Play Kitchen Center {nightstand} Reveal

Today’s post is all about the play kitchen center made from a nightstand and some scrap lumber.

It’s finally finished!  Well, I guess there are a few more things that could be added, but I am d.o.n.e.  The day I started this, I intended it to be a “quickie” project.  Something simple like the other nightstand kitchens I’ve seen on blogs and pinterest.  Wrong!

So, after several weeks, without further ado…. here she is:

kid's kitchen from nightstandYou can see the accessories in this picture.  The box (bread box?) is on top of the fridge. A shelf is hung on the back splash.  The utensils are hung up using a curtain rod. I purchased a set of dishes & pots/pans from Toys R Us.

The components of the center-The fridge is an old kitchen cabinet. The Stove is a nightstand.  The right hand shelf is an old drawer. The skirting is from an old foot board.  I made the backsplash and or top shelf from some scrap bead board and pine.  The counter top is a scrap piece of plywood with Giani Granite Countertop Paint on it.  (leftover from when I painted my own countertops.  The sink is a pet bowl.  The faucet is from the ReStore.


My Repurposed Life Kid's KitchenI have to admit, I’m loving the beadboard backsplash!


My Repurposed Life-Kid's Kitchen from a Night StandDid you notice I painted the inside of the faucet knobs to match?


kitchen center from night stand

As you can see I opted to put the knobs on the front.  Doing it this way allows more counter space.


kid's fridge from cabinet

The fridge (a repurposed kitchen cabinet). The top being the freezer and the bottom is the fridge.


kid's kitchen shelf

One last photo –

how to make a play kitchen center

If you would like to see how all this came together, you can check out these posts:

Repurposed nightstand into a kitchen center (post #1)

Nightstand kitchen center updated (post #2)

Update on the kitchen center-again (post #3)

Play Fridge made from a kitchen cabinet

I thought this would be a quickie project—the first post is dated July 3.  1 month later, the repurposed nightstand into a cute (gender neutral) kitchen center  is done!  I even made a point not to buy pink or purple dishes.  I want this to be a kitchen center that “make believe” dads can use too.



sharing here:

Elizabeth and Co.   HookingupwithHoH

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Gail Wilson is the hammer and drill behind My Repurposed Life. She is in the process of repurposing her life as she juggles all the responsibilities of running a home and a successful DIY blog. You can always count on Gail to give you the 411 on DIY on a budget.


  1. it looks amazing put together! I’m sure there will be lots of interest for another beautiful piece made by your talented hands!

  2. Oh my goodness! It is adorable! I can see kids loving it. You did a great job! All the details are wonderful.

  3. Oh gosh – too cute Gail!!

  4. it’s so perfect gail! fabulous! any child would love it!

  5. OMG…you REALLY rocked this one, Girlie! You put all other “play kitchens” to shame…including mine, lol! This is some serious cuteness, but of course I am not surprised at all. Are you selling this or did you make if for someone…I don’t remember you saying.

  6. Can you hear it?? the deafening applause!!!

  7. This turned out SO well. I’m always curious to see how people build their own play kitchens. You can be so creative with it!

    Also–digging the beadboard backsplash. We’re thinking of doing that in our regular kitchen.

  8. Oh my goodness how cute it turned out. I love it.

  9. Those are going to be some lucky kids that get to play with that! I wish I had it in my PreK classroom… they would love it!

  10. This is adorable Gail!! I would have loved to have a homemade play kitchen when I was little!!! And it’s so in style too with the beadboard backsplash. :)

  11. This is totally awesome. I wish I had half your talent and imagination. :)

  12. Adorable! There will be a lot of happy hours spent playing with this kitchen.

  13. This came out fabulous! So different from others I’ve seen. Love it!

  14. This is SO adorable, Gail! I love the beadboard backsplash too. Did you make this to sell? Or is it a gift?

  15. Love it, and pinned it!

  16. OMG Gail! This one is out-of-the-park wonderful! You have outdone yourself this time and it’s worthy of LOTS of pins!

  17. Terri Hughes says:

    WOW….Gail, you did a great job on this little kitchen. What kid would not like this? I would have loved to have had this when I was growing up. Beautiful job. Love your ideas and all the hard work you put into your projects. Thanks!

  18. Oh wow!
    This is wonderful. What a way to spark the imagination.
    This would be adorable in a Church Nursery or Sunday School class…as a kitchen center!
    Or…in a play house. Either way…some very fortunate and lucky kids are going to get to play with/ IN this kitchen.
    I say IN…because it is so grand. :)

  19. girlfromwva says:

    WOW! Any child/children would love to have this! you did a great job on this and with the details; AH-Mazing!!!

  20. Doris Henson says:

    You leave me speechless……always! This is absolutely spectacular!!!!

  21. So cute!

  22. That is just so cute, I hope it goes to children who will give it lots of attention!

  23. Patricia in Denver says:

    I’ve seen many of these around the blogsphere, and they are all cute. But this is over the top cute! I would have loved it as a kid.

  24. This project sure did snowball into something bigger than anticipated! It turned out great, and I love how you even staged it for the photos. Too cute!

  25. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Oh my goodness Gail, you totally outdid yourself on this one! It’s amazing! Talk about attention to detail!

  26. Oh Gail it looks fantastic! I love all the details you put into it! It really turned out so cute! I love it.

  27. I LOVE it Gail!! It is so perfect, you didn’t miss a detail!! Pinning for sure! Way to rock the repurposing world!

  28. Cutest thing ever! I love that you made your kitchen gender neutral. I hope you’re holding onto this!

  29. Wow! I bet this was fun to make! I headed straight for my Pin It button on this one. :)

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