Play Kitchen Before & After

In 2013 while we were living in Denver, we had a lot of space to accumulate odd pieces from Craigslist that we saw potential in. Enter this free hutch-ish thing I found on the side of the road. It might be hard to see from these before pictures but this thing was a real piece of trash. It had actually been sitting in the snow, the wood was wet and warped and pretty sad looking. However, we knew we wanted to make a play kitchen for Trudy and thought this might be perfect! 

We took the wheels off the bottom and realized that the countertop was still too high for our daughter. We removed the drawer and cut off about 6 inches of wood where the drawer was to make that the new countertop height. We took the doors off and all the framing and relocated the drawer to the bottom. We reframed the bottom half so that we could add an oven door. We cut the drawer off the top and replaced the counter with a new piece of wood. There was a lot of restoration that we had to do because the wood was warped and split in places. If we had to do it all over again... we'd probably just build it from scratch because it was a lot of work. 

We laid the white subway tile in the back and then stained some wood for a shelf. The shelf is really convenient, Trudy loves to put anything and everything on it.

We added the light at the top, it works out great and makes the whole thing feel even more adult like. It's one of Trudy's favorite parts to show her friends.

The top (stove and sink), well the top was... fun. I mean that sarcastically too. It was a lot of trial and error. We found the faucet at ReStore and sprayed it with silver spray paint. We learned the hard way that just because the paint is silver doesn't mean it will look like nickel. We bought a dog dish for the sink because a regular size bowl would have been too deep for the right scale.

We cut rings out of wood for the burners and then made slots for little pieces of aluminum. We looked at tons of play kitchens and wanted to stick with a very realistic theme so we sprayed all those parts black to make them look like real burners. 


The oven door was made out of mdf and then covered in faux stainless steel contact paper from Amazon. The handle on the oven is from Home Depot (I wish that I only had to buy one piece every time I needed hardware!). The little window in the oven door is plexi glass. We painted the inside of the oven black as well as the back of the oven door.

Inside the oven is a rack that we created from two small racks that we found at Re-Store. We sprayed them black and they work perfectly for Trudy's little cookie sheet to sit on. The light that Grant put inside the oven is so adorable. The push button is my favorite part.

I wanted the kitchen to be gender neutral but I had to put a little girliness somewhere. I painted the inside of the bottom drawer a lilac shade of purple. It's such a fun surprise to see when you open the drawer. To keep everything from sliding around, I kept some boxes and wrapped the inside of them. I kind of hated wrapping those boxes but it was worth it because it keeps things pretty and also organized.

Grant did such a good job at keeping the wiring for both lights so minimal. I love the secret light switch in the back.

And just because the change is so drastic, one last before and after shot (Extreme Makeover Edition).

I've taken quite a long blogging break. We finished this play kitchen in 2014! Coming to this draft a few weeks ago was so fun though. I've gone back and forth so much about blogging and I've just realized that for me... it is worth it to remember all the projects we've done. I look forward to posting more just so we can have a more thorough journal of all our projects. :)

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