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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 nightstand

You 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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A teacher at heart, Gail relishes the chance not to show off her projects, but to help others find their inner handywoman, step-by-step. Her blog, MyRepurposedLife.com, chronicles her scrap-saving adventures and has been featured on countless DIY magazines and websites, including Women’s Day, Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy. She is a longtime influencer for both Krylon spray paint and Gorrilla Glue. With a tribe of more than 400,000 followers, Gail is inspiring a new generation of DIYers to pick up some tools and get to work.
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  1. Wow! I bet this was fun to make! I headed straight for my Pin It button on this one. :)

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

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

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

  5. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

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

  9. So cute!

  10. Doris Henson says:

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

  11. girlfromwva says:

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

  12. 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. :)

  13. 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!

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

  15. Love it, and pinned it!

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

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

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

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

  20. 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. :)

  21. 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!

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

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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.

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

  27. Oh gosh – too cute Gail!!

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

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

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