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Last week I did my usual blog rounds and saw over at YOUNGHOUSELOVE that they were having another Pinterest challenge, along with “house of earnest” and Bower Power. I didn’t participate in the first one, but did enjoy seeing all the neat projects that their readers completed. I seriously spent hours just browsing and linking to various blogs. So this time I wanted to get in on the action. BUT, we had plans for the weekend, so there was no time to scour the web for inspiration and then attempt to recreate it. So instead I’m sharing a project that I previously did. Hope you enjoy.


We’ve been pretty busy around here lately with the arrival of Baby J.

Actually, it’s not that there’s that much going on, but when you can’t remember what day it is, because of lack of sleep, everything just starts to blur together.

So I thought I’d share a project I did for the Little One’s birthday, late this summer. I’ve been seeing these cool play kitchens all over the web. Like this one from Pottery Barn Kids. It’s a bit more retro than I like, but it’s still cool enough for me to wish I had it as a kid. But the price!!! Ummm… it’s $699 for all four pieces. Which is too steep for my taste, especially for a toy.

Pottery Barn play kitchen

But luckily there are some pretty amazing DIY versions out there that convinced me that I could totally pull this off for the Little One in time for her birthday. Since I was pregnant all summer and started to show signs of slowing down, I  decided that I should start well in advance. As I gave myself a couple of months, to compensate for my procrastination issues. And this time I had quite a bit of help from my parents.

So this is what I started with. Two old nightstands, and some random but perfect cabinet of some sort that I found at Goodwill. Doesn’t it look like a refrigerator?!

I wanted to spend as little as possible on this project, considering that I didn’t even know if the Little One would play with it. But I still thought it was worth the try because she’s still way too young to object to a homemade gift. :) Now the older two are a whole ‘nother story.

Here’s a list of all materials I used and the cost:

two nightstands (stove and dishwasher) -free already  had

cabinet (refrigerator)- $15

primer- free already had

four cans of spray paint- $16

sand paper

wood glue

decorative finishings- $5

interior of appliances- $5

pots and pans- $5

pretend food- $10 already had half

The plan was to make a refrigerator, stove and sink/dishwasher. We basically just figured it out as we went. And it was a lot of fun. Here’s two of the pieces after the first two coats of red paint. At first we hid the process from the Little One, but after a while she saw us as we worked, but didn’t seem too interested. Maybe she wasn’t impressed!

This probably could have been completed in a weekend or two, but I didn’t have my cape on. In fact, I think it’s been out at the cleaners for months now. (or lost at the bottom of the hamper) :)

Here’s the finished project.

So on her birthday she acted as though it were a complete surprise. And she loved it. She’s been playing with it ever since, making “cookies” and having tea parties. I’ve crossed my fingers that she wouldn’t lose interest in the kitchen, but today, nearly four months later she’s still playing with it.


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