To be honest, I was starting to worry that it couldn’t be done. That this challenge that I had set myself to make Immy a play kitchen for under $10 was not going to be possible. It was the sink taps and spout that were getting me down. I was hoping to pick up a cheap set at the hardware store but they were much pricier than I expected. With only $4.50 left to spend, what was I to do?
To see Part 1 of the challenge, follow this link.
Part 2 of the DIY Play Kitchen Challenge
1. The first problem I wanted to fix was that of not being able to open the oven door easily, I was all primed to cut a finger notch in the top of the door, stanley knife in hand, when I started thinking that I really, really wished that I had a handle so that it could be realistic. I started considering all of our furniture and what I could ‘borrow’ a handle from. Nothing sprung to mind (I didn’t think our landlords would appreciate me taking a handle from the kitchen cupboards!)
Then I remembered that we had never put the handle on our Ikea Aspivk roll-front cabinet so I hunted around and found it in our tool box!
Measure and mark where the holes need to go and then pierce the cardboard with a pen (or similar), then simply screw the handle on.
Perfect! And it didn’t cost me a thing (good thing, cause I had already spent all my pennies!) Of course, if I didn’t have the handle I would have just stuck with the finger notch idea anyway which also wouldn’t have cost me anything.
2. Next job, was to install the kitchen sink.
I decided to use a mixing bowl that I already owned (you could use any container as long as it has a lip so that the bow doesn’t slip through).
I traced around a plate that was slightly smaller than the lip of the bowl and then cut out the traced circle with a utility knife, to make a hole for your sink to sit in.
And that’s the sink. Again at no cost. Still have my whole $4.50 left to spend.
3. Now onto the challenge of the spout! And this was my solution.
Four reticulation fixings! I also looked at plastic plumbing fittings which would have worked just as well but they were more expensive at my hardware store.
Trace around the small end of the fitting and cut a hole.
Join the three top fittings together. Poke the fourth fitting up through the hole you made and then screw it all together. Voila!
Cost= $4.34. That takes us to a total so far of $9.84. Not leaving much for the taps!
4. Luckily, the ‘taps’ didn’t cost us a thing. You see last week our local council was hosting a kerbside garbage collection for large items. DH was out for an evening walk and knowing of my dilemma, he scoped the garbage piles for a solution. After a few failed attempts at removing knobs from washing machines and the like, he came across an old cupboard and unscrewed these knobs. Perfect!
Keeping an eye on the eggs whilst filling the sink, multi-tasking at just 18 months!
So it is possible to make a Kids Kitchen for under $10. You just have to think creatively and be willing to reuse or re-purpose common household (and garden) items. Why not give it a go.