Monday, October 5, 2009

DIY Play Kitchen #4- The Green Kitchen

From this:Donated Nightstand

A generous woman named Rachel had this nightstand for sale on craigslist.  It was listed for $10 and I asked her if she would donate it to my play-kitchens-for-homeless-lunch-money cause. She agreed. Isn't craigslist the best?

I turned it into this:
Vintage Looking Play Kitchen

Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to paint it green. I think it's my favorite yet. Certainly it's my favorite color combination.

My plan is to list it on craigslist for $100 on Thursday. I have a few touch ups to make and I find Thursday is the best day to list things as people prepare for weekend pick ups, garage sales, etc... As usual 100% of the money will go to the homeless lunch program at Hollywood UMC.

Construction was very much like the others. The inards formed two shelves and I just replaced the cardboard with plywood for the shelves. I used the drawer front and scraps from the drawer to make the oven door.
Nightstand Innards

For some trash to treasure goodness the  magnetic chalkboard is made from an old baking sheet (also free from a craigslist curb alert) and the knobs are spray painted soda bottle caps. The cherries were cut from a paper napkin and Modge Podged right on there. With every kitchen I get more creative and economical. I don't think the cuteness has suffered though.
Stove Top
The oven is a bit small, excellent for pizzas and pies I say!
For many more details on how to build a play kitchen see my notes in the Play Kitchens flickr collection.
 (Updated to add: This link has been fixed!)
Cost Break Down

24"X 24" plywood sheet for shelves and back spash- $4.95
dowel for curtain rod and sink knobs- about $2
square dowel for burners about $1
hinges- $1
door handle - 4/ $1 so $0.25
bowl - $2
letter J for faucet -$1
wooden picture frame -$1

From my stash:
paint -Glidden's "Sea Spray"
chalkboard paint
primer
woodglue
screws
fabric
white and silver spray paint
black craft paint
cherry paper napkin









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Check out all the terrific DYI/ Trash to Treasure ideas at Reinvented & ASPTL!

38 comments:

pk said...

That is so adorable! It's going to provide some little girl with hours of fun! Great job.
pk @ room remix

Sarah said...

Totally freaking fabulous. If I lived closer this one would be mine.

Jennifer@ChesterAndDonkey said...

Yes, that green and red is a great combo. That was really nice of that lady to donate the dresser ... you are coming across some great bones for the kitchen. I love the detail of the chalkboard on the side. Well done, friend!

Anna said...

that is so adorable, you are very talented!

Nutsy Coco said...

It turned out great! You're really becoming an expect at them!

Nutsy Coco said...

Sorry, that was supposed to be EXPERT at them!

Beverly said...

so cute!

Vintage Dutch Girl said...

ADORABLE! Yep, loving the color combo :)

Courtney said...

wow that turned out FANTASTIC, how creative!!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

So, so neat!!! You did a great job, and it's so cool that you donate your proceeds. :)

Maridith said...

Absolutely fabulous!! You are right you are getting more and more creative with each one!! I love the green/red combo. You heart is so big!!

The Tiny Homestead said...

I just stopped over from Restyled home. Wow, this is one of the best ideas ever! Adorable.

Dina said...

love the green! I posted your pics and blog on my FB page!!

Jared and Delia said...

My favorite thus far!

Rachelle said...

Holy cow! That's amazing! Seriously! I have the same bedroom set from my grandma, I just got rid of a nightstand just like that! The rest of it is in my girls' rooms!

But wow, great job!

Rachelle

Sadie said...

Love it!!!

Kristen Bieber said...

Great Job! So cute, and I love this color combo too. Make me want to do my own kitchen in those colors!

Erin@ Give Mom a Minute said...

YOWZA! I am so in love with that! Please, please, please do a tutorial!
-Erin

Wendy said...

That is SO SO SO cute!

Mandy said...

So freakin' adorable! Love it - great job :)

Diane Costanza said...

You blow my mind with these creative play kitchens! My Susie Homemaker kitchen was nothing compared to your work! Some little girl is going to have some wonderful childhood memories.

Diane

Kelley said...

another STINKIN super kitchen! love it!

{ L } said...

I am new to your blog and I cannot tell you how impressed I am with EVERYTHING!! This kitchen is adorable and I am shocked that you made such a transformation! Beautiful

rtgaffney said...

What an awesome idea! That is the absolute cutest thing!!

Leah@Storybook Ranch said...

That is one of the most brilliant things I've seen!! I LOVE it!!

Christina said...

I think this is the best play kitchen I have ever seen. Love it, love the creativity behind it and adore the color.

Beth said...

I totally dig this idea!!! The color you chose is perfect, and I love the chalkboard on the side. Very good job!

Brittany at Mommy Words said...

What a greay idea! I might try this charitable idea too. How fabulous!

Judy said...

Now how cute is that?!? And it couldn't have been simpler! Great Job!

I love your blog!

I'd love to have you stop by mine (I'm new at this!)

http://www.cutest-little-things.blogspot.com

Get Your Martha On said...

I love it! I'm inspired to start doing something similar in my area!

Polly said...

I love it! I saw an entertainment center to kid kitchen and fell in love with it, so we're gathering the stuff to remake a changing table/cabinet into one. All of yours has been great for additional inspiration. I'll let you I finish mine so you can see the pics. Thanks, Polly http://www.helpinglittlehands.blogspot.com

MotherhoodFilm said...

My daughter would love this!! I really enjoyed looking around your blog-- What great ideas!!
*Eliza’s blog*

Marsha's Mpressions said...

How Adorable! And what a good cause. It makes me happy to imagine a little girl happily playing with this!!!

Kara said...

Wow- amazing! FYI- the link in your text to your flickr collection opens an email message instead of going to flickr...

KiwiLog said...

Hi! We loved your post over at KiwiLog and decided to feature it as part of our weekly mom blog round-up. Thanks!

Ann Marie said...

So excited and full of ideas to make one for my dd for Christmas!!! I had one idea looking at this green one. If you got a piece that had the drawer on top and larger drawer or cabinet on the bottom, could you switch around the drawer workings so that the drawer was on the bottom (and could be the under-oven pan storage, like on a real oven setup, and you wouldn't have to make any modifications on the drawer) and the larger area on top could be made into the oven?

Gwen - Eco Kitchens said...

Thanks for posting these great tips on green kitchen remodeling. Eventually, being environmentally sensitive won’t be such a niche topic.

MyGoogPics said...

We made the kitchen today from our bookshelves that were going to be trashed. Thanks for the inspiration!

http://nocirciswholeson.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/diy-play-kitchen-from-bookshelf-actually-2-bookshelves/