My daughter turned two years old this weekend! We surprised her in the morning with a play kitchen full of balloons. I had been eyeballing nightstands that people transformed into play kitchen’s on Pinterest. It seemed like a pretty easy project and it actually was. Nora has been enjoying it, so I guess it passed the test. Hearing her make fake water sounds and feeding Paddington Bear eggs all the time makes it all worth it. This D.I.Y was an all around winner. Here is how it turned out….
The big Birthday reveal….
Here is how we did it…
- – Nightstand found on Craigslist $25.
- – Plywood board for the backsplash at Home Depot.
- – White Shelf from Target.
- – Ceiling hooks for pots and pans Home Depot.
- – Dog dish for sink from Target.
- – Bath Faucet at Amazon.com.
- – Oven Knobs Amazon.com.
- – CD’s painted black for burners that I already had in my desk drawer.
- – Black cabinet pull for oven door handle from Amazon.com.
- – Piano hinge to turn the drawer into a pull down oven door from Home Depot.
- – Magnet latch to hold hinged oven door closed from Home Depot.
- – Chalk board contact paper from Amazon.com.
- – Geometric window valance and tension rod for sink skirt from Target.
- – Children’s pots, pans, utensils, baking sheet and felt food via IKEA…this was the hardest part to narrow down…it’s all too cute.
- – Nora’s handy Dad.
- – Nora’s Mom with a design vision and supply gathering efficiency skills.
Total: Around $85
The process was pretty simple and took about 5 hours over the course of a few days. I ordered most of the supplies online which was a big time and money saver. I just had a trip to Target, IKEA and Home Depot for the finishing touches. Nora’s handy Dad and Uncle cut the sink and faucet holes with a drill and jigsaw. They also hinged the door and secured a magnet latch for the door to stay closed. I had the plywood cut to size at Home Depot and then handy Dad and Uncle attached it to the nightstand. I was in charge of the “pretty” stuff. I painted it white, added the chalkboard contact paper, CD burners and geometric skirt. The rest was easy just adding the oven knobs, hooks and accessorizing it with adorable children’s cookware. Viola!
It was an all around success and Nora’s face was priceless at the Birthday kitchen reveal. It was kind of our own version of an HGTV makeover for toddlers. I highly recommend giving this project a try. Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments section below to get you started or finished.
Happy pretend cooking! Shwoo Shwoo (that’s what imaginary water sounds like)
Xo – Annie
The dinner guests