Then one day, I was driving by a local second hand shop and they just happened to have a play kitchen sitting out in front of the store. It seemed too perfect not to stop. I stopped, checked it out and went home to get Shayne's car to pick it up. Sure it was a bit worse for wear and some parts were missing but they were only asking $25. I figured that I likely could only get a used cabinet for that and then would have to completely retrofit it. Starting with a kitchen just saved me a few steps.
We returned and Shayne insisted that we barter. I tend to just pay what people ask. Shayne thinks that is silly. We offered $20 even, taxes in and they were more than happy with that offer. Score! They even ended up delivering it for us since it didn't fit in Shayne's car after all. Now this beauty is living in my basement just waiting for a facelift.
This would be the birthday present for my niece that I was referencing in my March to do list last week. I looked it up online and this kitchen brand new retails for $200 so I would say $20 is a great deal! It's needs a little TLC but I like adding a personal flair to it anyways. So far, I've got an oven door cut, had four knobs made, spray painted the faucet and gathered a few supplies. I have plans in the works though for some fun details. I just need to buckle down, find some time.... and a jigsaw.
I've been contemplating the colour scheme to go with. Naturally, I turned to google for some inspiration. The kitchen will be for my niece and likely her younger sister will play with it as well. It will more than likely end up in their playroom which features a bright teal accent wall. It leaves me with a lot of options- I could go for a soft yellow with red accents since that works so well with teal.
Or I could go a more subtle route of an all white kitchen with a bright hit of colour for the backsplash and open shelf area. This plan allows the fun accessories to stand out a little more which I like. Plus I have lots of white paint already....
Another great choice would be to do something deep and moody- and very trendy! I could do a deep dark colour on the bases and do the upper shelf area in white (even with a pop of colour on the backsplash as well). Isn't this play kitchen beautiful?! It has real carrera marble countertops and a marble backsplash!
Or I could go a completely different route. I was considering turquoise or red as options as well. I found this one too which is actually almost the exact same kitchen as I have. It has some great features as well.
What would you do with this kitchen? I'm torn on whether to make it fun colours or keep it mainly neutral and keep the accessories really bright and fun. So many options. I'm looking forward to getting into it though- DIYing for kids is seriously fun!!