DIY Play Kitchen

As I have mentioned on here before, I work from home keeping kids.  I do have a college degree and I have had successful jobs like being a retail manager and a chiropractic assistant (although that was my least favorite for various reasons).  I am good at working outside the home and I work my way up fast.

But ever since I was a teenager all I have wanted was to be a wife and stay-at-home mom.  When Lance and I were dating, I made it clear that it was what I wanted and when we eventually had kids I didn’t want to work outside the home.

That being said, I’m not stupid.  I don’t think money grows on trees and I know that if we have more bills than one income will support, then I have to somehow have a second income.  It is with this mindset that I decided, almost 3 years ago, to start keeping kids in my home.

And those kids need stimulation! Lots of it! Old toys and tricks get boring and then they get into mischief, so I’m always looking for something new to pull out of my hat.

A few months ago Lance and I saw this diy kitchen and were inspired by it.  It looked so fun and creative and we knew we wanted to try to make one of our own.  A couple we know had an extra entertainment center they weren’t using and asked us if we wanted it (thanks Shane and Megan!).  We just had to get a few pieces of wood and other supplies to modify to fit our needs and Voila!, an awesomely fun new toy!

The stove was just painted on, the oven door was cut out by my father-in-law and Lance attached a piece of plastic we took out of a dollar store picture frame, and the utensil hanger is a paint stick and some hooks.  Real stove knobs were too expensive so we bought gliders that are supposed to go on the bottom of furniture and they look just fine! Lance’s dad also helped Lance cut wood for the fridge doors (we wouldn’t have been able to complete this without him and his supply of tools!)

The faucet is a piece from a cheap-o pipe set we got a Lowe’s and the sink is a bowl I got from the mixing bowl section at Walmart.  The handles are just the cheapest set Lowe’s had and Lance put them on in a way that they actually turn.  It was also Lance’s idea to put little colored beads inside the handles to mark hot and cold.

I added some play dishes, food, and utensils to it and it turned out pretty cute!

I also made matching aprons for the girls out of some cloth I already had.

The girls love it! We spent a total of about $50 and it will last us a long time.

I can’t wait until our daughter is old enough to play with it!