Monday, June 1, 2009

From Furniture to Custom Play Kitchen...

I wanted a play kitchen for my daycare kids, but not just any ordinary play kitchen, I wanted a custom play kitchen... Here is the finished project followed by lots of before pictures!!
I L.O.V.E. it...


My kitchen started out being this...
a hinged sewing side table, I paid $6.99 for it...

I sent my parents on the hunt, remember they are the antiquing king and queen, here was my list, and old small bathroom faucet complete with spout and knob, and an enamel {preferably chipped bowl} Here is what they found... AWESOME, a rectangle bowl even better!

I then drove the cabinet and pieces to my Papa's, he along with a drawing of what I wanted, installed my "sink"

and went above and BEYOND my vision, I asked for a backing, shelf on top and on bottom. He then added scrolled sides and mimicked the bottom scrolled wood on the original piece as the decorative top!! PLUS he added a rack in the "oven" I never would have thought!!
Ta Da...
After sanding, stripping, and sanding some more, it was ready for several coats of paint, bead board backing, distressed edges and a top coat of tea stain.
My parents also found the tin baking dishes, tin plates, and old pan at the antique shop!
PERFECT

Now I would like to make some tiny embroidered dish towels to loop through the "oven" handle.

And, make fabric and felt food!

49 comments:

sewingchick said...

Oh wow. Your dad deserves a big Father's Day present this year! Your kiddie kitchen is absolutely perfect! This is exactly what I have been envisioning that I'd love to have :)

Jamie said...

It is fabulous! Lucky kids!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Jen- That is so SUPER cute! You and your parents did an amazing job. Talk about team work!:) Lori

Sweet P said...

How adorable! What lucky children to have a great, custom kitchen to play with!

ilovemy5kids said...

WOW! What a super job! What an heirloom to pass down through the generations!

Blessings to you!

Karen said...

Oh my goodness! That is just SOO sweet!! Something like that would retail for a few hundred dollars and you did it Fabulously for oh so less!!! Thanks for the great pics of everything you did. :>

Embellish-Vintage Home Embellishments said...

What a vision. The piece is adorable, but what is more impressive is how you came up with such a clever idea.

Paige said...

Love it! It's so much better than any plastic kitchen you would find at toys r us!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Wow! You guys did an amazing job!
It's just perfect!
Robin~♥

Kelsee Webb said...

WOW! This is by far the coolest thing I have seen! Good job! -Kelsee Webb

Mother Hood said...

Okay Jenny, that is totally WAY COOL! If you have an idea for a play BBQ for my boys....let me know!

empaige said...

LoVe iT!!!
YOu are so creative, and now we see where you get it :)

Kinzie Sue said...

I want to make one of these for my daughter one day... that's after we move out of an apartment and into a place that has more room for treasures like the one you guys created! It's so lovely, any kid is lucky to play with it!

Rhonda in OK said...

Jen, this turned out so cute! I can just imagine your toddlers cooking and serving meals out of it. what fun you all will have.

Rachael Havens said...

This is so cute and fun! What a great idea.

Meshellyn said...

Oh My! I WANT one!!! Now I'm going to have to make a list and keep an eye out for something that will look half that cute! Thanks for sharing!!!

Messy Jessy said...

Holy Smokes! This is my favorite post from the Thrifty Decor Chick! i L.O.V.E. it too!

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

Gramps did GOOD... oh and so did you on all that stinking painting and sanding and painting and sanding and stripping and painting...... I LOVE it!

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

You are quite clever!`

Roxanne said...

That is really cute and creative!!!!

Bobbi Jo said...

That is just adorable. Love it! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

thebagglady said...

I just love your blog and I think your play kitchen is so awesome!! I love antiques and what a way to go green!! I think the towels would just be so adorable also. Thanks for sharing the story about how it was made. Makes it that more special! Take care, Fran.

Jane said...

This is super cute! I love these kinds of handmade play kitchens. Makes me want to get on the floor and play too. SO much better than an ugly hunk o'plastic!

Cheryl B. said...

Please let your dad know that my birthday is in July .... and .... ;-}

OH, and my grand daughter is scheduled to arrive THIS week Wed. . . . and we could play with it together when she comes to visit . . . o:-p

sherri said...

Jen, you REALLY should have had a baby girl! But now that you have daycare kiddoes you can go to town! Great job, even better than the store bought ones!

jenjen said...

OMG - that is adorable! I was obsessesed with getting my daughter a play kitchen a couple of years ago. The only cute ones were from Pottery Barn Kids and costa fortune. I love yours - it is adorable!!!

XOXO
Jen

Marie said...

Oh my...this has to be one of the most adorable make-overs I've seen!
Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Anna See said...

this is the cutest makeover i've ever seen! great job!

Tina H said...

Wow! What vision! I love it!! You and your parents are quite the crafters!!!

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onegirliegirl said...

That is gorgeous!!

xoxo ~Lisa

Sarah said...

WOW, I love your play kitchen and I'm super impressed by your creativeness! Great job!!! :D

michellejohnnie said...

That is awesome! My daughter would love that!!!!

debra said...

That is adorable. How fun for the kids!

Elise said...

I LOVE the way the kitchen turned out!! Your Papa rocks!!
Elise

Empty Nest Full Life said...

That is absolutely the cutest kitchen I have ever seen! Much better than any plastic store bought edition. Just one fabulous job! You did awesome!!!!! Jackie

Kammy said...

So cute and what a vision ! You will make one happy little girl !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Jill said...

Aaaagghhhhh! Soooo cute! Love it!
-Jill

funky bag freak said...

How stinkin creative!

The Smith's said...

absolutely adorable!!! Are you a licensed daycare provider? How many do you keep? I ask because I have been licensed in the past and currently care for children again and Im in school to complete my associates. I dont know how you have time for the crafting but I love it and I love your blog!!!

Heather said...

So dang cute!!!

Tangee said...

Oh, I LOVE it!!!! That is so adorable.

Ruth said...

It is absolutely adorable. The kids will love it!!
Ruth

mommax3 said...

That is just the CUTEST thing I have ever seen. My dad also is so good at these kind of things, wish he lived closer. Lucky, lucky girl(and kids of course :)

Magic Brush said...

Oh so cute! I love project makeovers like that!!!!

Magic Brush said...

P.S. Love your blog title.

Anny said...

That couldn't possibly be any cuter!

Jennifer said...

This is the coolest thing I have ever seen!

Elizabeth said...

Visiting by way of Thrifty Decor Chic. I have to say I LOVE the play kitchen! I remember playing "house" was my favorite thing to do during play time in kindergarten. I hope your kiddos are enjoying it! If not, e-mail me and I'll give you my address to send it to! Hahaha!