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Published on June 9th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Play kitchen and market stall

Materials: Rast nightstand, Attest handles, Ribba picture ledge, plywood, screws, steamer bowls, faucet, paint, plexi, hinges and lots of small things

Description: Present for my twins – that’s why a simple kitchen was not enough

I turned the Rast night stand around for both the play kitchen and the market stall.

I added an extra shelf and a divider to create space for the oven and the refrigerator. The worktop and the back of the kitchen are plywood cut to size. For the oven door I cut a hole out and added plexi, hinges and a magnetic closure. A piece of thin plywood painted glossy black with silver circles is the stove, the sink is a steamer bowl. I used the smallest faucet I could find.

All the wooden parts for the kitchen are painted white, the inside of the oven is grey. A LED-light is attached in the oven and there is a baking sheet made of painted plywood. The stove knobs are wooden circles painted in silver. The whole stove front – where the stove knobs are – can be openend for extra storage space. The refrigerator has a shelf inside made out of a piece of Ribba picture ledge. All handles and knobs are Attest. There are handles on each side to hang the oven gloves and towels but also to be able to carry the play kitchen out of the way if necessary. Another Attest handle serves as a rail for hanging up kitchen utensils. The top shelf is a wooden box glued to the back wall. The clock was a must because every kitchen needs to have a clock.

Market stall
I added an angular shelf in the middle of the night stand for the display of the wooden crates. A piece of plywood cut to size serves as counter-top. There is a small steamer bowl with a lid sunk in the counter top to keep the fish fresh :-) . Attest handles on either side of the market stall so it can be easily carried out of the way.

The roof construction was made out of two beams cut to the right length on either side of the Rast and two beams screwed in a slightly inclined angle. To stabilize the roof construction and for attaching the fabric roof I used three round wooden bars. The fabric roof is sewn to fit and can be removed easily if it ever has to be washed. The market stall has some storage space accessible from the back for storing bags etc.

~ Gabi Lämmli, Switzerland

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18 Responses to Play kitchen and market stall

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well done! What sizes has the kitchen and the market stall?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, for the late answer. The cash register and scale are from a toy shop here in Switzerland which specializes in wooden toys. This is the link to the scales:
    And here the link to the register:

  3. Anonymous says:

    If you dont mind me asking, where did you get the cash register and scale? they are too cute. I make most of my daughters food for her play kitchen(which is a 2 year project that is constantly growing new parts like a store front…) out of felt and i was planning to make a register out of this, but if this one is available to make or buy i would love to know.

  4. This is really good in training young ones. Thanks

  5. Anonymous says:

    Where did you find the cash register for your market?

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is simply beautiful. the twins must be so happy!

  7. fantastic! I love the whole set! you can make money from what you are doing! A lot of kids will like this!

  8. mummypig says:

    Beautiful! What a fantastic hack :)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Love it! I’ve made a kitchen out of the Rast and was looking for inspiration to make a market stall and here it is :-) thanks!!

  10. Gabi Lämmli says:

    Thank you all for the compliments. I really appreciate the appreciation of my work.

  11. Anonymous says:

    That is so impressive!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Those are great! Congratulations!!

  13. cynthia says:

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  14. Anonymous says:

    What an amazing toy kitchen and stall, you did an incredible job!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Really sweet! There will be many happy hours of play here. This is one of those toys your kids will remember forever.

  16. Tindy says:

    How can this possibly only have two comments? This is amazing!!

  17. edward says:

    This is awesome – looks like a lot of thought went into it.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Wow!!! Fantastic!

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