So, I knew that Sophie would eventually need (okay maybe not need, but I wanted her to have one) a play kitchen of her own to pretend cook, bake, all that stuff. There are so many play kitchens out there, but I never really wanted a big plastic one, we don’t have room for it, and it’s just not my style. After seeing so many people on Ohdeedoh show off ones they made themselves, I thought I could totally do it also – why not? This one was my main inspiration, because it looked to be about the size I wanted, and all the parts seemed easy enough. I needed an ikea rast bedside table for the base :
but my Ikea was sold out, so luckily I found one at a second hand store. I asked a handy friend if he had any lumber he could spare and if he could maybe do some cuts for me, and I was left with this:
I swear, I didn’t expect him to do all that! I did help – he let me use the power sander. But man did I ever appreciate it – I expected to go home with some slabs of wood, that I would lovingly sand by hand, which would take forever, but I was prepared for it. But, thanks to Orion and his power tools, it looked like this in no time! A big thanks to Beth also for watching Sophie while we worked in the garage. Oliver is welcome to play with Sophie’s kitchen anytime!
The next step was paint. Although I really loved the look of the natural wood, the pieces didn’t all match, there were screws to hide, and rough edges that needed to be fixed, so I thought a coat or two of paint was in order:
Once I had it painted (with leftover baseboard paint), I had to decide how to decorate it, how to have the burners, tap, etc. I decided to buy some scrapbook paper and mod podge it to the back, which gives it a 50’s diner feel. Some hardware, knobs, hooks, hinges and a whole lot of time and love, and this is the final product:
The sink taps can move, like a regular sink, because I drilled bigger holes than the screws needed and didn’t tighten them fully, and the tap is a giant utility hook, installed upside down:
The burners are painted on, and also have movable knobs:
The shelf above can hold play food or play dishes, or whatever!
So far, I would say that it’s a hit – when it was first brought out, Sophie loved to open and shut and cupboard, bring out her pots and pans, and just play quietly (yay!).
Overall, I have to say I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. It probably cost me about $50 for all the materials (small ikea table, hardware etc), and I probably put in a good 10 hours on it, but to me, it’s totally worth it. Sophie likes it too!
A last cute touch – Salt and Pepper shakers made out of old wooden spools and some buttons on top:
Another idea found on the internet – which is a huge time-suck, but there is so much inspiration out there, it just makes me want to make things.