Wednesday, January 4, 2012

DIY playkitchen

One Xmas gift I really wanted to get this year for the kiddos was a play kitchen. I kept putting it off because I felt that there really weren't a lot of options out there that were cute, wooden and not too small. I really liked the Educo ones but they are probably suited for more for toddlers. I placed an order for this Kidkraft one as it is one of the bigger wooden kitchens but wasn't 100% sold on it because well, it looked so girly. So I asked Nick if he was up to making one with me as I had seen some cute kitchens made with Ana White's plans. It took us 2 weeks working at night in the garage aka "dungeon"...it was freezing cold and since we only had a circular saw, hack saw and jig saw with no work table, we were basically working off the floor, and using our chest freezer as a work table. Since the pieces of timber were 12 inches wide the circular saw couldn't cut completely across, so we had to cut from both ends and it's really hard to get the cuts accurate. We did have a lot of laughs together and really this is our first collaborative crafty projects and it was great fun. We did feel like work slaves heading down to the cellar every night though. It was pretty hard work without all the proper work setup!

The oven door is a pain to get right and one of the cut dimensions (shelves for the stove and sink) on Ana's site was incorrect, so make sure you double check all the measurements before you assemble. I was inspired to use the ceramic knobs from another crafter on her site and used the tutorial for the sink curtain there too. The oven has a tap light installed which the kids love. Because the sink and oven units are 12 inches deep, once the faucet was installed there wasn't enough room to install a big enough round sink bowl so we ended up using a brownie pan and it worked out great.

The two toned unit is, yes you guessed it, an Ikea hack. I took the bottom shelf and cut it so that it would fit on top when I flipped the unit upside down and used a pine timber to make a shelf. The back was made from a piece of plywood.

This is a really satisfying little project and sooo cute when finished and although it is a bit girly I think it's cuter than the Kidkraft one I had ordered. Best of all, it's tall enough to last a few years. I do not want to Polyacrylic anything for a while however; I really hate applying that stuff.






edited to add: we increased the height of the oven and sink by two inches to make it a bit taller.

7 comments:

  1. what a collaboration! the kitchen looks perfect for both your kids. i love the color...and especially the fact that it's handmade. so sweet. an heirloom for sure.

    my husband has been enjoying the ana white site. he's made a 5 or 6 projects so far. he's about to tackle some bigger projects now, since the ones he's tried have been a success.

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  2. Wow! What a beautiful little kitchen!!! I love it!

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  3. The kitchen you made is amazing! You are so multi-talented! And the colours you used are just gorgeous

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  4. Thank you! Bybido, my husband's got the Ana White fever now. It's a great site isn't it?

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  5. You made a great team, it's awesome!

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  6. This is amazing! I love that it's not too girly. We have 3 boys under the age of 5, and they love to play cook. We only have one small unit, but would love to expand. Thanks for the ideas!

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  7. This is a wonderfully pretty set. I am impressed

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