Neva's Budget and Earth Friendly Play Kitchen

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When Katien set out to create a DIY play kitchen for her daughter Neva she had these four goals in mind: to spend under $50 total; use as much recycled materials as possible; limit my driving to acquire these materials, only stop somewhere if it is on my way somewhere else; make it really cute and have fun doing it. Check, check, check and check!

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She started with these old kitchen cabinets which she purchased from a construction salvage yard. But that's not all that she reused. Her local recycling center has a once-a-week paint pick up/drop off where she scored all three paints for the project - silver, white and red.

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Her husband cut out a place for a sink and a "window" in which Katien cleverly rotates Neva's "view." Almost everything else was thrifted or repurposed from her own home. How much did she spend? $59 bucks total which is only a smidge over her goal and still so much cheaper (not to mention cuter!) than purchasing one.

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See more photos, read more details about how she acquired and made many of the kitchen items and see her cost breakdown right here.

Neva, we'll take one large pumpkin curry soup piping hot, please!

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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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