Before & After: Changing Table Turned Play Kitchen

Bonne Nouvelle

We've seen homemade play kitchens made from everything under the sun, but this may be the first one we've seen that started as a changing table. It's an ideal piece of furniture to repurpose since it's usefulness is usually only a few years. Take a look at how Hannah envisioned this table instead:

This changing table is actually an ideal shape to become a kitchen with the higher cupboard becoming a refrigerator and the shelves already built in. Hannah shares this with us:

The idea and inspiration to make a play kitchen with used items came from Ohdeedoh! I wanted to create something fairly inexpensive and non-commercialized by putting my own mark on it. I felt more comfortable re-purposing an existing piece of furniture than creating one from scratch. For under $100 I created the perfect play kitchen (though imperfect if you're looking closely) for my daughters by using a gently used baby changing table. It was the perfect combination for a stove/oven unit with the added bonus of an attached fridge (the existing closet). With virtually no help from my husband, a learning curve, a few power tools, some leftover paint and many many hours, I finally finished this "toy" that I hope will last for many years to come.

I'm sure your daughters love it, Hannah - thanks for the inspiration! Readers, has Hannah inspired you? She has more details and photos on her blog Bonne Nouvelle to check out.

(Images: Hannah/Bonne Nouvelle)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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