2014 was the year for projects and my absolute favorite, hands down was renovating this sweet (but originally way too pink) kitchenette for Eisley. Christmas has always been a special holiday to me and now that I have a little person in my life, it has become so much more fun to celebrate. I knew I wanted to give her a play kitchen as her BIG present and while there are a ton that are adorable as is, I have always enjoyed adding my own personal touch to any gift so that’s just what I did. My 16 month old may not appreciate the blood, sweat and tears that went into this diy custom kitchen but the removable sink that can also be worn as a helmet and an oven that doubles as the perfect hiding spot for her shoes are the toddler-approved icing on the cake.
Originally, I thought refurbishing an old piece of furniture such as a nightstand or a hutch would be fun and cost effective but most of my thrift store finds were underwhelming and not that cheap. I was absolutely thrilled when my husband found this cupcake kitchen on sale for $40! It came unassembled, which was perfect because I wanted to enhance each piece, one by one.
I decided on a soft grey paint for the cabinetry with a white mosaic back splash, white and grey faux marble adhesive for the counter-top and cobalt blue accented knobs and cooking accessories (to match my own, of course)! The Smart Tiles back splash I chose were an easy cut, peel and stick and can be installed over just about any surface. I found the white and grey faux marble counter-top adhesive to be a bit tricky. It only took me three tries but who’s counting? Luckily it comes on a good sized roll which gives some wiggle room for trial and error. Finally, no kitchen is complete without a touch of Julia Child so I made a kitchen plaque with some words of encouragement to cover what was originally a clock.
I am hoping that my pint-sized sous chef learns to love cooking and baking as much as I do so that in a few years time I can get her these ridiculous Le Creuset Junior kitchen essentials to match my own! These are the things that excite me! 🙂