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This Week While Making the Play Kitchen

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 in DIY, Play Kitchen | 5 comments

If you are just joining me, the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing my first big DIY project: making a play kitchen.

Last Saturday, I was wondering as we strolled through Lowes, if this project is really a frugal project.  I’ve read countless blogs on people who have made play kitchens for under 100 dollars, so it must be possible right?  First, I believe it can be done when you have a good amount of supplies already on hand.  And second, if you buy or already have an entertainment center that has doors and shelving already attached to them.  And since I didn’t really have either, for me its probably not as frugal as I had hoped, but that being said its still fun to try! We piled the cart with wood and then all of a sudden, I realized all this needs to be put away, this is crazy to spend 50 dollars on wood.  It would be more cost effective to buy an entertainment center that has doors and shelving, then to create it ourselves out wood from the big-box-store!

In that moment I was wondering was this play kitchen really going to happen.  It’s not that I didn’t mind paying the money, the matter was the principle.  The principle that with patients and dedication, you can get what you need and at a good price.

My husband who is always a master at coming up with “Plan B” resulted to checking out Habitat for Humanity Restore one more time.  I’m so glad he suggested it because to our surprise they had everything we needed: shelving, doors and “stove top burners.” I was elated because after a slight disappointing moment at Lowes, it was turned around with my husbands optimism and energy to try one more place.

So moral of the story, don’t let the little DIY projects (or anything you do!) steel your joy.  Ask a friend, your spouse or family member to help you come up with a solution that will help you complete your project!

Here is the progress we made.  YAY!

The new stove top burners!

My hubby making the shelves!

Chalkboard installed!

As you can see, the play kitchen now has a shelf, an oven door and a divide between the oven door and storage space.

We just laid this out to see what it would look like.  My question for you all today is I need help making a decision.  Should there be just two stove top burners or four?  The girls will have more space to work if there were only two, but I know traditional kitchens have four.  So in the comments today, write how many burners I should use.

Well thats all the progress we’ve made so far.  Next week I’ll share with you more!  Have a great weekend.

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Play Kitchen – Working on the Stove

Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in DIY, Play Kitchen | 2 comments

The last three weeks, I’ve been sharing with you my progress on making a play kitchen for my niece’s birthday.  This week, I found cupboard door at the Habitat for Humanity Store to make a chalk board.  I also started working on the stove top.  The fun stuff this week was spray painting and using Gorilla Glue for the first time.  I had very high hopes for finishing the stove top, but my first time attempt didn’t go over as well as I had planned.  The problem  is, I can’t get the small wooden dowels to stick.  The Gorilla Glue worked great for the circles, but not for the wooden dowels. There are two possible ways to fix it.  First, increase the wood surface area to allow more contact to the tile. And second, sand the surface that will be adhering to the tile or leave it un-painted. Does any one have any suggestions on getting wood to stick to ceramic tile? I would love to use the idea as pictured above; if you have any suggestions please write them in the comments.

Until next week, I hope you all have a great weekend!


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Making Progress on the Play Kitchen

Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 in DIY, Play Kitchen | 2 comments

Have you ever had one of those weeks?  You know the kind that the to-do-list is a mile long.  And surely, you are a mother, wife, daughter, friend, neighbor, co-worker and sister: you can tackle it no problem!  Well, not me.  I put way more on my list this week that I was really able to accomplish.  But the good news is I’m making progress towards making this play kitchen come to life.  Although, it still sits lonely in the garage just scraped up from some sand paper, most of the supplies gathered and the accessories are in the works.

I had high hopes of priming this week; it just wasn’t possible because we have a few more details to finish before we can start priming. Even though you might be so sad that you don’t get to read about me priming the play kitchen we are creating, I haven’t let you down.  There is progress being made. :)

Here’s what we did this week: took a trip to the Habitat for Humanity Store, Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Lowes to gather more supplies.  Oh wait,  I forgot one, I went to Joann’s too.

The Habitat for Humanity Store that I went to had a good selection of household items.  You could easily spend a couple of hours looking through their warehouse.  I was pretty hopeful that I would find more new stuff at great prices. Unfortunately, the one I visited had more used merchandise at prices you get at Lowes brand new.  This was a little disappointing, but I do think its worth shopping there first because the money you spend there does go to a great cause. Just be prepared that it might not always be the steal of a deal you’re planning on. There was a ton of cabinets, furniture and wood that have tons potential, but for me this week, nothing was promising for the play kitchen.  Their inventory changes regularly, and according to their website it changes daily.  So we will make another trip this weekend in hopes of finding the shelving and a cabinet door that will work well.  Otherwise, we will be or should I say my husband will be making me shelving and a cabinet door. Thanks Love!

I’ve been looking and looking for the best option for the stove.  I can’t tell you how many sites I’ve visited trying to figure out the best solution.  On Monday I finally found this amazing idea that will work perfectly.  Thankfully, Melissa at Honeybee Vintage  made a great tutorial on how to do it.  I drove down to Joann’s and bought all the necessary supplies.  The only thing, that I discovered is that it cost a little bit more then her tutorial suggested. This coming week I’ll be working on creating my own burners similar to this picture, using the help from Honeybee Vintage.

