This next part won’t be as detailed as some may like so if you want MORE details, please shoot me at email at embracingeverything AT gmail DOT com.
This part was where my dad shined. He took the main support board out to add countertop and cut out holes for the sink and the faucet. During this process, I waited. I am terribly impatient, however, it was totally worth the wait. Dad came back with that finished and an extra piece of countertop that we used as a back splash. It looked so much better than the cheap cardboard that was there originally. The next thing we did were we took out the two bottom drawers to cut out a hole in the back for the sink to fit and a hole in the bottom one for the window for the oven. Too cute! Also, we took out the third drawer as Emma is not that tall. Once she gets older, we can always add it back in to the kitchen. We decided NOT to fill those holes since we will use them again, however, we did have to drill new holes to lower the countertop. Along with these things, dad also put a 2×4 on the back of the kitchen set to support the rail that would hold Emma’s kitchen utensils. Smartest idea ever. My dad is pretty much a genius. The last thing he did was put washers on the knobs and drills holes for the knobs that weren’t the same size as the previous ones. Once dad finished all this stuff, I traced the mouse pads and cut them out to make smaller eyes for the stove top and velcroed them and the timer to the countertop. We felt that was a lot safer than hot glue that Emma would later rip off. Can I get an amen? Amen.
The next thing we did was move the kitchen upstairs to Emma’s room. I hung out with Emma in our bedroom trying to rock her to sleep while JR and my dad moved it upstairs. Emma would NOT go to sleep so we ended up going out for a car ride. At 10pm. On Christmas Eve. She finally fell asleep after an hour of driving and although we had a lot to do, it allowed JR and I to just hang out and spend time together, which was a blessing in disguise. When we got home, JR kept Emma in the den (asleep finally) while I touched up the paint that was scratched and put all the appliances and accessories in place. This may have been the most fun to me. Once it was done I probably sat there for a good ten minutes admiring all the handy work. Beautiful!
I’ve put together a list below so you could see what we bought, what we used, and what we had. I hope it encourages you to consider homemade rather than store bought. Emma’s kitchen will always mean more to us knowing it was made here rather than bought somewhere else. Total time spent was probably a good 15-20 hours (counting buying items) but priceless in the amount of time Emma will spend there and the memories that will be made.I’d love to think our grandkids will play with this one day. As far as Emma goes, Christmas morning came and she was in love. She has already played with it way more than I would have imagined. She also loves the grocery cart Julia gave us. Thanks Julia!
Additional future plans involve lighting in the oven, magnetic boards for the fridge door, chalkboard paint on the side for menus and more, and polyurethane to coat the entire kitchen. We hope to get all these done within the next few weeks to a month. Fingers crossed!
Any questions? I would love to answer them for you here!
Bygel S-hook, silver color $.99/10 pack
Bygel Rail, silver color $2.99
Bygel Hook, silver color $1.99/2 pack
Stam Timer $1.99
Lagis Mouse pad, black $.99 (bought 2= $1.98)
Paint for the “Oops” section $2
2×4 (50 inches total) $3
Velcro tabs $3
Door Knobs, $1.50 (bought 4= $6)
Kitchen sign $5
Additional Items Purchased from Ikea (Not Necessary)
Duktig 15-piece breakfast set $7.99
Duktig 4-piece cookware set $9.99
Duktig 7-piece baking set $9.99
Duktig 5-piece kitchen utensil set $3.99
Entertainment center (used old dresser)
White paint (from touch up at our house)
Counter top (from project at my parents house)
Bowl for the sink (from our kitchen)
Sink faucet, knobs & sprayer (from a friend who does sink repair/renovations)
Kitchen supplies (from Emma’s birthday party, our house, etc)