I have always been a fan of Ikea’s kid’s toys. When I was searching for a play kitchen for my daughter, I came across Ikea’s Duktig play kitchen. It was modern enough for my taste and easy on the budget. Since I have always wanted to remodel a kitchen of my own some day, I thought that this might be good practice, ha!
Here is what the play kitchen from Ikea looks like:
Here is my version:
I had so much fun painting it, and was surprised at how simple it was to put together.
Here was my to-do list for the mini kitchen:
1. Add “butcher block” contact paper to the counter top
2. Change the handles on the cabinets
3. Paint the wood parts white
4. Paint the sink, faucet, stove, rail/hooks, and legs metallic gold
5. Add a faux subway tile back splash
6. Add mood lighting underneath the microwave area
- Ikea TAG handles
- Butcher block contact paper
- LED stick-on lights
- White spray paint + primer
- Krylon gold metallic spray paint
- White foam poster board
- Black Sharpie
The first thing that I did was assemble the bottom part without the cabinet fronts, shelves, or countertop. I spray painted the whole thing with primer as well as the sink, faucet, stove, rail/hooks, legs, and cabinet handles. I also primed the blonde wood pieces for the top parts of the kitchen.
After everything was primed, I spray painted the fixtures with two coats of the gold metallic spray. Then, I spray painted all of the white parts with a white gloss spray paint. It took only a couple of hours to dry but I would recommend letting everything dry at least a day or two before you start to put anything together.
The next thing I did was cover the counter top with the faux butcher block contact paper. This was a little tricky but it easily peeled right off if I made a mistake so that I could fix it. I used a credit card to smooth out any air bubbles as I went. Once it was covered, I cut out the spaces for the sink and stove.
After everything was painted and covered with contact paper, I assembled everything together. The last step was to create the faux subway tile back splash which I made using foam poster board and a black sharpie! Easy peasy! I made the “tiles” 2in. x 4in. and then just nailed the poster board into the back of the kitchen.
Lastly, I stuck on the LED lighting and adding in her play accessories. I just love how it turned out and it has held up perfectly so far to my destructive two-year-old!