Sometime in the months before Christmas I came upon an amazing little play kitchen made from a nightstand over at SAS Interiors. Immediately I knew that I MUST make one for my little girl for Christmas. It took me F.O.R.E.V.E.R. to find a nightstand from the thrift store that would work (isn't that how it always goes, you can find a bazillion of something until you start to look for it specifically) but finally I succeeded! I found the perfect little black nightstand that had a shelf and one drawer! So I snatched it up and started on my own little kitchen.
Let me backtrack for a moment, I have seen several DIY play kitchens around on different blogs, but our house is quite small, and so we don't have much room for "BIG" toys. So when I saw this idea I knew that it was a perfect fit for our tiny little house, and our especially tiny little bedrooms! (unfortunately we don't have a playroom)
Unfortunately I was a slacker and didn't take any before or during photos, so all you get is the after...oops sorry! But I will tell you how I made it.
First I measured a hole for the sink using the bowl that would be the sink(another DI find), and had my mom cut it out for me. (I am still very much a beginner with power tools, and prefer to stick with straight cuts!!)
Then I had to decide how tall I wanted the "wall" on the back to be. I just used wood from a pallet that we tore apart last summer, cut them to size( I did those cuts on our radial arm saw!!) and spaced them as evenly as I could across the back. I had my dad help me screw them to the back, and then I painted them. I used some of the leftover paint from my bench project and mixed it with some white paint to create that lovely teal color.
I traced a small plate and a roll of duct tape for the burners, and then painted them with some silver craft paint. Then I used a sharpie and free-handed the coils. They are by no means perfect, but luckily my two-year-old doesn't care! I used some wooden knobs that came off an old dresser, painted silver for the stove knobs and sink controls.
The faucet was the find of the day!! My mom and I were at the Home Depot searching for some kind of pvc connector thing that would work for a faucet. I was in the plumbing isle just trying to put pieces together to make something work, and my mom decided to ask one of the workers if they had any ideas for a faucet for a play kitchen. The worker took her back to the kitchen display area and gave her a faucet that must have came off of one of the displays or something....for FREE!!! Yay! It was perfect, I just put it on a dowel that we already had to make it the right height and it was good to go!!
I painted the edges of the drawer to make it look like an oven, and added a bigger handle to the top. The backsplash was made from a leftover piece of baseboard from our kitchen with a piece of scrapbooking paper mod podged to the front. The shelf was made from the same pallet wood, and attached with "L" brackets. A cutie little curtain on a dowel made perfect storage on the shelf. I added a towel rack to the side, and added hooks underneath the shelf to hold accessories.
So, what do you think? I love, and so does my daughter and son!!