Oct 12, 2011

{Play Kitchen}

About two years ago, Justin and I made a kitchen and refrigerator for “The Kid” for Christmas from three IKEA Rast side tables.  We looked and looked to find one suitable for a boy, but also sturdy and well made, and we didn’t want to spend a fortune.  The kitchens made out of wood were extremely expensive, and many of the plastic ones were pink and purple (which is okay, but really, it just wouldn’t do for “The Kid”).  So, we decided to make our own…out of IKEA stuff…

IKEA Rast End Table ($14.99 each)…

RAST Nightstand, pine Width: 20 1/2 " Depth: 11 3/4 " Height: 15 3/4 "  Width: 52 cm Depth: 30 cm Height: 40 cm

Kitchen (stove, oven, and sink)…IMG_3722


Refrigerator (with upper storage)…IMG_3725


Together as a set…IMG_3729

Two years later and I am happy to say that he still loves it.  It has held up and still looks great.  Since the holidays are approaching…and the madness has officially begun around here, I thought I would share with you how we made it…just in case you have a little one at home who might enjoy cooking right along with the family.

You will need:
1 Rast End Table (if you just make the kitchen stove part)
3 Rast End Tables (if you make both the kitchen stove part and the refrigerator)
1 IKEA Grundtal Towel Rod (for the plate rack)
2 Packages of IKEA Grundtal Hooks (for the plate rack)
1 Package IKEA Satta Knobs or 2 Packages of IKEA Attest Knobs (for stove burners)
1 Package of IKEA Panna Coasters (to glue on for stove burners)
Stainless dog bowl (got ours from Menards, to use as sink)
1 Rigel Hook (inverted to use as faucet for sink)
3 Stainless Handles (we got ours from Menards as well)
Glue (to glue on the coasters for burners)
Jigsaw (to cut a hole out for the sink)
Screwdriver (or drill to attach hardware, brackets and wood pieces))
1X10 wood piece (for door of oven and right door of fridge)
1X6 wood piece (for door under sink and left door of fridge)
1x2 wood piece (for where the knobs get attached for stove and in
                the middle of fridge doors)
plywood (cut at the store to 20.5 inches wide and 31 inches tall for the back of the kitchen)
8 (1 1/2 inch) hinges (two for each door on the stove, sink cab, and refrigerator)
4 flat stainless brackets (if you are making a fridge)

Food came from Melissa and Doug    
Pots and Pans came from Target  

The kitchen was built by drilling the plywood piece to the back of the Rast side table.  Then we attached the Grundtal Towel Rod about a foot above the stove part.  We used a jigsaw to cut a circle in the top, making sure it wasn’t bigger than the lip of the dog bowl so the bowl would slip into the hole to create the sink.  Then we inverted the Rigel hook for the faucet and drilled it to the back plywood.  Adding hooks to the towel bar created a great place to hang the pots, pans, and utensils to hang.  Then we hinged the doors to the front of the Rast side table and added the 1x2 to attach the knobs for the stove controls.  We drilled the handle hardware and painted the window for the oven door.

The refrigerator was built by attaching two Rast side tables on top of each other (bottoms together).  We attached them by using stainless brackets.  We drilled the doors into the sides with the 1x2 as a divider (because the doors didn’t fit completely across).  We then drilled the handle hardware for the freezer and refrigerator door.

We did use Odeedoh’s feature to build our play kitchen, but as you can tell we did make several adjustments and added the fridge. 

“The Kid” loves it and still plays with it today, especially when we have “kid” company.  He’s almost four and it’s seen two years of “hard” play time…and I have to say it still looks great.

We did purchase a Latt children’s table to go with it, too.  It has been wonderful and easy to clean…especially now with all the paint, markers, and crayons that get used around here.


LÄTT Children's table and 2 chairs, white, pine Table length: 24 3/4 " Table width: 18 7/8 " Table height: 17 3/4 " Seat width: 11 " Seat depth: 11 " Seat height: 11 "  Table length: 63 cm Table width: 48 cm Table height: 45 cm Seat width: 28 cm Seat depth: 28 cm Seat height: 28 cm







  1. That's brilliant! We bought a plastic kitchen for my son's younger sister and he played with it far more than she did. We would have loved to have given him something like this! BTW, he's 25 now and I doubt he "plays" much in his real kitchen!

  2. That is just too cool! When my oldest daughter was little we bought one of the big plastic monstrosities and have since passed it down to the younger siblings. The biggest problem we have now is that our farm house is *tiny* and it takes up a lot of room. Something like this not only looks fantastic, but takes up less room. If I wasn't on my last toddler, I'd be tossing out the big plastic heap and be making one of these sets!

  3. I LOVE this! I've bookmarked this page and hope to re-create this when my son gets a bit older. What a wonderful idea!

  4. oh. my. gawd. I am so going to have a baby now so that i have an excuse to make this.

  5. @Punk With a Palate
    Thank you! But, please don't have a baby just because of this. Hahaha! :)

  6. Do you have a rough estimate for cost? I love this idea for my little guy that will be one just before Christmas. Thanks for the post will all the info!

  7. This is awesome! We have a plastic set for my son that was stupid expensive -- this has so much more and is so much cuter!!

  8. Thank you! @Amber...not sure the cost, but it was more than we expected. Maybe $100 when it was all said and done, but the food and pots and pans were the most expensive. @Sarah...thanks for the comments! I am HUGE fan of you and your blog!

  9. Love this! Maybe hubby and I will make this as our Christmas present and the grandparents could pick up the pots/pans and food!

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  11. That is so cute and brilliant! This is a perfect gift for my daughter. She will love this to death.

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