Wednesday, July 15, 2009
DYI: Simple Blue Kitchen Directions
This was my easiest kitchen yet! Yes, with three down, I have learned a few tricks, and I did have a lot of supplies on hand. However, the drawer format was especially easy. Not counting the two saws I bought, this kitchen went together pretty cheap too. Consumable supplies were about $26, I didn't count the sealant because I have nearly a whole can left. I hope to sell if for $100 for the homeless program at my church.
Step 1- Start off with an unloved dresser. Take out the drawers. In this chest there was just cardboard separating the two levels between the drawers. I used that as a template for the plywood shelf. Remove drawer slides and any staples or other bits in there.
Step 2 - Shop for supplies
plywood sheet $5 (they cut it to size for the shelf and two pieces for the oven door)
handle for oven door $0.99
round insert cups (for the bottom of chair legs) for oven knobs $2.99
paint for cabinet part- Home Depot mis-tint shelf!! $1
Giant Dollar (I am always surprised and thrilled by the hardware aisle at dollar stores.)
foam paint rollers $1
extra screws $1
extra small screwdriver $1
two 8 1/2"X 12" wooden picture frame $1 each
small L brackets $1
wooden letter "L" for faucet $1
small turnings for faucet handles $1
Stone spray paint $3.00 ( I got that great deal, this is usually about $8 and I usually buy it at Michaels with a coupon.)
Silver spray paint on sale $3.00
Local paint store
Zar Ultra Max Waterborne Oil Modified Polyurethane $18.99
I have used spray sealer in the past and love the ease, coverage and price, but it has a lot of fumes and so I decided to invest in a can of low VOC sealant. This had very little odor at all. I have tons left for future projects
baking sheet - free from the same craigslist curb alert as the cabinet
primer- from my stash
chalkboard paint-from my stash
white spray paint-from my stash
1 1/2" dowel -from my stash
thin dowel -from my stash
pan $2 from Goodwill
fabric for curtain from stash
bit of scrap 1"X2"
bit of plastic from old poster frame
Step 3. Trace "sink" and cut hole. I didn't always have a saw, here's how I "cut" the hole in the past.
Step 4. Draw and cut hole for oven window in both oven door pieces . Use first one to make template for the second board. Then measure the length of the oven door and cut the same length from 1"X 2". Use this to hold the hinges for the oven door. Cut a piece of plastic to fit and tape it on an inside door. Then screw everything together. The plastic is sandwiched between the two door pieces creating a window.
I then cut a wooden picture frame to trim out the windows rough edges. I glued this in place and clamped it until dry.
Step 4- Drill holes in wood turnings and the letter "L" for the faucets. Drill corresponding holes in the counter top. Drill holes in dowel for curtain rod.
Step 5- Do a dry assembly. There were places I braced for extra durability with mini L brackets or scrap wood.
Step 6- Take it apart to paint. It is much easier to paint the shelf to look like an oven when it is out in the open. You really must prime these. The stone spray must have a base color- I used white primer and it shows through. Wrap the base cabinet before you spray the stone counter top. I used saran wrap.
Step 7- Cut and paint dowels to make burners. Glue them on with wood glue.
Step 8-Seal everything well with sealant. The stone finish must be sealed with several coats or else it is a bit rough and flakey. With several coats it's nice and shiny like real stone counter tops.
Step 9- I decided to make a magnetic chalkboard. I cut a old baking sheet with my Handi saw just to get through the rim, then I used my Pampered Chef scissors to cut the rest! Yup! Love those scissors. I primed it and painted it with chalkboard paint and then put it in a wooden frame with a piece of plywood scrap to back it. I glued the whole thing on with the cabinet sitting on it's side until it dried.
Step 10- Reassemble- Make curtain by measuring opening and adding a bit for the pocket and so that it gathers.- Play!
I hope that you are inspired to make one for a child in your life or perhaps to donate to charity.
If you do, please send me pictures! I would *love* to see what you make!
I am submitting this for the Metamorphose Monday at Between Naps on the Porch! Head on over and check out the amazing transformations over there!