Not many would see this old media stand and think "play kitchen," but ChiWei used what she had and came up with a pretty fantastic result for under $90:
I got tired of pulling my 1 year old daughter out of the dishwasher and drawers where she liked to pull out Ziploc bags from the package one at a time. I thought if I gave her her own kitchen, she'd leave mine alone!
My husband casually brought up the fact that we had an unused TV stand in the garage leftover from a recent move (we downsized and couldn't fit it in the house anymore).
I was pretty overwhelmed with the creativity and workmanship of so many projects, and it paralyzed me for a bit until I realized that my kids will love whatever I make. My project took on structure — it had to be real-looking, good-looking, lightweight, moveable, and oh yeah, inexpensive. I wanted whatever we did to this piece to be lightweight since it already weighed a ton, being made from pressed wood, so my husband and I went on the hunt for options that fit all our needs.
For the backsplash, after considering tile, SmartTile, bead board, shelf liner, and vinyl, I ended up painting a piece of pine board and drawing lines on it to resemble bead board. A thicker line is sandwiched between 2 thinner lines to give the perception of depth and dimension.
The stove was made using plexiglass on top of a piece of black craft foam, with white vinyl to resemble the burner rings. The stove knobs were wood disks from the craft store, screwed and bolted onto the top of the kitchen so that they could turn freely. I ended up using Closetmaid shelving for the interior cabinets (fridge, oven) after not finding anything lightweight that had the necessary measurements I needed.
Overall, my husband and I spent 1 week working on this (during the holidays), mostly waiting for paint to dry, to be honest. Total cost, including a faucet from ReStore but not including paint (which we already had), came out to around $85 with tax.
Both my kids love it! My daughter can't yet reach the faucet, but she's interested enough that she no longer wanders my kitchen looking for things to play with!
For more photos and info, including a cost breakdown, check out ChiWei's blog.
Thank you ChiWei!