play kitchen=DONE!

we finished the kitchen with time to spare…alright, christmas eve afternoon. so not much time to spare, but it was done, anyways.
diy play kitchen

here it is! in all it’s painted, handled, glory!

here, please notice (and make a big deal out of for my dad’s sake, hehe), the light behind the window, oops, i mean the sun shining on our mountain/lake view. didn’t you know we totally live on a lake? you can see a little more about the light in this post here. it ended up looking AWESOME, and sadie loves flicking the switch on and off. (my dad installed and wired the light up to a lightswitch on the side of the fridge.)

side note:

A HUGE super duper THANK YOU to my dad for helping me with this project. i literally couldn’t have done it without him. it would be two boards screwed together and i would have cried and given up the first night. so THANKS dad! you’re the best!he really likes my blog and (secretly) loves to hear your comments about the kitchen. hehe. so give him some props!

a cute little broom my grandpa found and gave to sadie. so cute! thanks, gramps!
do you see the tiny red magnet on the fridge? we did end up using the magnetic paint for the fridge…but had to do like 10 coats for it to really work, not the three suggested on the can. my advice would be, stir WELL, or get the store to shake it for you in their shaking machine, and apply a lot of coats! it only works with thin magnets too, but it works! we’re planning on getting some abc magnets for her. :D

here is our favorite part, the oven. it turned out pretty dang cool, if i do say so myself. see the “hot” wire on the bottom? my dad bent some thick wire, painted it red, drilled holes in the back, and stuck the ends in the holes. instant heating wire! the knobs were just black cabinet knobs, and the burners are those plastic things you can put behind your door so that the door handle doesn’t bust a hole in your wall. we just painted them black and stuck them on! you can barely see the magnetic latch we attached here, under the top edge. those are cheap and essential! we put them on the cupboard, and fridge as well.

the knobs twist and turn, although sadie first tried pulling on them. she got a little frustrated when nothing happened! hehe

pulling some cookies out of the oven…a cute set my mother in law got her for christmas!

here’s our cupboard for the essentials…

and the fridge full of food!

yum!

 
and our faucet. one of a kind! we bought a couple dowels, and my dad turned them on his lathe until we liked the look, then we drilled a hole for the spout, glued it in, and then sanded it down on his power sander until we liked how it looked. cool, eh?

let me know if you have any questions about how we did things, and i’m planning on making a materials list soon!

thanks for taking a peek!

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Comments

  1. Wow! So darn cute! You have way more ambition than I do. I ended up buying my daughter a kitchen but your is WAY cuter.

  2. This is by far the coolest gift ever. If we had the room I would make one instantly! You did such an awesome job! -Kelsee

  3. WOW, that’s amazing! It turned out so darling…I love all the attention to the little details!

  4. That is so so so cool! I really do love the picture in the window. I would be quite happy looking at that out my kitchen window everyday! When I have kids I am going to nag Corey to make one of these for me. He is a carpenter so it should be easy for him. Fantastic work!

  5. So cute! We are already planning on making one for my daughter next year and my Mom is on board to help make crocheted and felt food. You have truly inspired me! Props to your Dad – great job!

  6. The kitchen turned out amazing. Make sure not to give her wooden, or hard plastic food, or you will be repainting all the time. I love the light and the “heating coil”

  7. WOW WOW WOW! I absolutely love how this turned out! You and your dad did a great job! GO DAD! It makes me wish that my dad was around to help me with projects like this for my kids…
    I’m inspired now to create one for my little man, Oliver, who adores helping us in the kitchen… Thank you as always for sharing your creativity and inspiring me! :0)

  8. Wow! That kitchen is adorable. Absolutely amazing! Good job.

  9. Wow!!! I am so impressed! This turned out so cute! I can’t believe how realistic everything looks and I love all the details!! You and your dad did an amazing job!! What a fun project for you two to work on together!! Sadie is one lucky girl! :)

  10. Uncle Jon…can I have one too? Makes me want to be a kid again. I am very impressed. You need to email a picture to my Dad. He is in awe over your carpentry skills…me too! Jess…the result could not be any cuter. Sadie is having a total blast with that cute set up. You continue to amaze me. Glad we are related, LOL

  11. This is absolutely adorable and is extra special knowing her family made it for her. This is a 1000x better than the expense ones from PBKids!!! Great job!

  12. Soooo cute! You and your Dad are so creative! I love it.
    We are adapting your idea making a shorter/smaller version for our nine year old daughter to use with her American Girl dolls!
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. That kitchen is AMAZING!!! What a lucky girl! Great job!

  14. Amazing!!!! Well done! I love all the clever ways you made the details – kids love details!

  15. Great job and amazing details, you really put your heart into this one! I’m sure she loves it! Tell your Dad he did a great job, too!

  16. AMAZING!!!! I’m so glad she likes it, and you truly thought of everything- the hot wire? GENIUS!!!

    Merry Christmas!

  17. wow!!! what an amzing job. this kitchen will be treasured for years!

    way to go :)

  18. swoon!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I so want one!!! how about a tutorial????

    love love love that kitchen……

  19. It looks great – My favorite part is the light in the ‘window’. Is that the Teton range? What a great Dad to help so much!

