Record player cabinets have become relics of the past and can be picked up cheaply at thrift shops. In Amy's case, for just $10. She did, however, drive by it many times in doubt before taking the DIY plunge.
As you can see, she transformed it into something completely new - a Sweet Shop bakery for her 3-year-old daughter. Amy describes the process:
A lot of gutting, sanding, and a few coats of paint later it really took on great potential. My husband even made an oven in the back complete with a red lightbulb for baking! The shelved were made from pieces of an old IKEA nightstand and plexiglass complete the windows. I spray painted the tea stand and included baking pans from the Dollar Store. Most of the play food my daughter already owned, and the rest was given as a Christmas present. I also bought a chef hat and apron at Hobby Lobby to complete the ensemble.
The total cost = $10 for record player + $20 for materials (wires, plexiglass, spraypaint, red lightbulb, apron/hat) + $10 for adorable vintage fisher price cupcakes off eBay that I just had to have so I could re-live my childhood...all other items were given to her for her birthday or from her play kitchen. All paint and scrap wood were leftovers which brings the grand total to $40!!
My daughter loves it! She plays with it more than her play kitchen. The red light bulb oven was a huge hit! It was a really fun project to make for her!
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Thanks Amy - great job!
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