My Great Outdoors: Outdoor Play Kitchen

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Name: Jstanford1000

Location: Mountain View, California

Type of space: Outdoor Play Kitchen

Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: We took a small unused space outside of our bedroom and transformed it into an outdoor play kitchen made from mostly reused pieces. We noticed that our son loves to play with rocks and had mentioned recently that he was cooking something in the playground. This lead to the creation of an outdoor kitchen for him to enjoy complete with a stove, oven, counter, and a child size picnic table for serving pretend food (or a real lunch). He plays there all the time making things with rocks and flowers.

How did you create it?:
The stove is a used side table from Goodwill. We then spray painted cork hot plates and glued them to the top for burners and added knobs made from drawer pulls. To make the "oven" we spray painted the top drawer of the cabinet black. We bought some various size rocks from the garden supply store and put them into a wooden fruit crate we bought from a farmer at the farmer's market. 2 more fruit crates covered with a piece of fabric makes the countertop. Various hooks complete the kitchen scene and utensils/pots (all metal for the outdoors from Goodwill) are kept in the abottom drawer of the stove. In the foreground, the animal picnic table set is from Pottery Barn Kids (purchased last year). The photos on the wall came from a Google image search and were printed out on our printer and put into IKEA frames.

Recommended store, site, product or resource?
We really recommend Goodwill as the source for outdoor kitchen ware and inspiration. IKEA was also a great place to find the rug which we bought for $2 in the odds and ends area by the check out area of IKEA.