will be my newest project. Just thought you should know your idea has really stuck with me! :)

Jess said...

This is INCREDIBLE!!! You're such a thoughtful and crafty parent. xxx, j

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Great use of furniture. We were recently at a reptile party in Melbourne where the kids held snakes and lizards and crocodiles for an hour. They had the best time ever. Then the children scavenged old furniture and spent a week converting it into cages with glass fronts and doors and then called back the snake man and asked for a pet. He couldn't refuse.

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Lisa said...

This is quite possibly the best kitchen I have ever seen. We donated one of these units a few months ago and should have just re-purposed it as a play area for the kids. Awesome job!

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Great job reusing unwanted furniture. Making the kids play kitchen is a neat idea. Great post!

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Eleasha Tate said...

I have an entertainment center similar to yours that we are no longer using and I would love to make this for my kids. I too have never used power tools but have always wanted to be creative. Could you E-mail me with a list of tools that you used and maybe and any specific directions you would recommend for a newbie? My E-mail is

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