Entertainment Center = Play Kitchen

This is an old project that I never shared but it has been a big hit with our little girl.

Last year, we turned this:

into this....

It was actually a very easy project that only took a couple of days to complete and very little money since we had several of the materials on hand.  Even though you might not find an entertainment center just like this one, I'll give the break down of how we did it.

We found our entertainment center at a local thrift store.  Before we painted it, we removed the middle piece, cut out the holes for the sink and stove top, and sanded it just enough to rough it up a little bit.

The sink was a dog bowl we found at Big Lots for just a couple of dollars and the faucet we found on clearance at Home Depot.

We found the stove top at Habitat for Humanity ReStore and the countertop is made of peel-and-stick linoleum tiles from Home Depot.  The stove knobs came from our old grill.

We cut a rectangle out of the left-side door, attached a piece of plastic from Home Depot to the inside with 4 screws, switched the hinges from the side to the bottom to make it more like an oven door, painted the inside black and added a cabinet handle (courtesy of Anna), hot glued the temperature gauge from our old grill above the door and voila! An oven!

Karlie keeps all of her kitchen supplies and food inside the pantry.  While we were sanding, we removed the back support piece, painted the left side of it black (since that would be an oven wall) and wrapped the right side in burlap (since it would be seen inside the pantry.)

The curtains were made with scraps of material from dresses I've made Karlie.  I took strips of material, sewed ruffles into them, and hot glued them onto the curtains.  We hung them by stapling them to the back.

That's it!  And since I'm a sucker for before and after pictures, here they right beside each other:

Entertainment center - $20
Faucet - $17
Stove top - $10
Linoleum tiles - $5
Dog bowl - $5
Curtains - free (fabric scraps)
Stove knobs and temperature gauge - free (they came off our old grill that lives behind our privacy fence)
White paint - free (from past projects)


kelly @ view along the way said...

Sooo impressive! That's one of the most real-looking play kitchens I've ever seen. Love! Can Weston come play?

PS: I'm so glad you're blogging again!

Lezlie H. said...

Way to go, Jamie! I've seen tutorials on how to do these, but have never tried.
You are THE woman! =]
I'm sure it's providing Karlie many hours of fun!

Melanie @ Mailbox Journey said...

That is SO cute!

Stacey @ Likes to Smile said...

Wow! I can see why your daughter would love that! How special that she gets to enjoy something that you made for her!