Before & After: Kicked to the Curb Night Stand to Kicking It Up a Notch Play Kitchen

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This sad little piece is about to make a little girl very happy. Jen took advantage of her town's "free cycle" program where once a year you can put things you don't want on your curb and then cruise around looking for things you do want. She grabbed this laminate night stand and envisioned it as a good foundation for a play kitchen for her daughter. The final result is a super low-budget, cheerful toy.

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A breath of fresh air! The only "real" money Jen spent was on the faucet, a $30 splurge. Almost everything else was leftovers from her past diy projects. A particularly smart idea was to add a surplus IKEA Ribba picture ledge to create a backsplash and shelf.

Jen shares:

An old bowl, some hinges, knobs, paint, and old camp stove burners (all were "free" and kicking around our garage already), turned this nightstand, that was destined for the dump, into an adorable play kitchen for our kiddo.

Thanks Jen! Readers, see more details about this project on Fresh Crush.

(Image credits: Jen of Fresh Crush)

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As Apartment Therapy's Managing 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.