Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Game Center Play Kitchen

When my older daughter was little, I really wanted a play kitchen for her. We didn't have much space in our tiny townhouse and so I knew a full sized play kitchen wouldn't work. We also didn't have much disposable income. When I walked passed this game center at a thrift store, it was marked $3 and since it was half off day, it was only $1.50 . I knew it was a match made in heaven and the idea for this little kitchen was born! 

You will need: 
  • A game center
  • a sander
  • paint (a color of your choice and black and gray)
  • 4 -inch wooden plaques 
  • wooden knobs
  • gray vinyl 
  • wood glue
  • a small piece of fabric 
  • Needle and thread

 When you look for a game center, it doesn't matter if it has any of the pieces, but it would be nice if it had the bottom tray to be used a cookie sheet for the oven.

Give the game center a good sanding. I sanded mine with a power sander and it roughed up and ready to go in about 15 minutes. Paint the entire game center in a color of your choice. I used a nice quality paint for the outside but just an acrylic for the cookie sheet.

Allow the game center to dry over night. Paint the wooden plaques and the knobs black.

Hem the bottom and sides of the front "door" to the oven. Hem the top and slightly gather. Glue the fabric under the front lip of the game center.

Cut asterisks out of gray vinyl and adhere them to the wooden plaques. Use the wood glue to glue the plaques and the knobs to the top of the game center. Paint the bottom tray a gray to be the cookie sheet.

My absolute favorite thing about this kitchen is that everything stores inside on the cookie sheet! 

Do your kids love to play kitchen? 

4 Inch Wooden Plaques
Wooden Knobs
Wood Glue

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Karen Morse said...

Wow - you are so creative and loving the energy and imagination you put into this! The DIY is something I need to get better at - so thanks for inspiring me!
Karen |

GiGi EatsCelebrities said...

OMG that is so cool and unique and fun! LOVE THAT! :)

Author TP Keane said...

What a fantastic bit of upcycling. I love that you changed it into a play kitchen... and for so little too.

Masshole Mommy said...

Oh how cute. What little girl wouldn't just LOVE to play with that. It's adorable.

Terri Steffes said...

This is so creative! I would have fun playing with this myself. Upcycling is cool and you did a fantastic job of it.

Cynthia said...

I love this! Your creativity is incredible. Such a perfect play area especially for those with a space crunch and no room for large kitchen sets!

Mandy said...

This a such a creative idea. My kids love playing kitchen and we have play food all over he house.

Kiwi said...

This is so creative. I wish I had something like this when I was growing up I would of played with this all the time!

Amanda Love said...

That's pretty amazing! How creative is this game center turned kitchen! It's not that difficult to do either which is great! Thanks for the idea, I'd love to do this for my daughter!

Roxanne Ferber said...

Awe that is super cute and so creative! I wish my kids would let me rennovate any of their toys. LOL They are very attached to they way things are.

Quezzo said...

Wow! This looks so fun! My daughter would love this. It seems simple enough too.

jillconyers said...

Awesome idea. Both of my kids loved to play kitchen. Many tea parties and they were great little chefs.

Nikki said...

This is so creative! We were given a huge play kitchen, but honestly I like this one much better. The commercially-manufactured ones are so BIG! We live in a townhome too and don't really have room for it.

Kimberly Stroh said...

This is so cute & creative. I love upcycling items in my house for the kids.

Amber N said...

My kids love to play kitchen. What a great idea! I would love to try something like this at home.

Paula said...

What a creative idea! I love when I come across something like this in a thrift store and can see the potential in the item. That's the kind of toy a child loves because their mom made it!

Melissa Llado said...

This is such a cute idea! I love that it's small enough we can just pack it up and take it to grandma's!

Shirley Martinez said...

Love this idea, I planned to do something similar but never got the time, you made me want to revisit the idea

Made In a Day said...

What a cute upcycle! Great imagination~ kids would love it.Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned! Have a great week!

Stacey said...

What an adorable idea!

Thank you so much for sharing at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We are glad to have your talent here. :)