More in the kitchen series: Yes, technically a this is also a kitchen, but for very small cooks. And very pink.
Have you ever seen two little girls play in the Pottery Barn Kids store in the kitchen section? Let me tell you, I thought I would not be able to get my girls out of there recently. But for $700, there better be a real stainless refrigerator in that set, right??
Kitchen Remodel for a Screaming Ugly Play Kitchen
When I had the chance to pick up a really sturdy wood construction three-piece kitchen for just $10 at a recent consignment sale, I couldn’t pass it up. But, boy, was it ugly. Purple, deep pink, and a shade of blue that made my eyes hurt.
Still, I could tell this kitchen was worth remodeling. The girls got to play with them for a couple of weeks, then down to my workshop they went. There were some details I liked, including the foil burners on the stove…
And some details I didn’t like, as in the unfinished backs and interiors.
Even though it’s miniature, this kitchen paint job starts like any other. With a simple step, you can avoid this mistake: properly prepare oil paint surfaces. Use this tip to tell if you have latex or oil paint on your existing surface.
Color Choices for a Super Cute Kitchen Remodel
Then primed, lightly sanded between coats, and rolled on two coats of Sherwin Williams Impatiens Petal SW 6582. Picking this shade might have been the hardest part of the project, but luckily, I am an expert at picking Color with No Regrets.
It always amazes me how bad the primer coat looks. I’m showing you this just in case you want to paint your real cabinets. Remember to use a good quality roller and sand in between coats to remove any fuzzies that are left behind by the roller.
I decided not to mess with the attached kitchen faucet on my set, and I saved a few bucks by spray painting the handles a stainless steel finish. There were two different sets of hardware here, but it didn’t make sense to spring for the $20 bucks for new hardware. Remember, the whole 3-piece play kitchen set only cost $10 to start.
Kitchen Remodel: The Big Reveal
I was able to finish and bring the kitchen back upstairs a week before Christmas. The girls love it. Last week I thought one of the clients who visits my home office was going to rush over and get caught up in kitchen play when she saw it. I originally wasn’t going to keep all three pieces, but once they were done, the girls loved it so much that the whole set ended up in our living room instead of the play room. How could we not keep them all?
Santa (aka Nonni) did come through with the actual Pottery Barn tea kettle that makes boiling and pouring noises. At $40, it cost more than the kitchen and all the remodel supplies together, but it is the splurge that makes our little play kitchen irresistible.
I especially love that the backs and insides of all the pieces are finished now. Thank you, IKEA, for such cute play fruit. And I love that the kitchen is actually storage as well. The dishes and food are always stored inside the three pieces.
All in all, for the few hours of work it took to bring this retro kitchen up to speed, I can say that it was SO worth it! This is a kitchen set that I am happy to have in my home for the next few years. And I’ve even happier to have “saved” $680 versus the other kitchen. The girls seem to love it, too.
And yes, in case you are wondering, the painting process I followed here or a cabinet paint product would work just as well for your real wood cabinets, in pink or any other color.