Last week I posted a picture of this old entertainment center and asked what you thought I might be doing with it. If you guessed “little girl’s play kitchen (yay Jody!) you won. There is no prize.
This project took a lot of work (thanks so much Jason and Jenn!!). And what did I learn? I have no business entering a hardware store. Seriously, if I did not have friends who knew how to use power tools this project would have been a total fail! Yes Pinterest may make things like this look easy, but it really was a lot of work. If you are wondering, though, just what was involved in making this kitchen I will show you! Here it is in a nutshell:
We picked up this unit for $30 from a Kijiji ad. There are a lot of units out there for cheap, or even for free – but make sure the unit is more solid wood than laminated particle board!
Step 1: Remove the things from the unit that you do not need. Remember that any holes you make will have to be filled with wood filler later on, so try to minimize those!
Step 2: You are done removing stuff…good! Now you need to add stuff.
Step 3: Add some more stuff. Start sanding! Cut a piece of MDF for the fridge and for the stove door.
Step 4: You are ready to paint! This unit sucked up 5 coats of paint!!! Our sink was just a melamine bowl from the dollar store, and the faucet was free from Kijiji.
Step 5: Add some details! Put on your kitchen door and oven door (we used a magnetic catch so the oven door will not fall open). Add your handles/knobs as well. To make the kitchen look retro, we used some beautiful fabric ~ Bake Sale by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs ~ for the “back wall”. To add the fabric we covered the wall in mod podge, added the fabric, and then applied another layer of mod podge over top. We painted on the burners for the stove and the “window” on the oven door. I also made curtains for the fake kitchen window, and one curtain panel for under the sink, all of the fabric was from the same fabric line.
We also added a shelf on the side of the unit to hang aprons and other kitchen things!
And did you notice this fun vintage clock radio ~ it even works!!
Now all you need is to add some kids and some play food – lucky me I have no shortage of either of those.
I hope you have enjoyed this post today, thanks for stopping by!