We've built several things together including a house and separate litter box for our feline companion. Now that was rough! We've realized something new about ourselves and each other every time we work together. I'm a controller. Sometimes things HAVE to be done MY way because your was is dead WRONG. I'm working on it. I also have a hard time conveying my thoughts. They make sense in my head but I just can't explain them out loud. Working on it. The hubs is...well he...he's patient, supportive, hard-working...maybe it's just me who needs to get it in gear!
Our most recent undertaking was a play kitchen for our daughter. Can a 7 month old appreciate a homemade kitchen? Probably not. But all the parts were taking up much needed space in our garage so we thought now was as good a time as any!
Below are the pictures and some instructions on how we renovated a small microwave stand. The project took a lot longer than I thought it would due to painting laminate. I should've done more research on how to handle this part better. Overall, we spent $105.61 (an amount that could drastically change based on your starting piece and what grade of supplies you use). Sound like a lot? It is! But we believe we're investing in not only a good quality toy for our kids to enjoy for years to come, but also in the experience of creating something together. Here's the breakdown:
Microwave stand: $14 at a garage sale
1/4" thick board x2: $12.94
5/8" square dowel x3: $7.32
Nails/screws: We had some in the garage that worked
Large mixing bowl: $6.47
Faucet: $19 (This was a splurge. They make much cheaper faucets, but they look cheaper. I suggest shopping around before purchasing. Our faucet fits a drinking spout and was the perfect size for our project.)
Drawer handles: $4.97
Wooden knobs: $3.94
Key hook: $5.97
Tension rod: $2.47
Curtain fabric: I had some scrap fabric that we based the whole color scheme off of
Wood for top shelf: We had some extra from a previous project
Quart of paint: $13.97
Craft paint for burners, knobs, and accessories: $4.14
Paint brush: $2.67
|Glue/screw square dowel pieces to create |
places for additional shelves
|Cut holes for mixing bowl and faucet. We kept our|
shelves loose so that they could be removable
|Attach plexiglass to a cutout in one of the |
doors, sew curtain, and then
paint, paint, paint!
|We even have a few accessories thanks to |
some good garage sale buys!
|What do you think?|
What toys/furniture have you made for your kids?
We can't wait to watch June play chef! (Even if it won't be for another year or so...)
Our next project is a work bench for the little one! Can't wait to show it to you!