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DIY Play Kitchen

I am so excited to finally share the free plans for this DIY Play Kitchen that I built for my daughter! She is a tall 8-year-old and her top request for Christmas was a Play Kitchen. After searching and searching online, I realized that there are no big kid play kitchens! She towered over her old one, which is why we donated it. So, since I I did not want to invest in another tiny kitchen, I decided to design and build one for her.

DIY Play Kitchen
DIY Play Kitchen

This was the most fun project that I have built in my 10 years of building! My goal was to not only make the size more proportionate to a big kid but also to give it a very realistic look. I got creative and love how I was able to include a farmhouse sink, real stove burners and a peninsula.

You can download the FREE Printable Plans HERE and follow along in the step-by-step tutorial below!

Supply List

Building Supplies

  • Shop list and cut list are available in the PDF Plans

Tools

Accessories

Sink and Oven Build

Step 1

DIY Play Kitchen

Cut the side pieces and shelves to size and use a jigsaw to cut the notches out of the corners.

DIY Play Kitchen

I used my speed square to mark for the notches.

DIY Play Kitchen

Use a Kreg Jig to drill 3/4″ pocket holes into both sides of the shelves.

DIY Play Kitchen

Attach the shelves to one sink side panel.

DIY Play Kitchen

Then attach the middle sink panel.

DIY Play Kitchen

Finally attach the other side. Use 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Step 2

DIY Play Kitchen

Cut the bottom, base frame pieces to size and drill 3/4″ pocket holes into both ends. Attach them to the side and middle cabinet pieces with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Step 3

DIY Play Kitchen

Cut the toe kick to size and notch out 3/4″x3/4″ squares to allow for the side and middle cabinet pieces.

DIY Play Kitchen

Attach the toe kick to the base frame with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.

Step 4

DIY Play Kitchen

Cut the face frame pieces to size. Drill 3/4″ pocket holes at one end of each vertical piece and both ends of the top and middle pieces. Attach them together with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. I used my Kreg face clamp to keep the boards flush while I was attaching.

DIY Play Kitchen

Cut the oven door catch block to size, center it on the face frame and attach it with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue. This was an afterthought while I was building. I added it later in the build but it’s easiest to add when you are building the face frame.

Step 5

DIY Play Kitchen

Attach the face frame to the front of the cabinet with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.

DIY Play Kitchen

The top of the face frame should be flush with the top of the cabinet.

Step 6

DIY Play Kitchen

Cut the back support pieces to size and drill 3/4″ pocket holes at both ends of each piece. Attach them 1/4″ from the back of the cabinet to allow for the backing. Attach them with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. The support on the sink side should be attached 1 1/2″ from the top of the cabinet to allow for the faucet.

Step 7

DIY Play Kitchen

Cut the sink support to size and drill 3/4″ pocket holes at each end. Attach it to the sink side of the cabinet with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. It should sit 7″ from the front of the cabinet panel, 2″ from the back and 1 5/8″ from the top.

Step 8

DIY Play Kitchen

Cut the sink door planks to size. Then, measure and cut the 1/4″ trim to size. Attach the trim to the plywood planks with 5/8″ pin or brad nails and wood glue. Build two doors. (I had to try the farmhouse sink on for size).

Step 9

DIY Play Kitchen

Cut the oven door to size and cut out a 9″x8″ square with a jig saw. Cut the plexiglass, with a miter saw, to size and attach it to the back of the oven door with 3/4″ multi-use screws in each corner.

DIY Play Kitchen

Cut the oven door trim to size. Attach the vertical pieces to the horizontal pieces with 7/8″ brad nails. Center the trim assembly over the front of the door, so that the trim covers the jigsaw cuts. Attach to the front of the door with 7/8″ brad nails and wood glue.

Step 10

DIY Play Kitchen

Attach the sink and oven doors to the cabinet with hinges. Note: I waited to attach the doors after painting.

Refrigerator Build

Step 1

DIY Play Kitchen

Cut the refrigerator sides and shelves to size. Drill 3/4″ pocket holes into the sides of each shelf.

DIY Play Kitchen

Attach the shelves to the refrigerator sides with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Step 2

DIY Play Kitchen

Cut the refrigerator base, frame piece to size and drill 3/4″ pocket holes into each end. Attach the base piece to the refrigerator sides with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Step 3

DIY Play Kitchen

Cut the refrigerator toe kick o size and cut out 3/4″ notches at each corner. Attach the to kick piece to the refrigerator base frame with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.

