April 18, 2012

DIY Play Kitchen Reveal!

Drumroll please . . . because the play kitchen is done!  But you have to keep this reveal a secret until the end of May, when I can finally hand deliver this present to my little cousin, Camilla, who lives in Toronto.

 
We started with a $6.99 microwave stand from Value Village.  I had actually scored a free kitchen cupboard from kijiji.ca but this was cuter.  Plus, these things are everywhere (sometimes for free), so this is an easily adaptable DIY project for anyone who wants to make one for themselves kids they know.

Before

Here's a nearly identical one in use (I snagged this photo from the classifieds).  These things sure are ubiquitous.  And, a little fugly. 


We removed the  top shelf and added a piece of wood for support, which was screwed into the existing side panels.  There's still enough room for a little storage up there, but it's easier to access the sink and element this way.


The Hubs traced the hole for the sink (making it slightly smaller than the actual sink) and then cut the hole.  He started the hole with a spade bit and then cut it with a jigsaw.  Tip: make sure your sink, and sink hole, won't get in the way of, or damage, any magnetic catches for the doors, etc., that may be underneath.



Hubs also cut the holes for the faucet and taps at the same time, using a spade bit for the faucet and a hole saw for the taps:


I removed the handles and hardware and gave the whole thing a coat of primer.  I lightly sanded and primed the wood handles that came with the unit, too.


Then I applied three coats of paint - the same paint I'm using in the basement.  Try the mis-tint section of your paint store for great deals on small quantities of paint if you don't have leftovers kicking around.  I painted the counter top white (oooo, "marble"!) so the black "element," which is just a dollar store cork trivet painted black (using leftover paint again), would pop.  Here's a sneak peak:



Late in the game, I decided Camilla needed more counter space (who doesn't?).  Using the shelf we removed and some wood, plus a dowel, we made her a little shelf to the right of the unit.  Hubby just cut two triangles from the new wood then drilled an indentation with a spade bit for a dowel.  He slipped the dowel into the little dents he made, glued in place then screwed the whole thing onto the unit.  Finally, he screwed on the shelf.  Now there's a place for the tea towels!


I primed and painted some more.


Using silicon, we attached the sink and "element," then Hubby installed the faucet.  It actually moves! 



Small cup hooks from Lee Valley were perfect for hanging teeny utensils from Ikea, and the little hooks from my Ikea Expedit Hack were just the right size for the mini pot holders!



We lucked out because my mom had spare Ikea legs, so we are able to replace the existing wheels with adjustable grey legs.


And that's it!  We went from this . . .

Before
To this:

After



One more before and after:

Before

After
 
I've been busy accessorizing, and trying to refrain from playing with it (I've been unsuccessful).  The accessories I DIY'd, plus the vintage Melmac, look so sweet.  And check it out: I scored a mini detergent bottle from a hotel:



I am so smitten with this kitchen. 









There are quite a few lacy pink accessories.  But, check this out, if we swap out the pink for more blue, it's a toy that Camilla's baby bro, Jack, might want to play with too.  This was no accident.  I intentionally kept the colour of the cupboards, even the pulls, "gender neutral" (I hate that term):


AND we even sewed little Jack his own cowboy print pot holders, with tea towels to come (I sure love this print).  Once I buy Camilla her muscle car, I'll buy Jack some knitting lessons to counteract this manliness.


This photo helps illustrate the scale.  It's so wee:



Cost breakdown (not including applicable taxes):
  • Microwave stand: $6.99 (included cute, wooden handles that I painted)
  • Faucet: $15.00 (with a bit of negotiating, bought from kijiji.ca)
  • "Sink": $3.99 (it's actually a stainless mixing bowl from the thrift store)
  • "Element": $1.25 (a cork trivet from dollarama)
  • Wood for shelf brackets + dowel: $5.00
  • Primer & paint: leftovers 
  • Legs: Free! (Mom had them lying around)

Total kitchen cost, having paid the tax man (but minus accessories):  $34.65 

    I figured vintage and DIY accessories were the only way to go.  In case you missed them, here's a summary of previous play kitchen posts:
    We also bought some utensils, pots, pans and play food from Ikea.  I'm hoping I have time to make some felted cupcakes before delivery day, so stay tuned.

    P.S. I linked this project up over here: At The Picket Fence, Funky Junk Interiors, Young & Crafty, 30 Handmade Days, Blogging Business Artisans, Primitive & Proper, Redoux Interiors, I {Heart} Nap Time, DIY Showoff, Five Days, Five Ways, Addicted 2 Decorating, Craft Envy, Lolly Jane Boutique, Craftionary, My Repurposed Life

    51 comments:

    1. it looks awesome!!!! love the colors- it's perfect!

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    2. This is the most darling thing I've ever seen! My daughter would swoon!

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      1. Thanks Lesley! I'm ready for your link party, now :)

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    3. Sooo stinkin cute! I just wish I had a kid to make this for. One day...

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      1. Find a kid you like! This is for my cousin, but I'm totally considering making one for my neighbour. This kitchen is just too adorable. My cheeks hurt from saying "awwwwww" all day (it's still in my dining room).

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    4. This turned out so fabulously! You did a great job :)

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    5. Tanya, this is adoooooorable! I love the colours!
      Oh to be young again and receive something like this!

