I am so excited to share this fun DIY with you all! One of Bauzley’s favourite things to do is help me bake and make dinners. I have been wanting to create a fun space for his imagination to run wild for quite some time and this kitchen hack was the perfect way to do that. I think by now everyone has seen the standard Ikea kitchen, it’s super functional because it has lots of storage included. Anyone with kids knows that is a huge win, by the time bedtime rolls around I am done looking at toys everywhere! In case you haven’t seen it before, it looks like this:
You can purchase here, and it’s on sale for $99 right now!
If you have ever purchased anything from Ikea, you know that it comes in about a million different pieces, but don’t be daunted this is truly an easy DIY! Here are the steps I took to take it from what you see above, to this:
- Make a plan for what colours you want what section of your kitchen to be. This design was easy because I chose to paint all of the raw wood blue (plus one door) so I wasn’t left questioning which piece belongs where. If you are unsure it’s perfectly fine to build it first and paint it after.
- After you have your plan and your wood separated you can start painting. I used Rust-oleum Chalk Paint and did absolutely no prep to the wood. I did 2 coats on each side of the wood and it covered well with paint left over to use for another project. Bauzley has been playing (very roughly) with this kitchen for about 3 weeks and it looks just as good as the first day I painted it! So my expert advice is to skip the sanding, because ain’t nobody got time for that!
- In between paint coats on the wood, I also spray painted the sink, faucet, pot hanging bar, and the handles. It would look a little better had I painted around the edge of the stove, but I didn’t and it honestly doesn’t bother me. I used a champagne coloured mist so that it wasn’t such a bold colour of gold and I am so happy I did, it looks really elegant!
- Next, I used a contact paper to cover the counter top and give it a marble effect. All you need is a flat surface and a little patience to get it smoothed on. I did end up with a few very small little bubbles, you can poke them with a pin to reduce the look of them. Personally, I am not super worried about them because I know I will probably have to redo the counter top a few times in this kitchen’s life. I can’t even count how many times Bauzley has already carried water from the dog bowl to his kitchen to make soup haha! When I applied the paper, I covered over where the sink and stove would go and simply cut an x or star shape into the openings and folded the paper under. After the sink and stove are placed it covers any gaps in the paper. I found the contact paper at Dollarama for $1.25 and I can’t think of anything that would look better.
- Next, I used a piece of foam core (which I also bought at dollarama), a grey sharpie, a scalpel (I swear by this for cutting foam core-there is nothing better, so put your exacto knife away!) and as long of a ruler as you can find (a metre stick would be best) to create my back splash. Creating the subway tile was really simple, I wanted my blocks to be 3″x6″ so I measured it all out (first with pencil) and then traced over with a sharpie. Instead of measuring the hole in the kitchen where the back splash would cover, I drew the subway tile onto the entire sheet of foam core. After I mounted it I trimmed the excess from the sides, which was only about 1.5″. To mount the back splash, I used 4 finishing screws and put 2 in the top and 2 in the bottom to hold it firmly in place. So you can clearly see in the photo that it is not perfect, but I promise you don’t notice when you’re not staring directly at it lol! And as a side note: Originally I had purchased peel and stick tiles and tried to apply them to the foam core and it was such. a. pain. in. the. ass. I spent an entire nap time working on it and was ready to pull my hair out. If you choose to go with a peel and stick tile, use a thin sheet of wood instead of foam core as the glue from the tile will peel the foam core and then of course it doesn’t stick. The tile was actually something I had splurged on for this kitchen, it was $40 and I ended up not even liking the look of it. I love how clean and crisp this subway tile is and better yet it only cost me $1.25
- The last thing that I think is important is finding the cutest accessories possible! I got a couple little storage bins from the dollar store for extra food and utensils. That adorable little hand towel is from Homesense and I am still on the hunt for really cute little dishes. I would love to find a hammered copper mug set in child sizes, so let me know if you’ve ever seen that!
All in all, this project was fairly inexpensive (minus my $40 mistake) I spent about $30 on paint, $1.50 on the backsplash, $1.50 on the counter top and about $5 on the hand towel. That makes it only about $150 for an adorable kitchen that looks similar to what you might find at pottery barn! We already have some pots, pans and veggies from Melissa & Doug that I can’t recommend highly enough, they are very realistic and Bauz loves them!
I think that this would be the perfect project to do for a Christmas or birthday present. If your child is older, I think it would be really fun to let them pick all the colours and supplies to make their kitchen custom to what they love! What do you guys think, will you give this DIY a try? Send photos if you do!