play kitchen inspiration

Over the weekend I bought a funny little nightstand on Craigslist to start on a project that has been at the top of my list for months:  a play kitchen for Oscar.  Can I just say ... people of Santa Barbara, you overprice your Craigslist items!  Also, you apply the word "vintage" to your furniture posts far too liberally.

After weeks of diligent searching, I found a workable nightstand, which is now living in the in-laws garage next to their precious power tools.   The nightstand has kind of a odd shape, but the price was right (only $5).   My plan turn it into something beautiful like this:


Nightstand Play Kitchen by Vintage Songbird
(I love this one so much!)

I also dig this larger version using an old entertainment center.  If I had the space in my apartment, it would be on.
 
Entertainment Center Play Kitchen by Sutton Grace

Lots of inspiration has turned up in the Play Kitchen Group on Flickr.  Have you seen a nightstand-turned-play kitchen that I should know about?  If so, please share!

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60 comments:

Lauren said...

I made one for my daughter: http://uswheelers.blogspot.com/2009/12/cassidys-birthday-present-or-best.html. Good luck!

jess said...

I absolutely love this idea!!

Catherine Anne said...

I love them both. We were looking into them at Chritmas time...

sharla@mylittlegems said...

It is funny you should post this today-as my boys spent time at a friend's house today and played with their toy kitchen for hours!.Years ago, we had an old desk, and considered making it into a toy kitchen for our son but didn't b/c we thought "kitchens were for girls...." But - my very tough and rough boys, totally want a play kitchen now and I have been looking for a nightstand do this also. I have seen so many darling ones out there! Way cute! Can't wait to see yours!

Trisha said...

I can't wait to see it all done. Great find!

Cissy said...

Absolutely love that first one. It's the idea that floated around my brain when I bought a plainer kitchen for my daughter several years ago. Unfortunately I never refurbished the thing, and then a later child ruined it. Now I'm feeling like I too could start with a nightstand. Thanks for the inspiration!

jenny said...

How funny! I just made a play kitchen for my kids on Sunday!! I'd seen an end table turned into a play kitchen as well, and I couldn't get it out of my head, so I searched and searched for a table then it turns out I had something under my nose the entire time to turn into a play kitchen! Whipped it together in a day, and the kids L O V E it! If you click over to my blog, you can see my version of it.

http://mountainmama-jenny.blogspot.com/2010/01/makeover.html

Katie said...

I'm so excited for you! If you're going to build it out of a nightstand, you really should look at this

http://outofthecrayonbox.blogspot.com/2009/12/play-kitchen-build-along-lesson-six.html

Good luck! I'm so excited to see yours!

CeruleanCharm said...

Okay DeJa Vu... so i know i saw diy kid kitchens on my bloglist just recently, so i looked and sure enough...
you should check this post out, i just started following her and these pics are cute diy kitchens

CeruleanCharm said...

http://stacyclaireboyd.blogspot.com/2010/01/custom-kid-kitchens.html

HAHAH, sorry i'm retarded tonight and didn't paste the website. duh!

Jo said...

Obviously way before her time, my Grandma made me one for my birthday when I was 3 (25 years ago!). It was brown and cream and had door knobs for dials. How I loved that cooker. Sadly, I don't remember what happened to it though.

abuckisabuck said...

Wow! Beautiful, you are so talented!

Steena said...

So awesome! I can't wait to have children to create for!! I'm excited to see how your project comes about! :)

Spencer Family said...

My cousin made two out of an old tv stand.

http://kevinandtanyacalhoun.blogspot.com/2008/12/finallydone.html

and here's a before:

http://kevinandtanyacalhoun.blogspot.com/2008/11/new-project.html

Erin said...

I can't wait to see how yours turns out! Keep us posted!

Tiffany said...

AWESOME idea! Thanks!

Jessica said...

My little boy turns one in April and I already plan on making him felt playhouse like yours- I'll have to save this idea for next year!

Terry said...

What a clever use for a nightstand! And space saving too. I love it. Can't wait to see the finished product!

Melanie said...

Whatever, you'll make one way cooler than those. Although I do really like the idea... I made a kitchen from SCRATCH using MDF and white board... board. It was a nightmare and I'll never do it again. But it looks great!

Melanie said...

I was going to recommend the one from "Sutton Grace"-- then I scrolled down and saw the picture-- hers was the first I saw! I love them, and can't wait to see how yours turned out. We already have a play kitchen, so I am trying to think of something else I can refashion for my little girls

Karin Marie said...

I think this is the best project ever! Prolly, the project of the year! Esp. an awesome way to keep good wood/night stands out of landfills and upcycle them into something so, easy, useful and fun! I have been looking for a nightstand or entertainment center for a long time now, but a lot are over priced and what not. But, I haven't lost hope yet! Good luck with yours I can't wait to see pictures! Im the same way I drool over all the others I see on the internet! So gorgeous! Deff, go to out of the crayon box blog tho she has a step by step tut on making em.
Karin Marie :)

czstout said...

I am a new follower, and I am loving these kitchen sets! I say the Vintage Songbird one on the Design Sponge website and just thought it was to die for! Hope your vision comes to fruition!!

Anel said...

I'm so wanting to do that myself but I'm not sure where to start so when you're all done please please share your tutorial

Amy said...

What a great idea! I'll have to add this to my list of crafty thing I want to make!

-Amy
Crafting by Candlelight

Christy Wheeler said...

I am excited to see how it turns out!

