Thursday, January 27, 2011

Repurposed dream Play Kitchen--ABRIDGED

-- 2 weeks of full time work (not including accessorizing)
-- $100 budget
--A lot of love and hard work

I turned this baby changing table---

Into this--
This is the non-detailed version of the transformed dream kitchen. To view the very long and detailed transformation to create your own, please visit this original link.

A play kitchenette complete with stainless steel fridge! It was a birthday gift for my daughter. You can see her complete baking party here.

I couldn't afford a Pottery Barn version and wanted something made of wood and not plastic. Using the following blogs for inspiration I carried out my own dream. Thank you all for sharing your ideas!

The biggest inspiration. This kitchen is beautiful. You've probably already seen it from Crafting Chicks.

This is another beautiful vintage inspired kitchen. Beautiful photos and craftsmanship.

If you're on a smaller budget or space, these other examples are darling and very nicely done as well!

Here are some photos to show the process and transformation.

I measured, and measured, and measured some more, and envisioned and sketched and sat in front of the piece of furniture for what seemed like HOURS, day after day! Until I had the final design in my head and could go and purchase more wood and make cuts.

The long awaited finished product!

Now, the nitty gritty. The $.
Dream Kitchen Total Cost breakdown

Changing Table: $25

1/4" 4x4 Birch $11.56
1/2" 2x4 Oak $12.80
Wood from existing cabinet FREE

Leftover kitchen paint FREE
Acrylic craft paint FREE
Paint roller $5.57
Primer $6.29

Hardware & Accessories:
Screws, 2 sizes $6.12
3 Ikea Handles $9
Plexi glass, 8"x10" $1.60
Magnetic Catch $0.85
2 Hinges, 2" $1.82

Plastic containers, repurposed        
curtain dowel $1.08
Porcelain knobs FREE
Fridge screws $1
Steel flashing FREE
Potted flower $1
Dish towel $1
Fabric $10
Sink $1
Faucet, letter J $1.50
Burners $3
TOTAL: $100

Happy creating! Send me links to your kitchenettes when you're finished! I hope these ideas help fire the ideas in your own mind!

Again, if you'd like to see the description of how it came together, see the post below!

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  1. Wow Hannah! That is amazing. I am really impressed. I keep thinking a nice wooden one would be, but I don't really have the resources (still living in student housing) or know how to do something like that. I bet your daughter just loves it!

  2. Hi! I'm cat, from Constant in Chaos (formerly iBlog). Very vute kitchen! I noticed you linked my daughter's vintage play kitchen! Thank you! So glad it inspired you. I wanted to let you know that my blog has a new URL and your link will no longer work unless you update it to the link below. that way, your readers will be directed to the right post if they click out to my blog. Thanks! Great blog, by the way! Blessings, cat

  3. SO STINKIN CUTE!!! I am so glad you got ideas from my play kitchen, I so love yours. Isn't it amazing what we can do when we use what we've got on hand. This is a perfect example of what can be done. I love it!!

  4. Wow! I'm a total stranger - just came over from Ohbedoh (sp?) - but just had to say what an amazing job you did. That kitchen is gorgeous!
    Feeling all inspired and away to see what I can chop up in our house to do somthing similar - the plastic one my daughter inherited is just too depressing!
    Karen (Scotland)

  5. So amazing!!!! All of these ideas are sooooo creative!
    Nicely done!

  6. Here from Better After.

    That's really cute :)

  7. Just saw this on Better After. I love it! You did an amazing job. Pretty sure I wouldn't mind some of those accessories in my grown up kitchen!

  8. This is just TOO adorable! I've seen this done before with other pieces of furniture and thought "how fun, but where to even START?!" you give such a great step by step!! I'd love for you to share this over at Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday on the Korner!

  9. Sooo darling! Love it! You are so talented and I love the little details you added especially that cute bread box ;)

  10. Ironically I have the same piece of furniture that you started with in my daughters room and was wondering what i was going to do with it now that she is almost 3... this looks like the perfect project to turn it into a kitchen instead of a clothes and paper catcher... thanks for the inspiration...

    1. Angela! I am so happy this is inspiration for your future play kitchen. I know all about other pieces of furniture acting as collection spots. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me. And do send pictures when you finish yours!

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