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VLOG: The Kids’ Pretend Play Kitchen & Market

By far one of our favorite DIY projects has been the Pretend Play Kitchen and Market Ben and I built the kids!
We already did a whole blog post on the how-to with photos and a tutorial.
But after sharing some small clips of this space in other youtube videos… we’ve been asked to share more!
So here’s a video of the fun corner of our house in action!
I absolutely love how it’s big enough for all four kids to get in there and
use their imaginations and whip up some yummy play food.
The flower container is now used regularly when someone is going to “perform” for us…
A child always passes them out and we are all supposed to throw them after he or she finishes singing. ;)
I hope you enjoy our video below. Comment if you spot Asher cheesing
at the camera while the kids play. He’s such a goof. hehe.
You can see the full blog post on our DIY Kitchen and Market HERE!
I list all the sources and details so be sure to check it out.
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DIY Play Kitchen – Pretend Play Area

My kids love pretend play and we’ve always had some sort of play kitchen area set up.
I knew that I wanted to make a designated pretend play space in our house and have
it large enough for all four kids to play together! I watched how they were playing to figure out the best set up.
I saw they liked to line stuff up and needed space for cooking and but also a space for checking out customers!
So I sketched up an idea, and asked my awesome hubby to help make it happen.
He ended up helping me make it even better than what I had on paper!
We recycled some old closet doors and it gave it extra charm.
A few other cute details and it came together and made four kids really happy!
I’ll be sharing the full build plans and more photos in today’s post.
I hope you enjoy and get inspired to create your own fun space!
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We are by no means professional carpenters.
We’ve only built from scratch a few times and learn something each time.
Sharing this because YOU CAN DO THIS!
The basic idea for this project is to build the frame, add countertop and if you want, frame it out.
I wanted it to feel solid and that helped make it a sturdier pretty piece in the room.
We used plywood and the recycled closet doors for the sides.
I put pads on the bottoms of the cabinets so we don’t have to worry about scratches.
We decided to not attach the side cabinet to the large cabinet so that the kids
could move it around and have it part of the fun.
For example: A hostess table where you can request a table
and get the menu before you’re seated. (Sophia’s idea. ;)
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I used a few store bought items to help pull it all together and create the look I was wanting!
We already had the IKEA play kitchen in that corner…with the IKEA shelves and our favorite Usborne books.
I changed the books out to be flower and food themed for the most part.
But really we usually cycle our favorites through there.
The picnic table is from IKEA and was only $20! Last I checked it isn’t on the US website,
but it’s there in stores in the outdoor section!
The bins under the side cabinet are from Target. We already had one so I got one more to hold all the felt food.
That’s all the storage we needed and it makes clean up really easy.
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I got three wall hangers for the flowers at Hobby Lobby.
I’ve gotten asked about these a lot… check the end caps at your store.
And try to get them on sale otherwise they are kind of pricey.
I got the plant hanger from Hobby Lobby and the flower basket from Michaels.
The chalkboard is from Michaels and I painted it with chalk paint from Joanns.
The ‘Farmer’s Market’ sign above the kitchen we made last year
using pallet wood, leftover paint and stencils from target.
The metal fruit and veggie bins we already had but got them from Michaels.
(They have a bunch of sizes this season too!)
This season I grabbed the metal bin there that I wrote coffee on.
They have a play coffee maker that has pieces and they all go in there.
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I got the white cardboard containers (on the shelves) at Michaels in the party section.
(Where they have items themed by colors.)
The metal cake stand we already had and it’s from Hobby Lobby.
The tiny cabbage plants are from Michaels. The garden section always has good sales you can wait for!
We also had the white metal colander and that is from World Market.
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BUILDING PLANS

Side Cabinet
For the frame:
4- 28″ With
4 – 12 7/8″ Depth
4 23″ Legs
Countertop 16X30
Plywood for sides. (Leaving one spot open for baskets underneath, if you want!)

Large Cabinet
5 – 23″ Legs

2 – 43 1/4″ Back Legs Back Frames
2 – 14 1/4″ Side Brace
5 – 54″ Width
5 – 13″ Depth
Countertop – 55 1/2 (and notch it.) (We didn’t do this but would do it this way.)
Shelves – 6 ft x 3 1/2″ —- Cut in half. (These are the 2 shelves on the back wall.)
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When it comes to putting the frame together:
we drilled pinholes with a thinner drill bit…

Then used a 1 1/4″ drill bit…
Then screw together with 1-1/4″ screws.
Taking these extra steps made it so the wood didn’t split.
It takes a little more time but your using thin wood so it’s a little more fragile.
We chose this size wood so that it matched up with the IKEA kitchen design.
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The kids love play food and I’m always adding new felt food!
I’ve blogged about our newest felt food batch here.
It’s a creative outlet and relaxing when I work on them and always fun seeing the kids’ reactions!
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This past Christmas the kids also each got set of play food from New Sprouts.
We get them from Amazon. Click sets to find out more info!



Here’s some more photos of the space! I highly suggest creating a designated pretend play space in your house.
The kids play here multiple times a day all together!
It sparks their creativity and they end up playing cafe or restaurant or house or chopped jr! ;)
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Thanks for checking out our play kitchen DIY!
You can see it in action over on my Instagram. They are always playing in there in my insta stories. :)
Comment or email with any questions about the project!

Kids’ Pretend Play Kitchen

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This pretend play project has been in my head for a while and I was so excited
that Ben helped me make it come to life!
We created a designated play kitchen/market area that sparks their imagination
and gives them a space to have fun all together.
I had been watching how the kids play and figured out the best set up for all four of them.
I saw how they could use a little more counter top space and shelves because they love laying it all out.
They needed a counter area for a “market” but then space for their cafe/restaurant! 
I’m putting together the full blog post over the weekend and
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This has been such a worthwhile project, giving us hours of fun so far!
It’s something they can all play together… Ages 18 months to 8 years old!
They play in this space every day multiple times. So if you are considering
making a “bigger” designated pretend play area… I can’t suggest it enough!
Looking forward to sharing all the details next week.
Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!
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