I promise you I will eventually finish this silly repurposed nightstand into a kitchen center. I am getting closer, but the heat wave we’re having makes it impossible for me to go outside and work on projects.
In case you’ve missed the other posts about this nightstand repurposed into a kid’s kitchen center, you can see how it’s come along in the above photo. For more details see the article Repurposed Nightstand into a Play Kitchen I used scrap wood to build a bead board backsplash, and a faux granite counter top.
Instead of using the spindles for legs….
I dug out this old drawer from my stash of junk. You can see it’s too tall.
I used my jigsaw to cut the drawer down to size.
You can see it already has a little built in shelf.
It needs to be trimmed out on the back.
I added some bead board and gave it all a fresh coat of diy chalky paint.
I drilled the holes for the faucet.
Then I decided the faucet was wayyy too yucky! I took it apart, and cleaned it all up. (I got this faucet at the ReStore for $5)
So, it’s coming all together… slowly but surely. You can see I have it clamped to dry fit it. (notice that the bowl and faucet are visible from underneath)
The inserts from the faucet were pretty corroded. I decided to paint the inside to match the rest of the kitchen center.
To add a skirt to hide the faucet and the sink, I grab this bed part out of my stash. I cut it to fit and give it a quick coat of red paint.
At this point, I moved it to a porch so that I could connect everything. The driveway is not level enough to attempt getting it all put together straight.
You can see the underneath—how I pulled it all together. I used some brackets (from my stash) and I used my Kreg Jig® R3 to make the pocket holes to attach the skirt to the counter top.
The faucet is so clean and shiny! I attached it with real nuts used for faucets.
These are the wooden knobs I’m using for the stove controls. I did NOT have these in my stash. I had to buy them. I had THREE of all kinds of knobs, but not FOUR of any kind.
I cut a stencil with my Portrait to make the cook top burners.
This is the photo I posted on Facebook asking about the knob placement. I think I’ve decided to put them on the front of the nightstand.
This is where I am now. I still need to install the knobs, touch up some paint, and gather accessories. Maybe do a little faux window?
Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever get this project done!
part 1 Build a Play Kitchen Center
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.