12.29.2009

DIY is fun

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.

The break-down:
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!

55 comments:

rachel b. said...

Rachel, this is so awesome!! I had to show BJ your post right when I saw it because he loves to remake furniture and work with wood. I hope we have a little girl someday so we can make her a little kitchen too. Very impressive on the repurposing!!!

Jill said...

wow - SO cute! I have been planning to do this for my son and have been drooling over all the other remakes online, but I have to say, this is one of my very favorites. Nicely done!

Dazzling Domestics said...

This is fantastic!! Wow thanks for sharing your ideas.

sharla@mylittlegems said...

Super cute! I absolutely love it- especially the chalk board part. Maybe my boys need one of these...or maybe I do ;)

Jane said...

I *love* it!! Everything is just darling! I bet your daughter was thrilled!

Lydia said...

This is such a beautiful, resourceful, creative and fun gift! What a lucky child to have such a beautiful, resourceful, creative and fun mom like you!

rebecca said...

My husband just made a cool dollhouse for my girls. Looks like a kitchen is next. I love this project... your details really make it fun.
Rebecca. Boston, MA

kleiosbelly said...

Saw this on Design Sponge -- just love it. I'm especially impressed how it occurred to you to use the "J" for the faucet! Brilliant!

Miranda said...

this is fantastic! I'm getting ready to make a DIY kitchen for my little girl out of an old TV stand so I'm loving this inspiration. Looks like I'm going to have to subscribe to your blog! :)

Leslie Wilson-Rutterford said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Ingenious and so pretty!

Sherri said...

Wow I just discovered this on Design Sponge this morning and I have to tell you that you did an amazing job! Way to think out of the box--your daughter is one lucky girl! *Sherri*

Stacy said...

Amazing! You're an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

susie said...

You are a genius! Saw this on Design Sponge and had to comment. Thank you for posting this! I am really inspired.

Kristin said...

Adorable! Very inspiring!

Kim said...

This is the most adorable project ever! Makes me sad my baby girl is 23 :-) I think this post will start a run on ugly nightstands so other moms can copy your creativity. Beautiful job!!!

Leila said...

So pretty and inviting! Very inspirational!

The cuteness is overwhelming!

Megan Daly said...

You are amazing. Love love love it. Can't say enough about this kitchen it is too cute.

Makes me wish I had an old night stand to convert. SMILE

Autumn said...

found you from designsponge. What a GREAT kitchen. Very inspiring. I so wish I would have thought to do our own vs buy one! nice work

Becky said...

this turned out so cute. Love the fabric you chose for the bottom!

Clementine's Shoes said...

This is stunning. Beautiful work. I'm all inspired again now, having seen this transformation, to make one for my son. Thanks for sharing!
(Spotted on Design Sponge)

Kate said...

Rachel, what a great idea! This is so much cuter than the cheap ones you can find at the store. Great job!

MeckMom said...

My fingers are itching to make this. Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea!

LKP said...

i like the size of this project. i've been enamored with these re-purposed mini-kitchens for a while (alas, at 12, my little one is not little enough for the idea anymore). the other versions i've seen have been from old entertainment centers. while those are great, i've been boggled at the idea of where one would put something that grand. YOURS is perfect! i could justify having a nightstand version to snuggle into our little play room under the stairs & children that come to visit with their moms would completely benefit! thanks.
dilemma resolved. =0)

Jill said...

I commented earlier, but I really love your play kitchen. I am starting my own nightstand play kitchen project and I linked your post and one of your photos on my blog. Hope that's ok!

Kristin said...

I posted a link and photo of your kitchen on my blog. I hope thats fine, I love this project! Very inspiring and beautiful!

Angie@treasures for tots said...

OMG how pretty! You did an AWESOME job!! I love it!!

I featured your fun DIY play kitchen on my blog - check out my sidebar!

Thank you so much for sharing how you made this!!

Joyeful said...

Ooohhh, now this is adorably perfect in every way! What a transformation!

Nancy @ TheSensitivePantry said...

This might be about the cutest thing I've ever seen! It's so creative. I bet she looooved it. Good job, Mom.

Polly said...

Great job! I'm planning on doing one of these remakes too. You did a super job with this!

Amber said...

It turned out SO cute! It looks store bought, but more special. You did a fabulous job.

Rachel said...

Thank you everyone! It was fun to do, and I got a lot of ideas from all the other play kitchens on Flickr... like the 'J' for the faucet, etc. Definitely check them out!

Jesse said...

