Outdoor Furniture For Your Kitchen

Outdoor Furniture For Your Kitchen

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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!

Taking apart the old furniture to begin making the play kitchen

Taking apart the old furniture to begin making the play kitchen

To begin the remodeling of the furniture (entertainment center), I began taking off the handles, hinges and glass panes.

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Painting the newly sanded entertainment center | creative home ideas

Painting the newly sanded entertainment center | creative home ideas

Robin egg blue was the color I choose for the play kitchen, the color emphasized the features of the newly renovated furniture.

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Measuring up a piece of wood for the fridge component.

Measuring up a piece of wood for the fridge component.

Making mock furniture items for the kids are easy to do once you have a good home decor source to guide you, I regularly check Pinterest home ideas for inspiration on my projects.

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Using a simple bowl to cut out a space for the sink.

Using a simple bowl to cut out a space for the sink.

I had an old bowl fitted for the sink by stenciling the shape of the bowl on the “counter”, it was wide and deep enough to look like a real kitchen sink.

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I almost ran out of space for the faucet!

I almost ran out of space for the faucet!

What a catastrophe that would have been if I didn’t have enough space for the faucet installation. But I was able to get a nice small one in there that taken from an old sink fixture.

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Cutting the back wall out for the kitchen window.

Cutting the back wall out for the kitchen window.

I had to remove the backing from the entertainment center and cut the window element out then sand the sharp edges out. After it was done it was secured again using glue and nails.

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Putting the new polished hardware back on the furniture.

Putting the new polished hardware back on the furniture.

The hinges were polished up and reused for the oven and the fridge doors. This took me roughly 25 minutes to complete.

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Straight stitch for some printed kitchen curtains

Straight stitch for some printed kitchen curtains

Curtains were a must for this little play kitchen, and I got this printed cloth from a curtain panel that was no longer needed. Worked out nicely.

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Fabricating “burners” out of craft foam material.

The easiest part of the work was making the burner rings out of craft foam. I used black and red for a “hot” effect and the stove dials were made from the handles I took off when the project started, except now it was painted black.

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Our play kitchen is completed! | styles for home decor

Our playkitchen is completed! | styles for home decor

Simple home decorating for the kids! No one could tell that this was once a brown television center right? The blue pops with the white fridge and the addition of the curtains finish the look for this ready to play in the kitchen!

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