Vintage Play Kitchen
J needed a new play kitchen – the pink Little Tikes kitchen that had been so much fun for her older sister was too small and not “real” enough. Her feeding therapist hoped that more interaction with pretend food would lessen her aversions to real food. I looked in stores and online but couldn’t find anything (affordable) that was large enough for a child who was nearly nine. So I went to my all-time favorite resource…yup, Pinterest. There were so many fantastic ideas that I had a plan in no time.
I picked up this thingamajig (no idea what is was in it’s former life) for $3 at the thrift store. I scrubbed it, cut a door and a shelf and added a larger top. Primed the whole thing, then painted it a creamy off white. The top and door where painted vintage teal. I taped off squares on the top which I painted red to simulate tile. A glass knob on the door, some hooks and accessories and the new island was done!
I found this giant, heavy, oak entertainment center on Craig’s list for $50. After cleaning it I taped around and spray painted the glass (on the inside) with frosted glass spray paint. This part would become the refrigerator.
And cut out the inside of one door so I could add plexiglass for the oven door.
Painted the inside of the over black, then splattered with white and dark blue, added a push light and found a rack to fit inside the oven…
Spray painted the rack black…
Glued on the stove burners (coasters from Target) and decoupaged oven controls I had printed off, drilled three holes and installed painted wooden cabinet knobs in the middle of the controls. This way you can turn the knobs and “adjust” the temperature. Remember, it had to be “real”!
J will likely play with this kitchen set for many years. As she gets older and taller I can add short wooden legs to the bottom to raise it up.