Last year my wonderful friends gave me a FREE play kitchen they no longer wanted. At this time my nine month old son was beginning explore his surroundings and dive into creative play. The timing was a mama’s dream come true! I wanted to give the play kitchen a retro look. A few days later I had a vibrant play kitchen for my son!
This Little Tikes kitchen was cute from the start. But I was aiming for my vision of a retro play kitchen. I was slightly intimidated by the various surfaces. Not going to lie, this was a several day ~ time consuming project.
But oh so worth it!
It took two coats of white primer to cover the wood. Not the most exciting step, but important!
Pop of Color
I used Behr interior paint in the color Bella Vista. This bold, blue color is so happy to look at! From the first brushstroke I knew this was the color I hoped to have. Awesome color: √
After the first coat of Bella Vista, I was even more excited about this project! It took two coats to get an even, finished look.
I added a touch of chalk-paint on the microwave and stove. It is fun to draw pictures with color chalk to pretend what is inside. My toddlers loves using chalk!
Window & Clock
I took a dollar store frame and painted the edge white. I removed the glass and added a storybook illustration (from “Old Bear” by Kevin Henkes). Now my son can “look out the window” when he plays. I also added this adorable yellow clock that I found at T.J. Maxx. It is useful to have a real clock in the playroom for me to keep track of time and for my son to learn about numbers. Win-win.
After a failed attempt to stencil the top of the kitchen (because it kept smudging), I decided to add some material for a variety of color and texture. The hardest part was deciding which one to use. I settled for the chevron pattern (material from Joann Fabrics).
A Retro Play Kitchen Complete
Some final touches included spray painting the knobs, stove, microwave and fridge. I used Rust-Oleum metallic, black finish. It took a lot of patience and old newspapers to cover up the rest of the kitchen while I sprayed these areas out in the yard. Definitely worth it! This project was a ton of fun and I’m excited to have it for my littles for many years to come.
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