How to Build the Ultimate Kiddie Kitchen

Give your tiny chef the kitchen they deserve while giving a piece of old furniture new life.

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Forgo the cheap, plastic kitchens of the past and opt for something a little more creative and custom. That’s right. With a thrifted TV cabinet, you can create the dreamiest kitchen of all for your little one.

Start the Transformation

Begin by tracing a round, aluminum cake pan on top of your wooden TV cabinet. Use a jigsaw to cut out the circle. Next, drill a 1-inch hole behind the cut-out.

Paint Cabinet

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

You may opt to simply paint the cabinet as is. But we recommend removing the hardware, lightly sanding the surface and wiping away excess dust and grime. Choose a paint with primer or add a light layer of wood primer before your paint.

Install Countertops

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

To achieve the look of those trendy marble countertops everyone wants, use inexpensive marbled contact paper on top of the cabinet. Cut out around the sink and faucet holes.

Install Sink and Faucet

Now that the countertops are in place, it’s time to install the sink. Slide the aluminum cake pan into its hole. Use a rubber mallet if the fit is tight. To create a faucet, simple use PVC pipe and silver spray paint and slide into the 1-inch hole you drilled before.

Install Pegboard Storage

To add pegboard storage, simple cut a wooden pegboard to the length of your cabinet and screw it to the back using 1x2 boards. To up the custom look of your kitchen, add 1x2 trim to the front of the pegboard using wood glue and clamps.

Install Range

For the range, use four wood rounds. Paint the rounds gray and add a coil using a black permanent marker. Super glue the rounds to the countertop and attach some wooden handles for even more realism.

Add Finishing Touches

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Jalynn Baker

Complete this adorable kiddie kitchen with open shelving, basket storage bins, hooks and, of course, an “open” sign so you always know when the chef is in.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

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