My little guy is a baker and the little gal is in training! They both can’t get enough of baking with mommy in her real kitchen and also in their play kitchen. They LOVED the last kitchen I made for them and it got a LOT of use-so much so that he eventually ripped the oven door off. With both kids loving cooking/baking so much-I decided to DIY a bigger and grander play kitchen and refrigerator.
The fridge and kitchen both started out as cabinets bought at the Habitat for Humanity Store here in ABQ. My Father-in-law cut a whole in the piece of wood we purchased from Lowes for the sink. He also mounted it to the top of the cabinet and added the left over wood as a backsplash.
I found a real bar sink at the Habitat store and the “sink” is from Sams Club. I got the idea from a play center in town. I asked her what her sink was and she said it is the tub used to heat water for catering pots above. Perfect and Genius!
This time around I wanted something colorful but also design worthy. I bought the wooden “s” from Joanns and used Liquid Nails to attach it. Now they have a monogrammed kitchen for Sims! The stainless handles were from Lowes and one of the priceier items but they really make it feel “real.”
The burners are wooden soccer balls from Joanns. I found this idea on Pinterest. I actually have drawer knobs to add for burner handles but I keep forgetting the hardware at Lowes. Poor kids keep reminding me! Those will probably be mounted to the right of the burners.
The inside of the kitchen holds all their pots and pans, play mixer and microwave. I need to teach those kids some good pot organization! I painted the right side of the cabinet a grey black like the burners so it looks more like an oven. The left side is a cool blue and my son informed me it is actually a dishwasher.
The fridge is a small over the fridge cabinet for a real kitchen. I turned it on its side and voila a fridge! It had a molding strip in the middle that I ripped off and sanded down. I really wanted to do the middle a chalkboard. Again the pull is a stainless one from Lowes turned sideways.
I thought about writing out a list for you guys so it was photo-pretty but I wanted to share how they use it!
This is the inside of the fridge. I painted it the same blue that is in the inside of the kitchen cabinet. I really thought about NOT painting it because it took 3 coats but in the end it is the little touches that make it complete. Right now they mostly keep their condiments in there. I am slowly adding better quality play food and a bigger variety of play food. (You see from the left corner that I am working on their food storage/ going to be a market!)
One more look at the finished product! I have even more changes coming up for their play area and can’t wait to get started.