DIY play kitchen (part two).

Here it is! The moment you’ve all been waiting for. The big reveal of the infamous play kitchen!

DIY Full Play Kitchen - Refrigerator, Sink, Oven

I painted all pieces with 3-4 coats of Valspar Color Radiance Advanced Paint and Primer in Flat La Fonda Mirage and finished them with a coat of Valspar’s Satin Finish in Clear.

Play kitchen hand towels

These embroidered hand towels, from a consignment store in Fuquay Varina, NC, were my inspiration piece.

Play kitchen curtain

I found this complementary fabric, which I sewed into a curtain to hide the sink’s shelving, from a consignment store we stopped at on a trip home from Raleigh.

Play kitchen sink and faucet

I found this awesome faucet for the sink from Habitat for Humanity’s The ReStore, discarded because of a slight dent that you can’t see from the front. And I won this Fisher Price play kitchen sink on Ebay. Originally yellow, I refinished the sink with Satin Nickel Rustoleum.

Play kitchen refridgerator

I also snagged hardware for the fridge and oven doors from The ReStore. Originally brass, I refinished them with Oil Rubbed Bronze Rustoleum.

Play kitchen oven knobs

Oven knobs were seasonal, from Michaels.

Play kitchen stove burners

The burners are made out of wooden disks (soccer balls found at Michaels), spray painted black with a gloss finish.

Melissa and Doug Play Food and Cutting Food

Play food and cutting food are by Melissa and Doug.

Play kitchen dish set

Dish set and chef set are by Green Toys. Collander and mini tongs are from Hobby Lobby.

We spent close to 500,000 hours working on this play kitchen, used at least 15 cans of spray paint and had no less than five arguments while bringing it all to life. It was a labor of love, but worth it. Within minutes, Madeline was pulling open the doors to the fridge and checking out her food situation. She threw a pan into the sink to soak (like mother like daughter). And she pulled the racks out of the oven checking for pizza (like father like daughter).

Baby Playing with Play Kitchen

DIY Play Kitchen Pieces

This kitchen will bring our family fun for years to come!

But this one could have, too…


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