It’s done! Just in time for our lives to get crazy-busy with the new house purchase, I have completed Sydney’s Christmas present: a newly re-finished play kitchen.
You can read more about how I found it here. When I purchased this secondhand, it needed a bit of TLC, and bunch of paint:
After fixing the wobbly bits and fitting the oven with some plexiglass, I set to work on the painting. I sanded the whole thing down, and gave the cabinets a couple coats of primer inside and out. Then I painted the interiors of the cabinets; I used gray for the interior of the oven and white for the cupboard. I then finished the outside with semi-gloss white paint that was leftover from the trim in her nursery.
The most fun part of the project, however, were the faux granite countertops I did to help tie her kitchen into ours (read more about our kitchen remodel here). I was a bit nervous about this part but it was actually a pretty quick project! I did a Pinterest search to see if anyone had tried this before, and I did see this post; this blogger actually did a faux granite for her actual kitchen! I didn’t follow her tutorial exactly, but it was definitely helpful to read over.
For my faux-abulous granite counters I first primed the counters with gray primer, and then I used a sponge to apply layers of shades of gray acrylic paint. I just started with a very dark charcoal shade, and kept lightening it up as I added layers. Once everything was dry, I added two coats of polycrylic for durability. Here’s a closer up pic of the countertop:
I love how well the play kitchen feels a part of ours, right down to the countertops:
I’m very pleased with the way it turned out and I’m a little sad that Christmas is still two months away because I’m so excited for Sydney to have this to play with. But this time of the year always flies by, and I’m sure it will go especially quickly now that we’re busy with the new house as well. In the meantime, I’ll continue to enjoy the good-old-fashioned before-and-after pictures!
Are you DIYing any holiday gifts this year? Do you have a play kitchen you love? Tried the faux granite thing before? I’d love to hear about it!