How To Build A Play Kitchen


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A play kitchen DIY project! We worked to make this kitchen look like our own kitchen. It was inexpensive and was built from the base of a small IKEA end table. Easy, cute, inexpensive and original! Check out these instructions on how to build a build a play kitchen!

I have been wanting to publish the plans for this project for quite some time now. I hope you enjoy the story of the creation of my daughter’s play kitchen.

For my daughter’s second birthday we wanted to buy a play kitchen for her. As we shopped around, we quickly became aware of three things:

1- Play kitchens are very expensive
2- They are huge
3- Not very many would match our decor (which means a lot when you live in a townhouse)

So I proposed to my husband that we BUILD the kitchen. I did some research online and got some basic ideas… then we went shopping.

Here’s the pictorial diary of our play kitchen creation.

STEP 1

We bought one small pine end table from IKEA for $19. This table served as the foundation for the play kitchen. Everything was built around this key piece.

A play kitchen DIY project! We worked to make this kitchen look like our own kitchen. It was inexpensive and was built from the base of a small IKEA end table. Easy, cute, inexpensive and original! Check out these instructions on how to build a build a play kitchen!

 

STEP 2

We purchased a small stainless steel dog dish from the dollar store and used it for the sink of the kitchen. My husband traced the dish onto the surface so he would know how much of a hole to cut out for the “sink”.

A play kitchen DIY project! We worked to make this kitchen look like our own kitchen. It was inexpensive and was built from the base of a small IKEA end table. Easy, cute, inexpensive and original! Check out these instructions on how to build a build a play kitchen!

STEP 3

My husband then cut a small piece of plywood to attach to the the back of the kitchen. This piece would serve as the back of the stove.

A play kitchen DIY project! We worked to make this kitchen look like our own kitchen. It was inexpensive and was built from the base of a small IKEA end table. Easy, cute, inexpensive and original! Check out these instructions on how to build a build a play kitchen!

STEP 4

A small piece of plywood was attached down the centre of the table. This piece would allow for two doors to be added to replicate cabinets. My husband decided to get creative with the paint and replicate the quartz counters we have in our own kitchen. The rest of the piece was painted with a small can of dark brown paint (which matches the espresso finish on our own kitchen cabinets).

A play kitchen DIY project! We worked to make this kitchen look like our own kitchen. It was inexpensive and was built from the base of a small IKEA end table. Easy, cute, inexpensive and original! Check out these instructions on how to build a build a play kitchen!

STEP 5

We added a few plastic pipes for the faucet and painted wooden drawer knobs for the oven and sink controls. Two cupboard doors were added by using plywood and some simple door hinges. We used “stainless-steel-like” shelving paper for the oven top, oven backing and door. The oven burners were hand-drawn using a permanent black marker. We added a brushed chrome knob for the cupboard door and a brushed chrome handle for the oven door.

A play kitchen DIY project! We worked to make this kitchen look like our own kitchen. It was inexpensive and was built from the base of a small IKEA end table. Easy, cute, inexpensive and original! Check out these instructions on how to build a build a play kitchen!

STEP 6

We tried our best to make the play kitchen match our own kitchen.

A play kitchen DIY project! We worked to make this kitchen look like our own kitchen. It was inexpensive and was built from the base of a small IKEA end table. Easy, cute, inexpensive and original! Check out these instructions on how to build a build a play kitchen!

The backing of the unit is a leftover piece of maple from the previous year’s kitchen renovation. We then found a great shelf at IKEA for $2.99 (which we painted to match everything else) and added some peel and stick subway tiles that we found at Home Depot (for $1.00 each) to complete the look.

A play kitchen DIY project! We worked to make this kitchen look like our own kitchen. It was inexpensive and was built from the base of a small IKEA end table. Easy, cute, inexpensive and original! Check out these instructions on how to build a build a play kitchen!

Step 7

An under-counter battery operated light was added. The clock was painted on and is set to 6:56 – the time my daughter was born.

A play kitchen DIY project! We worked to make this kitchen look like our own kitchen. It was inexpensive and was built from the base of a small IKEA end table. Easy, cute, inexpensive and original! Check out these instructions on how to build a build a play kitchen!

STEP 8

We purchased some simple pieces to complete the look of the kitchen. Pots and pans, tin cans from the dollar store and play food made the kitchen ready to play in!

A play kitchen DIY project! We worked to make this kitchen look like our own kitchen. It was inexpensive and was built from the base of a small IKEA end table. Easy, cute, inexpensive and original! Check out these instructions on how to build a build a play kitchen!

In the end, our kitchen was about $50! My dear husband did all of the design and construction and I was the interior designer. We worked as a team on this project. The love and care we put into my daughter’s play kitchen could never be matched by the store-bought kitchens we were originally looking at.

A play kitchen DIY project! We worked to make this kitchen look like our own kitchen. It was inexpensive and was built from the base of a small IKEA end table. Easy, cute, inexpensive and original! Check out these instructions on how to build a build a play kitchen!

This project also inspired us to create one handmade gift every year for our daughter’s birthday. I look forward to sharing our most recent project that we designed for my daughter’s third birthday… her Mr. Dressup Tickle Trunk.

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Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care. 

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