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From an outdated nightstand
to a “grand” play kitchen
A friend give me a nightstand and I decide my Greer needed a play kitchen for her room at her house. Santa had brought one here and she enjoys it! I figured one at home would be good, too. The color palette I chose to go with – coral, navy & gold, are the colors of her room. I was really hoping her mom would agree with having this addition!
With the finish that is sort of a slick, plastic in some places, I cleaned it a really well and decided to go with a chalk paint. I mixed latex that was off white, with a little red & yellow acrylics to get the color I wanted. Then, I used my homemade chalk paint recipe to get the consistency I like.
Preparing and assembling the back for the kitchen
Preparing and assembling the back for the kitchen, after painting the plywood, I applied glue to the top half of the plywood that would be showing. I smoothed out all the wrinkles and air pockets while still damp, but after I had let have some dry time. When it dried, I had used a 1.5″ cheap brush to apply Mod Podge. 2 coats & let it dry completely in between. I used wood bond glue to attach the drawer front to the top.
Final paint details
Attention to the final paint details are what made this look like I really wanted it to. I just went back and applied gold acrylic in places by dry brushing. This was done in areas that I wanted to pop or accent by giving a little depth. The handles were going to be added back, so they got a little spiffing up, too. After painting was completed, I finished with two coats of a water based a polyacrylic sealant. It was allowed to dry 24 hours in between each coat.
It’s all about the bowl.
It was all about the bowl, as to how I would design & make everything else fit. The small stainless steel bowl came from Dollar Tree for the sink. I used it to trace the shape I would need to cut, minus a couple of millimeters, due to the lip that would keep it from falling through. Using masking tape keeps the veneer from chipping while sawing. (Be fearless, embrace & love the power tools.) I am new to using a saw like this, so I can cut a circle about as good as I can draw a straight line.? Sure am lucky that this bowl is not a fancy under mount sink.?
Now for Fixtures and assembling
Now, down to just doing fixtures and assembling. Bathroom faucet was bought for less than $10 at Walmart. Measured, traced and drilled out holes for it. Installed it for a perfect little kitchen sink look! But, before we get to all the fine details that made our kitchen outfitted perfectly; I want to go back to how I assembled. Liquid nails was traced down the edges of the plywood, then I put the stand on it for 24 hrs. to set. Next, I drilled holes through plywood into the stand and screwed the two together.
Let’s make it cute and “authentic”
with the finishing touches
It’s time for the cute, finishing touches. I used a set of old kitchen stove knobs, used screws that would leave them where they would turn. I glued old CD’s on for burner look. Tiny holes were drilled in the back board, then I used tiny screw hooks that would hold the cooking utensils. There was enough material that matched the backboard that a small curtain was made to cover the space where drawer had been. A spring loaded rod was use to hold curtain in place to hide all of her baking dishes.
First time for everything
They say there’s a first time for everything… It was definitely my first time for making a play kitchen. I have built several real kitchens, well, that is with the help of experienced carpenters. They all turned out pretty darn great. This one wasn’t to bad for a first and flying solo. Hopefully this is one to inspire. If I can do it, so can you!!!!
Now, go break something and make it even better!