Thursday, 1 May 2014

Ikea Hack ~ Sprout's New Kitchen

Are you on the look out for a play kitchen, but can't find what you're looking for? How about trying this simple Ikea hack?....

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As you may have gathered, Sprout is quite a girly girl! She will only wear skirts and dresses - the pinker the better. Trousers are a definite no-no in her world!! With this in mind, when Sprout's Daddy and I decided to buy her a play kitchen for her birthday we knew instantly what the number one search criteria would be - it had to be pink!

After having a good scout around, we chose the Ikea Duktig kitchen for a couple of reasons - firstly it was pretty reasonably priced at £65, second height wise it seemed to be one of the tallest with the option to make it 3 different heights and lastly it wasn't a sickly pale pink colour! The great thing about the Ikea play kitchen is that you can easily customise it to suit your child's tastes or just leave it as it is.

Ikea Duktig Kitchen
Rust-oleum Surface Primer
Rust-oleum Painter's Touch - Sprout chose Berry Pink!
sand paper
damp cloth
drop cloth
Time: 2-3 hours over 5 days

1. Decide which pieces of the kitchen you want to spray. 
2. Lightly sand each piece to provide a key for the primer.
3. Use a damp cloth to wipe the dust off each piece and allow to dry.
4. Set up your spraying area. I used a couple of pallets over a drop cloth - you will definitely need to be outside for this part.

5. Spray each section with surface primer and allow to dry. It is always best to start lightly and then re-spray if you need to. This will help to avoid drips!
6. Allow to cure for 24-48 hours.

7. Spray each section with your chosen colour. Allow to dry and re-coat until you have completely covered the each piece and built up a good depth of colour.
8. Allow to cure for 24-48 hours.
9. Build the kitchen! (I have to confess that this took me a good two hours to do! Although Ikea, provide an Allen/Hex key you will definitely need a Phillips screwdriver and a hammer too!!)

For her birthday, we also bought her the Ikea Duktig cookware set, utensil set and also a plate and bowl set to get her kitchen started! She was lucky enough to receive all the other bits and pieces from friends and family - Early Learning Centre eggs and tea set, GLTC cupcake decorating set and a Melissa and Doug cookie decorating set.

This is my first Ikea hack. Have you ever done an Ikea hack? For some amazing inspiration, have a look at this selection of boards from pinterest. Happy Hacking!!

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  1. Awww...the kitchen came out so cute. Love the pink colors (what girl doesn't?). Nice job.

    1. Thanks Erlene! I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out - there's always that uh-oh moment when you wonder if what you had in your head is going to translate into reality! Have a good weekend! xix

  2. Oh so pretty in pink,... perfect perky personalization. Nice job!

    1. Hi Brenda, Thanks for your comment. It's nice that it's a little bit personal especially as Sprout chose the colour herself!! xox

  3. I love this kitchen, and I'd never have thought to personalise it. I wish we'd got one for my son, but the OH insisted that we didn't have room (we do really!), he'd have got so much play out of it.

  4. Super cute! Please come share your new little kitchen at the Anything Goes linky, if you have not already. Happy Cinco de Mayo.

  5. So cute! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  6. This is so cute! I'm pinning it to my "IKEA Love" board. (Found you on the Merry Monday Linky Party.)

  7. Beautiful! My little one loves pink and kitchens too! I bet she would like one of these for her birthday!

  8. Adorable! Thanks so much for sharing at the party @DearCreatives. Theresa

  9. this is wonderful!!!! Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. I featured you on facebook ♥

  10. I love this idea. I've just pinned this and given your post a +1!

    Thanks for sharing at the Say G'day Saturday linky party.

    Best wishes and hope you can join in again this weekend.
    Natasha in Oz

  11. You have such a cute style and I love this Kitchen set up! Thank Maria

  12. This is so cute! I'd love to have a little one at home so I could play, too!! haha Thanks for sharing it with us! I pinned it to the party board! :)

  13. This is so cute! Pinned! We will be featuring this at our next party. Woo Hoo! Please come and show off on Monday at 7 pm. We would love it.
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  14. I love a good Ikea hack! So cute. Thanks for linking up at Tips and Tricks! Pinning.

  15. This kitchen is absolutely adorable! Well done. I would love it if you’d link up at this week’s Off the Hook!

  16. This is a brilliant idea! Thank you!! I had not even thought about this! I've followed you all over and bookmarked this one! x

  17. That's marvelous! It looks fantastic! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,