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This Week While Making the Play Kitchen

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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  1. I love the progress you have made! I totally think you should keep four burners for the stove, but what ever you decide will look fabulous :-)

    • Thank you for your feedback. I”m letting everyone decide for me! :) I appreciate your comment!

  2. Remember those apartment/RV stoves with 3 burners? Can’t recall if the extra space was to the front or side, but they were spaced as a triangle. Just a thought, but I’m sure you will come up with a great design.

    • Yesterday, I actually found a play kitchen that did have 3 burners, it was unique! :)

  3. I think you should stick with four, also. 😀