Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Lily's play kitchen - a DIY wood kitchen for under $100

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My little girl is growing up and I wanted to get her a little kitchen to play with.  I had heard of people turning old entertainment centers into kitchens and decided to try it out.  While I was measuring to see what would fit I saw my corner desk and knew it would be perfect for this project!  I asked my husband if he was attached to the desk, and although he was reluctant he eventually agreed to let me cut it up.

Before this project I had never used any power tools, so if I could do it I promise you can too!  And although I used some materials I had (the desk I started with, the paint, the faucet) I shopped for inexpensive items and made the whole thing for just over $50!  Even if you had to buy the paint you could do this project in under $100.

This project was a big one so I am going to have to split it up into multiple posts.

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 microwave click HERE
For the tutorial on the oven/stove click HERE


  1. This looks incredible. I love that it really looks like a real mini kitchen.

  2. Is there an age limit? Because I want to play with that.

  3. That is genius!! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-link-up-2.html. I hope to see you soon!
    ~Macy from Confessions of a SAHM

  4. This is the best play kitchen I have ever seen. YOu should be so proud of yourself. I am a new follower (found you on marvelously messy) Would love a "follow back" if you have a chance - you might be too busy playing in that kitchen!!
    Come see me at www.cookieandclaire.blogspot.com

  5. woah! I wish I was a little girl again with this kitchen!!!


  6. This is AMAZING! Thanks for the great idea!

  7. My daughter would LOVE this. Amazing. What a great job. :) Following you from Tip Junkie‘s link party. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. Hope to see you there. :)


  8. Great effort! Really paid off. Nice hubby to let you use it :-)

  9. My girls will go gaga over this! Thanks for linking up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & HOp. Btw, I'm not sure if I invited you already but I also have a party called Market Your Biz and Giveaways. Please feel free to have your etsy and giveaways promoted by linking up :)

  10. aweSOME !! What a great job you did on this.
    I like your blog a lot..so much that I am signing up to follow and I just voted for your project.:))

  11. I really appreciate you linking up this wonderful post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

  12. I LOVE this!! I love how modern it is, It actually looks like my real kitchen. Well done!

  13. This is soooo clever! I've seen the ones from old tv centers, but this really takes the cake. Adorable! I'm totally pinning this

  14. Unbelievable! I love it!!!

  15. Thank you for linking up to my Tuesday Confessional this week. You were featured, so be sure to grab a button! http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-features-upcycling.html
    I hope to see you next week.

  16. Okay, so I am mad for this project. I just wish I had someone little enough to still enjoy it. I love that it is a modern take on the little person's kitchen. I will be featuring it on tomorrow's Motivated Monday post. Thanks so much for linking up.

  17. This is the very best homemade play kitchen I have ever seen, and I have looked a A LOT of them! You did such a fabulous job!! Thanks for sharing.

  18. dude, we need to do lunch!

  19. Looks great! So glad my little girls kitchen was part of your inspiration ;)

  20. I just saw the comment you left on my blog. I am utterly amazed at your version of a play kitchen. Mine looks sad in comparison. That is so funny that you know Nancy Nay. Yep, she is my aunt. It really is a small world. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have a pretty sweet one here. I am putting you on my list. Take care and tell Nancy I said hello.

  21. Is is beyond amazing!! Can you come to my house?

  22. Brilliant! I can't believe how lovely it is!

  23. Wow!! This is great! I'm sure your daughter will enjoy this for many hours to come!!

  24. That is amazing! Everything looks so real too!

  25. Every Little girl's dream!! i wish i had something like that growing up!!

    i'd love for you to come check out my blog!!


  26. jess, this is awesome. i wish we still lived close so teya and lily could play. instead, teya tries to take over portia's kitchen. this is seriously impressive!

  27. WOW!!! You did an amazing job!! WOW

  28. This is so great! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

  29. What a darling way to transform a desk! I think it looks even better this way! LOL

    Thanks for stopping by and adding your post to our Linky Party! I enjoyed learning about Lilly's Play Kitchen.

    Pam Hoffman

  30. Completely adorable! The whole thing is amazing. Wishing my daughter was 2 again!

  31. aaahhhh!! That is just too stinkin cute!! My sister and I would have spent hours in this kithcen when we were little!! :) Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  32. That is so awesome. My poor daughter never did get a kitchen because we moved about every six months and I just couldn't justify it. Makes me sad now, but love all the cute ones I have seen made. So much better than store bought.

  33. Wow, where was that kitchen when I was little...It ROCKS!

  34. Wow. I showed this to my dad and said I'm pretty sure he'd be the favorite grandpa if he made one of these for my daughter!! I'd LOVE for you to share this over at Trash 2 Treasure Tuesdays on Kammy's Korner. http://kammyskorner.blogspot.com/2011/11/trash-2-treasure-tuesdays-6.html

  35. Such a cute play kitchen! Oh, that I could score one of those corner desk units! Visiting from Ucreate, and I'm featuring this in my Play Kitchens post. :)


  36. This is one of the best one's I have seen, love the dishwasher! love the mixer too.

  37. You mommies are so inspiring! Getting ready to start with my project! Thanks for sharing! I have checked many DIY blogs so I can make one as well.

    1. Hi Jessica,

      I meant it when I said you are inspiring. Just finished making a play kitchen for my little girl. Thanks for sharing your ideas! :)


  38. I am making one of these for my girls for Christmas. Thank you so much for your posts!!

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