Step 4

DIY Play Kitchen

Cut the refrigerator face frame pieces to size and drill 3/4″ pocket holes at each end of the vertical pieces and each end of the middle pieces. Attach them together with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Step 5

DIY Play Kitchen

Attach the face frame to the cabinet with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue. The face frame should be flush with all edges of the cabinet.

Step 6

DIY Play Kitchen

Cut the refrigerator doors to size. Then, measure and cut the trim to fit. Attach the trim to the doors with 5/8″ pin nails or finish nails and wood glue.

Step 7

DIY Play Kitchen

Attach the doors to the refrigerator with hinges. Note: I attached the doors after painting.

Countertop Build

Step 1

DIY Play Kitchen

Cut the legs and the apron piece to size. Drill 3/4″ pocket holes in each end of the apron piece.

DIY Play Kitchen

Center the apron piece on each leg and attach it to the legs with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Step 2

DIY Play Kitchen

Cut the countertop to size and use a jigsaw to cut out a spot for the sink.

DIY Play Kitchen

Use a jigsaw to also cut out two 6″ circles for the burners.

Attaching the Countertop

DIY Play Kitchen

Attach the countertop to the leg assembly first. Use 2 1/2″ wood screws from the top of the countertop and into each leg. Attach the countertop to the sink cabinet with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue. (I had to try all of the cute accessories on for size).

DIY Play Kitchen

Add a finish! I chose to stain the countertop and paint the rest of the kitchen with Seine by Valspar.

DIY Play Kitchen

Once the stain was dry, I applied a protective finish.

Adding the Finishing Touches

Step 1 – Play Kitchen Faucet

DIY Play Kitchen

I spray painted the faucet to give it a modern gold finish.

DIY Play Kitchen

Use the plastic piece that comes with the faucet to mark for the faucet holes. Use a 1″ drill bit to cut the faucet holes.

DIY Play Kitchen

Slide the faucet into the holes and use the plastic fittings to screw the faucet in place. Note: You may need to remove the back support to attach the faucet. Reattach the back support with wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws once the faucet is in place.

Step 2 – Play Kitchen Farmhouse Sink

DIY Play Kitchen
DIY Play Kitchen

Apply contact adhesive to the sink support and the bottom of the sink. Slide the sink in place. Note: I searched high and low for the perfect farmhouse sink. A bathroom/utility sink was too deep and expensive. This piece is the perfect size and weight but I can only find it at the restaurant supply sites. If you can find the same one somewhere else, please let us know!

Step 3 – Play Kitchen Knobs

DIY Play Kitchen

Drill holes for the Play Kitchen Knobs with a 1/2″ drill bit.

DIY Play Kitchen

Glue the plastic piece to the knob with contact adhesive.

DIY Play Kitchen

Slide the knob assembly into each hole and secure them with a screw and washer. This will allow the Play Kitchen Knobs to turn.

Step 4 – Play Kitchen Stove Burners

DIY Play Kitchen

Apply contact adhesive to each burner drip bowl and set the bowl in the 6″ hole on the countertop.

DIY Play Kitchen

Slide a burner into each bowl.

Step 5 – Pulls and Hinges

DIY Play Kitchen

Attach the sink, oven and refrigerator doors with 2″ hinges.

Add cabinet pulls to the refrigerator doors and a clasp closure to the sink doors.

Step 6 – Oven Door Catch

I used a cabinet door catch at the top of the cabinet door to keep the oven door shut.

DIY Play Kitchen

Attach the receiving end to the bottom of the oven door catch block.

DIY Play Kitchen

Attach the other side of the closure to the top, inside of the oven door.

DIY Play Kitchen

I also used a door catch at the top and bottom of both sink and refrigerator doors.

Step 7 – Attaching the Back Panels

DIY Play Kitchen

Once every accessory is attached, attach the back panels with 3/4″ staples and wood glue, from the back panels and into the shelves and back supports.

All Done!

DIY Play Kitchen

I totally built my daughter the Play Kitchen of my dreams 😉 She was so excited to see it on Christmas morning!

DIY Play Kitchen
Play Kitchen Farmhouse Sink

My favorite feature is the realistic farmhouse sink!

DIY Play Kitchen

I tried to make the DIY Play Kitchen resemble my own kitchen 🙂 I used a similar color paint and modern hardware.

DIY Play Kitchen

I love how fancy the legs look and they help add an island and extended countertop to the kitchen.

DIY Play Kitchen

My daughter LOVES the real stove burners!

