9.23.2015

tiny kitchen.

as i mentioned in the last post, i performed a tiny kitchen reno for margot's second birthday. it's maybe my most favorite thing ever.



it all started with a perfectly acceptable, brand new ikea play kitchen, which i could have left alone and margot would have loved it just as much. but where would the fun be in that.



my first update was to paint all of the natural toned wood, other than the counter top, white. for this i just sanded it and then primed and painted it using supplies leftover from various house projects. i also stained the counter top a golden tone. i found that you really have to sand the wood well  to get the stain to take, as whatever clear coat ikea uses is super durable. in my first attempt (or maybe two...) i didn't sand enough and ended up with a blotchy stain job. i ultimately found that checking the wood with a wet rag after sanding helped to ensure all of the clear coat was removed--if the wood soaked in the water, it was good to stain, otherwise, more sanding. since it's plywood though, aggressive sanding can penetrate the first ply, so if you want to try it out yourself, be careful. this only happened in a few spots for me, and those ended up getting covered up by the sink and brackets. after painting and staining, i also gave everything two coats of polyacrylic so that it could withstand toddlerness.


next i may have gotten a little spray paint happy. the frame for the burner and the sink got painted white (originally grey) and most anything else that was within reach was painted gold. this included the updated handles (these), the stove knobs that we added (from lowes i think), the knobs for the pot holders (these), the faucet, the rod along the back, and the plastic legs...and maybe even the buttons for the stove lights. oh my that's a long list...typing it out makes me feel like maybe i have a problem...is there a twelve step program for this...


then, after an amusingly long assembly process (remind me to never install a real size ikea kitchen), it was time to accessorize. the tiny pot holders fit in nicely.


as do the salt and pepper shakers. and this rhino that i got from hobby lobby. i couldn't resist it. he didn't even require a spray paint job. the plant is fake, as margot can't be trusted, and also from ikea. the rod along the back came with hooks for hanging pots, utensils and the like, but margot hasn't figured them out yet. so for now, her utensils live in an old lyle's golden syrup can.


this is a very misleading picture. margot has only had the kitchen for a week, and the cupboard and oven are never this tidy. but one can pretend, right? here, the yellow colander is from world market and the tiny milk jug is once again from hobby lobby (and its cap may have been spray painted...oy...)


there are also lights! much to the excitement of the small one. the star marquee thing was from target ($2.70 on clearance!) and we added a touch led to the top of the oven, for checking on your soup and cookies.


the burners even glow red (though it looks orange in this picture). this may be my favorite feature. and probably one of marogt's too. she turns them both on and then exclaims 'i cooking pastas!'.


so, there you have it. my ridiculously unnecessary but oh so awesome tiny kitchen reno. it makes me happy every time i see it. which is often, as it lives in our living room.

5 comments:

  1. I didn't see it coming that you MADE that cute fruit! I just can't get over all the creative juices spilling over everything you touch. I love everything you do!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks! :) i have even more felt food in the works to share...

      Delete
  2. So if the Ikea kitchen looked like this out of the box i would have never set out on the never ending journey to make one for James. Does It come with stainless hardware? Where do i swipe? Also, where did you find the letoddler Dutch oven?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. :) i felt like this was a never ending journey...the hardware is plastic out of the box, including the sink and faucet. we replaced the handles with spray painted metal ones. the dutch oven was part of this set that margot got last christmas:

      Delete
  3. So if the Ikea kitchen looked like this out of the box i would have never set out on the never ending journey to make one for James. Does It come with stainless hardware? Where do i swipe? Also, where did you find the letoddler Dutch oven?

    ReplyDelete