Monday, March 7, 2011

One Kitchen Done, One to Go...

I'm still not ready to share my kitchen, but I can share the boy's kitchen that I finished this weekend. I had been wanting a real wood play kitchen for the little boys and I found a lovely one at a toy store online. The only catch, it was over $350. I almost bought it, but my frugal side just would not let me. So I thought about what I could turn into a play kitchen. After looking online for ideas, I realized I had the perfect solution just sitting in the basement.

I took the top of a hutch that I was not longer using, as the bottom is being used as our TV cupboard in the family room, and asked hubby to help me bring it upstairs. It's all solid pine, no plywood, so it is quite sturdy. Here is the before... the poor thing has been painted quite a few colors over the years...
We flipped it upside down and I started to paint....(and cut a hole for the sink)
And here is the finished result... I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out. Sorry for so many pics, I just adore how it looks.

Sorry for the pink glare, you shouldn't wear hot pink when you are taking pics! The faucet is our old faucet that hubby replaced for me.
This piece was part of the new faucet that we didn't need, so I turned it into the temperature control for the oven. I found a thermostat pic online and printed it out then mounted it behind a thin sheet of plastic.
The bottom works as the mini fridge. I still need to make some shelves for in there.
Storage area under the sink and stove.

So here is my grand total for the project....
  1. Bowl for sink...Goodwill .99
  2. Towel rack... Ace hardware 5.99
  3. 4 wood knobs for stove controls...Ace hardware 3.00
Everything else was in the house and being unused... so free...Total of $9.98 for a new wood play kitchen!!!
I have decided,well finally realized, that we still have lots of little kids in the house, and I need to make more fun places for them. I can have a totally prim home when the kids are grown, for now I need to make it a neat place for them ,(with my touches thrown in). I love the Waldorf play spaces you see online, so I'm kind of making my own style of that in my kitchen area. You will see the whole thing when I share my kitchen reveal with you.

So what do you think? Cute?

Have a fantastic day,



  1. Tiff, that play kitchen is way cuter than the purchased ones. It has so much character.

  2. oh my goes so well with your home.and how ingenious are the both of you..this is flipping fantastic..I want to come and play on it too.;) you both outdid yourselves..:)

  3. Great job! My kids had so much fun with their play kitchen (back in the day). I know your children will cook up some delicious meals too! If I remember right, I cut circles out of plywood for the stove burners - just glued them on and painted concentric rings to look like an electric range.....

  4. very cute!
    My 2 1/2 year old grandson loves to cook in his little is the same little kitchen his mommy got for her first birthday 25 years ago. :)

  5. Wow, that is great!!!

    Enjoy, Janie

  6. Thrifty!
    Love it, Love it! I'm with Gina, I wan't to come play too..

  7. I think you just found a new sales venture!! You should make these and market them! This kitchen is the cutest thing! Super job!

  8. Tiff ~
    You are just so creative and clever! What a great thing for your boys.
    Pug hugs :)

  9. Wow!!! That is the cutest play kitchen that I've ever seen...just awesome!! The boys will have hours of fun playing with it.

  10. It is amazing what you come up with, it is
    just fantastic! Looking forward to seeing
    your kitchen.

    Bear Hugs~Karen

  11. I am stunned! How did you see a kitchen out of that hutch??? I wish I had your eye and your talent. I bow down to are truly amazing! Your kids must think you are a genius!!

  12. Oh that is adorable!! I wanted to make one for my daughter, but we found a cute one at Target, so my MIL got it for her for Christmas last year. Now she says that she is almost 7, so she's too old for it!

    Thanks for visiting!

  13. That is just incredible, what a fantastic idea!!

  14. That kitchen is SO COOL -- I want one! I love the way you did it all on shoestring budget, too.

  15. Way Cool!!! You did a fantastic job. I would never have seen a kitchen in that hutch. Your little boys are going to have a blast playing with it. Be sure you save it for your grandchildren someday. (they will start coming) It will be even more fun to watch them.

  16. It is so cute! I am such a sucker for kid's kitchens! I bought a vintage metal set for my little ones last year and I love it as much as they do! You did a great job!


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