Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Kiddie kitchen renovation

Recently I shared on Instagram how I picked up the Ikea play kitchen from a local tag sale site for almost half off what it retails for.
The Duktig kitchen is pretty cute as is but I was inspired by this makeover I came across on Pinterest
I've been itching for a good DIY project and wanted the kitchen to match the nursery a little more so I decided to do a little kitchen reno of my own.

It was pretty simple to do and and at the end of this post I'll share the supplies I used for the project and how I did it.

But first, a look at the before...

...and the after:

So here's what I used:

a quart of Kilz primer
a quart of Behr's Evaporation
paint brush and foam roller
foam poster board
staple gun
removable wallpaper
hot glue gun

Like I said, it was pretty simple to do and really didn't take long at all (about 2 toddler naps).

First I lightly sanded the wood and wiped it down before painting it.
Then I applied 2 coats of Kilz primer and then two coats of the blue/gray paint with a foam roller.
I have no idea if I actually needed to do that many coats but I figured why not. It was drying so quickly, I thought extra coats couldn't hurt.

For the backsplash, I decided to use removable wallpaper which I ordered from here. There are so many options and fun patterns out there. I became sidetracked trying to find a place I can wallpaper in my house using this one

Sidenote on removable wallpaper: 
It's awesome! At least this kind that I ordered is. It was easy to apply (just peel the backing off and stick), is durable, and is obviously removable and reusable. 

I applied the wallpaper to a foam poster board cut to size for the backsplash and attached it to the back of the kitchen with a staple gun.
I also decided to wallpaper the backsplash of the two little cubbies next to the microwave. 

Lastly, I did a little zhush to the hardware by wrapping rope around the handles and securing it with a hot glue gun (the same thing I did to the handles on this tray makeover you might remember).

And that's pretty much it.
Oh, I made the utensil can (although all that required was peeling the label off an empty can of chickpeas, washing it out, and painting the bottom half white).
The kitchen was sold to me with a bunch of food but I ordered more from here and the hand towel is just a wash cloth from the boys' bathroom.

Charlie loves playing with it and I love it because it buys me lots of time when I'm trying to fold laundry/nurse his baby brother/make the bed/vacuum/you get the idea.

A quick thank you to Kelly In the City and Rambling Renovators for last week's features!

Thanks for visiting!
- Caitlin


  1. Such a lovely DIY project! I love white furniture, so I'm in love with this play kitchen and that wallpaper pattern is just a cherry on top. The result is amazing - I hope I'll have a daughter one day, so I'll make something like this for her :)

    1. Thank you! Daughter or son, you can make it for either!

  2. Looks great Caitlin. What a clever way to use removable wallpaper. Love seeing your DIYs!

  3. Love it! What a clever way to use removable wallpaper!

    1. Thanks! It's really easy to use. I'd love to wallpaper an actual wall in the house but don't think we have any spots for it.

  4. I love it! I think I am going to have to steal this idea :).

    1. Steal away! That's what this is for, sharing ideas!

  5. Super cute! You have such amazing ideas and your projects come together so effortlessly!!!


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