Oscar's play kitchen (finally!)

I took a break from baby girl things this weekend to finish a long overdue project - Oscar's play kitchen.  I guess I should say mostly finish.   It is definitely functional (and cute!) but seriously lacking accessories and play food.

Ta-dah!  I tried to keep it fairly gender neutral so it will get maximum use.  I like it, and more importantly, Oscar likes it, too.  He has been very busy stirring up sandwich soup in his little pots (like I said, more felt food will be necessary).

Some of my favorite details ...
  • painted scrabble tiles to make the checker board back splash
  • wooden plaques from Michael's for the gas burners
  • the cute little scalloped trim on the control plate and shelf (trim also from Michael's)

I am loving the wooden pots and pans I bought (made by Melissa and Doug). 

I have a confession to make.  I bought MDF for the backing and used it for the oven door as well.  Big mistake!  Oscar has already tried climbing onto the open oven door and the screws started pulling out of the hinges (I really should have seen that one coming).  So I am going to switch out the oven door with a hard wood, and maybe add some extra hinges to make it stronger.

So ... still on the kitchen to-do list:
  • reinforce the oven door
  • make some accessories: dish towels, an apron, maybe a chef's hat
  • make massive amounts of felt food (just because it is fun)
  • gather/make a few more decorations - maybe a picture to hang over the sink, perhaps a little garland to hang over the shelf
  • decide what to do with the other side (opposite the hooks).  It is currently bare.  I'm considering adding a chalkboard menu.
This kitchen was heavily inspired by the play kitchen found at Vintage Songbird - it is still one of my very favorites out there.

I didn't bother photographing things step by step or providing instructions for this project, because there is already tons of info out there.  If you want to try it yourself, check out the tutorials at Out of the Crayon Box and My Little Gems.

52 comments:

LOVE TO STITCH BEE TREE DESIGNS said...

what a SUPER great mom!!!! love your felt food! Your little chef will make great things for you to "eat"! have a great day!

Lacey said...

What a great looking kitchen. I forwarded this to my hubby, I hope he will want to make one for the kidlets soon :)

EvaBabeDesigns said...

Wow that is seriously cute! Great job!

sharla@mylittlegems said...

Jill- yeah it is done! And very cute! Love the scalop-edge thingy.
Aren't play kitchens the best? My friend got a nightstand from her mom, and I am going to help her make one too. :) We are in serious lack of play food over here too....need to make some "massive amounts" felt food too-but my boys turn any and everything into something and have created their own food... :) I have also been saving some empty boxes-granola bars, cereal, etc for them- reinforced w/ packing tape..so they have something. :) Glad to see it done and hope the pregnancy is going well for you ;)
take care :)

Justin and Coralie said...

SO cute! I love how it turned out!

Cook Clean Craft said...

That looks fabulous. I'm so impressed. Look forward to seeing more felt food, as I'm on a bit of a felt food fad at the moment. Maybe one day I'll progress to a play kitchen.

Jenn said...

looks great!

Amanda said...

The play kitchen looks awesome! And your felt food inspired me--so far I've made some veggies for my daughter, and I just made her a chef's hat! If you're interested: http://sewambitious.blogspot.com/

Thanks for all the great project ideas!

Melanie said...

That is so well done! I took a break from working on a doll house for my oldest and was happy to see someone had finished their furniture-to-plaything project. Hopefully I'll be done by tomorrow. Is that too ambitious??

And my daughter tried sitting on her kitchen cupboard doors... snapped one of them right off. Oops.

Amy said...

YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

When do you find the time to do all of this wonderful crafting??

Your stuff is really unbelievable. You have one lucky little boy!!

married-with-ufos said...

I love it! I nanny for a 3 year old boy and am always looking for more "gender-neutral" ideas for dramatic play! I can't wait to find some old spools and those little domes, and eagerly await some more food ideas!...now off the the fabric stash to plan food, and shakers..... teeheehee

AutumnBrooke said...

You did a great job. It's super duper cute!

Autumn
TheFickleHobbyist.com

Stephanie Sabbe said...

love the backsplash. nice touch

Daniel, Sara and Dmitri said...

I think a chalkboard on the other side would be darling!
It seriously looks awesome! Good job :D

Rebecca Timson said...

wow... fabulous!!

Ta'

Beq
http://beqdesign.blogspot.com/

Kathy - mom of many said...

Ah ha, so that's why you've been quiet this week. You've been busy finishing this project. It turned out great. I love it.

Thrift Store Mama said...

Fabulous ! What is it with the munchkins and wanting to stand on the oven door. Our 2 y.o. LOVES opening the oven door and walking up the "ramp."

Laura said...

Awesome looking kitchen! I'm sure it will provide lots of enjoyment for Oscar (& any other little ones). Love all the details you added!

Collections from my Heart said...

I have seen this at vintage songbird. I wish you could come over and make one for my son! He loves the kitchen. How about a day devoted to teaching us all about your felt food, they are so cute!

Becca said...

Brilliant! Love the play kitchen - especially the details like the scrabble tiles and the hot plates. Thanks for sharing your great ideas! I need to get busy and make my kids their own kitchen, I make & sell play food, so it is shameful that they don't have one!!
Cheers! Rebecca
http://bugbitesplayfood.etsy.com

Erin said...

your play kitchen looks great Jill! I love all the little details, especially the tiles backsplash and the scalloped trim!

claudia said...

You have put some great thought and detail into this little play kitchen. Your son is lucky to have you as a mom (and I am sure you feel vise versa!)
I wish my kitchen was that sweet!

{Amanda} said...

