Saturday, July 10, 2010

a little kitchen

I have been wanting to get Austin a little play kitchen for a while now. Even though my husband was against it, yelling that boys should have a grill not a "girly" kitchen, I wanted one. But not one of those huge plastic play things that take up half the playroom. I wanted an old fashioned wooden one. After many months of hunting kids sales and looking on Craigslist with no luck, I decided to make one. I found some inspiring photos of kitchens other moms had made on the website Ohdeedoh. Then I went on a hunt around the house to see what I could use. I had these two bookshelves from Michaels that I bought when I was pregnant with hopes of painting them for Austin's room. I never did it, so this was the perfect opportunity to use them. I had to enlist Jay's help with the power tools for the next part. We stacked the shelves on top of each other. Oh, by the way, the shelves sell for $29 each but I used two 50% coupons so I got them both for around $15. We then used some scrap wood we had in the garage for the back wall, small shelf, and the edging at the top and bottom. We headed out to Home Depot for the hooks and the pipes to use as the faucet (we got all of this for around $12). I found the wooden knobs at a yard sale for $1 which I painted. I also painted the "back splash" and and the edging as well as the stove tops. As for all the dishes...the tea set is from the Wee-Sale ($3), the polka dot dishes, measuring cups, and small white bowls are from Target ($2 each), the blue pot, orange pan and green utensils are Green Toys that I got from Amazon ($12.99 for the set), the large white and metal bowls are from my stash, and the metal cake pan, cupcake pan and mini pie pans are from Goodwill ($1 each). So all in all, this was a very easy project and Austin LOVES it. If we can do it, so can you!

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