Play Kitchen From Entertainment Center
A friend of mine in TRW (The real world!) and her husband
made a play kitchen for their children
last month. They showed the progress on Facebook,
and their resulting piece was so adorable!
When Jen asked if I might like to share her tutorial
on my blog I jumped at the chance –
Hope you enjoy it!
STEP 1: Idea & Planning
The idea to make an entertainment center play kitchen for our kids came because I
really wanted them to have a better bigger play kitchen.
So I looked online for ways to build a kitchen for cheap & came across tons
of pictures of entertainment centers repurposed into play kitchens! It’s like an entertainment
center is built with a play kitchen in mind! Everything is the right height & size! Genius!
STEP 2: Collecting Supplies
We collected as much as we could for free from Craigslist, thrift
store free piles, & mom & pop’s junk yard. It was fun imagining what
this & that would be used for in the finished product.
STEP 3: Unbuilding (Disassembling) the Centers!
We started by disassembling one entertainment center into
all its individual pieces since we were going
to use that wood to make into the different doors & shelves.
The bigger of the two centers, we used as the base
for the kitchen & only disassembled the inside pieces leaving the frame intact.
We made adjustments to
this center as well, although you could use a center as is,
we decided to rebuild it to make everything the “right size”!
Thankfully my husband was in the construction/carpentry business most of his life,
so doing this wasn’t a problem!
STEP 4: Assembly / Building
We used a brad nailer to assemble the whole center… making sure there weren’t any brads sticking out to cut little fingers!
There wasn’t much sanding to do, as we were painting over finished particle board,
but I did sand the cut edges. We used entertainment center 2 for the appliance doors because it had
nice rounded edges & made the doors look finished. We cut a hole in the tv shelf for the sink & marked off where
the stovetop would go.We took off the glass door & replaced that with refrigerator doors
made from the other center, attached with hinges & the magnetic things from the cabinets.
Above the refrigerator we put small cupboard doors made from the drawer fronts from the end tables.
We built the drawer under the stove entirely from scraps as well as the microwave.
STEP 5: Painting
We started out painting the appliances with spraypaint, but quickly found that it bubbled at random times
because of the veneer on the particle board. So we ended up painting with brushes & using spray
paint as little as possible. We spray painted the black areas onto the appliances
after painting them white… be careful with this again as spray paint tends to bubble up
when painted over paint or over the veneer on particle board…
we learned the hard way to spray it on really lightly, & then let that
dry, then another very light coat… over & over until it is painted.
We painted all the individual doors before attaching to the unit, but painted the unit all put together
(i.e. inside the shelves & appliances, etc).
We did two coats over the whole thing, except the top, where we did 3 coats.
All the appliances are painted & then finished with a clear glossy acrylic spray paint.
We faux painted the countertop “marble”…
neither of us had faux painted before so we searched the web & youtube for techniques,
only to find that one needed all these special supplies and junk, so we improvised.
We painted the base coat of green on, then sponge painted the second color of green.
Then sponged on tiny bits of black over that. Then used dental floss
dipped in white paint to make the veins.
Although only a small amount of this shows up around the sink & stovetop, it still looks amazing.
Though our daughter’s first
reaction to the countertop was to grab a washcloth & try to clean it
up because she thought it was dirty! Haha!
STEP 6: Finishing Touches & Details
The stovetop is made from Plexiglas painted black on one side & glued to
the countertop paint side down with epoxy
(a two part glue that you have to mix before using).
CD’s painted black & glued to the top are the burners.
We found real oven knobs & attached them with screws from the underside with a
large bolt acting as a washer between the counter & the knob… yes, they actually turn!
(sorry for the over-exposed picture – had to do that to show the cd’s!)
The sink was installed with caulk as is a real sink with real fixtures!
to the door with the clear spray over that.
For the “window” above the sink, we printed out a pretty picture, put
it in a frame, hot glued a curtain to the frame & screwed the frame to
the wall from the back of the center.
I printed “Pantry” off on the computer on card stock, cut the letters
out with an exacto knife, and we used a gluestick to glue it to the
wall & then quickly spray painted the letters & took the stencil off.
It worked nicely as a finishing detail!
touch the floor when open… that way if the kids stood on them they wouldn’t break.
(and they stood on them as soon as one of those doors was open)
I used sprinkles containers, with dots drawn on the lids & the lids hot glued shut for spices.
The kids helped me fill the containers half full with misc sprinkles.
my husband pulled the prongs out of the cord so it can’t be plugged in.
I also gave them a small real tea pot & muffin tin & a fancy silvery platter from the dollar tree.
STEP 7: Moving Day!
Phew… that was a chore… this thing is HEAVY! Thankfully, the centerhad wheels
so we wheeled it to the front porch… where we had steps to conquer!
We covered the steps with layers of soft blankets… then we rolled… yes, ROLLED…
the whole unit up the steps & in the door! Hey, it was just my husband & myself doing this
thing, gimmie a break! He could hardly lift his end, much less have me lift my end!
So, it was rolled! And not a nick on it!
After maneuvering it into the room, we laid it down, took the wheels
off, and then stood it up & pivoted it into its corner.
That was a process, let me tell you!
September 4th & finished the project early October,
waited for the paint to cure & gifted it to the kids on the 18th of October!
It’s a vast improvement over the old kitchen, I must say!
I would have to agree with Jen! So what do you think? Didn’t she do a great job?
If you would like to meet Jen you can go check out her blog: