Before & After: $40 Thrift Store Find to Darling Play Kitchen

updated May 5, 2019
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We’ve seen parents transform all manner of furniture into play kitchens for their kids. Griffin lucked out when she found this piece at a thrift store. To transform it into a play kitchen for her daughter, Frances, she didn’t need to do any structural work – just add bits and bobs, you know, the fun stuff.

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Like in any kitchen, the white paint gives this piece new life and makes it look fresh and new. The new hardware would look good in any kitchen, real or play, and I especially love the trivet Griffin used as a stove element.

Griffin described the project:

This was a $40 antique store find that I transformed into a full-service play kitchen for my daughter. I started by painting the entire piece white while leaving the counter top and shelf as is. Using chrome plated brass pipes I made a faucet, a stainless steel dog dish formed the sink. Some old drawer pulls made up the faucet and oven knobs (they really spin!). Chalkboard paint and some stainless bar pulls help define the oven and refrigerator and a trivet covered in plexiglass makes the stove top. The kitchen is sturdy and compact, blending nicely into our kitchen, plus it came in just under $70!

Thanks Griffin! Readers, see more of Chef Frances’ play kitchen on Griffin’s blog, The Design Itch.)

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