Published on December 30th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Strawberry RAST Play Kitchen

IKEA strawberry Rast play kitchen

Materials: Rast Bedside table, RAM frames, RIBBA frame, SORLI mirrors, even IKEA packaging

Description: Mandate: Create a play kitchen for my daughter for Christmas. Needs to fit space where a kitchen base cabinet is missing.

Labour: Building took 10 hours over 3 days. Countless hours on design/getting stuff.

Cost: Probably more than a shop bought kitchen – but that’s mainly because I had to buy all tools, paints etc.

I’m thrilled at how well it has turned out, considering that I am a complete novice at DIY, the tight time deadline (before Christmas) and the fact I was nursing a painful tooth!

IKEA strawberry Rast play kitchen
IKEA strawberry Rast play kitchen

My heartfelt thanks to IKEA Hackers and play-kitchen-creating mums for all the ideas.

The frame is a RAST bedside table (what else?) I primed, sanded, painted with satin gloss white paint and finally varnished the parts before assembly.

I used a RAM photo frame for the oven door. I painted it a pale pink. I used two flush hinges to attach it to the lower shelf of the RAST table. I tried to screw it in, but after a loooong struggle with the cordless drill, gave up and tried hammering it in. That didn’t work either – hammered all but one of my fingers. Finally glued it using Gorilla All Purpose Superglue.

For the base, I bought a piece of 1/4 inch plywood (should have gone thicker!) – primed and painted along with the RAST sections. I screw-fitted SLUGGA castors to attach the plywood to the RAST “legs”

For the back, I lucked out. I got a RIBBA(?) frame, white finish at the Bargain Corner in IKEA for £2. Screwed it onto the back of the table, inserted some fabric for the “backsplash”. Done.

For the door inset, I used the perspex packaging from last year’s Christmas baubles. (also from IKEA!)

Knobs: Unfinished, screw-fitted knobs bought via eBay, painted white and pink for the hob knobs and oven door knob. Drilled holes and screwed in the knobs.

Hob Burners: Super-glued beaded coasters bought from the supermarket.

Oven Light: Stuck a push LED light on to the roof of the “oven”.

Other accessories:
Stuck a couple of white plastic hooks from the local DIY shop for the oven gloves and apron on one side of the table.

On the other side, stuck a SORLI mirror.

For the trim (just above the oven door), I tried cutting a polystyrene block to size, but that didn’t work – kitchen floor is covered in polystyrene “snow”. My husband helped me saw off a section of a RAM frame (using a craft knife and a bread knife!! I really should have bought a jigsaw!). Primed, painted, superglued on. For the separator between the oven and the shelf on the right, I used a fabric wrapped piece of cardboard – when time permits, will replace with a piece of plywood.

That’s it! Whew.

~ Kipsy, UK

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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".

7 Responses to Strawberry RAST Play Kitchen

  1. Tara says:

    It looks adorable. Love all the little details. I was wondering where you got the play tea kettle? I’ve been looking for a red kettle to go with my daughters kitchen. My Dad made her one for Christmas too.

  2. supersue says:

    Really well done! I’m sure she loved it ;)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Amazing job. Well done! :)

  4. Laurel says:

    Oh to be a kid again.

  5. That’s very cute and so much more thoughtful than just saying “charge!”

  6. Laura says:

    Love the coasters! Great job! My play kitchen project did not get done for Christmas. More inspiration here – maybe for Valentine’s day lol

  7. Anonymous says:

    Congrats! It’s really cute.

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