Once upon a time, I wanted to make a play kitchen for Laelia from an old night stand or entertainment center. After at least 9 months of keeping my eye out at thrift stores, flea markets and curbside, I decided to just buy the IKEA play kitchen, with the intent of hacking it. Not really a hack, more of makeover, I would say. Here’s what it looked like before
We made this a surprise Christmas present. I would like to forewarn anyone who has the idea of making this sort of present a “surprise”. It was really, really intense trying to get it all done close enough to Christmas day without the pieces lying around begging to be questioned, but in time for a reveal on Christmas morning. Oh yeah, and during the rain. I don’t know, we don’t have a garage or a work/storage space for projects like this, so it would probably be easier to do with a garage. Anyway, we did get it done, and only a few tears were shed. And we did get to sleep by 3 am!
I basically made her my dream kitchen; gray cabinets w/ white uppers, brass hardware, marble countertop… The bright pops of color and prints help to make the otherwise very sophisticated look more whimsical! Below is a breakdown of materials.
IKEA DUKTIG mini kitchen + top section for mini kitchen
IKEA LANSA Handle 9 5/8″
IKEA VINNA Handle 6″
4 decorative knobs (I got these from World Market for $2.99, but the anthro ones look of a higher quality, and I had to spray paint mine gold)
1 small decorative hook
1 Tension rod
1 Can White Primer
2 Cans Gray Primer
Assorted Fabrics for window skirt (tutorial here, adjust measurements accordingly).
Rustoleum’s Bright Coat Metallic Gold Spray Paint (This is my favorite gold spray paint; it definitely leaves it looking shiny and metallic, whereas many others have a dull finish)
2 Cans Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Granite Spray Paint
Pop Color Spray paint
Marble Faux-Finish Tutorial & Supplies
Firstly, everything needs to be primed. I let the primer set for 24 hours on all the plastic. All the metal and plastic was primed with white primer, as well as the countertop (which later got the faux-marble finish). All of the gray got gray primer. We just painted the blue boxes directly. It’s best to let the paint set for at least 24 hours (preferably 48, especially on the plastics) before regular usage. For example, I could easily scratch the gold off the plastic even 6 hours after spraying. We let everything set for the recommended time, and the paint has held up excellently, with minor scratches on the plastics, and no scratches on anything else.
I just followed the tutorial to do the faux marble finish; I had all of the materials on hand (including the “stiff drink”) and stayed up late after Laelia went to bed to complete it! I also gave it a few gold veins for good measure. I finished it off with a high gloss sealer to make it easy to clean, and try to give it that sheen that real marble has.
I sewed the curtain on Christmas Eve (and two months later added all the ruffles I was originally intending to add, which is why I’m finally getting around to posting this), while Tyler assembled all the pieces, and added the hook on the side for the apron. The little apron is the mini-version of my apron, from anthropologie. <3. It all came together exactly as I planned, and I’m very grateful for that. Nothing worse than doing a ton of planning and hard work, just to have something go wrong in the last hour!
Sorry some of the photos are dark and/or kinda blurry! All of the in progress shots were taken on my iPhone, and a few at night. We didn’t buy my Nikon until after Christmas. Did I even mention that on my blog yet?! I don’t remember… I think I did, but just in case, I bought a Nikon D5100 with two lenses, and I LOVE it. My Canon 20D was stolen last year and it took 8 months to replace it. =/ Anyway, if anyone has any questions, I’d love to help!