When you first posted the Vintage Songbird kitchen, I immediately e-mailed my talented parents and they made one for my son's 1st birthday out of an old piano bench. You were our direct inspiration!

http://amandabrookes.blogspot.com/2010/03/perhaps-one-of-greatest.html

Love your scalloped molding detail, those hooks, and the felt food is a great touch! I need to check out the Melissa & Doug pots and pans...I wish we had an Ikea nearby because they have some cheap sets available too. Fantastic job!!!

PS I've had to keep my child from stepping on the oven door too (boys!)

Lena said...

That turned out amazing! I have been out of the blogging world for a while, so I am extra-happy that I tuned in for this post! Yay!

charlyn said...

Very cute, Jill! I love it. I have a question for you though: how did you make the black "grates" on the burners? I checked out the other blogs you listed, but I like your creation the best! You did a fantastic job!

Anonymous said...

That is so cute I wish I had a kitchen like that when I was a kid!

For some more kitchen ideas, visit my blog at http://ifwallscoulddream.blogspot.com

JerseyBaby said...

This is so fantastic!

Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com said...

Great job!! I love it. What a cute little kitchen!

Neumaisse said...

Adorable! So impressive! I'm in the throes of making masses of felt food and kitchen accessories...if you need any ideas, I have a list of great links, and a place called "Gulf Coast Cottage" on Etsy does amazing patterns. I don't usually sew anything from a pattern, but her tea set and doctors set from felt were too cute to resist!

Aubrie Knight said...

You did a beautiful Job, it looks fantastic :)

Random Chance said...

Just a suggestion,
for behind the sink, maybe a mirror with curtains to make a "window" and perhaps a little window sill? Just some food for thought. I think this is super cute. I love the chalkboard menu idea. Dry erase would work too.

Kathleen said...

That's adorable! Great job!

You might consider making the oven door open sideways rather than like a normal oven. That seem s to work with my son's play kitchen, preventing him from climbing on the door. You can still keep the handle in the same spot, just attach the hinge on the side.

Pumpkin said...

Fantastic job, it looks great, would love to make one of these one day.

Acire said...

Wow! This is so fantastic. I would love to make something like this for my little guy someday... when we have the room!

dana said...

oh jill, it's darling! I absolutely love it. Very inventive!

Stefanie said...

I absolutely love your kitchen! You have totally inspired me and I've already started trolling Craigslist for a night stand. Living near NYC, I am finding similar issues with overpriced junk furniture, but I am hoping to find something soon that will work.

I especially love the way you did your burners and the scrabble tile backsplash! I think your burners look more professional than the chopstick kind.

Thanks for sharing!

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Super adorable. I just picked up the cutest little night stand at the Salvation Army last week for $10 that I'm going to convert to a little kitchen for my 15 month old son too! Can't wait. Your's turned out so cute! Jenn

Di said...

ridiculouly cute! Wow, I am impressed. Well done, well done.

Kourtney said...

LOVE IT!!! I absolutely think your stuff is amazing! I have recently discovered your blog and have been totally inspired. Best I have seen yet.

Just am idea for the play food thing... I saw Martha do a necklace out of a t-shirt with Queen Latifa a bit ago and I thought it would make cute play food spaghetti. She just took a t-shirt and cut it up into thin strips with a rotary cutter. When the strips were given a tug they rolled up like noodles.

Robin said...

Love it! I can't wait to make one of my own, eventually.

Robin

inday_adin said...

That is one adorable play kitchen for Oscar! I am sure he is going to enjoy it. :)

Katie said...

Jill, this kitchen is wonderful! Really, so charming. :)

Ruth said...

LOVE it! Also, I wanted to let you know that your original post inspired me to make one of these (quick, easy, and very fun if I may say so) blogged here: http://stilltheflowersgrow.blogspot.com/2010/03/josephs-kitchen.html. For this project everything I used was something I had around! My son's favorite things to use for play food are nuts and rocks.

Keely said...

Love your kitchen, it's inspired me to do one for my nieces, I really want one for myself too, way cuter than the one I picked up at Wal-Mart for the kids at Christmas. (cheaper too since that was $75)
I have cut the hole for sink and started sanding! Question though, what should I finish it with?
Thanks!
Keely

Term Papers said...

its really a charming kitchen.... great ..

Rae said...

SA-WEEET!

Rebecca@This Present Life said...

Hey Jill, I'd love to feature your kitchen at "Future Project Friday" if that's ok with you. I'm actually going to delay it until Saturday because I have an exciting makeover to share tomorrow.

edeenut said...

Hi Jill, I just wanted to let you know I used your kitchen in my play kitchen and felt food post.
Mine is for my little boy too and I love how little boys can enjoy fun things like play cooking too.

Abby Green said...

SUPER CUTE! What did you use for your faucet handles?

Thanks!
Abby

abby@ryanhoodmusic.com

Sarah said...

LOVE this!! I had to do one of my own for my 3YO... linked to you at http://tysonandmiles.blogspot.com/2011/04/play-kitchen-finally.html. Used several of your other tutorials for accessories too! :)

Have a great day!
Sarah

besquirrely.com said...

You inspired me with your creative backsplash and elegant play kitchen! Thank you so much - great job! I finally finished ours the other day for our little birdie's birthday!

http://besquirrely.com/2011/05/26/wrens-play-kitchen/

Mrs Wilson said...

Hi Jill!

I'm mid-project now... and am struggling to get the hinges to work... what type of hinges did you use? Have you reinforced? And if so - HOW?!

Thanks so much!

Kim

walkerk02@gmail.com