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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Kids Play Kitchen

Ok, here is the project I have been working on for months. It was a process with several mistakes and draw backs but a wonderful learning experience. Anyway, the most important thing is that its finally done and Diana LOVES it. She has made me chocolate cake, breakfast and bacon soup already...(and they were yummy)!

Below are the after/before and inspiration pictures.  Picture 1 is what started it all. It was love at first sight, I knew my daughter would love it. I wondered if I could make it, so James got me power tools as an early Christmas present - (did I mention that I have an awesome husband?)
1. Inspiration picture {source}. 2. Before picture {source}


Here is an up close view of my kitchen. I love the small cooking utencils from here, the pots from here and kitchen appliances from here and similar here. What do you think about my tiling job? I got the tile from here . The burner were made from a place mat I got here. The range knobs were fun to make, Diana thinks they look like a radio, lol!. I didn't want to spend more money buying the actual knobs so I used my spice container lids and I wrote the numbers on a piece of black thin foam and stuck them together. I printed the time on a plain sheet of paper then glued it there. Diana loves to ask what time it is, so this was perfect.

 
Sink - baking tin. Faucet and knobs from here. I love the little red mug cup.



For the oven door, I used a corrugated plastic sheet from here. I like that its semi transparent (I still have to get a baking rack for the oven). Then to make it look a little real, I draw write lines with a painters marker across.
The fridge - I got the pretend food from here. I love the plastic foods more than the boxed foods. The boxes are way small as you can see from the apple and orange juices, but they are still fun to play with. The fridge, oven and dishwasher handles came from here


Its a perfect size for her. I made the curtains when i made the apron set here. The curtains and the window with a bird outside are a fun addition. She loves to close the curtains when its 'dark outside.'

Say cheeeeese! The apron set looks great on her. Tutorial here






Here is a closer look at the pretend gadgets and appliances we got for the kitchen. 1 here similar here . 2 here similar here . 3 here . 4 here similar here.




My major draw back came from not knowing how to paint laminate wood. First James sanded it lightly and then I painted it without even using primer. Big mistake. So, we sanded it again, used a paint+primer product, another big mistake. Then I did my research which I should have done at the beginning. Finally something worked, this wonderful paint and primer from Home depot, did the trick.It was a hectic adventure but it saved us a lot of money:)



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20 Comments:

At 2/7/13, 8:00 PM , Blogger Lisa Campbell said...

This looks so good! I was shocked to see that the first picture was the one you made and not just the inspiration picture!

 
At 2/7/13, 8:09 PM , Blogger Mable said...

Thanx Lisa, it took forever to make because half the time I didnt know how to use my tools or how to paint laminate etc. Im glad it is done and looks presentable

 
At 2/7/13, 8:11 PM , Blogger shiela jaranilla-sanchez said...

she is so lucky to have a super talented mommy like you...

 
At 2/7/13, 9:19 PM , Blogger Mable said...

You are too cute Jaranilla - thank you

 
At 2/7/13, 10:37 PM , Blogger tyler and annie said...

this is amazing!! You once called me crafty and now I can call you the crafty queen! This is so cool! I hope to one day be able to make my daughter something so special! I bet her reaction was priceless! Your version beats the "inspiration picture" by a long shot! =)

 
At 2/7/13, 11:03 PM , Blogger Mable said...

Thank you so much Annie. I love your crafts you have put up on facebook. Diana loves it and that makes me so happy

 
At 2/8/13, 5:51 AM , Blogger The Rowley Family said...

What power tools did James get you? I am ready to try my hand at the table and chair set you made. It has been on my to do list for over a year( I even bought all the wood a year ago) but I never got a round to it. But seeing yours lite a fire under me and I decided I better try it out. You are doing amazing work. I so wish we lived closer and could craft together!

 
At 2/8/13, 8:51 AM , Blogger Mable said...

One day we will be closer and that will be a party.. He got me a Ryobi 14 Amp 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw with Laser, A Ryobi 6.5-Amp Reciprocating Saw and a Ryobi 3/8 in. Corded Drill / Driver. Later I exchanged the circular saw with the Ryobi 4.8 Amp Variable-Speed Jigsaw. I am going to return the reciprocating saw because I really haven't needed it. So, I would recommend getting a drill/driver, a sander, and a v/s jigsaw, the jigsaw is small and very easy to use:)I think you will be great with your wood projects. I want to see pictures when you are done. p.s, I love your sewing, I think you are amazing:)

 
At 2/8/13, 9:30 AM , Blogger The Rowley Family said...

Ok I have all of that but the jigsaw so hopefully I can do this. Do you guys have a garage that you work in? That would be the only place I have to do these kinds of projects but being 15 degrees out there I really don't want to :)

 
At 2/8/13, 11:28 AM , Blogger Mable said...

Awesome, you can do it. At least I felt very intimidated in the beginning but once you start it gets easier.. We live in a condo so I painted outside on our balcony, then did the cutting and putting together in my kitchen and livingroom. It got messy but I wasn't going to work in the cold either:)

 
At 2/14/13, 10:09 AM , Blogger Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

What a wonderful gift for your daughter, such vision and all the details are wonderful! I am sure she will play with it for years and have great memories many years after that!

 
At 2/14/13, 11:17 AM , Blogger Mable said...

Thanx Laura:)

 
At 2/15/13, 9:28 AM , Blogger Claudia G. said...

Adorable!!!i have a few pieces to get start a kitchen to, soon :) but mine is way to small
kisses from portugal

 
At 2/26/13, 2:16 AM , Blogger Tracy Cook said...

Maybe if I start planning now I might have one ready for my grandsons 2 birthday

 
At 2/26/13, 6:34 PM , Blogger Mable said...

Thanx Claudia, I would love to see how your kitchen turns up. Best wishes. I love Portugal

 
At 2/26/13, 7:36 PM , Blogger Mable said...

Its always better to start planning well in advance.. At least in my case that was true. All the best

 
At 4/4/13, 9:51 AM , Blogger Madelyn said...

Can I just say this turned out so amazing?!?! It seriously better than any other DIY Kitchen I've seen. You are so talented!

 
At 4/4/13, 10:26 AM , Blogger Mable said...

Thanx Madelyn you are too kind:) I hope I can be as talented as you one day..

 
At 5/18/13, 10:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you purchase the primer + paint do you need to sand if the wood is laminate??

 
At 5/19/13, 3:52 PM , Blogger Mable @ Lilato laka said...

Laminate can be very stubborn. I sanded mine, used primer then painted it. Later I found out there is an easy way to work with laminate. Rustoleum Universal paint and primer-in-one works awesome. You don't have to sand at all. Just use this primer and paint of your choice. Read more about it here http://www.younghouselove.com/2012/03/hi-chair-how-are-ya/

 

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