Play Kitchen

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Project by bigbuddha posted 10-22-2009 09:15 AM 4829 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first project in 1.5 years since getting pregnant and having daughter. Hubby was nice enough to babysit after work and on weekends so I can crank this little play kitchen out for our nephew over the course of the last couple months!

I designed the kitchen around the IKEA trivet that is the oven rack. The oven has a little LED puck light so nephew can turn the oven light on or off. There is a stainless steel “sink” which is actually a bread pan from a kitchen supply store. I was trying to save time so I ended up using wooden toy wheels as part of the knobs. The stove top ranges are IKEA coasters. The faucet is my first attempt at bent lamination, I had to bandsaw out the pieces to about 1/16” thick and soak them before bending them into the form. Knobs were modeled after shop-made knobs for jigs :). All the knobs and faucet turn. I wanted to try a no VOC paint, so went with Mythic Paint, definitely takes some time to dry. It’s been over a week and the glossy paint is still a little bit tacky here and there. I was a little worried the gray would look too dark, but I think it makes the unit look more masculine for a little boy :). Hope my nephew likes playing with it! I’ll probably need to make another one when my daughter is a little older hehe. Lots of mistakes but hope he won’t notice. Good practice back into woodworking in the very little spare time we have.

-- helen

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#1 posted 10-22-2009 10:54 AM

Outstanding! Looks good enough to cook on.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#2 posted 10-22-2009 02:04 PM

Wow, this will get lots of use. Was that an oven light I saw? You don’t do things half way!

Can’t wait to see what you build for your little one.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#3 posted 10-22-2009 02:42 PM

very fun, I need to get one of these started

thanks for sharing it


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#4 posted 10-22-2009 03:15 PM

Cool, my daughter would love this.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 10-22-2009 03:26 PM

Very nice job, any child would be happy to have something so realistic looking.

-- Joanne, New York,

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#6 posted 10-22-2009 03:57 PM

Super job. Sure beats the cheap plastic one I got my daughter when she was a wee tyke.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#8 posted 10-22-2009 06:56 PM

Beautiful job! Lucky nephew. Any kid would love it (heck, any adult would love it too). Loved all the realistic details and the good workwomanship.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 10-22-2009 06:57 PM

Thank you for all the kind words!! I almost wanted to keep this for myself hehe :)

-- helen

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#10 posted 10-22-2009 07:17 PM

Oven light and timer, I think your stove is nicer then the one I cook on. Great work!

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#11 posted 10-23-2009 04:47 AM

That is so cool! Great job.

-- John @

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#12 posted 10-23-2009 03:29 PM

Hey BigBuddha – this is an amazing play kitchen! Also, I work with Mythic Paint and wanted to thank you for using our product. One thought with the drying though – Mythic was really created for walls and incidental trim, and although it works well on wood, you may want to use a polyurethane finish to protect it! Thanks again and hope that this was helpful.

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#13 posted 12-21-2009 08:37 PM

I must have missed this when you first posted it, this kitchen is great. We bought our girls one of the plastic ones and I cannot stand it. That is why I made them the workbench instead of buying one.

-- Jesse, Hopewell Jct., NY

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