DIY Play Kitchen How-To!

27 Jul

I’m so pleased to introduce you to our guest today: Miranda Walker. When I first caught eye of her delightful DIY play kitchen, I knew I had to make one myself. I have been on the lookout for a piece of furniture that I could repurpose ever since. Miranda says that the whole project cost around $30! You can’t beat that! I was thrilled when we asked Miranda to teach us how it was done and she accepted. This project is sure to inspire.

Providing opportunities for pretend play is one of the most important things you can do for your child’s development.  But fancy play kitchen set-ups can be expensive!  Making your own by repurposing old furniture will not only save you money, but can also be fun and rewarding!

Here’s how to make your own play kitchen:

01.  Find a piece of furniture to repurpose.  Check out thrift stores, yard sales, Craigslist, and family.

02.  Collect design ideas from online photo galleries like Flickr.  Put together a plan for what features you would like your kitchen to have and decide what will work for the furniture that you have.

03.  Gather your supplies.  This will vary based on your design and furniture, but you’ll probably need sandpaper or an electric sander, something to cut with, paint, a sink (maybe a metal bowl or a baking pan), faucet (half of a P-trap plumbing pipe) handles and knobs (you can often find old knobs for the stove at appliance repair shops), fabric and kitchen accessories.

04.  Dig in:  Now that you have a plan for your vision, and your supplies, it is time to get busy.

Remove any doors and sand all surfaces.
Cut a hole for the sink if you’re including one and a hole for the faucet.
Cut any other doors or shelves that need cut.
Prime all surfaces and then paint.  If you are painting the stove burners or oven door, do so before you re-hang the doors.  Cover all surfaces with varnish to protect the paint.
Attach any new or used handles and re-hang doors.  You may need to buy extra hinges so that the doors stay on well.  Don’t forget magnetic clasps to help the doors stay shut.
Put in the sink and faucet and attach any knobs you will be using.
Hang any curtains you may be using with an inexpensive tension rod.
Fill the shelves with pretend food + pots and pans and wait for your little one to cook up some fun!

Of course these steps will vary with every kitchen, but once you have a plan, putting together your kitchen will go quickly.  If you’re thinking about making your own play kitchen, go for it!  You, and your kiddos, will be so happy that you did!

46 comments
Lauren
Lauren

I plan on making this for my daughter & making her some crocheted toys to go with it. I can't wait :-)

TiffanyD
TiffanyD

I found this on Pinterest and are trying to make our own. Question: The faucet looks like you used a J pipe (is that what its called?) Anyway, we can't figure out how to attach it... Just wondering if anyone who has made this could offer up some suggestions. Thnx!

Claudia
Claudia

Brilliant - we've been looking for a play kitchen for our boys recently. This is perfect, thank you!

Kerry
Kerry

Mouth is hanging open. So creative & seems very doable! thanks for the great post!

Blissful Babe
Blissful Babe

I absolutely ADORE the fabric! Where ever did you find something so fantastic? How cute would that be on an apron?!

Love the idea, truly. Wish I had a little girl to do this for! Fantastic!

Natalie
Natalie

Oh my goodness! This is so cute!

Carol
Carol

What a terrific idea!

Carol B

Marge R.
Marge R.

How totally creative & fun for you & your child(ren)!!!

Pat
Pat

This is a great idea and so much cuter than the ones you can buy!

DeniseB
DeniseB

Very clever! What a fun project!

DeniseB

Lizzy
Lizzy

This is absolutely delightfully wonderful!!!

Lizzy

Lisa Conner
Lisa Conner

Adorable. I don't have kids so I'd have no use for it, but it would never even occur to me that something so common could become something so cute.

jan
jan

Adorable! Back in the day we made a unique lemonade stand that doubled as a fruit or market stand for play!

Jade
Jade

I keep looking for a play kitchen of my daughter . . . you have just inspired me to make one! This is WAY cuter than anything that I could buy and I know she would love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

REBECCA YAHRLING
REBECCA YAHRLING

WOW ... my nieces (and youngest nephews!) would sure get some use out of that! It is awesome!!!

Nita
Nita

That is truly one of the most creative things I have ever seen. Thanks for posting this.

Kim O.
Kim O.

Darling! I wish I had Grandbabies already so I could make something like this for them!

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

Super job on this.....any kid would be thrilled to have it. So much nicer than any that could be purchased and affordable too. Awesome !

Trinh
Trinh

SO fun & cute! What a way to recycle and make something awesome for a little girl.

Kelly Massman
Kelly Massman

Oh, how fun! Brings me back to my childhood days when my dad built my twin sister and me a little kitchen. Then, when we were older, he made a go-cart out of it for us and our little brother!

Ayana Posadas
Ayana Posadas

Ohhh myyy goshhh!!!

What an utterly adorable project!

I just LOVE this!!!

Candy Heathman
Candy Heathman

That is so awesome!! I would have never thought of that!! I can see it now..I will be adding to my already long list of all the things that I want to try!!

Christine C
Christine C

oh my gosh that is just adorable, what a great job she did.

rap
rap

amazing!

rap
rap

Wow! Who would have thought it started as that?

Karolyn Loncon
Karolyn Loncon

What little girl doesn't need a play kitchen. This is super clever and cute!

Lillian Child
Lillian Child

This is seriously adorable! My 5 year old niece would LOVE this and it is SO affordable. Thanks for the idea!

Barbie
Barbie

wow that is too cute my niece would love it!

Sally
Sally

Super cute! I am always amazed when someone can look at a old piece of furniture and envision such wonderful new uses for it.

Sarah Martina
Sarah Martina

Oh my gosh I wish my little girl was just a wee bit smaller so I can have an excuse to make one of these! Maybe I can do one for my son... a boy version could be fun too! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!! So clever!

Eveline van Heijst
Eveline van Heijst

Very clever idea. Looks much and much better than the plastic ones you can buy.

Eveline.

Gina
Gina

How clever is that? I wouldnt even have thought of it!!!

Angy
Angy

What a great project! Perfect for little ones. Too bad mine are big kids now!

Shelly Greybeck
Shelly Greybeck

So adorable...my 2 year old granddaughter would love something like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

jen shears
jen shears

This is AWESOME!!!! What a great project- and great tutorial!

Jenn C.
Jenn C.

OMG! This is fabulous!!

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