You know those old entertainment centers that are now almost obsolete since they don’t accommodate flat screen TVs very well? They make excellent kitchen sets with just a little bit of paint and creativity!
Took me a couple of weeks to find the perfect one on Craigslist. Was looking for space for the “oven” and “refrigerator”. For the same price as others were attempting to ask for a particle wood one, I got one that was a litte bit more solid. Tad taller than what I was looking for but what sold me on it was the hidden “pantry”…….. Read “storage”!!!
Select Paint Colors
Select Paint Colors – I selected colors to keep the kitchen set pretty basic looking, more appropriate in looking like an actual kitchen, and attractive for re-sell in a few years.
Tear off cardboard backing
Tear off cardboard backing – the cardboard backing was pretty easy to tear off. Replaced the backing with a thin subwoodfloor piece picked up at Home Depot for $9.
My budget for the entire project was $100 for everything. Entertainment center – paint – hardware – accessories – etc. I came in right at $125. Not bad. From what I’ve seen of those plastic kitchen sets, this is far better and cheaper!
Being that I needed to stay within a budget, meant pulling together random materials that I found.
I highly recommend a ReStore in Denver, plus you’re helping out your community. At the Restore, I found 6×6 slate tile for .25 a piece, faucet for $6, enough of each matching handles & hinges for .25 each, and cabinet doors for $1-$2 a piece. I walked out with everything for a total bill of $15.55!!
Jigsaw out the sink
Needed a little bit more muscle for this step! Bought a 12 inch stainless steel bowl for the sink. Traced the circle and then cut out the circle staying a little bit within. Drilled out hole for the sink.
The stainless steel bowl went perfect with the $6 sink found at the ReStore.
Both are secured in using liquid nails. Allow to dry overnight before messing or playing with them.
What sold me on this entertainment center was the hidden “pantry” ie old CD/DVD case holder.
Orange is my child’s favorite color, and I decided to put it in a place where she can see it but it could be hidden when all cleaned up.
The black on the inside of the door is chalkboard paint.
- Paint Stove
- Glue on Stove and Oven knobs with Liquid Nails
- Found a key rack for the utensil holder
- Add oven light. Battery operated LED drawer light
- Draw microwave numbers
- Magnetic Strip for the refrigerator
- Magnets of family and friends
- Handles added
- Stock up on play food!
- Have fun playing!
Kitchen Set Complete!
The kitchen set is finally complete! My daughter just loves it!
Personalized with a commissioned art piece of her and her two cats. I have seen some people put a pretend window on the wall, but I chose artwork instead.