Okay, so I am SUPER DUPER proud of the play kitchen I made for Claire's 2nd birthday. And it was just in time too... the night before her birthday, she drug out every single pot and pan from the cabinets and every piece of Tupperware.
First, I have to say that I was heavily influenced by play kitchens on flickr, especially Jane Little's photostream. Also, it helps to have a brother-in-law who will let you borrow his hand jigsaw for an indefinite period of time. And a hubby who will figure out the oven door hinge situation for you.
Before:After:(more photos on flickr)
I re-purposed wood from the nightstand wherever possible, except the back needed to be a sturdier surface for the shelf, so my husband picked up a piece of birch.
Thrifted: bowl for sink, salt & pepper shakers, nightstand.
Bought: Wood letter 'J' for faucet, acrylic paints for knobs/burners, hinges/magnetic clasp hardware for oven door, hooks for utensils, tension rod for curtain, picture frame, scalloped trim for chalkboard, piece of birch.
Free/already had: white paint, knobs, blank cd's for stove burners, chrome hanger, vintage towel, fabric for curtain (Watercolor Floral in Darcey collection by Anna Griffin), chalkboard paint from my sister, handle for oven door, tap light, vintage salad picture from pilllpat's photostream.
All in all, I'd say we spent between $50-$60. And a lot of time out in the freezing garage!