I tend to get overly ambitious and put a lot of pressure on myself. Masochist maybe? I had the crazy idea of a play kitchen makeover the week of my daughter’s birthday party- yikes. I found an oldfixer-upper in the classifieds for $15! But as you’ll see, it needed A LOT of work. Luckily, my husband was on vacation and my mom was in town visiting so, I was able to finish this in 3 days! Note- wear a mask when using spray paint! I felt pretty woozy each night after painting. I will give my husband credit for spray painting the cabinets. I was busy prepping for the birthday party so he had to take on that job.
I wanted to make it gender neutral so my boys could play with it as well, but at the same time I wanted to make it for my baby girl since she doesn’t have any of her own toys. So, while I used gender neutral paint, I used gold to glam it up for my baby girl. In order to save some money I tried to reuse the parts it already had and find stuff around my house. I reused the old stove knobs for the oven ones since one was missing.
I am in love! And all of my kids play with it. It is safe to say that it is #1 played with toy at our house. And I love watching them explore and break through certain gender stereo types. They love making me lunch and dessert. And I love that I made it for them to enjoy. I enjoy the process- am I crazy? Do you guys like making these kinds of things for your kids or would you rather just buy it?
What did I do?
1. I took off all the doors but left the hardware on because I wanted it to be the same color as the paint.
2. Lightly sanded the wood with sandpaper. Sanded a little more the parts with the painted on scenes like wallpaper, fridge, and buttons.
3. Spray painted everything in “Heirloom White” by Rustoleum from Home Depot. I did 1-3 coats: 1 coat for the insides of cupboards and fridge; 2 coats for the outside; 3 coats for the front of the fridge door and oven buttons and anywhere that needed it.
5. Details: I couldn’t find knobs for the stove. So, I used the next best thing- those flat acrylic rhinestones. I also couldn’t find a faucet for the sink- so I just used a pipe from Home Depot. I honestly just walked around until I found something perfect!
I painted a tiny clipboard with black chalkboard paint from Amazon (if you don’t have Amazon Prime I just don’t understand how you shop- haha!) Online shopping all the way for me! Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial and see how you like it…. aka get addicted.
My mom sewed a tiny apron and kitchen towel from a thrifted pillow cover. She is so crafty!
I spent about $20 on spray paint, $6 on faucet (metal pipe from Home Depot), $1 on plastic sink (painter’s tray) and $15 on accessories like the felt food from IKEA. So in total it was less than $60. Can’t beat that, right?
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