We scored this kitchen for FREE several months ago….as soon as I spotted it I knew it had the potential to be really cute….all it needed was a little makeover!
As you may recall, Hudson got this adorable kitchen from Santa for Christmas. He LOVES it! I know a play kitchen isn’t the usual present for a little boy, but Hudson loves playing in our kitchen and gets a kick out of spatulas and bowls….so I knew he would love his present.
Of course I waited 6 months to even start working on it….I am the worst procrastinator ever. I do not recommend painting when it’s snowing outside….totally not fun. But totally worth it. My mom and I took off the doors and hardware and gave everything several coats of red spray paint and painted the inside white. I also sprayed all of the knobs and handles silver and painted the back splash and side of the refrigerator with chalkboard paint. Total cost was about $15.
I LOVE how it turned out! It will need a few touch ups when it’s warmer outside, but for now, it totally works.
There were lots of painted on buttons and numbers for the microwave and stove on the original kitchen. I was going to try and paint them back on but decided I kind of like the simpler version better. Also, instead of painting on the burners for the stove I just picked up some round pieces of wood at Joann’s Fabric, spray painted them silver, and had my husband glue them on.
Of course we needed lots of fun play food to go with the fabulous kitchen! I might have gone a little overboard…..we picked up these Melissa and Doug wooden condiment set that has quickly become a favorite of both me and Hudson. The lids are magnetic and the whole set is just too cute for words. It’s also solved the problem of Hudson always wanting to play with our real ketchup bottle!
The buckets of food by color that you see in several of the photos are the Farmer’s Market Color Sorting set by Learning Resources. Each basket (red, green, purple, orange, yellow) is filled with five different foods that are the same color….the quality is amazing and I know when Hudson gets a little older it will help him learn his colors. I also bought him the New Sprouts Bake It set which he loves scooping the cookies on and off of the baking sheet and putting the cupcakes in the tin.
Back in November I spotted a New Sprouts breakfast, lunch, and dinner set (same set can be found here) at Costco for a steal but didn’t buy it…the next week I went back to get it and it was gone. So sad! After posting it on instagram one of my friends was on the lookout each time she went to Costco and finally spotted a set that must have been returned and picked it up for us. We love it and it came with so much food! So if you ever see something at Costco that you want, buy it right away! (also, dump trucks play in our kitchen too!)