January 8, 2018

Ikea Hack : White & Modern Play Kitchen

I love a good tutorial that breaks down exactly what someone did while also including links for everything they used!  This has been challenging for me to find on Pinterest because I love creating things with my hands. So, I'm really excited to share with each of you how we designed Abby's play kitchen!

There are a ton of ways you can upgrade Ikea play kitchens, yet I encourage that you do so in a way that goes fits in with everything else among your home. Steve and I are very pleased with how everything turned out because it matches our home decor. I do feel the need to let you know up front: a whole lotta love went into this beauty! But when I see Abby enjoying every little detail we added, and playing so intently in it, my mama cup fills right up!

This project took us a total of three days to paint, dry, build, and top with details. We scored the kitchen for $60 around Ikea's Friends and Family sale and the rest of the materials were $70 since we already had spray paint. The back-splash feature was the biggest ticket add-on purchase, but we really wanted a complete look. We're so glad we splurged for it! The more details you add, the higher the cost, but we were able to create a modern-looking kitchen for far less than if we had purchased a finished piece elsewhere. Below I listed a step-by-step guide to help you make one of these beauties for your own little one.

 From me to you, here you go!

What You Will Need:
·      Ikea Play Kitchen
·      SprayPaint: Primer (2-3x)
·      Contact Paper
·      Self-Adhesive Stick on Backsplash (3-4 sheets)
·      Poster Board (White) 36" by 48"
·      Handles (3x)
·      Knobs (2x)
·      Tap on lights

·      Glue Gun
·      Painter's Tape (cover up anything you don't want painted)
·      Drill or screw driver
·      Pen or pencil
·      Exacto Knife (or) Scissors
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What To Do: 12 Steps
Step // 1 // 
Spray paint with primer all of the non-white parts of the kitchen, including the sink, brim of the stove, and the oven knobs.

Step // 2 // 

Spray paint white, everything you already painted with primer in Step #1.

Step // 3 // 

Spray paint metallic silver the sink, brim of stove, utensil hangers, utensil pole, and oven knobs.

Step // 4 // 

Coat all of the details spray painted white and silver with clear sealer (top coat). Let everything completely dry for about 4 hours.

Step // 5 // 

Follow and complete the assembly directions for Ikea's Play Kitchen (if they get lost during steps 1-4, you can print them off on their website!). Be sure to leave out all three handle bars, as you'll upgrade them later.

Step // 6 // 

Place the poster board against the upper back half of kitchen. Then trace with a pen or pencil along the inside to create your frame for the back-splash.

Step // 7 //

Cut along the trace of the poster board with an exacto knife or scissors, leaving about an inch on the top and bottom to help secure your board onto the kitchen with a glue gun.

Step // 8 //

Using the self-adhesive stick on back-splash, start with the bottom of your poster board and work your way across and up to fill the frame. Complete until the entire traced area on your poster board is covered. Now you have your backsplash!

TIP: I wrapped the remaining self-adhesive stick on backsplash around the edge of the poster board to create a more finished look. 

Step // 9 // 

Use a glue gun and white adhesive tape to secure the board to the back of your upper kitchen.

   Step 10 // Mark four dots two inches apart above the stove with a pen or pencil. Then, drill 
   the marked spot to create holes so you can screw in all four oven knobs.

 Step // 11 // 
Next secure all three handles bars and click in place your stove and sink.Then stick on two tap-on lights under the upper part of your kitchen.

Step // 12 // 
Add some fun details! I ordered the polka dot print fabric from spoon flowers and sewed up the edges to create Abby her own little personal wash cloths.

    Lastly, I added the printable sign, "eat cake for breakfast" and placed a few fresh flowers

    in a mini vase for that girly touch.  You can personalize your own little one's kitchen for a 
    girl or boy by choosing different sayings, trade the flowers for a plant or add an artistic 

I want to thank each one of you for reading and following along. You're support and encouragement means so much to me!

Click on the pin button below and save this post for later when you go to put everything together. Also always, let me know if you have any questions!

XO - Steph

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  1. I love this! You did an amazing job.

    1. Thanks Stephanie! We must of did something right because my daughter loves playing in it.

  2. What a super cute idea! Lots of hours of imaginative play ahead with a darling set up like this!

    1. Thank you! We really enjoyed putting it all together.