DOEHLER DAYS said...

Have fun making yours. Can't wait to see how you do yours. It's so fun to see how everyone has the same basic concept and turns it into something so unique.

Here is mine:
http://doehlerdays.blogspot.com/2009/12/misses-play-kitchenfrom-santa.html

Morgan said...

Wow, those are adorable! How did you find a picture to put in the window? So cute!

Morgan said...

Okay, I just caught that you didn't make that one. Still, very cute ideas. $5 is a great price to make a play kitchen from!

The Shaw Family said...

I think this is such a great idea, but I have two boys who are more interested in building things than playing in the kitchen. I was on the search for a TV cabinet to convert to a tool bench... until now! I love the space saver idea of a nightstand and will be making one into a toolbench for sure!

Hannah Braboy said...

Those are so cute! What a neat idea! That looks like something my little siblings would like.

Mommmmmm! said...

Ikea hacker has a ton of play kitchens on their site.

Anna said...

i love this play kitchen, homemade one's are the best!

Sare said...

A friend of mine did a play kitchen for her daughter last summer. It isn't a night stand, but it about the same size. Here are the links in order of the process:
http://mycoltonfamily.blogspot.com/2009/06/my-obsession-in-progress.html
http://mycoltonfamily.blogspot.com/2009/07/my-obsession-plus-photographic.html
http://mycoltonfamily.blogspot.com/2009/08/drum-roll-please.html

sorry so many links. Hope you have time to check them out. It is an amazing little kitchen

Melissa said...

do you have a freecycle group in your area? they post things for free

I think the groups are though yahoo!! look there you can't beat free!

Marybeth said...

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE!!! Please post a tutorial if you do this, because I would LOVE to make one for my kindergarten classroom... Thanks!

Jenny said...

What a FUN idea!! Keep us posted on your progress (with pics!), I'd love to see what you are creating!! Good luck!

Kate said...

I did one for my girls Christmas present! Check it out at: http://mykidseatoffthefloor.blogspot.com/2009/07/christmas-in-july.html

The Robbs said...

You have to check out Anna's plans for the play kitchen here http://knockoffwood.blogspot.com/2009/10/pottery-barn-kids-classic-kitchen_510.html

She made it herself out of inexpensive wood. It is not your typical cheap plastic kitchen. You can also add only as many pieces as you have room for. This site is definetly worth checking out!

kenan and tree said...

This is really a cool idea! i got my daughter a plastic play kitchen from Freecycle about s year ago. She is really starting to get into the pretend cooking/baking and the kitchen is beginning to fall apart. :( i love the wood ones i've come across, but they are so expensive! i really like the idea of making one. i made my son, a farmers market/grocery stand...it never occured to try a little kitchen. Thanks!

Twiddle Thumbs said...

Totally cute! I would never have thought of this.
We love your ideas and I made your Cozy Car Caddy and posted it and a link to your blog on Twiddle-Thumbs craft blog.
http://twiddle-thumbs3.blogspot.com/2010/01/cozy-car-caddy-by-jill.html

Jenny said...

Jill, I loved the quiet book you made for your son. I'm working on one for my daughter. Would you mind emailing me and telling me briefly how you made your cover? Please please please? Thank you!

jmojmo24 at gmail dot com

Blommi (formerly reddoggie) said...

You did a wonderful job.
I got a steal on a retro play kitchen, but plan on making my daughter a refridgerator to go with it.

Rachel said...

Thanks so much for posting my kitchen on here Jill! I also saw that blue kitchen on flickr... I just don't have the space for one that big, but the idea is great. Can't wait to see how yours turns out! Five dollars.... that's awesome!

Jesse said...

These are fantastic ideas! Thank you for sharing them!

Natalie said...

I just love this! Good luck on the project.

Devil Dog Momma said...

Oh wow, I am speechless.

beki said...

How very cool! I've never seen anything like that.

Blog Buddy said...

Some people are such crafting geniuses...I personally just love to copy great ideas:)

P.S. I use to live in SLO right next to Santa Barbara!!! Great memories.

Jeanelle said...

Your kitchen is adorable! And...like everything in SB...it's more expensive!

Lisanne said...

That's brilliant! Oh my goodness! How much would our three-year-old daughter love a play kitchen like that? If we get a flat-screen TV to hang on the wall and ditch our old corner entertainment center, I know what we're turning it into!!!

Lee Ann said...

you should check out my kitchen! I am nearly finished and got my inspiration from you.

http://myaddictionscrafts.blogspot.com

Juliette Crane said...

so adorable@

Evasleva said...

I love the window!

wood bed frames said...

Cute and pretty stuff! They are so adorable. I just like it so much. Never seen like that before.

dining room furniture said...

My daughter will definitely be very happy if I give something like this!

Kitchens said...

Awww, that is SO cute! I think any child would love that play kitchen!! It's so cute!!

Jennifer said...

I see this posting is over a year old... but I thought I would share the link to the play kitchen I made for my daughter. We live in a condo, so we wanted something really compact.

http://thedeliberatemom.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-build-play-kitchen.html

David White said...

I made one for my daughter out of the ugliest nightstand in existence. Check it out at http://www.naturallyhandy.com/2011/06/07/play-kitchen/ .

Gary said...

This kitchen is so adorable. I've been looking at some kids kitchen sets for my Christmas for my daughter, and they've got some great ones online. Now my struggle is whether or not to make her one myself, or to just buy one online.

DeDee said...

Absolutely amazing. You are very talented.