Thursday, January 30, 2014

DIY Play Kitchen Shelf


You’re looking at part of Charley’s 2nd birthday present.  In fact, so was Charley.  Oops.  I guess that’s what happens when you’re DIYing a piece of furniture in the main living area.  She watched me paint it and make and hang the curtains.  She was also standing by when I took these after pics.  Basically, she took her birthday present for a test drive and good news, I think she likes it.  Her birthday isn’t actually until March, I just needed to get moving on this before baby number two makes his/her debut.

Enough rambling.  Let’s talk repurposing furniture. 

We’re getting Charley a small play kitchen for her birthday but she’ll need some extra space and storage for her food and dishes.  A while ago I was given this wooden shelf from my mom’s cousin.  It actually looked like once upon a time it belonged to a play kitchen set.  It’s been sitting in our basement untouched for months and was way overdue for a makeover.

It was definitely a cute little shelf with lots of potential.  It just needed a little DIY love to make it belong next to the red retro vintage kitchen that Amazon will soon deliver to our door.

I started by removing the scallop wood piece, the sliding doors and the drawer handle.  Then I sanded some rough parts, primed it and painted it (paint color:  Chimney Sweep by Benjamin Moore).
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After the paint dried, the fun part began.  I “wall papered” above the shelves with houndstooth wrapping paper, added stainless steel contact paper to the counter top, lined the drawer with fabric, added a new drawer handle and replaced the sliding doors with curtains.
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Then, the really fun part began.  Just like when I was a kid.  I set it all up and then didn’t play.  That aggravated my sisters so much.  No matter if we were playing office, school, house, or kitchen.  I’d set everything up and then quit.  This time though, I set it up for the pictures and to see how it would work out for Charley, not to actually play with it of course.  Although, I’m a little bit in love with it and wish it was time to give it to Charley so I could in fact play.

Like I said, Charley got a sneak peak at it and even played a little.  Before long, she had everything tucked away behind the curtains.  Even baby doll.
When her birthday actually rolls around and her kitchen is all set up in the playroom, I’ll be sure to share an update with you all.  Have a great weekend!

P.S. I’m linking up at Vintage Revivals for the Rock What Ya Got Party.  Hop on over to check out the super creative projects people have done using something that’s been stashed away in their basement or garage.  You might wanna grab a yummy cup of coffee or tea, you’re going to be there for a while.
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