Sunday, January 9, 2011

Bug's Repurposed Play Kitchen

Bug's Christmas present this year was a repurposed play kitchen as seen on Sutton Grace . I was so excited to embark on my first adventure in revamping furniture and working with wood and paint rather than fabric and paper :)

I searched craiglist high and low and found this entertainment center, I was really excited because it had a DVD storage area on the side that is a perfect pantry to store all her food.
In this picture it had already been dismantled and sanded.

We brought it in, reinforced the corners on the bottom and top with L brackets, covered the holes in with wood putty, and I took down the top shelf, put in the divider to separate the bottom shelf, and nailed on the backing. I also made a plan and drew out lines to cut the wood for the other pieces, my goal was to use as much of the existing unit as I could to avoid buying more wood.

Hubby helped with the saws, since he is rather possessive of them, and didn't want to take me to the emergency room because I cut off all my fingers... We built the sink area, did the cut out in the middle panel, sanded everything that needed it, and cut some more shelves for the side pantry.

I primed the whole thing.

And painted the countertops and lower compartments white, and the inside walls and pantry/shelves yellow.

Hubby painted the green, and we both installed the doors for the compartments and the pantry as well as the hardware and the mirror above the sink. I put up some curtains, and created a little collage for the window.

The burners are 2 layers of craft foam glued together, so we can flip them to hot and cold. I am hoping to find some real oven knobs cheap to add on eventually.

Dishwasher on the left with a dish drying rack, oven on the right with a cooling tray.

Pantry full of oodles of felt food.

Now for the numbers, the entertainment center was $10 on craigslist, the sink was free (my father-in-law had a couple of these bar sinks lying around his barn), we spent $30 at Home Depot on plywood for the back, L brackets, hinges, handles, cabinet clasps, and nails, the paint and primer was all left over from painting our house, the tension rods were $8 altogether, and the curtains were made using remnants of fabric from making curtains for my kitchen, the dish drying rack was $8 and we already had the cooling tray. The frame is an oops frame from Joanns that I got for $12, and I had to get a piece of foamcore for the backing at $1.99. The scrapbook paper I used for the collage was already in my stash. So altogether that is $70.

I had a lot of fun doing this project and Bug LOVES to cook in her new kitchen!


Moriah said...

Love it! Any recommendations for paint?

Sarah said...

Moriah, I used leftover paint from painting our house. The green and white are kitchen/bath semi gloss. The yellow is an eggshell. Both have held up pretty well over time.