Before & After: Entertainment Center Turned Play Kitchen

How many times have you seen an unremarkable entertainment center like this at a thrift store, in a basement, or even an alley? Sara Batman and her husband turned this lucky $5 find into a remarkable Christmas gift for their daughter Berkley. See the project after the jump…

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Not too shabby for cast off furniture, eh? Berkley's creative parents added a chalkboard door, a tap light to illuminate the kitchen, and transformed a real-life cooling rack into the play oven's baking rack. Here's what they had to say about the process:

This year my husband and I repurposed an entertainment center into a play kitchen for our daughter's Christmas gift. She's 18 months old and starting to mimic everything mommy and daddy do, so we knew she would dig it. My parents snagged the entertainment center for $5 and delivered it to us. I spent countless hours perusing the internet for configurations, color schemes, etc. I settled on light pistachio for the paint color, and had my mom make some vintage-looking curtains with red accents. I wanted to include red because we were going to put it in our actual kitchen, which is also decorated with red. The oven door was created by just moving the hinges to the bottom and we had a piece of wood cut to create the refrigerator "door."

When she woke up Christmas morning, we couldn't wait to show what the "elves" had built for her. She loves it and it will be something she can play with for years to come!

Thanks Sara! Readers, if you want to learn more about Sara and her family, check out her blog Super Hero Fam.

(Images: Sara Batman)

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