Published on May 31st, 2010 | by Jules Yap


French Country Play Kitchen

Materials: STAT doors, random unknown shelves/cabinet doors, RATIONELL shelves

Description: To make this kitchen I raided the “As-is” section at our IKEA. They always have an assortment of cabinet doors and single shelves in a variety of sizes; many for $1-$5 each. It took some patience and creativity, but eventually I found some to fit the sizes I needed. I used the shelving/cabinet doors to construct a frame, and screwed a larger (12×30) STAT cabinet door onto the frame to make the backboard. The RATIONELL shelves are the countertop. I would have preferred a single piece of wood, but these were a buck each, and I cut them to size with a circular saw. FYI, all the components are melamine, so you MUST pre-drill any holes for screws.

The hooks are BYGEL, and they fit perfectly over the backboard. The oven handle is an ATTEST, also from the As-is. Actually, all the components are from as-is except the hooks, but they’re only 99 cents. All in all, the kitchen cost about $50 in IKEA components. The burners are foam board and felt, and the sink is a mixing bowl. The faucet was 3 bucks at our re-use building supplies.

~ Anny, Seattle, WA

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

6 Responses to French Country Play Kitchen

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is an amazing idea! I wish I had had this when I was a kid. :)

  2. Faye says:

    forgot to mention, aside from the uneven/finished edges (which would drive me nuts!) i love this kitchen. great use of materials.

  3. Faye says:

    the pans and hardware are from ikea as well. i got my son a set there so thats how i know. and they are only like 6 bucks so much better than the stuff usually for kids.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Really cute idea! Where did you get those tiny pots and pans?

  5. Tiffany says:

    so cute and well thought out! Your babies are so lucky to have a thoughtful mama!

  6. Anonymous says:

    that is a great kitchen there ~~

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