Remy's Uber Elegant Play Kitchen

Remy's Uber Elegant Play Kitchen

Carrie McBride
May 6, 2010

We've featured some amazing play kitchens and we love them all. But a gasp may have escaped our throat when we saw Pilar's exquisite diy kitchen that looks like it belongs within the pages of House Beautiful (or on the Kitchn, of course!).

Although this stunning play kitchen cost a bit more than some, it's sized perfectly for Pilar's daughter Remy (remember her colorful room?) and is a design feature in its own right in their home. We asked Pilar more about how this play kitchen came together:

The main structure is a hack of an unfinished plasma tv cabinet. I based the dimensions off of a PBKids kitchen, allowing for a little more height due to the fact that my child is a giant. Seriously, people ask if she's 3. She's not even 2!

For two years I have contemplated what I could do with the beautiful scrap of Carrara marble sitting in my garage. Well, I finally found a way to reuse it! I had hoped this would be more DIY, but my partner isn't too keen on me handling major power tools. I knew that a pro would have to cut the marble for me and luckily our incredible handyman had the right saw to do the trick. He also helped with all the wood cutting and building up the top of the kitchen.

A friend cut the tile and I created the backsplash with a simple adhesive, no grout needed. The backsplash is made from SUPER inexpensive marble subway tile from home depot, applied with acrylic adhesive. A friend cut them and I applied them in an hour. The oven door was made from the shelf that comes with the tv cabinet. I had a hole cut and I added stainless steel contact paper and modern steel handles. There's a spring hinge inside to prevent it from falling or opening too quickly.


Purchased items:

• Unfinished plasma tv cabinet, ($299 - purchased)
• Steel handles from local hardware store, ($30)
• 3 packs marble subway tile from Home Depot, ($18)
• Faucet from eBay, ($20)
• Stainless steel contact paper from Amazon, ($20)
• Oven knobs from local hardware store, ($22)
• Burner grates from local hardware store, ($34)
• (Cake pan) sink from Surfas, ($20)
• Stick n click lights from Bed Bath & Beyond, ($8 with coupon!)
• Paint for Oven - Benjamin Moore Black, ($6)
•Assorted screws, hinges, anchors, and adhesive from Home Depot

Reused items:

• Marble for countertops - previous owners left it in garage after remodel
• Wood for backsplash, shelf, hood, and cabinet door panels - extra wood from a shelf project
• Cabinet paint (Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron) - leftover from master bathroom
• Cooling/oven rack- from momma's kitchen

Wow! Thanks Pilar!

(Images: Pilar Valtierra Photography)

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