Published on February 8th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Malmtastic Play Kitchen

Malm chest with two drawers

Description: My husband transformed two Malm night stands destined for the dumpster into a modern, masculine play kitchen that boasts stainless steel appliances and a mosaic tile back splash.

One chest became the sink side with a dog bowl and discarded faucet. The top drawer was notched so that it could still function as storage.

The other side became a range with the addition of an oven door and black CD burners. The bottom drawer was cut down to create a warming drawer. The stainless steel effect was achieved with contact paper.

Last but not least, the back splash. We just used construction glue to attach the tile to a piece of plywood. After it was grouted, we attached it to the nighstands with brackets. The finishing touch was a Bygel rail and hooks from IKEA.

See more pictures and info of the Malmastic play kitchen.

~ Carla of small + friendly, CA

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Jules Yap

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16 Responses to Malmtastic Play Kitchen

  1. remmus says:

    Love it. What did you use for the oven door? I’m posting my kitchen hack soon, but yours is much nicer!

  2. Anonymous says:

    wow thats amazing! looks a million time better then my actual adult sized kitchen

  3. Anonymous says:

    Best one I’ve seen! And we’ve seen many of these!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely stunning!

  5. Anonymous says:

    That is just way too cool! Lucky kids!

  6. HQB says:

    I like it, but I agree with Tina that there’s nothing especially masculine about it. :)

  7. Againstthegrain says:

    Love it. The Moka stovetop espresso maker is the perfect touch!

  8. Fantastic! I’m in love with your Malm Play Kitchen!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wayyy too cute! My niece and nephew would LOVE this. Cute hack!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Black CDs as burners and dog bowl as sink…super creative!! Turned out fantastic!

  11. jodi says:

    I’m in awe! One of the best hacks I’ve seen.

  12. Anonymous says:

    This play kitchen looks better than my real one, lol!

    But what’s particularly masculine about it? It seems to me to just be gender neutral(thank god!). I’m sure, boys and girls alike will love to play in it.


  13. Anonymous says:

    An ingenious idea! Excellent job!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous! Good work!

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