Today I thought I’d spotlight a few awesome wooden play kitchens, starting with the one my husband built for our daughter!
He put so much time and energy in the project. In his words, he wanted it to be more than just a play toy- he wanted it to be an heirloom. I think he accomplished his goal!
We used the building plans from Lowe’s Creative Ideas as the basis for the kitchen. Here are a few highlights on how we made it special:
- We used stainless steel paint for doors of the appliances. We decided to design our play kitchen to look like our stainless steel appliances in our own kitchen.
- We used Rustoleum Stone spray paint for the oven interior.
- The oven knobs came from an appliance shop off of a discarded stove.
- We scored a great deal on eBay for the sink- so we were able to put a real sink in her little kitchen.
While I’m not much of a woodworker, I did help paint. I also made a collection of felt play food for her. For details on the pattern I used to make the felt food, see this post here.
If you’re contemplating making a play kitchen for your little one’s Christmas present, the best advice that I can give is to start early. It takes time to create and paint, and if you’re like us you can only work for a limited amount of time each night while they are sleeping.
You can always design your own plans, but there are a few good free ones out there. The one that we used from Lowe’s was a good step-by step plan, but Ana White also offers another neat one on her website. See the photos and plans for it here. Using a plan allows you to focus more on the design and less on the execution.
What’s the best part about building your own play kitchen for your kids? It’s knowing that your making more than a toy- you’re creating something that they will cherish forever!