How to Build a Child's Kitchen


Children love to play games that mimic the activities of adults. One of the most popular toys used to help encourage these basic skill-building games is a child's kitchen. Toy stores are filled with plastic kitchen play sets, but they tend to be very expensive. If you want to build a safe and budget-friendly child's kitchen yourself, you're going to need some basic woodworking skills. You will also need to buy, or make, two basic closet shelves crafted from unfinished wood.

Step 1

Buy or make two closet stacker shelves to act as the base for your child's kitchen play set. These small shelves look like two stacked boxes with a bottom shelf, middle shelf and top that can be used as a table, shelf or stacking surface. Place the shelves on a flat surface outdoors or somewhere that can endure sawdust and spilled paint. Arrange the shelves so that they're 2 feet apart with the open sides facing forward.

Step 2

Measure from shelf top to shelf top to determine how big of a counter you need to cover both shelf tops and the space between them. Trace the counter shape on a large piece of plywood with a pencil and use a saw to cut out the shape.

Step 3

Cover the shelf tops with a generous, even layer of wood glue. Lay the plywood shape across the shelf tops like a counter, making sure the shelf and counter corners line up evenly. Place heavy objects, such as cinder blocks, on each corner of the countertop to press it down while the glue dries.

Step 4

Cover the wood balls, block and dowel with an even layer of silvery paint. Let dry. Add a second coat if needed. Glue the block to the front, left edge of the dowel to create a faucet spout. Glue the square so that when the dowel stands tall, the block shoots out from the top, front section of the dowel.

Step 5

Place a large bowl upside down in the middle third of the child's kitchen. Sketch the outline of the bowl. Use a jig saw to cut a hole in the counter that is 1 inch smaller in diameter than the bowl sketch.

Step 6

Sand the wooden child's kitchen for a finished appearance. Make sure to round out any sharp corners with the sandpaper. Brush the sawdust from the kitchen play set with a rag. Cover the kitchen set with a thick and even layer of brightly colored, latex paint. Let dry. Add a second coat if needed.

Step 7

Use a pencil to sketch the shape of four burners on the middle-right third of the counter. Paint the burners black or red with craft paint. Add any other decorative paint touches desired. Let dry. Cover entire child's kitchen play set with a coat of clear varnish. Let dry.

Step 8

Turn the bowl the right way and slide it into the counter hole to create a sink for the child's kitchen. Glue four painted balls above the burners to create oven dials. Glue two painted balls above the bowl to create faucet handles. Glue the dowel bottom to the counter between the faucet handles to create a faucet spout. Let dry.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 Unfinished closet stacker shelves
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Plywood
  • Saw
  • Wood glue
  • 6 Wood craft balls, 1 inch
  • 1 Wood craft block, 1 inch
  • 1 Thin, wood dowel, 12 inches long
  • Large, metal bowl
  • Jig saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Rag
  • Colorful latex paint
  • Craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Clear varnish


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