As much as we want to train our kids on how to cook in the kitchen, it’s hard to take the risk of letting them hold dangerous kitchen utensils that may harm them. Instead of letting your kids cook in the “real” kitchen, why not let them cook in their own toy kitchen? In this article, we will teach you how to make an almost life-size toy kitchen for your kids from an old, unused TV cabinet. Follow the steps below:
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #1
The first step on how to transform an old TV cabinet into a toy kitchen is preparing the old cabinet. Clean the cabinet to remove the dust and any dirt that may have stuck inside.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #2
The next step is removing the glass, knobs, handles, screws, and other accessories that will not be necessary for the making your kid’s toy kitchen.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #3
If your old cabinet has two small front drawers like the one on the image, remove the cover of one drawer and leave the other one intact. This will be the oven for the toy kitchen that you will have later.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #4
Remove the hinges on the side of the other drawer and transfer them to the bottom part of the edge. This will be the storage for the dishwasher of the toy kitchen.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #5
Draw a circle on the flat surface of the cabinet using a round aluminum basin. Cut the surface following the circle that you drew a while ago. The hole that you made is where you will put the basin as the sink of the toy kitchen.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #6
Cut a small circle on the upper left side of the big circle that you’ve made. This small hole is where you will put the faucet in the sink of the toy kitchen.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #7
Lay the kitchen cabinet flat and create a rectangle on the upper part of the cabinet using a tape. We suggest for you to use a colorful tape.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #8
Cut the rectangle following the shape of the tape. After, remove the part from the kitchen cabinet. You must have a rectangle-shaped hole at the top part of the cabinet by now.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #9
Measure the rectangular box on the left side of the kitchen cabinet. Then, cut a ply board following the size of the cabinet box that you’ve measured. Cover the box with the ply board using glue. Then, secure it with nails.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #10
Sand the surface of the cabinet to make sure that the toy kitchen is child-friendly. You can either use sandpaper or a sanding tool like the one used in the image.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #11
Coat the cabinet with white paint and let it dry. Then, you can add a second layer of paint with different colors. As much as possible, choose attractive colors of paint since you are making a toy kitchen for kids.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #12
The toy kitchen that you’re making should look like this by now. In the image, the blue cabinet is the pantry, the red one is the fridge, the yellow color at the front is the kitchen wall, and the gray small cabinet is the oven.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #13
You already have an image of a toy kitchen. Now, you only need to add some finishing accessories. Here, we start with the oven. Put a transparent sheet of plastic on the window of the oven. That will be the oven glass.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #14
Then, add the temperature control buttons for the oven of the toy kitchen. These buttons are actually cotton reels painted in black color. They are of different sizes to make it more realistic.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #15
For the cooktop of the toy kitchen, just use a sticker vinyl tile and add four old CDs for the burners. Then, add the stove knobs. They are painted wooden handles.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #16
For the sink of the toy kitchen, place a round aluminum basin in the round hole that you’ve made in one of the previous steps. Then, insert the faucet in the small hole beside the basin.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #17
For the microwave in your kid’s toy kitchen, just use a black cardboard box, cut a rectangular shape, and stick a silver cardboard for the door. You can also add some sticky numbers beside the microwave’s door.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #18
In this step, put all the useful things that you can possibly think of to hold your kid’s toy kitchen utensils like shelves, hangers, and hooks.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #19
To complete your kid’s toy kitchen, mount the window up the wall of the kitchen. You can easily make a window by using a large neighboring house picture. Add a curtain to complete the look.
How to make a toy kitchen: Step #20
Lastly, gather all of your kid’s kitchen toys and let your kid arrange them on the toy kitchen that you have just made yourself. Your kid will surely love it.