How to make a play kitchen for your kids

Play Kitchen
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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Does your kid want to be the next Jamie Oliver or Nigella Lawson? Why not encourage a passion for cooking early on, by making them a play kitchen?

Play kitchens are an excellent way to stimulate your kid’s imagination and keep them occupied, and what’s really great is the fact that they don’t present any danger or make any mess!

If you’re keen to get started, but have no idea how to make a play kitchen for your kids, then we’ve got the perfect DIY guide for you!

Follow these easy steps and provide endless entertainment for your kids

What you will need:

  • An old TV cabinet
  • An old or broken tap
  • Door knobs (for stove switches)
  • Wooden picture frame (for the window)
  • Stainless steel mixing bowl (for the sink)
  • Adhesive-backed vinyl (for stove door and stove top)
  • Curtain fabric
  • Felt
  • Dowel Rod
  • Sewing Machine
  • Plywood
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Cloth
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Coloured paint
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint Roller
  • Hammer
  • Washers
  • Cup hooks
  • Wood glue
  • Pencil
  • Compass

Step One

Clean your cabinet by giving it a thorough wipe down with a wet cloth and some sunlight liquid.

Step Two

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Unscrew any hinges or handles and keep these to use later on, if necessary.

Step Three

Sand the cabinet down with fine sandpaper and remove all sawdust with a dry cloth.

Step Four

Paint your cabinet with a single coat of primer.

Step Five

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Once the primer has dried, you can paint over it with your chosen paint. Two coats should be more than enough. If you’d like your to look more realistic, you can paint the oven door black and the fridge white.

Step Six

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If your cabinet has a glass door running lengthwise, then you’ll need to replace it with solid wood doors to make it look more like a fridge. Create the fridge door by cutting your plywood to the size of the original cabinet door. Cut off a third of the panel’s length for the freezer door (the remaining 2/3 will be the refrigerator door). Coat each door with a layer of primer and paint.

Step Seven

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Choose where you want your kitchen sink to go. Mark this area and place your stainless steel bowl upside down over this chosen spot. Draw a circle around the circumference. Use a compass to draw a second circle inside this, which should be a few millimeters smaller. Drill a hole in the centre of the smaller circle. Place your jigsaw blade in this and cut your smaller circle out. Smooth the cut edges with some light sanding and drop your bowl in.

Step Eight

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Choose a spot behind your sink, for your tap. Mark this and cut a 6cm (this may vary depending on the size of your tap) circle out. Insert your tap and secure it to the surrounding wood.

Step Nine

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If your cabinet does not have any backing where the TV was, then you’ll need to attach a backing to hang your curtains onto. Cut plywood to fit. Glue and nail your wooden picture frame onto the centre of your plywood panel, and cut out the backing inside your frame to make your window. Secure this panel to the back of your cabinet with a few nails. Once this is in place, add a few cup hooks above the frame for the curtain attachment.

Step Ten

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Re-attach all cabinet doors with original hinges. When it comes to making the oven door, place the hinges at the bottom of your cabinet, so that the door opens outwards.

Step Eleven

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Sew some curtains with your chosen fabric. Do this by creating a pocket at the top end of your fabric. Hem the sides, bottom and top. Push the dowel rod through this pocket and hang this on the cup hooks above your window frame.

Step Twelve

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Create your stovetop by cutting out two squares of adhesive backed vinyl – one to fit your oven door and one for your stovetop. Draw stove plate circles onto your felt, and glue this to one of your vinyl squares. Apply the vinyl to your chosen stove area. Use washers to attach round doorknobs in front of your stove plate – these will be able to turn just like stove switches.

Step Thirteen

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Now it’s time to pretty it all up with a few finishing touches. You could paint a chalkboard frame onto one of the walls for a grocery list, add some more cup hooks to hang play utensils, and buy new handles or knobs to make your play kitchen look more realistic.

It’s time for the big reveal. Expect excited screams when your kid sees the finished play kitchen!

We’d love to hear all about your building experience and if you’ve found this guide on how to make a play kitchen for your kids useful – let us know how your project went and how your kid reacted when they first saw the finished result. Give us the details by leaving us a comment in the box below.