Well hello there! This morning I had a post planned and it just didn’t work out. Ugh! I did a project that didn’t turn out. So instead I decided to make this week “kids play DIY inspiration.” I’m revealing Don’s new A-Frame playhouse this week so you’ll get a lot of fun stuff to go with this. I’ve had this post planned for awhile so today is the perfect day to share it!
Two years ago, I made my son a play kitchen and he has adored it! And honestly, I had a fun time making it too! It cost less than $70 to make so it was pretty affordable. It was made from an old TV cabinet that I found at a thrift shop. The back splash is made from peel and stick tile that I cut into smaller pieces to look like subway tile.
The mini kitchenette has since become one of the most popular blog posts I’ve ever written.
here’s the blog post with a full tutorial on the play kitchen
I thought I would do a roundup of my favorite 25 DIY play kitchens in case you want to make one too. Just a note, I have done a ton of research on this- each of these posts are well written with good instructions. You know how sometimes you click through on pins on Pinterest and it goes nowhere and it is frustrating? I’ve checked each one and they are golden with lots of inspiration and tips.
diy play kitchen roundup
I was so excited to find this cutie! The plans are free by Ana White and the author says that she built it for $70. That rainbow back splash makes me so happy and is very on trend! Read the full post here.
kitchen made from a nightstand
I love, love the idea of using an old piece of furniture and recycling it to make it something your kits can play with! This one is made from a nightstand turned on its side. I really appreciate the detail of the hand painted digital numbers. Here’s the full tutorial.
orange kitchen with pegboard backsplash
If you also like upcycling furniture, this post is good too! It is made from a rolling cabinet and is adorable with the orange base and pegboard back splash. Of course, you could change up the color if orange isn’t your thing. To find out more, click here.
The color on this cutie is so good! It is another one made with Ana White’s plans. I honestly want to play in it- it is so fun that there’s a sink, stove, and fridge. Here is more information on this kitchen.
manly play kitchen
I am strangely passionate about something- letting boys play with “girl” toys. I’ve actually gotten some flack on letting my son play with a tea set. I’m sure that you can guess that I think it is totally fine for boys to play with kitchens. My husband is an excellent cook and I don’t know why its not acceptable for little boys to mimic that healthy behavior if its fun for them. ANYWAY, I love this cute kitchen and the story of how she got her back splash tiled. Learn more.
grey wide kitchen
Does anyone else love when people include their project costs? This one came in below $90 with each penny spent spelled out! I think that hand painted back splash is lovely. I also like that they used a piece of furniture they already owned. Learn more.
green farmhouse play kitchenette
Right now, its the cool thing to have green cabinetry. I love it (especially since it is totally farmhouse style with the sink!) and think the green is even cuter in the mini version! Once again. this utilized Ana White’s free plans! Learn more.
This sweet mini stove is nice and petite if you are short on space! This one is made from an old bedside cabinet. You better believe that I adore the pink color it is painted 😉 . The color was inspired by a vintage and the pictures of it in the home are so perfectly beautiful! Learn more
girly romantic kitchen
Ok if you are wanting a girly kitchen, this is the winner! There are tons of details on this cutie- you can really tell that it was well thought out! Fancy molding, handmade curtains, mini back splash- it is ridiculously sweet. Learn more.
blue + ruffles
We are on a girly kitchen run and this one is such a great one! I love the ruffle sink curtain! And the crystal knobs are so great! This one was also built with Ana White plans and cost $120. Learn more.
brown simple dimple
This kitchen is nice and simple. It could work for boys too if the accessories were switched. I love the side shelf that holds extra dishes! This was made from a vintage microwave stand and is probably the cheapest one I found- coming in at $35! Learn more
yellow nightstand makeover
Here is another kitchen made from a piece of furniture! This time it is an Ikea $15 Rast nightstand. I really like how she used plexi glass on the stove and those burners are really fun! Learn more.
Ikea DUKTIG Kitchen hacks
For the next half of this playhouse kitchen hack, I am going to include Ikea Duktig hacks. I think this is an AMAZING option for anyone who might not want to build, but just decorate! The fun is in the details, so you can buy the plain kitchen for $80 and then customize the heck out of it. Yes please! If I ever do another kitchen, I’m 90% sure this is the route I will go…
navy Ikea hack + smeg fridge
The navy sink/stove is so cute with the gold hardware, but my heart stops for that Smeg fridge! She bought the decal on Etsy (!!!) and her husband built the fridge. This was built for a little boy and the mom says the gift is partly for her since she spends a lot of her time playing with her son and its fun for her. I hear you sister! Learn more
kitty cat heart
There are times I really want to have a little girl- and one of those is looking at cute little girl things! This kitcen couldn’t be more perfect- pink, gold, heart, cat. Stop!!! Learn more
brass + white + floral
This Ikea hack is another dream come true! It is simple with a white and gold kitchen. The back splash is made from Rifle Paper co. wrapping paper. Mostly, you need to check out the post because the play room is decorated SO cutely! Learn more.
blue grey with leather pulls
So the instructions for this play kitchen aren’t written in English, but the photos are links are good enough that I don’t think you need it. For me, the stand out items are the leather pulls, the hex sticker back splash, and the fun lights! Learn more
white with faux subway tile
What I really like about this kitchenette is the cute butcher block counter tops. She also had the great idea to use foam core and a sharpie to make a subway tile back splash! Learn more
bold hot pink
I think this might be the most pinned Ikea kitchen of all time! I ADORE how the base is painted hot pink! Again, she used Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper for the back splash. A fun detail on this one is that she got her kitchen from a thrift shop- so it was extra affordable! This one is just so good! Learn more
This post is a little different- it is actually some stickers that are available for sale in the Stickers Coloray Etsy shop! So for $59, you can get the cute hedgehog stickers cut the perfect size! Essentially, this makes an IKEA hack the easiest and cutest thing possible. Check out their whole Etsy shop– they have some cute options! Learn more
I am going to provide a few sources for the cute Ikea kitchen stickers. While writing this post, this was the first time I heard about them! I just love how easy they are and there are SO many options! Learn more
I love these fun and colorful quilt/ Moroccan tile stickers! These stickers are super affordable at $29 Learn more
This is the last of the stickers I am sharing. I like this one because I think the foxes are great for a boy! I also really appreciate the idea of using beads for drawer pulls- so smart! Learn more
I think the vintage wallpaper used on this kitchen is so charming! And isn’t the mint paint with the pink knobs beyond adorable?! Learn more
marble + hex
For the last on our DIY kitchem round up, we have this cute white one! I really like how she used marble contact paper for the counters and faux hex tiles (both found on Amazon). Learn more.
So there is our round-up! I hope that the variety of creative executions was inspiring to you. I like that there is a huge variety of DIY skill levels that can customize one of these. From putting a sticker on a ready make kitchen to building one from scratch, there are so many options! I hope this was helpful! Thanks for stopping by!
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