We have this mental picture of children around the world laboring over their imaginary culinary creations, all on the path to becoming gourmets of the future, and all thanks to the fabulous DIY kitchens lovingly crafted for them by their parents. Brooke wrote in to show us just one such kitchen, built by her partner Sarah for their son Elliot.
From Brooke's email, where she describes the design and build process:
Just wanted to send a quick note to share that my partner and I were incredibly inspired by all of the play kitchens that have been on your site. This past Christmas, with just two weeks to spare, my partner Sarah decided that our nearly-two-year old son Elliot would really, really enjoy his own kitchen. And she was going to build it.
So over the course of two weekends she went to town, completely drafting the plans herself. She used non-toxic milk paint and non-toxic poly for the finishing. We opted for a swing-out oven door (eventually, there will be a shelf in there) to minimize the possibility of it breaking from being stepped on. Oven/stove knobs are simple wooden drawer pulls screwed in such that they still turn. A Re-Store faucet for $5 was our trophy; the sink is just a large dog food dish. (Elliot especially likes that it can be removed and things can be tossed down into his oven).
We love it! And did you notice the pegboard backing? It's not just there to lend a cool utilitarian look to the kitchen. Sarah resourcefully plans to make this kitchen do double duty as a workshop by building a removable surface that will convert the kitchen to a tool bench.
Images: Brooke Pisarsky