So, I was inspired by all the play kitchens on Ohdeedoh, that I knew I just had to build Jude a play kitchen for his birthday. After much toiling in the garage in the heat of July, I am proud to unveil the fruits of my labor. I just love all the little details. Who wouldn’t want to see a Monet when they look out their window while washing dishes?
Should I be sad that my two year old has I stainless steel kitchen, and I don’t? I am so proud of this little kitchen. It’s by no means perfect. For those of us who are not married to firefighter husbands with carpentry skills, you learn a lot of lessons the hard way. I think I had to drill the holes for the hinges on the oven door three times. Once, because I did the door upside down. Then again, because they weren’t the right distance.
Joe did the sawing for me. He cut the hole for the sink and made the little window in the oven door. I don’t blame him for not wanting to hang out in the garage for the next few nights as I continued to mis-measure and mis-drill everything! But eventually, the old desk hutch was transformed into a modern play kitchen.
I also learned that you have to think like a 2 year old when you make these sort of things. The first night after I put the knobs on for the stove, Jude twisted them until the came off. He also pulled the faucet hard enough to loosen it and also pulled one of the coasters off (both fixed by adding more glue). But the kicker was when Jude stood on the oven window and broke it. I used the plexi-type-plastic stuff that went with the Nyttja frame from IKEA to make the faux glass window so it’s not strong like glass. Jude had his kitchen for a total of two hours before he started to destroy it.
I re-purposed a lot of things from around the house for his kitchen. I sewed the curtains under the sink from old dish towels (that were not that absorbent and made terrible dish towels) and the curtains around the picture window were made from a pillow case. The backsplash is made from layered tissue paper that was wallpapered using a glue and water mixture. I even had a drawer pull that looks like a water tap that I installed on one side for hanging dish towels on, but you can’t see it because we put the kitchen in a corner.
All the work was worth it when Jude saw the mostly finished kitchen for the first time (I say mostly finished because I hadn’t completed the curtains or the “window”). It was like Christmas morning; he was so excited when he saw it. He immediately began to check it out and then later moved on to deconstructing it.
So, I must admit that I love playing with this kitchen. I never had one as a kid, so I am finally filling some existential void that I have been living with all these years. I like that all the metal rods are the same diameter, so we can move the hooks around and change the kitchen up. Plus, Joe’s family got Jude kitchen stuff, so in addition to a new ice cream sundae kit, Jude also has some cool chef accessories.
For those who are interested, I broke down this project by what items I used, where they were purchased, and approximately how much it cost us. I will say however, that were I to make this kitchen again, I would buy a piece of wood that goes from the floor to the desired height. Currently our kitchen is a little top heavy since the backsplash does not extend to the floor. I mean, after an hour at the home improvement store with a baby that needed lunch and nap, I just took what I could walk out with quickly.
|Desk hutch||Body of the kitchen||Goodwill||$17.31|
|Faucet & handle
silver spray paint
2’x 4’x .5” MDF panel
screws & hinges
|Rod for sink curtains
Painting stove door
|Home Depot & Lowe’s||$28.00|
|2 Bygel rails
2 packs Bygel s hook
|Curtain rod & pot rack
Stove door & side of kitchen
Picture window & oven window
Veggie steamer bowl
Craft tissue paper
Curtains below sink
Picture for the window