Jim teases me that I sometimes take my thriftiness to extremes, and Maddie's little kitchen probably falls into that category. I found the original kitchen out at the curb in front of a house on trash day. It was an old, wooden preschool classroom kitchen that someone was getting rid of, and when I saw it, I just couldn't bear to see it get thrown away. I pulled over (in the rain), hauled it into my little black Nissan (this was several years ago), and took it home with me, where it lived in our garage and then our shed for the last few years. Once Maddie was born, I knew I wanted to give that little kitchen a long-overdue make-over, and Jim and I decided to make that our big gift for Maddie this year for Christmas.
The original kitchen was in rough shape. The finish was worn and dirty, and it had some water damage. We knew it was going to need a paint job, so we took it apart so we could clean and sand it. We also decided to move the knobs, so we totally removed the "back splash" piece.
After we finished the top of the stove, we reattached the oven and cabinet doors. We had wanted to make the oven door open downward, like a real oven door, but we weren't able to make it work. We attached the oven door handle horizontally, so it looked more like a real oven door, and we attached the cabinet door handle vertically.
Kitchen unit - free - salvaged from the side of the road
Faucet - $16.00 - Re Store (I probably could have found this cheaper if I had searched a bit more.)
Sink bowl - $1.00 - thrift store
Shelf - $2.00 - thrift store (I loved the scalloped bottom!)
Rail - $9.00 - Ikea (There was a less expensive rail, but this one was a bit more feminine - a little splurge.)
Hooks - $3.00 - Ikea
Handles - $2.00 - Ikea (in the clearance section)
Chalkboard - $2.00 - Joann's
Burners - $4.00 - Joann's
Wood trim - $3.00 - Joann's
Wood backing piece and screws - $12.00 - Home Depot
Paint - free - Ace (free quart of paint during a promotion this past summer)
A few other things we already had - paint (black and white), polyurethane, nails, gorilla glue
All together, we probably spent about $60.00, and quite a few hours, on Maddie's kitchen. We were really happy with how everything turned out, and we are so glad that she really loves her new kitchen!