This is a project I’ve been wanting to take on for awhile, and I finally took the time to do it! It’s a pretty simple project that only takes a few hours (minus the cure time for the paint), and the possibilities are truly endless. My husband keeps joking that he always said I’d have my dream kitchen one day … he just never said on what scale, ha!
I used the Ikea Duktig Play Kitchen for this makeover which sells for $99. If you don’t have an Ikea in your area, you can buy it online; however, heads up, it takes forever to ship.
It took me weeks to decide what color scheme to go with as I really like the all white look; however, the playroom where this will go is already full of so much white I really needed to add some color. I even considered going a white + wood route, but in the end decided on the dark gray and champagne.
As I mentioned, the possibilities are endless with this, and I kinda wish I could make five more just to play with different design options. Instead of subway tile backsplash you could simply use a decorative wall paper. If I didn’t have a boy, I would’ve made this super girly – blush pink cabinets, watercolor floral backsplash, gold fixtures, etc. This was such a fun project and so much less stressful than making over my kitchen!
I feel like I should note that my little ones won’t be playing with this kitchen with that soap, candle, or salt and pepper shaker, and these photos were just styled this way to make pretty photos. (Obviously. But I still just feel like I need to mention that.)
The pots, pans, and utensils are also from Ikea and are my son’s favorite toys we own. He literally carries his favorite pot around everywhere, including in the car, and it’s the first word he says when he wakes in the morning. I also love all of their soft play foods!
This is a pretty inexpensive makeover, especially for me since I had most of the supplies lying around in the garage. I completed this while my little ones were at preschool plus one additional nap time. Honestly the most time consuming part is actually putting the thing together (because, Ikea.)
I’ve included a step by step guide below for your own play kitchen makeover. It really isn’t a tough one to do, I promise!
SUPPLIES I USED
Spray paint – Rustoleum Champagne Mist (1) Dark Gray Gloss (2) White Gloss (2)
Marble contact paper
Peel & Stick subway tile
New hardware for microwave, oven, and cabinet (I used what came with it to keep cost down)
Drawer knobs to create stove knobs (I actually painted four for mine, but preferred the look without them)
I almost used this butcher block contact paper which would look so good with an all white kitchen!
1. Lay out all of your pieces and study the directions to make a plan for what color to paint each piece. This part will be much easier if you are painting the entire kitchen one color as opposed to two different ones like I did. If you are using two colors, pay very close attention to each piece as some will need one color on the front and another on the back. (For example, if you want the inside of the stove and cabinet to be white and the outside gray).
2. Use your painters tape to block off the parts you don’t want to get paint on (the microwave and oven “glass” and, if you decide to paint the outer edges of the stove top, you’ll need to remove the top piece and then tape off the part that holds the wires and batteries). If you do end up getting some paint on the plastic “glass”, just use some acetone/nail polish remover on a q-tip to remove it!
3. Use spray paint to spray all wooden pieces and fixtures. Be sure to check the instructions on the can for when you can do the second coat. Mine said to either recoat after one hour or wait 48 hours, so I set an alarm for one hour. I did two coats on everything and very lightly sanded between coats with a fine grit sandpaper. This step isn’t necessary, I just wanted to be certain I got a very smooth finish. Even if you are painting your kitchen white (which many pieces already area), you’ll still want to coat them in paint so the whites match perfectly. Be sure to follow the instructions on the can and wait the full cure time before putting your kitchen together.
For the sink faucet and handles, I cut small holes in a box for the bottom notches to fit inside in order to have them stand upright while painting. 4. Apply the contact paper to the countertop. Do this slowly and carefully while using a credit card to smooth out any bubbles as they come up. Cut out the center parts of the sink and stove with a boxcutter and wrap the contact paper around those edges. (They won’t be perfect, and that’s okay! The sink and stove will cover it up anyway!) In order to make a smooth finish on the outside edges and corners, you will want to use a hairdryer to heat up the contact paper. This makes it stretch much easier for a more perfect fit!)5. Follow the instructions from Ikea and put the kitchen together. Note that, as with all Ikea instructions, they left out the most crucial step: grab your wine. And patience. I actually super glued the sink in place (along with my fingers, because, well, does anyone use superglue without gluing their fingers to something??). Otherwise the sink can be easily removed. I know my twin toddlers all too well, and that sink would never be where it’s meant to be and would instead be placed somewhere for me to trip over six times a day at minimum.
6. Measure your foam board to fit the back and trim it down with your box cutter. Place whatever backsplash you’ve chosen on to the board and use super glue to attach to the back of the kitchen.
7. If you painted the outside a different color than the inside of the stove and cabinet, you will find that some parts that show on the outside weren’t painted fully (as you can see in the photo below). Don’t panic. And also don’t take your can of spray paint to it! Trust me, no matter how well you think you have covered up the other parts, you will get the paint somewhere you don’t want it. To fix this, I sprayed a puddle of paint on a plate and used a small brush for touchups. This isn’t exactly ideal since spray paint was meant to, you know, be sprayed, but it gets the job done for little touchups! It does dry very fast though, so you have to work quickly.
8. You’ll need to paint the inside bottom of the stove and cabinet about 3/4″ in order for a white line not to show from the outside. Be sure to tape off a straight line before painting this so that you have a nice clean line.
9. Voila! You’re done! Now pat yourself on the back with that spatula because you just did a full kitchen makeover in one day. Who cares that it’s only 4 feet tall … and that your three year old has a nicer kitchen than you do.