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!


  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.

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

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

  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!

  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!!

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

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

  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!)


Thank you so much for taking the time to comment here. I love hearing from you and try really hard to respond to all messages. You can also email me anytime at

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...