I’ve seen kid’s play kitchens made from everything from an end table to a console TV. So I thought, why not from an old sewing cabinet. The thing I didn’t realize was how much more repurposing would be involved with a project like this. Because, isn’t it the details that make toys so much fun!
The first trick to converting a sewing cabinet into a play kitchen is selecting a sewing cabinet that opens from the front.
Then, you need to source a piece of wood to serve as the bottom of the cabinet so it can be used for storage. I unscrewed the top of the cabinet, and screwed it onto the bottom. But before that, I removed the legs.
Now, no matter what sewing cabinet you select, the legs are too long for it to serve as a play kitchen. Therefore, I would need to trim the legs to a size that would make it the right for a two – five-year-old. The sewing cabinet I’m working from was made in 1968, and has what I consider nice legs. In this case, I wanted to preserve the legs, as is, for another project. I luckily came across a cheap end table in a garbage pile and Bogarted those legs.
So next step was preparing the cabinet top for becoming the inside bottom of the cabinet. Because I was screwing it into the bottom of the cabinet AND screwing new legs into the bottom of I had to drill all my screw holes first.
|You can see the pencil lines from where I lined up the cabinet, then positioned the leg holes inside of that.|
|Here’s everything screwed in.|
Then it all came down to spray paint to bring it all together, looking more realistic.
The other important detail is the back splash. This is what really says “kitchen.” I used one piece of scrap wood and jigsawed it into the wall with a shelf and hooks. Then I used L-brackets to attach it to the cabinet.
|I cut and screwed these pieces together to form a shelf.|
|Props really make it come to life!|
This option. I made a little skirt, mainly to cover up the ugly legs, but also to add a soft, frilly touch. While I was at it, I sewed matching potholders. Coincidentally (I swear) I had scrapbook paper that matched the fabric so I dressed up the shelf with scalloped edging.
|You are so ready for a tea party.|
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