Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Sprout's Play Shop Tutorial

Here's a really cheap and easy way to make a play shop for your little one.

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Sprout's Daddy and I purchased this set of shelves from eBay for about £15 - it was originally the top from a dresser.

The shelves came with these little pieces of wood that slotted into either side of the shelves to help them balance on the bottom half of a dresser.

We decided to turn the shelves upside down so that they would be more stable. Then we sanded and primed them using a gloss primer.

Once dry, Sprout's Daddy used an off cut of wood to add a top to the (upside down) shelves. He sawed off the ends of the shelf supports and used them to fill in the little gap underneath the new top. These were glued in place and then the off cut was glued and nailed to the top. The curly parts of the supports were glued to the front of shelves to hide the where we had attached the new top and make it look a bit prettier! All this was sanded and primed too.

The final job was to paint the shelves - I used Crown's Non Drip Gloss in Duck Egg Blue and gave it a couple of coats.

For the shop, we used a mixture of food packaging we had saved, some bits that Sprout's had received as presents and then we also bought a few bits and pieces too.

(In case you're interested, the grocery set (white rice, brown rice, sugar etc), food group baskets, till, scales, cupcakes and lollies are all from GLTC.)

Once everything was arranged on the shelves and Sprout officially opened the shop I decide that although the curly sections had prettied up the front it still looked a bit bare. So I made a simple banner.

Using Word, I chose a really simple font (easier to cut out!) and typed in the letters I wanted. I printed it out and cut out each letters. I chose some off cuts of fabric, drew around the letters and then cut them out. I glued each letter on to some ribbon and then stuck the ribbon to the shelves using mini glue dots from Hobbycraft.

Have you re-purposed a piece of furniture recently? Was it for you or for you children? Share your ideas in the comments.

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  1. OOOhh my son loves to play shop! Hes got those small cash box that you see in stores and he would love some thing like this! Nice job =) #mmwbh

  2. What a fab idea and looks really great!

    1. Thanks for dropping by Janice. Have a good day! xox

  3. Stopping by from LINK'N BLOGS Link Party. I have looking for a play kitchen that I could DIY. This is the cutest ever! Thanks sharing.

  4. Gorgeous! what a clever upcycle, I'm sure Sprout loves it.

    (popping by from Say G'day Saturday)

  5. This is adorable! The top of a dresser is perfect for this project. Now I have something else to add to my "wanted from the junkshop" list!

  6. Oh my goodness... how cute! I would play with that! :o)


  7. This is the cutest thing I've seen in awhile. I don't have kids so I can't do cute fun stuff like this. I'm stopping by from the blog hop & it's very nice to meet ya. I hope you & your family have a great day!

  8. this is so cute, what a fun idea. I love the color you painted the cabinet

  9. This is so adorable! Pinning! I used to love playing kitchen with Sammie. She's 12 now and loves to bake with me. Thanks for sharing it at the party! Theresa @DearCreatives

  10. Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

  11. This is the cutest!!! I think my daughter needs one of these! She's always arranging her play store items on my tables!! I stopped by from Reasons to Skip the Housework and started following your lovely blog on Pinterest, Bloglovin and Twitter :) Looking forward to more!!

  12. HOW GORGEOUS IS THIS! Seriously...I need to get into the upcycling business!! This looks like so much fun!! Thanks so much for linking up! #MMWBH xx

  13. Oh my gosh, this is so cute! Pinned! Please join us tonight at 7 pm and party with us. We feel honored when you stop by!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  14. What a BRILLIANT idea! So creative x