It’s always a treat for the kids when we transform an old piece of furniture into something that they can play with.I took that task on again, this time to create something a bit grander than my usual exploits. Usually, I would confer with the DIY barbie furniture tutorials for things like this, but this time it wasn’t for “Barbie” it was a real little person’s play kitchen! All of this came about because I switched out my old entertainment center for a new one and had nothing else to do with it, so I figured why not turn this into a kitchen since this was considered the popular furniture choice for my 6-year-old at the time. My plan was to keep this project as simple as possible, that means this kitchen would have a fridge, stove, sink /faucet and a window (some kitchen curtains would take this up a notch or two). Now, this might not sound simple but compared to all the other fancy play kitchens I saw, this was humble pie kitchen.
So, I had the guys, bring the center out and I began stripping the hardware off, things like the handles, hinges and glass pane. Next, I cleaned it off with some wood furniture cleaner and now it needed to have the sink, window, and fridge cut out of the entertainment center. A square portion of the back of the center was cut to make a window (so cute), then I used a medium sized plastic bowl and drew the width of it on the area that the sink was going to be placed. Next, I made the refrigerator out of some lumber that I had stored away for some home design ideas I had, but I didn’t get around to ever starting. The wood was cut based on the proportions of the entertainment center (so note that when you do a craft like this one) to make a perfect sized fridge. For the oven and stove I just got some black and red craft foam and that was cut into circles that would be stuck onto the surface of the stove, these would be “hot” burners; and for our oven, I changed the direction of the cabinet and removed the panels so that it would open and look like a real working oven.
It was sanding time (yay) I know how much this task is hated, believe me I know. But it is necessary to remove sharp bits sticking out and give it a nice smooth surface for painting. After that was done, I choose a pastel robin egg blue to paint the kitchen only switching up to paint the fridge white, and it looked simply adorbs! It was time to finish up and add the other accessories, so I made oven dials out of the handles that were on the entertainment center before, except now I had painted them black and screwed them in above the oven. The burners were stuck down with glue and so was the sink and faucet. While those were drying, I stitched up some printed curtain panels for the window for the finale, it looked lovely! My granddaughter was beside herself when it was presented to her, her smiles made the project all the more worthwhile!