Izzy’s Play Kitchen

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I’ve known for a while that I wanted to get Izzy a play kitchen for Christmas.  I fell in love with the ones at PB Kids.  But, at $800 I just wasn’t feeling it.  Ha!  In my search for a way to make one I came across Ana White’s website and fell in love with one of her plans for a play kitchen.  Looked simple enough.  And, after looking through her website I was convinced I could build anything!  I’ll never have to buy a piece of furniture again!!!  Muahhh ha ha!  Ok, back to reality.

It really was pretty simple to build.  I only ran into a couple of problems, but they could have easily been prevented.  Remember: primer is your friend (especially when using red paint) and cursing at the nail gun won’t get it to stop shooting nails out the side of the piece your working on (it apparently didn’t like knots in the wood).  Oh, and for whatever reason hinges are a booger, but I’m not sure how to prevent that.  Other than that it went pretty smoothly 😉  I think we spent a little under $125 on the whole thing!

My mom gave me the little table and chair set we used to have as kids.  I didn’t know this until recently, but apparently it was her set when she was little too!  It was in pretty rough shape.  Table top split down the center, legs falling off, and chair seats coming apart.  Guess we might have been a little rough on it 😉  I ended up repairing and repainting the set so she could have that as well.  I’ll do a seperate little post on that later.

Izzy was so excited when she saw it sitting in the livingroom Christmas morning.  I was thrilled she loved it.  It is now her favorite toy.  When she wants to play with it (it’s in the basement) I hear, “Mommy, downstairs.  Play, sink!”  It’s so darn cute!

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  1. SchleichMo Avatar

    YOU ARE AMAZING! you win best mommy award. 🙂

  2. Christin Avatar

    What?!! Okay..you win. Martha Stewart ain't got nothin on you! You're crazy talented. It makes me sick, really.

  3. Chelsea Avatar

    That rocks! Good job! saw you from the link party at thifty decor chick.

  4. Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma Avatar

    Knock off wood is addicting, right???

    This looks amazing. I was just at PBkids and almost fainted at the price.

    Now you can put that savings in a college fund…LOL..

    If you have a moment tonight, please link up to Creative Juice Thursday…

    nicolette @


  5. Splendiferous Girls Avatar

    My kids want you as a mommy…that is amazing..



  6. Kassi @ Truly Lovely Avatar

    Wow! I am so impressed!!! I love the red color and the real fixtures! 🙂 We would love for you to link this up at Fancy This Fridays! http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2011/01/fancy-this-fridays-edition-6.html

  7. Happy Wife Avatar

    This is amazing! Great job on all the little details/accessories too!

  8. Diana Mieczan Avatar

    OMG you did such an amazing job. I cant believe you made the whole thing! WOW! You are a super mommy for sure. Well done. It must feel fantastic to be able to do something so special for your little one
    Happy Sunday, darling

  9. April Avatar

    This is awesome!

  10. Kassi @ Truly Lovely Avatar

    Hey Shelley!!! Just wanted to let you know we featured your adorable kitchen from the Fancy This Fridays link up! Hope you'll stop by to see the feature and grab a featured button for your blog! Thanks for linking! http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2011/01/fancy-this-features-6.html

  11. Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma Avatar

    You're being featured today at Creative Juice!

    {This DIY kitchen was so inspiring}

  12. Mindy Avatar

    Ahhahaha, that's too funny we made the same one!!! The red is soooo cute!!!! I was lookin' at The Girl's the other day thinkin' I might need to up the color a bit. I just used a can I had in the garage. After seeing yours, now I'm determined to do the fridge. Her birthday is in October – I'm pretty sure this means it just got added to the to-do list. :o)

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