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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

DIY wood kitchen for under $100 - Microwave

To do the microwave for Lily's pretend kitchen, I used the cabinet that was already in the desk.  I took off the cabinet and cut a 7.25" by 7.25" square.

I took another piece of 1/8" MDF the same size as the cabinet door for the microwave.  I cut a 7" by 7" square in the same place and glued both pieces together with wood glue.   I spray painted the door an aluminum color and painted the inside white.

I then cut a 7.25" by 7.25" square of plexiglass and glued it to the inside of the microwave door using a hot glue gun.

I added cabinet hardware for the door handle.

I designed a number pad using Microsoft Publisher and printed it out.  (The number pad I designed is HERE if you want to use that.)

I used Modge Podge to secure the print out to the wood.  First I painted a layer of Modge Podge over the whole door.  It looks creamy but will dry clear.  I placed the number pad in the position I wanted and let dry.  I made sure to smooth out all of the creases before it dried, and used an old credit card to smooth the paper and "squeegie" any excess glue.

Once dried, I applied another two layers of modge podge over the top of the keypad.

I also installed a magnetic closure so it "clicks" when opened and closed.

For the tutorial on the kitchen click HERE
For the tutorial on the sink click HERE
For the tutorial on the dishwasher click HERE
For the tutorial on the oven/stove click HERE
For the tutorial on the accessories click HERE
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  1. What attention to detail. Lily is a luck girl. You go 'UCmom'!

    Pam Hoffman

  2. Unbelieivably detailed. What an imagination you have. There's a lot of love in this project so save the tutorial in Lily's scrapbook for her to view as a teenager.

  3. Wow! I'm doing a play kitchen for my girls (Sweden) and googled around for inspiration for microwave and saw this. Thank you so much for sharing! You kitchen is stunning!


  4. This kitchen is amazing. We are working on one now and wonder if you'd share how you attached the plexiglass to the door.