Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What We Made Wednesday: Kitchen Remix

The husband and I love to build things together. It's such a great bonding experience. Are you picturing two people smiling and laughing as they create something together? Well don't. :) Don't get me wrong, I'm madly, head-over-heels in love with my best friend. Working together creates an opportunity to work through some things in our relationship that we wouldn't discover on a normal day. It's like really cheap couples' therapy!

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
Plexiglass: $4.78
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
Chalkboard: $2.97
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!

God Bless,

1 comment:

  1. Seriously, this is so adorable! It may have cost more than the one the girls Oma bought for them, but it's got so much more character! Now to make sure that when you PCS the movers don't damage it!!! that would be sad.