Vickie Howell has been responsible for making the needle arts cool again in this country and is a self-taught designer, mom and crafter. You might have seen her on the DIY Network as she's been the host of Nitty Gritty for the last 8 years (along with a few other shows to boot!). Today she's shared her recent play kitchen transformation and the results will have you combing garage sales for a night stand to do the same.
Vickie's daughter Clover was in need of some make believe kitchen time (doesn't every girl?). She's recently turned 1 and it's a perfect time to begin the interest in the culinary arts! Vickie and her husband started the process with a vintage night stand (see it pre-makeover here) and removed the drawers. It was a similar project to this one, previously seen here on Ohdeedoh!
After tearing off the actual drawer itself and salvaging the fronts, the whole piece received a new paint job and was ready for reassembly. The bottom front was reattached with hinges, allowing it to open for storage and the top was replaced with a curtain. Holes were drilled to a bowl for the sink and two burners were added to the side. Check out the full Flickr set on the project for more photos of the process.
We love it's all in one nature and doesn't require an additional stove that could take up space that could be in short supply in a smaller apartment or home. The best part is knowing vintage pieces of this nature are well built and quite study, so even if it take some abuse, it will be nothing it can't handle!
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