DIY Wee Play Kitchen

We thought 2008 was the Year of the DIY Play Kitchen, but Ohdeedoh readers weren't done! Here's a terrific one from Surya and Dave who lovingly made this for their daughter. They were inspired by this play kitchen, made from Ikea components, but don't happen to live near an Ikea (many of you can relate we're sure). No problemo - they found plenty of other good resources.

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Surya found the main component of her play kitchen at Joanns - an unfinished wood 2-cube shelf ($35) which she used as the base (she picked up knobs there too for .50 a pop). Her husband, Dave, had the doors, face plate and back splash cut from scrap at Home Depot ($4). The oven rack is a chrome shelf she found at the grocery store; the faucet is a papier mâché "S" cut in half (clever!); the burners are wooden plaques; the shelf is a cd shelf; and the vintage accessories were thrifting scores. Surya and Dave estimate they spent about $60 on the project.

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We're so impressed with how professional and attractive this looks and it proves, once again, what you can do with a little creativity and a little elbow grease. We shouldn't be surprised though as Surya and Dave are the founders of the much-loved Wee Gallery which makes frequent appearances in Ohdeedoh Nursery Tours. Visit them at their blog or shop.

Thanks for sharing this with us, Surya. Karmic inspiration came back to us quickly!

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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.