This is SO fantastic! If you don't mind I am going to share it on my blog, linking it back to yours. I LOVE this!!

Tiffany said...

This is seriously amazing! You did a fantastic job. I've never seen a kitchen made from a nightstand! Just awesome.

Oh, and the letter J for the faucet was pure genius...seriously!

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

Wonderful job! I linked to this on my weekly roundup - thanks so much for sharing!

Hi I'm Amy, said...

wanted you to see how you inspired me : ) Thanks. Out little one loves it.

http://thelittlebeansprout.blogspot.com/2010/02/my-exciting-life-play-kitchen.html

Lisa said...

Great job! It is perfect!

Allegra said...

oh i love this so much! my daughter has a play kitchen that i've been wanting to update. did you sand down the wood before applying the white paint? did you use a special white paint (waterproof?)? you've given me a lot of great ideas. and i LOVE the chalkboard!

allegra918ATgmailDOTcome

katieoz said...

Hi! Love this! I posted pics and linked back to you and designspongeonline.com on my blog!

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

I really love this idea and the fabric it so fresh and pretty! You did a fabulous job! Glad I found your blog. Nice to "meet" you.
Londen

Laura said...

Wow! Talk about being able to see a diamond in the rough. Great job! I WILL be making one of these for my grandkids. LOVE it!
Laura

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Heather said...

Thanks for the FABULOUS idea! I made one heavily influenced by yours! i did add a couple things since I didn't have a nightstand with drawers, including a fridge! You can check it out on my website:
www.theekstromfamily.com
Thanks again!!

rachel said...

I loved your play kitchen so much I had to make one too! Thank you so much for the idea!
http://husbandwifehappylife.blogspot.com/2010/06/play-kitchen-project.html

katieoz said...

All the way back in March, I fell in love with your play-kitchen.

And thanks to the inspiration from your blog I made my own, for my daughter's 2nd Birthday :)

http://landofozfam.blogspot.com/2010/08/play-kitchen.html

Amanda said...

This is amazing!! You are so creative re-purposing various items like that and have given me real inspiration to make a play kitchen for my daughter :)

Felicia said...

Thankyou! After seeing your post I decided that my son was not too old at 3 1/2 to enjoy a play kitchen and finally made one: http://craftcochinealtantrums.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-kitchen.html

Kellie said...

Thanks for the inspiration! http://adesignermommysworld.blogspot.com/2011/01/entertainement-center-into-sams-play.html

Anonymous said...

Love that play kitchen :)
Whats the size of your play kitchen?

besquirrely.com said...

Thank you for the inspiration - I've had your nightstand bookmarked for a LONG time. Nothing like a two year old's birthday for a good deadline!

Here's the one I made for our little birdie:
http://besquirrely.com/2011/05/26/wrens-play-kitchen/

EyePopArt said...

Fabulous!!

Sarah said...

Spotted this on Pinterest and I love it! I found a neat little cabinet thingy at Goodwill for less than $10 and the daycare kiddos should have a kitchen, all for their own by Monday! Good thing too, they're all up in my cupboards and I can't get anything done in my kitchen!

Astrid said...

What a clever idea to use the letter J for a faucet... brilliant! We just found an abandoned cupbaord by the road, and so play kitchen is top of my to-do list for our little one-year-old! (Although, 2nd birthday is probably a more likely deadline!)

Brandi said...

This is amazing! Absolutely gorgeous. You are so creative.

MsToothFairy said...

Thank you so much for the inspiration- have linked to your post on my blog so you can see what your great ideas are inspiring around the world!

Thanks again!

Ashley McMillan said...

Awesome! I made my son a play tool bench from a nightstand and am now working on upcycling another old nightstand into a play kitchen. I have been looking at all the variations online trying to get some inspiration. I have to say I was looking for a little faucet for it and I just was having a difficult time thinking I wouldn't find anything to work until I read this and saw you used a wooden 'J'. That is genius! Thank you so much, my problem is solved. I NEVER would of thought of that on my own. Great job with the whole thing!! :)

Andrea said...

I came across your play kitchen on Pinterest, while rounding up inspiration to tackle a play kitchen for my daughter. I loved idea of using and upside down wooden J for the faucet. So smart! Of course I had to "borrow" that idea for my daughter's kitchen. :) Anyway, just wanted to pop in to say thanks for the inspiration!
PS I've posted pics, if you'd like to take a peek. :)
http://www.andreajennisoninteriors.com/2013/08/diy-play-kitchen/