  20. That is completely amazing! The oven element kills me.

  21. that is beyond AMAZING!! you and your dad did a fabulous job :) you guys should be very proud!! love it <3

  22. Oh how CUTE!!! I love the window and the sunshine coming thru!!! very cute baskets holding all of her kitchen essentials!!! Great job everyone!!!!!

  23. I love the final result of the play kitchen. It is every little girl’s (or big girl’s) dream. It sure beats the thoughtless plastic ones that you can purchase at the stores.

    Happy Holiday!

  24. Wow! It looks fantastic! Great job.

  25. That has to be the coolest kitchen EVER! I love that you guys paid such close attention to details. You can’t buy something that wonderful. I know that’s going to be passed down for generations. We still have the one my grandpa built when I was your daughter’s age. It’s been through two generations now and is so special to me.

  26. OMG….this is awesome!!! props to your dad!

  27. That turned out amazing! Love the window & the heating element!

  28. Jess,
    The kitchen turned out amazing! The idea was cute, but the details are what mad it really amazing! I love the view out the window – with the light! So creative! I think the oven is my favorite, but it all looks like Sadie will have tons of fun! Does she like using it? Way to go Jon!
    Love ya!
    Laura

  29. I’m speechless! Wow! Your dad is AWESOME! Sadie is so lucky to have him for a grandfather. And you are amazing Jessica! All that you have accomplished being pregnant. You are supermom.

  30. That kitchen is so amazing! I’ve enjoyed watching the progress on your blog. You two did an excellent job! I like doing projects with my dad, too – such fun!

  31. Jess, it turned out so wonderful! Such great ideas. I may need your advice in making one for Koree next Christmas! :)

  32. Jess, it turned out so wonderful! Such great ideas. I may need your advice in making one for Koree next Christmas! :)

  33. Jess, it turned out so wonderful! Such great ideas. I may need your advice in making one for Koree next Christmas! :)

  34. Jess, it turned out so wonderful! Such great ideas. I may need your advice in making one for Koree next Christmas! :)

  35. Jess, it turned out so wonderful! Such great ideas. I may need your advice in making one for Koree next Christmas! :)

  36. Jess, it turned out so wonderful! Such great ideas. I may need your advice in making one for Koree next Christmas! :)

  37. Jess, it turned out so wonderful! Such great ideas. I may need your advice in making one for Koree next Christmas! :)

  38. Jess, it turned out so wonderful! Such great ideas. I may need your advice in making one for Koree next Christmas! :)

  39. Jess, it turned out so wonderful! Such great ideas. I may need your advice in making one for Koree next Christmas! :)

  40. Jess, it turned out so wonderful! Such great ideas. I may need your advice in making one for Koree next Christmas! :)

  41. oh my gosh. wow. what a treasure! holy smokes, all the detail. the heating element the lightbox, the magnetic fridge, the knobs. oh. my word. so flipping CUTE!!!!!!! well done! i am so jealous!

  42. I just love your blog!! I just got my first sewing machine and was mostly inspired by you to learn!! Thanks so much for sharing all of your ideas and stories about your little girl!

  43. HOLY COW!! AMAZING!!! Well done on your decorating and everything you made!! And of coarse, WELL DONE POPS OF JESS!! Adoreable!

  44. wow! i stumbled upon your blog via ohbeedoh. this kitchen looks awesome. we are still in the process of building one for our lil’ girl that was supposed to be a christmas present. it’s also costing a lot to put it together, but we don’t have nearly as much great stuff on it as you. your dad should build these and sell them at craft shows.

  45. The kitchen is SO cute! Such attention to detail too-wire racks and heating coil in the oven, light for the window, magnetic fridge. All very inspiring!

  46. This is truly gorgeous! Stunning! I just keep looking at it and noticing all the little details! Well done, I am so inspired. Love the oven with real oven racks in it, and the faucets and the window effect. And the colour scheme, glad it’s not pink! Awesome job!

  47. What a DAD you have! WOW!

  48. That kitchen is so super modern-clean cool! And the light is awesome. I’ve always wanted to make a kitchen, but there is NO room in my girl’s room, or the rest of the house. :-/

  49. seriously wish I had a dad that had all those tools. Or that my husband had them…but that would mean we would have had to buy them…and that would be expensive. Lucky girls!

  50. Hi! I’m going to make this for my kid this Christmas. Thanks for the ideas. Looks great.

  51. I know it’s years later since you posted this, but just WOW!! Your dad totally deserves props, and i think so do you! This kitchen has been floating around cyberspace for a few years now, inspiring the masses. I just came upon it, and am so excited! Ok, the lighted window has to be a favorite ~ so awesome! Anyway, i’m in the process of making a little kitchen for my grandkids…(ok, ok, so it might be more like you and you dad… i’m dreaming up stuff, and will execute paint and fabric, and my husband is providing all the tool labor. ;-D )

    • I’m glad it’s still inspiring people!! Isn’t it fun, designing all the cute little details!? I loved it! and loved especially that my Dad did all the hard stuff, lol! good luck with your kitchen!

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