Well I’ll finish up this post, so you can carry on your lovely day.  Here are my last finds for the week: faucet, oven door window, gorilla glue, wooden dowls, wooden circles, chalk, tile, coasters and  spray paint.

Join me next Friday and see how the stove top comes together!

What big project have you done what required a lot of supplies?  What really helped you accomplish that project.  I would love to know your tips, please share them in the comments! 

And if you missed it check out part 1 and part 2 of making this play kitchen.



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Sanding the Play Kitchen

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in DIY, Play Kitchen | 2 comments

Last week I showed you the project my husband and I are doing for our niece’s birthday.  This past weekend I did all the sanding, I thought it was going to be a daunting task, but it was surprisingly enjoyable!  It must be the “thrill” of trying something new. :)  Since I’m quite frugal, I was motivated to sand the entire thing by hand, but after my lovely experience of sanding with an electric sander, I was very grateful!  Luckily, I shopped my family members houses first, and scored a sander and a jig saw.  Being able to borrow them definitely saved me from having to buy those two items right now. Secondly, it saved me a ton of time by not having to do it all by hand.

 Here are the tools and supplies  I used

I started with a course sand paper first (100 grit) and then used a find sand paper (150 grit).  The very fine (220 grit) I used on the areas of where there was wood damage that I fixed with wood filler. As you can see in this picture there were lots of scratches that went against the grain, surprisingly after sanding, most of them came out.

This was my first experience with an electric sander and my is this one LOUD! Did you say something? Luckily, I had a pair of ear plugs (from the NHRA races a few weeks back). Wow, does this thing spit out a lot of dust, thank goodness for a mask and safety glasses. :)  I was covered in dust from head to toe. Which is actually not like me.  I’m kinda girly like that. 😉 But since I have a boy, I might need to get use to it. HA!

So you can see the difference, the left side is not sanded and the right side is sanded.  Surprisingly, it took just an hour and half on Saturday (during little buddy’s nap time) and a half hour on Sunday to sand the whole entertainment center. Using aluminum oxide sand paper by 3M, I used 4 sheets of 100 grit and  2  sheets of 150 grit sand paper.

The last thing I did this week on this project was fix a couple of spots that required some wood filler.  I picked that up at the big-box-store too for 3 dollars.  I filled in the broken spots of wood, let it dry (the directions said for deep scratches or dents wait up to 8 hours), and then using 220 grit sand paper, I smoothed it out by hand. I repeated the process once more since this was a good dent.

Lastly, I  want to share two of the online resources I read before starting this project.  They were very helpful to me in deciding what products to buy and how to paint furniture, so I want to acknowledge them here and here.

Next week, I’ll be share with you my adventure to the Habit for Humanity store and priming the entertainment center. See you then!

Have you ever sanded a wood project before?  What was it that you sanded and how long did it take you?  

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My 1st Big DIY Project – Making A Play Kitchen

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in DIY, Play Kitchen | 1 comment

Back in January, while surfing Pintrest, I came across this awesome idea.












An entertainment center turned play kitchen. I thought this was a great project, my husband and I could do for our niece’s birthday present.  Since their birthdays are few months away, I knew I would have enough time to make it. And surely it doesn’t look that difficult to make, right?!  I have absolutely no expertise in re-finishing furniture or have ever tackled a DIY project this “big”  before.  But I have to tell you I am so excited about making this! :)

After looking at a lot of designs by many talented people, I decided to start shopping Craig’s List for an entertainment center. Here is what I found.









I picked up this “beauty” for 20 dollars.

The next step was to draw out a design.  I’m in no way an artist but I hope  you can get a good idea.









After I finished drawing out the design. I wrote out a list of all the necessary items. The list is kind of long, if you are interested in all of the details  click here.

One of the highlights of planning this project out was  picking out colors. Two weeks ago when I made the marinara recipe with my sister-in-law, that same day we took a trip to the Home Depot and picked out the paint colors and accessory colors for her daughters.

We also picked out some of the handles for the oven door and refrigerator handle.  I’m still shopping around for the best deal!  These are a little much at Home Depot. :) My friend Deanna suggested trying the Habitat for Humanity store.  I’ll be checking there next week.









Purchasing the entertainment center, drawing out the design, picking out colors and finishings, has taken 4 weeks so far.  I thought this project wouldn’t take long. :) It’s a very detailed project.   I’m sure some might be super fast at designing and going out to get everything, but I’m enjoying the small simple steps to making this project enjoyable, fun and cost effective.

Next week, I’ll be sharing with you my first attempt at sanding.  It should be an interesting post!   I’m so excited to see how this kitchen project will turn out!  I hope you will join me every Friday and see what we have done.

 photo credit 

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