Please tell me I am not the only one who looks forward so much to a break (and an unbroken nights sleep), when my daughter is with her Grandparents. But then I miss her desperately and spend half the time looking at photos and talking about her. Another crazy contradiction of Parenting her?
I was excited to get on with this little project whilst she was away though. Something I had been wanting to do for ages, but never seem to find the time. Beyond scrolling through Blogs filled with IKEA hacks, I hadn’t made much progress. I saw Nathalie from this Surrey Mummy post a clever idea on her IG feed using the back as a play shop. Nathalie has two young boys, a full time job and successful blog, and still makes time for miniature Kitchen renovations. So feeling motivated I hopped on Ebay and ordered the essentials that very evening.
I loved doing this kitchen for a few reasons:
- It was something I knew my little girl would love, she loves the kitchen as it is, so making it more shiny with a few added bells and whistles was always going to be a plus.
- I have always enjoyed a bit of DIY & Craft.
- My own kitchen is more than a little depressing, until be renovate that what I’ve got, so there’s certainly a little part of making my dream kitchen vicariously through this one.
- I find that one of the things I really miss from work (besides the social side, the mental challenge, the structure, the lunch and un accompanied loo breaks and the cold hard cash…) is doing a task which has a tangible end point. Raising my child is an ongoing vocation (for want of a better word), and housework is a painfully endless and monotonous task. Most things i try to do get interrupted, or I have to leave half way through. i guess it’s why I am getting so much enjoyment from starting this blog. So to make something, however trivial, that I could see a finished end product, was very satisfying.
Last week I shared some inspiration here for ways the DUKTIG IKEA Kids Kitchen had been “hacked”. I love Pinterest for saving ideas, and reminding me (my memory never seemed to quite recover from pregnancy-I’m hoping once I eventually start getting unbroken sleep it will return) for the future. If you are thinking about pimping your own kitchen, head to the Intrepid Bebe board for inspiration, and then check out some detailed ‘how to’s’ via Anchors & Honey & this Surrey Mummy.
Minimal tools are required beyond a screwdriver for all those pesky flatpack screws, a Stanley knife for the tacky back, a paintbrush, masking tape and the most precious of Parent commodities: time energy and patience (not currently available to purchase online, but surely it’s just a matter of time?!)
I used Copper/Rose Gold Metallic Spray, which I bought online here
And Grey Marble tacky back plastic from here
The door knobs were a steal from here we purposely left them loose so she can twist them. The seller has a fabulous range and they cost less than a pound, included the bolts and washers, and arrived in a couple of days.
The paint was a pale purple grey Chalk Paint, the one I originally ordered here, didn’t actually arrive in time for the weekend, so I did a last minute Homebase (soon to be Bunnings UK Wahoo!)run to get some.
A couple of tips: if you buy an DUKTIG IKEA Kitchen, (available here) with the intention of giving it a makeover, do so before putting it together. There is something a little soul destroying about taking apart a flat pack only to put one back together!
Keep a record of which screws go where and concentrate on where you put them down (totally not from personal experience 😉 )
I was very apprehensive about using the sticky back, with flash backs of school books ending up filled with bubbles, but it actually was far better than I anticipated. If it begins to bubble, lift it off and try again.
The white sections of the kitchen are essentially the wooden parts with a paint, so I found they needed far more than a light sand. And easier option would be on only paint the non white section, I have seen this done and still look really effective.
I opted not to add the back panel. Whilst I love the use of wallpaper and mock tiles on some kitchens, I want to convert the back into a play shop (or Gin bar alla this Surrey Mummy), but that was a step too far for this weekend.
Whilst it seems a little bonkers to use your ‘me time’ playing with kids toys, if you have a toddler who is as inquisitive as mine, it’s well worth making it an evening job, unless you want lots of “me try” “I painting”.
These kitchens are very common, so have a look for a second hand one at your local Op Shop.
Have fun with it, at one point I thought i might need to make a late night run to IKEA to replace the Kitchen I was destroying! The paint job isn’t professional because, ummm: I’m not a professional. Bit of a random tangent (you may realise already i am prone to those), I am a little obsessed with the work of Dr Brene Brown. A quote she refers to (originally by Theodore Roosevelt) is one I am trying to apply to all things. It can be simplified as-better to have a go, and be imperfect than never try for fear of not being perfect. i apply the same theory to blog posts (spot the typos).