Saturday, January 17, 2015

Entertainment center kitchen

E, 6, has always wanted a play kitchen.  I never liked the plastic ones in the big box stores.  I prefer heavy duty wood toys that will last a while.  Enter pinterest.  Years ago I saw an entertainment center repurposed into the most adorable kitchen- I was sold.  It went on the list of things I wanted to make but never got around to it.  This year I made it a point to make it happen.  E was still young enough to enjoy it, C was just getting old enough to enjoy it, and there's a 3rd on the way that will occupy a good chunk of my time very soon.  I enlisted Husband and started scouring local used furniture websites, thrift stores, and resale shops until I found the perfect entertainment center.  It needed to be small enough to not be a room hog, but with 2 small cabinets for a dishwasher/oven, and a door for the fridge.  I found nothing. For months.  Then I found one and it was only $25!!
I was so excited I forgot to take a picture of it before we began. At this point I had already removed the doors off the bottom 2 cabinets, removed the center drawer, removed all hardware, and braced the "counter" with the hole for the sink. But you can get a good idea of where we started.  The shelves on the right side didn't come with a door and my "fridge" needed one.  It was nothing that some plywood and hinges couldn't fix. There are a million tutorials online for these but the basic jist is this- find an entertainment center, cut a hole and add a metal bowl for the sink, paint, seal, add new hardware, fill with play food/dishes, enjoy hours of entertainment. It is an entertainment center after all- bah dum ching! 

Cheesy joke- my apologies. 

I got the dishwasher rack, dishes, apron hanger, and handles at Ikea. The backsplash was leftover from my real kitchen and the 'granite' counter was just a managerie of our wall colors sponged on and sprinkled with glitter.  The "window" is a poster I found online and framed in with trim to look like a window complete with a sill. Here are a few (terrible phone) pictures I took along the journey.  

I still have to add the faucet (which is a plumbing p-trap I painted silver) and the stove burners but it's fine for today.  It's not like I'm 35 weeks pregnant and trying to renovate an entire house or anything. ;)

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