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      1. I know, right? My favorite toy was a play kitchen but mine was all 80s plastic.

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    6. I’m oohing and aahing over everything! It’s adorable! I especially love the cute little accessories you chose! She’s going to love it!

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    7. Yay! I've been patiently awaiting this post. Each day I typed in your web address I was thinking "please be the kitchen reveal!"

      It turned out super adorable! Your cousin is going to love it! I love all the little details and accessories you added. I can't wait to try making one for one of my little nieces- so sweet!

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      1. I'm so sorry to have kept you waiting!! I am the pokiest DIY'er out there. I can't wait to see your version.

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      2. You're much quicker and more efficient than me! I was just really excited to see it. lol.

        I'm thinking I might tackle something like this for Christmas (so see- you're not poky at all!)

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      3. You should make one!! I'd love to see! I'm so glad I'm not the only one smitten with this mini kitchen.

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    8. This is so great! I love that you did this, it's just so dang adorable ... I would have way more fun in this play kitchen than I do in my real kitchen ;)

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      1. I concur. Styling the play kitchen for the photo, I spent ages putting things here and there and putting little cloth mushrooms in the little fry pan and the little bundt cake on the cake pan. I puttered, I tidied, I "washed" veggies in the colander. Meanwhile, my kitchen is a MESS and I had a smoothie for dinner.

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    9. A - DOR - A - BLE. Congrats!

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    10. Tanya! You did an AH-MAZING job on this! And, the photos are fantastic! :)

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    11. Its adorable! LOVE THE PROPS TOO!

      You have to give yourself a pat on the back ..or two!

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    12. Soooo cute!! I love this makeover! I'v been looking for a cabinet so I can make a tool table for my son; wishing I lived in Canada right now!

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    13. This is so freakin' cute! I especially love the pops of colour on the side with the ice cream fabric. Great job Tanya!

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    14. It turned out sooooooooo cute! I'm in love. My SIL does a lot of the cooking at their house, so I'm sure the boys will learn to cook too. We may have to make them one.

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      1. Yes, you must! I can only imagine the gorgeous mid-century mod kitchen those lucky boys will have . . . swoon.

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    15. Tanya, this is amazing! So much better than the Little Tykes kitchen our girls had. Brilliant DIY! Well done!

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    16. I am very jealous of any child that gets to play with this! I would keep it for myself actually! It's just too cute! Job very well done!

      Emilie
      www.liveeatsmile.blogspot.com

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    17. So cute! I love the retro chic vibe of your play kitchen! The more I see these DIY play kitchens, the more I think the plastic pieces of cr@p should be outlawed. Thanks for sharing.

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      1. Here here! Although maybe the plastic is safer for soft heads? I have in no way safety tested this . . . lol. But I agree that toys need to be cuter and need to suit the adult spaces they live.

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    18. You are the best cousin EVER! Oh my god, this is cute!!!

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    19. This is completely awesome!! I don't even have kids and I want one :)

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      1. Thanks! I 100% want to keep it.

        It is in my dining room right now, where I'm thinking of putting a DIY bar cart, but I'm thinking, "forget the bar cart, keep the kitchen. Camilla is 3, she won't remember I promised a big surprise and didn't deliver". Oh gosh, I'm evil.

        But it looks SO good as a quirky decor piece. I will CRY when I give it to her at the end of May.

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    20. Such an amazing transformation! I love how you made it into a more sophisticated style and not so cutesy. And the accessories are just darling! Such a perfect gift!

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    21. Thank you so much for sharing! This is the cutest play kitchen and the pictures are amazing. Love the tutorial. Sharing at my link party tomorrow. Should be up around 2:00 PST. Thanks!

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      1. Thank you!! That sounds great, I'll have to swing by your link party later.

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    22. I don't even have kids & I want one!! And the accessories are soo cute!

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    23. Add mine to the ongoing list of sites featuring this awesomeness!

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      1. Awww, thanks Lesley!! You're such an awesome blog friend! I'll be sure to add the feature. And thanks, I really mean it.

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    24. THis is so absolutely adorable!!!! Thanks for linking up with us on the Blogging Business Artisans!

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    25. What a fantastic project! I love the fact that the play kitchen is gender neutral, too.

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    26. Tanya--Camilla will love this play kitchen, what little girl wouldn't? It's too darn cute! You did a fabulous job! I haven't done one of these because I don't have any kids in the family. Perhaps I should do one and sell it at the shop. :)
      gail

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    27. Love this.. Featuring it on facebook and pinterest.. Thanks for linking up at friday fun party! :)

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      1. It was a great link party! Thanks for the features, I appreciate it!

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    28. So sweet! And I love that you can change it up by adding more pink or blue (or whatever color).

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    29. This is just absolutely brilliant, and so beautifully executed! Should I have kids one day, I would love to make something like this for them.

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    30. I just sent your post to my husband. Our baby girl is due in 2 weeks. We have a while before she'll "need" a play kitchen, but what an AWESOME play kitchen this is!

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    31. Oh my gosh -I love this!!!! It's totally amazing!

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    32. I will be making this for my daughter. She will be so excited to see this Christmas morning. Yippee!!!

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