I've just fell in love with the adorable play kitchens I've been seeing all over Pinterest this past year. So, I had the itch to make one for my babies ( along with my hubbies help of course!) This is such a great way to up-cyle that unwanted piece of furniture you no longer need. Whether it be a bookshelf, nightstand, armoire, tv stand, etc! In our case, my Mother-in-law and Father-in-law gave us a media stand (he built it in the 90's by the way!!) and I knew it would be perfect!
We headed to Andersons and bought Benjamin Moore's paint in Cumulus Cloud. This is such a gorgeous color! It's a light gray with a hint of brown, which goes with our decor! I opted for a light color so I could make it 'pop' with the accessories!
Here's what your going to need for this project:
- Piece of furniture to up-cyle (as suggested above)
- Preferred paint
- Chalkboard paint
- Circular saw
- Bowl for sink
- Scrap wood
- Wood glue
- Brushed nickel (or chrome) spray paint
- 4 knobs/handles
- Scrap fabric
- Glue gun, fabric glue, velcro
We did not prime our wood because the paint we bought had a primer already in it! This saved us a little bit of time :) Start by removing any doors and hardware and set aside. My husband used a circular saw to cut a whole the size of the bowl we chose for the sink. He used a heavy duty caulking to attach the bowl. I bought all the supplies (bowl, small tins, silverware and chalk from Target dollar corner!). Let the caulk dry completely. We put two thick coats of paint on the entire piece. I couldn't be more happy with this color!! While the paint was drying, my husband used scrap wood we already had and began to cut two "J's" for the faucet and a rectangular piece for the faucet to rest on. He glued the "J's" together with wood glue and and clamped together until dry. I layed out a piece of cardboard and begin to prime all the hardware, faucet and pieces. After the primer was dry, I used Kyrlon's Satin Nickel spray paint, two even coats on all the pieces.
Once the cabinet piece we were using as the oven was dry we taped it off and begin to spray it with chalkboard paint. I would recommend two or three light coats of this (follow directions on bottle). We grabbed the two cabinet pieces we were using as the refrigerator doors and sprayed the handles with the satin nickel spray paint as well. We let everything dry completely overnight. The next morning we were excited to get this piece finished, and so were the kids!
We began to reassemble all the cabinets and hardware. We had extra knobs from when we moved into our house that we decided to use. The faucet knobs were yellow and white gingham, so cute! We still needed fabric for the "curtain's" so we headed to Hobby Lobby and I let my son pick out a piece of scrap fabric he liked. We ended finding a super cute, scrolly design in ivory and orange. It was $2.69 for a 1/2 yard. I also picked up a roll of Velcro to attach to the fabric and cabinet. Once we were back home, I cut the fabric and used fabric glue to secure the loose ends. I used the same fabric glue to attach a piece of the Velcro directly to the fabric, and let dry. Heat your glue gun attach the other piece of Velcro together, and glue the backing generously. Attach this directly to the wood of your kitchen, pressing down until dry. There was enough extra fabric to use as a "dish towel" for the kids to play with!
Just add your accessories and your done! I bought two teal tins for $1 each from Target. One holds the chalk and the other holds utensils. I scored a wire rack from goodwill for .34 cents and spray painted it yellow gold. We also had some play food to add to the fridge, but plan to get more!
This was such a fun project to finish! The kids will have a blast playing with it this Fall/Winter!
The total cost for this project was well under $10 for us. Note, we used a lot of things we already had!
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