Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Chelsea's Play Kitchen

Jeff and I have been working on a handmade play kitchen for Chelsea's second birthday. Happily, we finished it with days to spare! I'm so very happy with how it turned out. The original plans came from Ana White.  Looking at this photo, I realize I should have adjusted the tension rod to be even.  Oh well.  It does sit flush to the top of the sink normally.

We found a few discrepencies in the plan I want to address here in case anyone wants to make this. The shelf inside the oven needs to be 10" and not 12" so that the oven door will fit inside. The dimensions of the door need to be 10" across in order to fit inside. Unfortunately this was learned the hard way but Jeff made it all work. He is good like that.

We used poplar panels and had them cut to our measurements at Home Depot.

This is how the entire kitchen looked when we started.  I had wanted Jeff and I to both build it but because we procrastinated starting this project, Jeff did the building and I did the painting, sewing, and accessorizing.

This is the base for both the stove and sink - remember to shorten the shelf in the stove if you build this.  We realized this after the shell was built and painted.  Ugh.  Luckily Jeff worked some handy magic and was able to trim the shelf.

This is the top of the sink with the sink hole and faucet holes cut.  We used a stainless steel bowl for the sink and did not glue it down so that it can be removed and cleaned as needed. I found the faucet at Sears.com.  It is a cheap bar faucet and cost around $18 with shipping.

I used these unfinished wooden soccer balls found at Michaels for the burners.  I painted them gray and glued them soccer ball side down (the flip side is flat wood) using E6000 glue.
Here they are in the painting/assembly stages.  The paint is Martha Stewart's Enamelware color matched to Lowes Olympic No VOC paint.  I then used a spray sealer (which probably canceled out the no VOC paint but the paint on its own would have been toast against a 2 year old).

Here is the top of the finished sink and the stove.  The sink brush came from Pier 1.

The towel was a Dollar Tree find and was especially fitting as Chelsea will be having a rainbow themed birthday party.  The pot holder was crafted by Jeff's 8 year-old niece.  The hooks and towel bar came from IKEA.  The towel bar is actually part of a handle two pack.  The other handle is on the oven.

The knobs came from Home Depot.  I like the glass knobs that many others have been using on this project but I felt the brushed nickel gave a more realistic look.
We decided to have the oven door open from the side rather than the bottom so that Chelsea would not be tempted to step on it and break the door and/or plexiglass.  This way, she will also be able to stand in front of the oven to get things in and out.
I found this small rack at a kitchen supply store and the pizza is a Melissa & Doug play set.
We attached an LED push on/off battery powered light inside the oven for a more realistc vibe.

This is the sink without the tension rod and skirt.  There is some nice storage for all of Chelsea's play food and utensils.  Some of which she will be receiving at her birthday party.  The store bins are from IKEA.  They come in a set of 1, 2, 3.  The number 3 bin doesn't fit so it will likely be housed inside the oven.

Here is one more look at the completed set.  I'm so proud of us for building this and want to also send special thanks to my father-in-law who helped troubleshoot and gave Jeff use of some of his tools.  I didn't do a final total but this entire project cost us roughly $150.  I think it was well worth it and came out nicer and larger than any of the commercially available kitchens.  It is our hope that Chelsea will love this and that it will be something that will stay in the family for generations to come.

My next post will be of the accessories and Chelsea's reaction to her new play kitchen.  With my posting - this may take a week or two! 

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment.


Linds said...

you are TOO much! The kitchen set is absolutely adorable and (not that I'm surprised) you put thought into every single little detail. She better use it!! Also, your most genius idea is opening the oven door to the side-- my dad made me an oven too (his most proud project!) about... 17 years ago?!?! and the oven door opened down... and it was the first thing to break. Just from slamming it against the floor and resting stuff on top, the hinges came loose. I'm hoping to have that forever though too :) and PS-- even if she doesn't appreciate it right away, she will love it when she's about to turn 22! (like me!)


Holly Abston said...

This is AWESOME! Brilliant. I LOVE it. You guys did a great job. What a lucky little girl.

Holly Abston said...

This is AWESOME! Brilliant. I LOVE it. You guys did a great job. What a lucky little girl.

Karin said...

Karla...that is so cute!!

kandeland said...

wow! that is so special Karla! great job on it. hope you are well. xo nat

Lulu said...

Hi Sugar Bear,

This is great! I love the way it turned out. I'm looking forward to seeing Chelsea's reaction! What a great Mommy and Daddy she has!

Love ya,

~Sheri~ said...

That is adorable...I still remember when u announced u were pregnant!
Time passes so fast. I cant believe she will b 2.

I have been looking for something like that for my daycare..GREAT JOB!

Merci-Notes said...

OH how I love this... every single thing! Including the pot holder made by your niece! This is going to be around forever!
Oh, this is, i am betting, the place where Chelsea will really learn to share! :)

WEll done!
Nice work Jeff! And Karla, your curtain is beautiful! love this!

xo, Mary

Kim G. said...

It is just darling!! Well done!

Lorrie said...

What a lucky little girl - not only for the kitchen, but for such wonderful parents! The kitchen is gorgeous and reminds me of one made by my husband for our little girl many years ago.

Jeanie said...

Oh, Karla, I'm so excited you have posted again. No wonder we haven't heard from you -- you've been too busy! That is one serious kitchen and it is absolutely adorable! I'd say Chelsea ranks high on the list of the luckiest little girls in America! Can't wait to see more!

Simply Rita said...

This is adorable. There is so much detail involved I'm sure Chelsea is loving it! I think the faux cake inside the oven is so cute!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

I LOVE THIS> I WANT ONE! Darn, I'm not two!!! I can't believe that your baby is two already!

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Soooo cute!
I've been wanting to make an oven for my niece. I saw someone who made one from an old nightstand, but this one is fabulous, I'll have to check out that link.

I love all of the finishing touches you've added!


Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm so impressed. This kitchen is so fantastic. What a lucky girl she is to have such creative, hands on parents like you and your husband. She will likely want to keep it forever. What a special gift!

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