December 26, 2012

Our DIY Play Kitchen


I have been sooooo excited to share this with you all!

My husband and I made a play kitchen for our 18 month old twins for Christmas and I am thrilled with how it turned out.  It is sleek and pretty and a little bit cutesy all at the same time and it even kinda goes with my decor.   I want to play with it.  Okay, I have played with it.


My husband built it mostly out of 1x12 inch pine boards. The legs are cut from a scrap piece of 1x1 that we had and the stove burners are circles of plywood, painted with a glossy black paint.


The hinges, knobs, and handle for the oven were all things we had laying around in our basement, so they cost us nothing.  We asked on facebook if any of our friends had a spare kitchen faucet we could have and somebody did, so that was free too!

For the oven door, we bought an 8x10 piece of Plexiglas from Lowe's for 2 dollars.  My husband chiseled out a groove for it on the inside of the oven door and glued it in to place with clear silicone.



The curtain is hung from some picture hanging wire and small screw-in eye hooks.


Behind the curtain is a place to store all of their play kitchen items, mostly extra kitchen things I had on hand as well as a few thrift store finds.



The whole project cost us about 41 dollars.  It would've cost less except that I couldn't resist these cute little heart shaped hooks.



And I think the twins love it almost as much as I do!


Oh, and remember the cute little crochet cupcakes I mentioned last week?  After reading that post, my awesome sister-in-law made some! Isn't she sweet?



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30 comments:

  1. My 19 month old got a play kitchen too (from Ikea) and she pretty much refused to stop playing with it to open any more presents.

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  2. How adorable! Where did you find the cute heart hooks. I need some and those would be perfect. Thanks.

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    1. I found them at a cute little country gift shop type store.

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  3. That is soooooo sweet, I bet it will be played with non-stop!!

    Sue xx

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  4. This is really awesome - you guys did a wonderful job! I love those crocheted cupcakes and how they even fit in the muffin pan!

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  5. How adorable! You did an amazing job with the details. This will be a family heirloom with out a doubt.

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  6. My friend has a husband who made a kitchen complete with cooker for their little girl. It was brilliant - I'm so jealous of women with DIY capable husbands. Something like that they made themselves is so much better than anything you can buy. (He made a dolls house too). Your twins are very lucky. It's a brilliant present and very nicely done.

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  7. This is so lovely

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  8. I have the UN-handiest husband ever. I have to hurry and get to things before he does or they will get screwed up because he doesn't realize that. The only reason we have a kitchen is because my mom snagged a $300 wooden kitchen set for $25 on clearance after Christmas last year. It seems like when I was a kid it was the stuff my Dad or Grandpa make, like my sailing boat or my doll house or my sandbox with big umbrella over it, that I loved the most.

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  9. How sweet!!! I was wondering how it would turn out, and it's cuter than I even imagined!!! How creative and crafty y'all are!!! Wow!

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  10. That is very lovely and you would pay a fortune for that in the shops and it wouldn't be as nice. All children love playing 'houses', even the big ones!!

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  11. This turned out really nice and more durable than something plastic. Good job you two!

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  12. So cute, I'd be playing with it too. :)

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  13. Absolutely lovely! I wish i had a girl just to have an excuse to build something like that... (then I could play aswell). But I have three boys instead (and the forth coming in April!). Snif...

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  14. Previous poster, what is your issue? You don't have to have a girl to have a play kitchen. Aren't the blogger's twins boys?? Don't be so gender restrictive!

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    1. My twins are girls, but I have a 3 year old boy who loves the play kitchen as well. It's definitely not just a girly toy! :)

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  15. Did the layout of this blog change?

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  16. I love decorating on a dime in my home and I love the way you made the kitchen for the children in the same way!

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  17. Oh my goodness!
    That is so darn cute!
    (And, those heart hooks are adorable!)

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  18. Super cute, Kelly! I've enjoyed watching the progress! Also wanted to share with you how you've impacted my life and started me on my newest journey...

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  19. Love the Blog! Keep up the great work! You are definitely a person to admire! God Bless and Happy New Year

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  20. Great job, Kelly! The play kitchen looks really awesome....

    --- Sarah

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  21. Well guys this sounds to be a perfect kitchen equipments one can surely plan in to go for, well I know of a firm offering more such range of kind a kitchen and restaurant equipments for a great use.

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  22. This is awesome my boys would love this and it could be any color I like!!!!! Thank you for sharing!

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