A thrift store play kitchen makeover for a little kid's room #How-To & DIY#Pimp my kid's room#creativity#lil kids September 13 | Guest post by Stephanie Segall All photos by Stephanie Segall. After a weekend of working hard, my son Jax has his shiny, new custom "retro" play kitchen! I was so lucky to find a wooden kitchen with great "bones" at our local thrift store. It had a lot of water damage, a broken shelf and faucet, and a missing door, but the clean, simple lines were perfect. I started the makeover by deciding what I wanted the kitchen to look like. I had already used apple red spray paint when I created Jax's chalkboard, so I chose that for the main body. His table and chairs are aqua and lime (as well as the shelves I recently put in), so those became the accent colors. I had some leftover glitter paint from a Christmas ornament project, and I knew that would be perfect for hiding any water damage I couldn't sand out. I started by scrubbing out the dirt and mulch in the cabinets and then cleaning, sanding, and priming the whole thing. I took the back two pieces off, as well as two knobs, but many screws were stripped on the rest of it. I ended up breaking off the knob discs to paint them separately from the dowels they were attached on. They were glued on crooked anyway, so I was able to fix that, too. I used two-and-a-half cans of apple red glossy spray paint (and I ended up needing to get a mini can for a little more coverage where the clock had been). For all the silver parts I used a mini can of silver spray paint, then a coat of silver craft paint and glossy varnish. The knobs got several coats of craft paint and glossy varnish. I needed to replace the broken faucet, so I bought a large wooden J and attached it with a wood screw and E-6000 glue. For the backsplash, I bought smaller letters to spell out his name. Those were attached with the E-6000 glue. My husband glued a small chalkboard I'd painted to the side with Gorilla glue. The shelf was detached when I bought it, and it wasn't hard to see why… It just had 3 tiny screw holes. A super nice Home Depot employee helped me pick out the right size screws, as well as which L brackets would work best to fortify the shelf. I chose to leave the brackets unpainted to match the rest of the silver. Related Post Bath time + Valentine's Day = an awesome mess-free, water-friendly craft I set up the fun bath for my two preschool-aged children by tracing foam hearts on the walls around the tub using bath crayons. Inside... Read more The counter top got two coats of aqua craft paint, then 10,000 (or so) coats of my favorite glitter paint (which is more of a glue with lots of glitter). The burners were painted black, then got a very thick coat of black glittery paint (and a clear coat.) I adore it! It looks perfect in the room, and Jax loves it already. I started him off with Melissa & Doug Wooden Pantry Products and the KidKraft Metal Accessories Set which comes with three pots/pans, a lid, two utensils, and some wooden food. I'm really happy with both purchases. I wish the pantry products had labels on both sides, but they are nice, sturdy wood toys. The pots are holding up great so far, and Jax is enjoying the bonus food items: a chicken leg, fried egg, two carrots, and two broccoli florets. This was such a fun project! I'm already looking ahead to the next playroom DIY… a reading nook! Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Stephanie Segall I am a graphic designer and work-from-home mama trying to find a balance between work, creativity, and parenting. I'm blogging our adventures as I rediscover the world through the eyes of my toddler son, Jax. http://www.imagineourlife.com/ PREVIOUS A boho-psychedelic outdoor lounge in upstate New York that looks ready for smoky all-night bull sessions NEXT Cycling with contractions — would you ride your bike to the hospital while in labor? Show/Hide comments [ 14 ] Love it!! Reply So awesome! What a fun project and it looks fantastic. Reply That is too cute! Reply WHERE did you get those awesome wooden food toys?! Reply Thanks for the feature! The little wooden veggies came with the pot set – it is by KidKraft. The groceries are a wooden set by Melissa & Doug. Jax loves them! We just added a set of fruit you can chop apart with velcro. Reply This is great! Teo is only 5 months but he loves watching his daddy cook, and he's *obsessed* with "grownup food". I have a feeling he'll be needing one of these one day. Reply My Boys got a kitchen, last christmas, and they love it. We still play with it and they cook me lovely meals. We also got them some chefs hats and aprons, which are also a hit! Reply This takes me back to my party kitchen. I need to get one for my daughter. I had forgotten how much I loved playing restaurant! Great work! Reply I love that you took something that had already been loved and made it new – not to mention gender neutral! Reply Omg! This little kitchen is so gorgeous! I'm going to try to do one for my daughter, she is totally into cooking and is only 3. Thanks for sharing. Good night! Reply Great job! Using an upside-down J for the faucet was brilliant! I wouldn't have known that's what it was if you hadn't told us! 1 agrees Reply Any clue what the original source of this kitchen was? I love the design! Reply That is absolutely adorable. I only had one of those classic Playskool plastic kitchens as a kid, but man, I looooved that thing Reply That is adorable! I've always avoided buying a kitchen set for my daughter because of the awful pastel colors. Now I'll be on the lookout for a sweet Goodwill find 🙂 Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.