Easy Kids' Play Kitchen

With just a few simple modifications, a basic bookshelf can be turned into a fun kid-sized kitchen for your little chef.
Cute Children's Kitchen Area

Cute Children's Kitchen Area

With just a few simple modifications, a basic bookshelf can be turned into a fun kid-sized kitchen for your little chef.

By: Ana White

Materials Needed:

  • small 2-shelf bookshelf
  • drill
  • measuring tape
  • jigsaw
  • ready-made fabric window topper
  • 5/8" staples
  • staple gun
  • 8" round metal cake pan
  • 3/4" drill bit
  • tension rod
  • clear-drying adhesive
  • small faucet
  • optional: scraps of wood for building faucet

Mark Placement of Sink

On top of bookshelf, trace bottom of cake pan where sink will be positioned. Allow enough room around hole so jigsaw can easily maneuver and for faucet placement.

Mark Sink Placement

Mark Sink Placement

On top of bookshelf, trace bottom of cake pan where sink will be positioned. Allow enough room around hole so jigsaw can easily maneuver and for faucet placement.

Drill Starter Hole

With 3/4-inch drill bit, drill a hole in the approximate center of the traced sink hole.

Drill Starter Hole

Drill Starter Hole

With 3/4-inch drill bit, drill a hole in the approximate center of the traced sink hole.

Cut Out With Jigsaw

Insert jigsaw into center hole and carefully cut out hole for sink.

Cut Hole for Sink

Cut Hole for Sink

Insert jigsaw into center hole and carefully cut out hole for sink.

Fit Sink

Place cake pan into hole cut for sink; test for fit. The pan should slide in and out easily so it can be removed for cleaning.

Place the Sink

Place the Sink

Place cake pan into hole cut for sink; test for fit. The pan should slide in and out easily so it can be removed for cleaning.

Add Skirt and Faucet

Slide fabric topper onto tension rod and place rod in shelf opening. Alternately, you can simply staple fabric to underside of top shelf. Attach an old faucet to top of shelf using clear-drying adhesive or create a wooden faucet by stacking painted blocks of scrap wood.

Play Sink and Faucet

Play Sink and Faucet

Slide fabric topper onto tension rod and place rod in shelf opening. Alternately, you can simply staple fabric to underside of top shelf. Attach an old faucet to top of shelf using clear-drying adhesive or create a wooden faucet by stacking painted blocks of scrap wood.

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