Like many parents out there I really wanted a play kitchen for my kids. But man, they can be EXPENSIVE! I explored the internet and found a whole bunch of ideas for how to make my own, but they were more complicated and expensive than I was looking for. I got a lot of inspiration though and came up with my own plan. I'm so excited to share it!
It ended up being just perfect. It's simple, cute, cheap (~$30) and just the right size for a toddler. Here's how I did it:
First the shopping list:
- IKEA RAST nightstand. ($15) This is the base.
- IKEA PANNA coaster set (~$2) -- These will be the burners. You can also use sandpaper cut into circles or X's.
- Small metal bowl (~$2) -- This will be the sink. Look for these at Goodwill
- IKEA KOSING knobs ($2) -- These are for the burner and faucet knobs. I used knobs I bought at Home Depot, but they ended up getting a little pricey. So to keep cost down, I'd recommend some from IKEA.
- A hook (~$4) -- This is going to be the faucet so make sure it looks facet-ish and sticks out far enough. I got mine at home depot.
- A tension rod that can extend to 19.5" (~$3)
- Some fabric -- I used a fat quarter (~$2)
- Any extras to put on the side like hooks or baskets or shelves.
- Glue of your choice -- I used shoe goo.
- Start by assembling the nightstand.
- This is optional, but I sanded the corners of the nightstand to soften them just a bit.
- This next step is the hardest part. You have to cut out a hole for the sink using a jigsaw. Make sure the hole is a little smaller than the bowl you are using so it doesn't go right through! Also remember to take into account the screws holding the nightstand together. I forgot how long they were and cut into one! Oops.
- Now drill holes for the stove knobs and faucet knobs. They should be a little bigger than the screws that come with the knobs so they can spin easily.
- Put in the knobs. Corgan unscrews them all the time so I'm thinking I should add a little glue to get them to stay together.
- Attach the faucet.
- Put in the bowl. I glued mine down because I didn't want Corgan to loose it. It does make water play hard tho because I can't empty it very easily. If you don't glue it down, make sure to sand the hole because kids LOVE taking the bowl out.
- Glue down the burners.
- Make the curtains. I measured the height and added enough to hem the bottom, top and make a loop for the tension rod. For the width I just made it as wide as I could with the fat quarter I had. Thread the rod and hang them up!
- Add any hooks or shelves or baskets to the sides.
Corgan has a lot of fun with it!
But honestly, most of the time he uses it as a stool or a chair!