Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Once again, this is what it started out as

and now.....
It's finally finished! There are a few things that I will change but for now Olivia is happy with it, so I am too. I was planning on adding an oven but I realized after finishing the top that particle board is NOT an equivalent to MDF. I thought it would be fine so I had all my pieces cut to size in particle board after I attached the new "counter top" I noticed areas where the particle board had chipped & left an uneven edge. So I decided to wait until I had them re-cut in MDF before adding anymore to the kitchen. Once the oven is added there will be knobs, a temperature gauge, etc.

Here's a look a little closer up

The "sink" is actually a dog bowl I found at Ross. I think it was $3.99 . The faucet was taken from our bathroom after we replaced the old ones. I plan to get something nicer at Re-Store (ours is temporarily closed while they relocate).

I looked at at least 50 different play kitchens for burner ideas - I finally found one that used CDs for the bases. My friend Cami had the idea of using a small dowel rod for the grates. I didn't want to go to the store so I dipped into my older daughter's pencil supply, I cut them into segments then hit them with some black spray paint. I was in a huge hurry to finish so I didn't take the time I should've with these. I'll probably re-do them for a sturdier & more finished look

So here's a close-up of the "window" I took a 2 section picture frame from the dollar store & turned it on end then found a picture of a cherry tree on line & had it printed to fit the frame. The curtain is fabric from Wal-Mart that I attached to a strip of molding with my staple gun. I used a remnant of it to cover an empty tomato paste can & trimmed it with ribbon to make a utensil crock. I found the pots & pans pans set at Ross for 8 or 9 bucks (it also included the utensils). The plates & bowls are melamine from Target ($0.99 ea.), I found the shelf at Goodwill for $1.00.

I'd love to make more of these, this was a good "guinea pig" I definitely figured out some what not to do's for next time. I think they'll only get better as I go along. Any requests? : )

I'm linking this to the following blog parties:

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  1. How very adorable!!! That has got to be the cutest thing I have seen. Too bad my daughter is 20 years old. She would have loved this when she was little:)

  2. Very nicely done! I know your daughter will enjoy every minute spent there. Plus she will remember your dedication to her and your creativity!
    Thanks for blogging this, and keep up the good work!


  3. This is adorable! I love, love the window looking outside.

  4. So cute! You did a great job! Love the little window. I know your little one is thrilled to have a play kitchen. Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed.

  5. Your kitchen is so cute! I love the tall backsplash with the shelf on it. I still haven't finished the burners on mine yet, but I like the idea of using old CD's! I'm sure your daughter will love this "new" kitchen. Great idea!

  6. Love this!!! Oh it's adorable! Way to go, girly! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your delightful blog and would love to have you as a friend at FrouFrou Decor! I would also like to invite you to link up your sweet creations at my weekly Fabulous Friday Finds party! Hope to see you there!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrou Decor

  7. How great is that! Way to go, lots of work! I love play kitchens but they are so expensive, this is so cute!

  8. Oh my goodness! I am in awe! This is so incredibly cute and the creativity it took to come up with the end result is impressive! I am so happy you came over to Between U & Me and shared this with everyone! I hope to see you again next week! :D

  9. So cute! I gave you the Happy 101 blog award @ jeffanderinterry.blogspot.com