Sunny Play Kitchen
You gotta love Pinterest, so many cool ideas! Our friends and family send us pins often, not to mention the pins Kathy and I send each other. I justify all my time spent ogling pins by calling it “research”, LOL! You can follow our pinning addiction on our Pinterest account.
So, a friend of ours who has a beautiful baby girl sent me a pin of a play kitchen made from an old entertainment center. I’ve seen them before and found them to be adorable. She said ” I want one for my daughter when she gets a little older”. A mission I was happy to take on.
I was out garbage pickin’ and I found this dilapidated changing table/dresser. I knew I would use it to create the play kitchen! It was perfect for the job, with some work of course. Normally I don’t like working with pressed wood, I prefer solid wood. Because this is a play item, pressed wood fits the bill.
And this is how the Sunny Kids Play Kitchen was created:
First step was to lower the changing table portion to tot-size. Bob (my hubby) helped with this and also cut out holes for the mixing bowl I was going to use as the sink and where I would place the faucet. We reinforced the dresser by using some scrap pieces of wood and some of the original pieces from the top of the dresser that was removed. Bob also added some of the scrap pieces to the back to make the piece more sturdy.
The second step was filling all the screw holes with wood putty then sanding. Next step was priming the piece. Then I chose only to paint the outside, because the inside looked like real wooden kitchen cabinets.
I knew I wanted to make a ruffled skirt for the sink area so I chose 3 fabrics with coordinating colors.
I found the chicken fabric and fell in love. (We have chickens on our mini farm aka “La Finquita”). From there I knew I wanted to paint the kitchen a sunny yellow.
I painted the kitchen yellow and painted the fridge door and stove top in silver to mimic stainless steel. I used a tray to trace out the stove top. I used a mini pot I found at the thrift store to trace out the burners and I painted those black.
I also used black paint to create a makeshift divider for the freezer and fridge door. Bob cut two pieces of leftover wire shelving to use as shelves inside the fridge. And then of course a coat of polycrylic to protect it all.
The next step was sewing the ruffled skirt for the sink base. I am an amateur at sewing, I learn as I go. I had the basic concept of what I needed to do. I used one of the fabric pieces (1/2 yard of each) as the base. I cut the other two pieces in half, length-wise. Those two pieces were sewn so that I could gather it to create a ruffle. The ruffles were then sewn onto the base fabric.
I chose Velcro to attach the ruffled skirt to the play kitchen. One part of the velcro was sewn onto the skirt, the other part stapled to the kitchen.
Because my husband loves me (and it helps that he is a plumber by trade) I asked him to find me an old faucet. He came through with flying colors.
Now the play kitchen is complete!
We even had a little tot come over and she was more than happy to test out the play kitchen. I believe she cooked up some delicious gummy snacks!
It was only fair to give our friend who sent me the play kitchen idea first dibs on this play kitchen. I am happy to say she took us up on the offer! This little play kitchen is SOLD 🙂
Happy Salvaging! -Karen
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