September 15, 2014 § 1 Comment
I kept seeing these awesome DIY kitchens on Pinterest, and just couldn’t resist the temptation of turning some thrift store junk into a new treasure! My little nephew’s 3rd birthday was coming up, and I thought it would make a perfect gift for him! So off I went to the 3 nearest thrift stores, hunting high and low for an old TV stand that would work perfectly.
11.99 later and I ended up with this gem (ha), a stainless steel bowl to act as the “sink”, and two plastic spoons. Then i went down to the next thrift store and found a little white medicine cabinet that I thought would work perfectly on top to act as a little pantry. So we began sanding it down, and then my power-tool wielding husband cut out a hole to set the bowl in for the sink….
After that, it was all about painting and painting and painting. We screwed in the medicine cabinet top, and added the “oven door” which was made from an extra shelf from our bookshelf in the office and a door hinge. It was starting to come together and look a lot more like a kitchen…
We then screwed in the back, added some little knobs made from random plastic pieces, attached a dowel for a little curtain, used some old CD’s and shiny rope from Michael’s for the burners, and used a wooden letter “J” upside-down for a faucet, and some folded paper “food” to stock the shelves! And voila! You get a nice kid’s kitchen for your play room!
And here is me standing proudly next to my creation. Horray! The total came to less than $25, but we did have a lot of supplies on hand, like the extra wood, the paint, and the fabric. It just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a super cool gift! Happy 3rd Birthday to the cool dude, G!