Lila’s Play Kitchen

So I can’t even begin this post without doing two things.  First, I need to give credit to Young House Love, if you havent read this blog, it’s an incredibly talented couple who are pros at redo-redesign and create some pretty awesome things.  I was a total copy-cat on this project, but am proud of doing it and think they would be too 🙂  Second, if I could shout it from the roof top I would, but I have to say THANKS to my step dad Jimmy for helping me make this little goal a reality…he was super thoughtful and really enjoyed helping me make this for Lila! So much so in fact that if you are interested in getting one of these little numbers for your own little chef…he has been on the hunt for materials and is ready to mass produce or customize one to someone’s liking!

So let me back up and say that we spend a TON of time in the kitchen and I really wanted  to get Lila her own little kitchen where she could be the boss and cook up some yummy creations.  I knew I wanted something decor friendly and would fit in our kitchen or ion a small space.  I’m all for primary colors and characters but if there is a possibility it would be a permanent fixture in a common area, I wanted it to fit 🙂 More than decor, I wanted it to be well made, sturdy and preferably made of wood for longevity.  Unfortunately, when I started hunting all I could find where giant plastic monstrosities that wouldn’t quite fit in our 1924 space or more appropriately sized crazy expensive wood kitchens (and none that didn’t either scream girl or primary colors).  Now, maybe I was naive, but if you haven’t shopped for a play kitchen lately go ahead and do it and see if you are as shocked as I was.  I don’t know what I expected but I seriously didn’t expect a kitchen for A CHILD to cost $200+.  Some of the wood options were close to $500 for all the necessary kitchen pieces!  Luckily my blog reading paid off and I decided I wasn’t going to settle…I was going tackle making exactly what I wanted and attempt to come in under the budget I had for a purchased one.  This is what the finished product looks like:


This which started out as this:

Not the original but close….


Yep that’s right, we took an over-the-fridge cabinet and with a few adjustments we made a play kitchen! Complete with towel rack,  oven rack, real working light inside the oven, hooks for utensils and a “working” faucet, sink and oven knobs! We chose to not build in stove burners so Lila could have ample counter space but I made her one using a trivet and a round of wood.  Once we added a toaster pots/pans and some play food, it really came together!   I even used a shimmer finish on the counter and backsplash so it could have some sparkle 🙂 Unfortunately, we forgot to take step-by-step  pictures,so I just included some in progress and in use pictures so show some of the details and of course to show the chef in action!


She is making me toast and egg…its her specialty 🙂   All in all, I ended up spending what I would have spent to buy something already constructed, but this is completely sturdy, and completely what I want so I think this is a real bargain…it took about 3 weekends (having to work at nap time to make sure someone didn’t get a sneak peek!) and was worth every hour!

So there it is…..We are cooking up a storm here at the Ratcliff house and now Lila can get in on the action!!

Much Love – Christy


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