Play Kitchen Makeover

by rociolaca

Hello again and welcome back to my blog! Today I will share with you how we remodeled my toddler’s KidKraft play kitchen. Funny story, and might be the luck of some Moms and Dads, but I had in my mind for a long time to buy one of those $89 Ikea play kitchens, but never did. I decided that I would rather buy the helper step stool instead, since that would allow my baby to actually help me “cook”.

I kept seeing though, how beautiful these play kitchen remodels were on social media and how fun must it be to turn it into something special and personalized.

3 Weeks ago, when I woke up after working all night at my night time job, my husband said: “I don’t know if I should throw this away, but first I want you to see it” then he added, “it’s kind of big so you have to come to the garage”. I walked over with him wondering what it was?? Surprise!! My husband had found this beautiful KidKraft play kitchen in the trash on the side of the road, on his way back from grocery shopping that day!

Here I was with my eyes wide open! I couldn’t believe it <3. But it’s how they say: “One man’s trash is another one’s treasure”.

The play kitchen had some work to do! It had some wear and tears and we needed to clean it up as it seemed to be on the outside for a long time. One of the front doors, the “oven” was broken and the clear plastic was missing.

As you can imagine, I reached out to the social media community. Well, came to find out, that there is this FB group created, exclusively for play kitchens remodeling! Everyone was extremely nice and I as able to take a lot of ideas from them. It’s called “Play Kitchens & Toy Makeovers” in case you’re interested to see all the beautiful work some Parents put into these toys :).

Without further a do, here’s a list of what we used:

TOTAL COST OF RENOVATION: ~$50 US Dlls + Lots of Love

The first thing my Husband did, was to take the kitchen apart. Then slightly sand all the printings from the doors. Then, paint it evenly with the white spray paint and let it dry. He also removed all the handles from the doors and spray paint them with the metallic silver spray paint. Look below the brands we used:

After it was all painted and dried, we covered the “back splash” wall and one of the front doors with the Floral Wallpaper Peel and Stick Watercolor Cactus White/Pink/Green/Navy Blue Vinyl Self Adhesive Prepasted Decorative 17.7″x 9.8ft. Bought at Amazon.

We then, covered the counter top with the Wood Wallpaper Self-Adhesive Removable Wood Peel and Stick Wallpaper Decorative. I did not leave the burners on since I am planning to use this play kitchen to be her snack station as well.

We were so excited once we finished to assemble every piece! we also added the brand new clear plastic to the back of the oven door:

And this is the finished product:

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Isabel September 28, 2020 - 5:23 am

I love makeover. I’m wondering if you had all the materials already. I imagine having to buy all these materials is likely more than the cost of buying a new kitchen.

rociolaca September 28, 2020 - 12:39 pm

Hi! Yes I added a list above as well as most of the links :). It costs us roughly about $50 US dlls. Given the fact that the kitchen was found in the trash, it seems like a pretty good deal lol :).

Liliana October 3, 2020 - 5:57 am

Found the original one in amazon. $138 dlls.

rociolaca October 5, 2020 - 6:42 pm

wow, it is expensive, I’m so glad my Husband found it! I can’t still believe it :D. Thanks for visiting my Blog and sharing this! 😀

Liliana October 3, 2020 - 5:52 am

I have a very similar play kitchen. This kind of kitchen is over a 100 dlls brand new. So it is still a good deal and it looks adorable.

rociolaca October 5, 2020 - 6:43 pm

Thank you Liliana! <3

Sarah October 2, 2020 - 3:10 pm

This is super cute, you did a great job! I love seeing kid’s toys get makeovers.

rociolaca October 5, 2020 - 6:46 pm

Hi Sarah! I think I’m starting to love it now lol, this is our first toy makeover, I can see how toys can be absolutely reusable. You don’t spend a lot of money and you can make them extra special! Thank you for visiting my blog and your sweet complements 🙂

Lorena Martinez October 3, 2020 - 5:30 pm

Que hermosa les quedo, me encanta ver los “makeover”

rociolaca October 5, 2020 - 6:46 pm

Muchas Gracias Lorena <3.

Cathy McDonnell October 19, 2020 - 8:24 am

I bought the exact kitchen, secondhand, for my granddaughter. Just disassembled it yesterday (took lots of pics to help me put the puzzle back together!) I’m wondering how yours is holding up? Trying to figure out if I need to prime it first, and clear coat it when I’m done.

rociolaca December 31, 2020 - 8:08 am

Hi Cathy, thanks for visiting! 🙂 Kitchen has been holding up pretty well so far. I did the exact same thing, disassembled it and then took video and pictures. We honestly didn’t go super fancy on the paint, we just cleaned it very well and sanded off all the “microwave buttons” etc. Other than that we just paint it directly : ).

Audria February 4, 2021 - 7:27 pm

Love this, we’re doing a kids kitchen makeover now too!

rociolaca May 9, 2021 - 3:01 pm

Nice! please share pictures if you can! I would absolutely love to see it 🙂


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