First sand and wipe it down. Choose a favorite kitchen color, preferably the color the child loves, and paint it.
Build a Beautiful Play Kitchen Set EZ
For an easy start to make a play kitchen, find an old entertainment center someone could not sell or sold for very cheap. Use this for the base of the kitchen area. You won't believe how beautiful a kitchen can be made from this old curb find! For the basic one, it is easy. For the skilled builder that wants to add more details it is still easy; but the average person who never builds may find this a little bit challenging. For them I would label it medium difficulty.
After it dries a few hours cut a hole for the sink and plan the layout for the stove, sink, and refrigerator.
There is no limit to what you can do for the side and back walls for a "window" or cup hooks for inexpensive cooking utensils to hang. Even inexpensive pots and pans could be added. Your limit is only your imagination.
With a metal dish pan that fit over the hole, a sink was born. Also notice kitchen floor tiles were added to dress up the counter top.
Black "burners" were added. These can be made from painted wooden circles, or anything that would resemble a stove top. Notice too, a matching back splash was added in this step. Use the materials you have on hand. It is good to stimulate the imagination of children. If this is not a surprise gift, they could even help you in the decisions of color, textures, and accessories.
Covers with handles were added to the "oven" and "sink" area. If a small bathroom sink were used there could be a hose attached under and behind for water. It all depends on how much you want to invest in monitoring their play and clean up. The stove handles turned but of course were not actually hooked up to utilities.
Here is the final kitchen with a refrigerator made from a box, added shelves and handles. All the doors open in the fridge, stove and sink with hinges added. The refrigerator was done before photos were taken. What a delightful play area for a child and friends!