Big Kitchen // Little Kitchen

If you follow me on Instagram (you can here,) you might have seen my post this sunday sharing the Ikea Hack Pete did (I take no credit for the labour but it was totally *my* ahem, Pinterest’s) idea. πŸ˜‰ Now it gets more attention than the actual kitchen does when people come to the house.

I thought this kind of thing was pretty commonplace but guess thats what you get from being a Pinterest addict as many of you asked me to share it… so here’s what we did to make Bea’s mini-kitchen.

It was pretty straight forward. Our kitchen cupboards are painted and we had some of the paint left over so they got a coat of undercoat and then 2 coats of Farrow and Ball’s Dove Tale grey. You can buy the Ikea Duktig play kitchen for Β£45

We have marble worktops so I found a marble effect adhesive vinyl (basically sticky backed plastic) they we used to cover the worktop, folding it around the edges and cutting in to make it smooth round the corners and under the sink and hob.

We sprayed painted the handles and tap gold (Wilko’s is my favourite for the best gold tone.) I always wanted gold hardware in our kitchen but it didn’t quite happen so I thought why not for Bea?! We are thinking about sourcing some knobs to add to the front of the kitchen above the door with the window to make an ‘oven’ for her but I haven’t got around to it yet.

Of course you could do anything with your IKEA kitchen, and this doesn’t have the upper part that you buy separately – Bea is as yet not tall enough to reach it so we though we would save it for a future birthday ;). I’ve seen these kitchens done in vintage style with pink cupboards and frilly gingham curtains, or putting a wood effect vinyl on (or real wood top) and adding some metro tiles to the backsplash would be awesome as a country style kitchen.

I hope it has inspired you – it was so quick and easy, and dare I say, although Bea probably doesn’t appreciate it yet, I love that it looks great in our kitchen!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS! more inspiration here

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11 thoughts on “Big Kitchen // Little Kitchen

  1. I just died of cute. It looks so cute and stylish and goes so well with your kitchen. Bea will enjoy it so much, we do not have one but my girl plays endlessly every time she finds a small kitchen like this.

  2. So cute! Bea is a very lucky girl. You are sooooo different to me. It would never ever occur to me, to paint Ava’s toy kitchen and add vinyl worktop. Well done!

  3. Love this! We just bought the kitchen for our daughter’s 2nd birthday but I had neither the time nor inclination to customise it unfortunately. Still, she really loves playing “cooker” and it’s quickly become one of the favourite toys!

    • Sophie it took Pete only 1 evening to do – the paint dried really quickly and adding the vinyl takes minutes, plus staying the taps. We also did this as a retro-renovation – Bea had had it a month or two before we actually got around to the upgrade!

      PS – Pete just read your comment and said… ‘ Clearly she hasn’t understood the post. She doesn’t need to customise the kitchen, she needs her husband to do it.’ πŸ˜‰

  4. I love this and I’m slightly inspired. And also necessary. E has discovered the knobs on our cooker and can now reach and pull open the oven door. Hopefully if she has her own, it might stop her climbing into ours/the dishwasher.

    I’m also going to paint it because I want it to match our kitchen (hell, you can’t swing a cat in our kitchen so it won’t live there) but because I don’t really like the Ikea one but find the other styles available either a bit kitsch or country. And LMJ has so few toys because of limited space that I want the ones she does have to be nice ones.

    Did you rub down the wood first or just undercoat it? And a brush is fine right? I don’t need to faff around with a spray gun or whatever?

    • Pete used a brush Becca, but I have in the past used a gloss foam roller (for her drawers in the nursery for example,) to get a good finish. He didn’t sand it down, just undercoated.

      Bea doesn’t have loads of toys either, so I agree, make the few she has super lovely. Plus, when you don’t have a lot of space, the last thing you want is stuff you have to look at that you don’t like either! πŸ˜‰

  5. I love what you’ve done with the kitchen πŸ™‚ I too am a massive fan of Pinterest and we have the same kitchen but planning a Mondrian makeover. It’s for Christmas but I’ll post pics when we’ve finished it πŸ™‚

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