DIY Play Kitchen

She also loves that the oven knobs can turn!

DIY Play Kitchen

The size is perfect for big kids but also a great size to grow with littles too!

DIY Play Kitchen

How cute is the oven door with the plexiglass window?!

DIY Play Kitchen

This was such a fun piece to build and I loved getting to use my creativity in the design to make it feel and look realistic! I wish that I had built it years ago instead of purchasing the little kitchen that I did! If you build one, send us your pics and share them on social media. Just use #shanty2chic so we can share them too!

All the play food!

DIY Play Kitchen

I found some super CUTE play food sets that make me so giddy!! I love finding good quality play food (some of it can be very flimsy). So, I’m sharing my favorite finds below!

DIY Play Kitchen

First up, this wooden play food coffee maker – it’s works like a Keurig. I can’t handle how cute it is!

DIY Play Kitchen

I’m really happy with the quality of this play food pasta set! The boxes of pasta are very thick and sturdy and they have fabric pasta inside!

DIY Play Kitchen

The pasta set also includes fabric sauce – STOP!

DIY Play Kitchen

The play food ice cream set is my daughters favorite!

DIY Play Kitchen

I LOVE the play food condiment set! The bottles are very sturdy, the mustard squeezes out a yellow rope and some of the bottles rattle.

DIY Play Kitchen

The play food mixer and blender might be tied as my favorite to the coffee maker! The mixing set comes with a few mixing bowls and the blender ones with different smoothie inserts, ice cubes, a smoothie cup and a recipe card!

DIY Play Kitchen

The play food waffle maker is adorable! It comes with velcro butter and syrup pieces 🙂

DIY Play Kitchen

Finally, I also found a large set of canned food. These are very sturdy, not the cardboard type that crush easily. They are super cute and fun for the kids to stack and play grocery store with.

That’s it! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Building!

17 Comments

  1. Tiffany on November 20, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    I can’t find the link to the laminated pine board either! I can’t find anything like that at Home Depot. Can you help??

  2. Michelle on September 8, 2019 at 10:10 am

    I may have missed this somewhere but do you have the overall dimensions of this? Thanks!

    • Molly Mittl on September 22, 2019 at 2:54 am

      64 1/2” W x 13 1/4” D x 40” H
      All of the exact Measurements down to each piece are in the building plans that she has put into a PDF download at the top of this page with a complete list for supplies, tools, cuts, where to find everything that she used in her kitchen and the entire building process step by step. Hope that helps. 🙂

  3. Jennifer L Shaw on June 23, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Where did you get the 16″ X 48″ X 1″ Laminated Pine Panel? I can’t find that link in the post.

  4. MaryKate C on April 7, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    My husband and I are currently working on this project for our daughter, we love it! Just wondering how/if you attracted the fridge to the rest of it? Thanks!!

    • Nancy L on May 17, 2019 at 2:25 am

      I absolutely love this beautiful kitchen! Your daughter is so lucky to have such handy and creative parents. Can you please let me know where you got the sink? Thank you so much! 🙂

    • Jennifer Shaw on June 25, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      Where did you get the 16″ X 48″ X 1″ Laminated Pine Panel? I can’t find that link in the post.Thank you!

  5. Mike harp on April 4, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Where do we get the sink ?

  6. Moxy on March 29, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    I wonder if you can tell me what color the doors in the background are? Thanks!

  7. Court on March 28, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Amazing! What was the total cost in supplies? Not including tools😊

    • Kristin on April 6, 2019 at 10:38 am

      It’s close to $475! The tax & shipping on the legs and sink are added in that as well 🙂

  8. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces on March 28, 2019 at 3:55 am

    So adorable! All the details are what make it fun. Yay!

  9. Melanie Causey on March 27, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Wow! Gorgeous play kitchen. Another great project ladies!

  10. Ramona T on March 27, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    You are so creative! One day I hope to have grandbabies to build this for! If you don’t mind sharing, what color paint did you use? You mentioned it is similar to your kitchen cabinet paint but it looks a little darker. Thank you!

    • Ramona T on March 27, 2019 at 1:56 pm

      Oops NM 😳 I reread it and saw it was Seine by Valspar. Thanks!

  11. Sarah W. on March 27, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    I can’t say enough how much I love this project. You have such a great blog for ideas and learning about woodworking. This is so so so beautiful!

  12. Courtney on March 27, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Such an awesome and creative idea!!! I love it! Now time for me to go grab some wood and supplies!😍

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