Monday, June 6, 2011

Play Kitchen Re-do Reveal!

 I've been searching for a play kitchen for a long time!
You can read more about that here.

So when I found a play stove on Craigslist for $10.00, I had to have it.
It was an antique -- and definitely not terrible --
the base was in great shape and it was solid wood! 
It was just not what I wanted! :) 

Note: I cannot find my BEFORE pictures ANYWHERE! 
(insert super sad face!)
But the stove is Community Playthings brand --
and although it was 40 years older than this one ...
it looked a LITTLE like this
just obviously not as nice!
after all - it had 40 years of kitchen play dirt and little greasy fingers!

so after a little TLC and DIY ...
It now looks like this!!!


I'm kind of in love with it. 
{i wish our real stove was this nice!}
 
I sanded the entire thing, removed all the hardware and spray painted the oven base using Rustoleum's glossy white. I was hoping to get new hardware but could not find hinges the exact size, so I just spray painted the original hardware (including the knobs) Rustoleum's colonial Red - which I already had.


I wanted to make this a play kitchen rather than just a play stove - so I decided to add a faucet and sink! I found the faucet at the Habitat Restore for $9.00 as well as the Towel Rack ($1). I probably could have found a cheaper one - but I'm impatient and wanted it right then! :) 

Installing the faucet was easy, but it was my first time using the jigsaw! :) My holes look wonky -- but they are hidden, so who cares! :) The sink is the 6" Wilton Cake pan that I used for Nelson's 1st birthday smash cake! The hook holding the pot holders is a white adhesive hook from the Dollar store that I spray painted with leftover Metallic paint. I used E6000 glue to attach everything.


I wanted the kitchen to be realistic - and similar to ours, so that he would actually play with it! I can't live without my chalkboard list - so I made one for this kitchen too! I painted two coats of both Rustoleum's magnetic paint and chalkboard paint, then added an old spray painted frame for his Menu/List board. He is definitely still too young for this part - but I'm hoping that this kitchen will be around for years to come! :)


The burners are "Gripper Pads" from the Dollar Store. You know - the things that are supposed to help you open jars, etc! They come in a pack of four for $1 - but I only used two and cut them to the size I needed.


I used my jigsaw again to cut out a "window" for the Oven door. Then I just added a piece of plexiglass ($2) from Home Depot. Since the hinges were older and loose, I added thin chain ($1) and some eye hooks to prevent the door from breaking little toes! :)

 The original stove was missing was the inside shelf - so I just used extra pegboard cut to the correct size and then spray painted it metallic silver to look like a baking rack.

I used my Silhouette to cut out these 'buttons' for the oven! 


and now this just may be my favorite part -- because I love peg board & organization! :) 
(especially when you find it in the .51 bin at Home Depot)


I wanted a cute way to display his pots & pans --
so I added peg board to an empty 16x20 Frame that I painted black. The big large basket at the top will be used for play food, once we get some! :)
Nelson is still a bit too young to put the things back, but we're working on it! :)


What do you think?

I'd say total I spent about $25-30! {Not bad considering the stoves I wanted sold for over $150). I worked on this throughout the week - here and there - but I'd say I spent about 3-4 hours total! {and made about 4 trips to Home Depot & Habitat Re-Store}

I'd love to add a real back splash and an oven light --
but maybe after the move! 

I've got other projects to finish!
This one is done enough for now! :)

Now I'm going to look EVERYWHERE for the real BEFORE pictures!

9 comments:

  1. Whitney, what a fantastic little project. How fun and it turned out great. Amazing job and thank you so much for using Rust-Oleum to complete your play kitchen.

    We loved it so much we are featuring it at our Paint Ideas Facebook page later today.

    facebook.com/paintideas

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  2. love!
    such an awesome, creative job! well done!

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  3. You did an AMAZING job! It looks great!

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  4. That rocks! So much better than a pre-made plastic one! I have to admit, I'm looking for things to spray paint since I started reading your blog...I have an old filing cabinet that is definitely going to get a coat of funky, bright colour soon!

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  5. You're a genius! This is so, SO cute and I LOVe the upgrades you gave it! Just adorable!
    PS - Sorry to hear you'll have to go through the headache of moving again, but where might you be locating in Texas?! If you're close by - would LOVE to get together!!
    Best,
    Allison

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  6. Wow, that's so cute!! Great makeover! I want to make a play kitchen for my little one too...great ideas here! :)

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  7. Adorable. I'd love for you to share it at my link party. So cute!

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  8. Cute, Cute, great job! Play kitchens are SO fun and this was is adorable too! (much cuter than our hand-me-down plastic one!)
    http://itssewforyou.blogspot.com

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