For Christmas this year I wanted Justin to build Cayn a play kitchen but with him being pretty busy with work we decided it would be quicker to add our own personal touch to one we assembled. My mother in law purchased this Ikea play kitchen for Justin and I to remodel and we jumped right in! I would love to build Cayn a refrigerator to go with his kitchen, so stay tuned for one coming soon 🙂
First things first, get everything ready to paint! We decided to build the kitchen first and then spray paint it. In the box there were a couple pieces of cellophane, so we covered the front of the kitchen in it and the rest in painters tape.
When covering the stove Justin took a knife to cut off a piece of the painters tape so there would be an even line all the way around to paint.
After the first coat of paint you want to sand it with a fine grade sandpaper before giving it another coat.
We hit a little bump when I foolishly walked away from the project and Justin thought to stain the counter without asking me about the color first! Luckily he then thought he’d sand and re-stain it 🙂 Okay so before you begin to paint it or stain it you need to sand the finish off of the counter.
I was going for more of a concrete look and this is what we had on hand…
There are many different ways you can do the back splash for the kitchen, we decided to walk out on a limb and try to work with subway tile. We found pre-assembled tile ($4 each for $12 total) and a way to cut the tile with a cheap tool from the hardware store (it was $8 or $9). You will want to cut your piece of wood to size, leaving room to nail the board to the back of the kitchen. Justin applied painter’s tape around the wood as a guide to nail the board to the back of the kitchen (we had to cut the bottom side off later because that actually sits flush on the counter top).
Apply the adhesive and allow 24 hours to dry!
Apply the grout (we got an adhesive/grout in one but did each separately), wipe the major stuff off with a cloth or sponge and allow another 24 hours to dry (side note – blue sponge makes for blue grout)!
I wanted the oven to open like a real one so we bought these hinges (found the idea on Pinterest) and did our best…
I picked up these knobs at Hobby Lobby for Cayn to use as oven dials.
Here’s the completed kitchen!
I cannot wait to see Cayns face when he sees this on Christmas!