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BEFORE & AFTER: The Makeover of a Wooden Play Kitchen

I found this beat up wooden play kitchen from the thrift store for only $2.50! I knew immediately it could be beautiful! I didn't want it to be "girly" or "kiddie" so I chose Annie Sloan Antibes Green for the outside, and Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue for the interior. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut new vinyl burners, and I mitered trim to make panels on the door, which are Mod Podged with fabric from a vintage table cloth from the thrift store. I also added cup hooks to the side for measuring spoons (which are also from the thrift store!). For more pics and VIDEOS of the whole processes, with more detail, you can find it on the blog post. Enjoy!
A $2.50 wooden play kitchen from the thrift store gets a makeover!
I lined the doors with vintage fabric from a thrift store table cloth, and used cup hooks to hold thrift store measuring spoons.
It had potential, right?? Most people just walked right on by it. Good for ME!
I wanted something that wasn't too "girly" or too "kiddy." So I chose Annie Sloan Antibes Green, which gives it a retro feel. I kept the existing red handles. It worked with the colors!
I used Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue inside, which was the perfect compliment to the Antibes Green. All the inside metal bowls came from the thrift store, as well.
Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue. Isn't it a DIVINE color?!? Love it! Dries a shade darker.
Cup hooks on the side allow kids to store measuring spoons and a towel.
YUCK. That's all I can say. LOL
The plastic burner stickers were peeling off and in bad shape.
I removed the stickers and lightly sanded out the sticky parts.
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut new vinyl burners. Easy!
I used Mod Podge to glue down panels for the door.
A close-up of the vintage table cloth used.
I had bought this from the thrift store about 6 months ago and had never used it. Was probably going to make pillows from it or something. But after starting this project, I realized this would be perfect for lining the doors.
I cut my own trim and glued it down to the doors with Gorilla Glue. See the blog post for a short video on how NOT to use Gorilla Glue ;)

To see more: http://www.thriftdiving.com/2013/03/wooden-play-kitchen-2.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Mar 18, 2013

    That is so cute! I love what you did. Looks like your boys love it too!

  • Thrift Diving
    Thrift Diving Silver Spring, MD
    on Mar 18, 2013

    Thanks @Miriam I ! They really do!

  • Denise Sedgwick
    Denise Sedgwick Fort Worth, TX
    on Mar 19, 2013

    I have a similar kitchen set in my attic!! What type of paint did you use? Is it regular ol' room paint in matte? Did you sand it before painting?

  • Thrift Diving
    Thrift Diving Silver Spring, MD
    on Mar 19, 2013

    I used Annie Sloan chalk paint, Antibes Green and Napoleonic Blue in the inside. Only sanding was to remove some of the sticker residue from the old burners!

  • Jason Destiny
    Jason Destiny El Cerrito, CA
    on Mar 19, 2013

    That would also make a very cute storage cupboard for spices or such.

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