Tweedlebud Lainey's DIY Play Kitchen

June 06, 2014

A few months before my daughter's birthday, I found the cutest TV cabinet adaptation on Pinterest. The idea is relatively simple and can be done on a minimal budget. The goal: turn an old TV cabinet into a swanky, suitable for a toddler, kitchen. 

The hardest part of the whole project: finding an old TV cabinet. With everyone switching over to flat screen TVs, old TV cabinets are hard to find. Luckily, with a little bit of patience, I found one in our area at the right price! FREE!

The TV cabinet had seen better days, but at it's asking price, it was perfect for the job. I picked it up and delivered it to my husband. Then, made a really polite request that he convert it. (Thank goodness he's the handiest of handimen and always ready to do something big for his kids). I showed him a few of the Pinterest pictures and let him take it from there. I really didn't have much to do with this project other than finding the cabinet, he gets 100% of the credit for the final product.

My husband was able to keep the project fairly low cost by using supplies left over form our own house build. The materials we (he) used were as follows: paint, silver bowl (to create a 'sink'), an old tap (can be found a garage sales or thrift stores), an old metal rack (to create a shelf in the oven), pictures (to create windows and artwork), hardware for handles, an overhead light (because my husband likes to make everything top notch for his kids!), tiles for backsplash and countertop, and old stove knobs.

Because this was going to be a birthday present, friends and family provided goodies to stock the kitchen. (Ikea creates some really cute and affordable cooking items and soft foods if you're looking for options.)

The following pictures are the finished result:

To be honest, when I handed over the project to my husband, I had visions of pastel pink and purple kitchens with polka dot curtains and floral tea sets dancing in my head.  We didn't ever discuss final product. And, the end result is so much better than I had envisioned. It is a mini version of our kitchen. The picture (window) above the sink is one of our favourite places and the artwork is done by her big brother. The final result couldn't have been any more perfect or better suited for her and our family. 

Hungry? Dinner is ready! In the words of Rooney, "Careful! It's hot!"


Monday's post was the big launch of my Etsy shop! Have you seen it yet? Miss Tweedle Crafts is full of hand embroidered hoop art for your nursery or kids' rooms. Remember, Tweedle Readers get 20% off through the month of June! Just use the coupon code TWEEDLEREADER20 when you prompted during check out. 

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