Play Kitchen for my daughter.

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Project by Steve Rosenlund posted 05-05-2014 05:36 AM 1964 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This build was a very emotional one for me, simple as it was. It’s hard for me to talk about, but it is very special to me. I began this kitchen plan and build in September of 2012 for my daughter Sarah Jane’s birthday on the 27th. She was turning 4. Part way through the project, Sarah Jane was diagnosed with a very aggressive and non-operable brain tumor, which took her life 6 months later on March 10, 2013. She was a sweetheart in every way, and she loved playing “house” with her kitchen and food toys. She was always happy, kind, loving, and tried to include anyone she was with in her fun.
You can see her in a few of the pictures shortly after her return from her first stay at the hospital, with fresh stitches and partially shaved head where the neurologists went in for a biopsy. She loved having fun and some of that is reflected in the picture where she, my youngest girl, and myself are enjoying a plate of pizza and pie, had stuffed one of our cats into the oven.
Since the project was interrupted part way through, I had to double-time it to get it done in time to give it on her birthday. I attached the hardware and curtain only moments before bringing it inside to present it to her.
She is missed every moment of every day.

As for the Kitchen, my wife and I drew up the plans and I utilized a scrap Corian counter-top and hardware of my wife’s choosing. The kids still love playing with it to this day. I didn’t get the back installed for a couple days after presenting it.

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#1 posted 05-05-2014 10:50 AM

Steve, I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine the pain you’ve experienced. Great job with the kitchen; I’m sure she got plenty of joy out of it.


-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#2 posted 05-05-2014 12:15 PM

Steve when I seen the picture of your post my mind was flooded with memories of building toys for my Daughter and Grandchildren I thought of what a joyful blessing you were blessed with to do this work of Love for your Daughter, as I read the account my Heart was filled with sorrow and compassion for you and your family. She was such a beautiful little girl you can see she loved life in the picture. Our Prayers are for you and your family, may God bless as only He can do.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 05-05-2014 12:32 PM

Thank you for sharing. As a parent, I can only imagine how difficult it would be to lose a child. They are such angels, and only deserve happiness. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Nice work on the kitchen.

-- Barry,

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#4 posted 05-05-2014 01:04 PM

Steve, I am very , very sorry for your loss.

Clearly she is enjoying the kitchen.

May your memories bring you solace.

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 05-05-2014 01:51 PM

I’m sure she loved it!!!!!! So sorry for this tragic loss to your family. The smile in the pic says it all, what a special little girl she was. Getting this done, I’m sure was hard but so worth as well I’m guessing.

Great project!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 05-05-2014 02:02 PM

Thank you all for your kind words. I think what makes this project special to me is that it was a labor of love for a girl who taught everyone who interacted with her how to smile and have fun. She would often come out to the shop and dance to my music dressed in one of her princess costumes while I worked.

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#7 posted 05-05-2014 02:29 PM

love how realistic the oven is

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#8 posted 05-05-2014 03:43 PM

You did a great job on this and I’m sure that she loves it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 05-05-2014 03:52 PM

OH Steve I’m so so sorry for your loss of your little angel,what a wonderful dad you are to continue to making this even though you were dealing with such horrible news and trying times. I can’t imagine what you and your family has gone through with the loss of this sweet girl of yours.I don’t know what your belief system is but I know she’s truly an little angel free of all cares of this physical world wrapped in Gods love and still with you all in spirit loving you . My greatest of sympathy to you and your family ,god bless you all.


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#10 posted 05-05-2014 07:43 PM

I simply don’t have the words to say how we all in my household feel at this tragic post.I suppose I must simply say that this is about the saddest thing that can happen to anyone when they lose a little child.I sincerely feel for you at this sad time in your life.God Bless you and your family I personally have never believed that death is the end and that our spirit lives on.What a beautiful little angel,We are Deeply saddened by this .I send you Love and kindest wishes from our whole family Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 05-05-2014 08:49 PM

I came to say great job, Dad. I was floored instead. Your daughter is beautiful.

I have four daughters, so I know the joy of making the girlish project. I don’t know the sadness of losing one of them.

Thanks for sharing this. I hope it offers some sort of catharsis. I doubt it. Soldiering on for the others seems like a tough job.

I’m not a particularly Godly person, but I’m sending out a God Bless You on this one.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#12 posted 05-05-2014 09:27 PM

Steve, like other’s clicked on your post ready to leave a message about how nice of building job you did, but then I read about your little girl. We also have 4 daughters and I enjoyed making toys for them many years ago and now toys for the Grandkids. I don’t even know what feelings went through you and your family with your loss. What a happy little girl. I can see her in my mind dancing in your shop. Bless you and your family, and thanks for sharing your story with us.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#13 posted 05-06-2014 01:16 AM

im not good with words all i can say is im sory for your loss god bless

-- Punk in PA

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#14 posted 05-07-2014 12:30 PM

I am not good with words either but I am so very sorry for your loss. I cannot begin to fathom what you and your family have been through. The kitchen is awesome and I bet that it felt good to see your child find joy in it. May God bless you and your family.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#15 posted 05-07-2014 12:56 PM

Thank you all. Your words are comforting. It took me a while to decide to finally add this project but it’s probably good that I did. It’s not a great piece of furniture, but it was made solely for my little Sarah Jane so that makes it special. I sure hope my other three kids give us lots of grandchildren because we won’t be getting rid of this kitchen.

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