DIY Play Kitchen

2017-01-06T21:50:52+00:00December 30th, 2013|Kids|0 Comments

My sister mentioned getting her daughter a play kitchen for her birthday and I said…let me stop you right there, SISTER! I’ll make it! And so a DIY Play Kitchen was created!

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The previous homeowner left this pre-joined block of wood in the garage. It was a little beat up, but should clean up nicely for the butcher-block style of counter top I’m going for.

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I measured it to size and made my cut line using a square.

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Next I disassembled an old cabinet that used to be in our laundry room. Here lies the door and one of the old shelves. RIP!

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Here’s what I’ll be using for the base of my kitchen. I turned the remaining shelf sideways to use as a separator for the “refrigerator” and “oven”.

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Since I’ll be having the faucet hardware stick out the back, I don’t want my niece being able to get her little fingers back there. SO! I used an old sheet of 1/4″ plywood (sporting the edge from my first ever attempt using a circular saw back in 2012…seen on the right). As you can see, the plywood extends well past the width of the cabinet, lining up perfectly with the counter-top.

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Using scrap wood, paint buckets and clamps, I secure the plywood to the cabinet ends with wood glue. I let that sit for about an hour or so.

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Because of uneven edges on the plywood, I cut some trim!

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This will cover the hack job in the front of the cabinet.

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I glued and clamped these bad boys.

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Next I clamped these onto the cabinets. Lookin’ good trim, lookin’ good!

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The other side!

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I sanded and rounded the “butcher’s block” counter top. Next I cut a small piece to length, to use as the back of the counter. I used a Kreg Jig with pocket hole screws and wood glue to clamp and attach it.

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I’ll be using an old faucet found in the basement. It was clean and in great shape, so why not! Kids love playing with nice things!

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I made two marks equidistant from the back of the counter.

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I used my 1″ paddle bit to cut my holes.

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Nice work Rick! Thanks Rick!

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Nice guy, that Rick. Anyway, here’s how the faucet sits on the counter-top. Not bad eh?

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This gives you an idea of the rounded corners. I really attacked them with my orbit sander to make sure there were zero sharp edges for my niece to get hung up on.

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I attached a 1/4″ piece of wood from a 4x4x8′ length of Douglas Fir I had lying around. I used my little pneumatic finish nailer to attach this piece to the cabinet, but you can use regular brad nails and a hammer if you’re not packin’ pneumatic heat.

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I lined up the inside divider to square and found the center line of it on each side of the cabinet.

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That line is the CENTER LINE! I went straight down into that with my finish nailer.

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Next I cut up pieces from the old shelf to frame out the “oven”. I used the finish nailer to attach this as well.

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Removed the supporting piece after I set the shelf in place.

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I applied wood putty to the holes created by my nailer.

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Next I whipped up a batch of “American Buttercup” homemade chalk paint. Check out my guide here to make your own chalk paint. This stuff goes over most pre-existing finishes and looks GREAT!

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I applied two coats of my homemade chalk paint liberally to the unit. Don’t act surprised, I told you it looked GREAT!

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I marked out the circumference of the inner part of my “kitchen sink” (dog bowl).

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Here’s the beautiful circle I sketched out. It didn’t have to be perfect since the outer lip of the dog bowl will cover up the hole…

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I used a large drill bit to get the partay started!

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Next I used my pneumatic Ridgid Jobmax with the jigsaw attachment to cut out the doggie bowl hole.

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LOL! Woops…

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I repeated this step for The Cabinet That Lies Beneath…starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. It’s a classic.

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Dog bowl!

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Not bad, right?!

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I attached a towel holder and purchased a hand towel for the girls to play with.

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Rach and I went to lowes and found these replacement stove knobs. PERFECT!!!!

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Using gorilla glue, I glued these non-slip furniture pads for the “burners”. Just use your imagination!

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Rach found this amazing set of play food from the Melissa and Doug line on Amazon. The food has velcro in-between each slice and sliver so you can cut it with the wooden knife! I kid you not! Apparently it doesn’t take much to amuse me.

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We found this clever little chef painting for the opposite side of the kitchen. It says, “BISTRO”!

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I inserted the wooden box from M&D and it slides out as a removable drawer.

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I was concerned that my niece would be absorbed in the massive amounts of OTHER Christmas gifts she received that she wouldn’t bother with the kitchen. Much to my delight, though, I was wrong! She played with it for well over an hour…and Maddy. My dear Maddy-saurus-rex…would not stop running around with the knife, swinging and chopping! She was unnerving the house guests!

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