Revisiting an old DIY Project: Jovie’s Play Kitchen Hack

Earlier this year I had been drooling over so many cute and creative DIY play kitchens while pinning on Pinterest one day, and since then, I had been dying to create one myself (for my daughter of course). I always wished I had a play kitchen growing up, but I am just as happy I get to customize one for Jovie. And it’s easy and inexpensive to customize.

I wanted to create a cute, bright, farmhouse inspired kitchen for her to explore her imagination and appreciate over the next few years.

I started my research on which play kitchen I wanted to update. I almost went with the Ikea play kitchen but figured it was a bit small for the price. I found one on Amazon for around the same price but almost a third bigger in size. I went with the KidKraft Play kitchen in espresso because it was the cheapest one on Amazon at $107 (at the time I bought this it was $107).

Supplies you’ll need:

  • KidKraft Kitchen (or any wooden kitchen)
  • Your choice of paint color in sample sizes (I chose the paint brand Behr in white and mint)
  • Gold metallic spray paint
  • Black sharpie
  • A ruler
  • Total time including assembly: 5 hours

*It’s very important to work on these two things before assembling the kitchen: the back splash, and the hardware.*

When the package arrived, it came in a slim box with a bunch of pieces, its pretty overwhelming. I found the back splash piece and the hardware pieces first, because it would be very difficult to paint these after the kitchen is already assembled. I spray painted the hardware gold and left it to dry for about 30 minutes. As for the backsplash, I painted it white, and with a ruler and black sharpie, drew on some subway tiles. After these two things are done, you are ready for assembling.

Jack helped me with the assembly of the kitchen (thank goodness), it took him about 2 hours to assemble. After that it was ready for paint, I decided to paint it with regular latex interior paint over spray painting it because I figured it would leave a nice clean finish. I went to the Home depot, chose a mint color and white color, and just ask the paint counter to make a couple samples for me. Paint samples are around $2-$3 each, so it is very inexpensive. I painted the whole kitchen white, and the trim a minty blue. While going with the whole farmhouse look, I knew the paint would chip, and it did, but it gave the kitchen that much more character. If you don’t want it to chip, then you can seal the paint with a small $5 can of polyurethane from your local hardware store.

After that, the kitchen is done! Now All you need to do is accessorize. I found some coral roses and sun flowers from Walmart, the jar and tin can are recycled, the “J” is from Michaels craft store and I just painted it brown, the cookware is Melissa & Doug, the play food is from Ikea, the Fruit basket from Daiso, and the coral towel is from Ross.

Jovie loves this little kitchen, I love it too. I think it goes well in our dining area and gives our home a touch of farmhouse style. Hope you all enjoyed this throwback DIY I did a couple months ago for Jovie, if you have any questions please let me know. Thank you and good luck!

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