Kate's Kitchen - IKEA Hack

19 February 2019

Y'all. I can not say enough good things about this kitchen. It's been so fun for ME and Kate :). I honestly can't believe it's taken me this long to blog this adorable little thing. It was actually a birthday gift for our girl back in September! I bought it about a month before so I would have plenty of time to renovate it and get it looking precious! 

I seriously searched high and low for the perfect kitchen! I found so many options-- turns out, my favorites also had a super high price tag. One day I came across the IKEA DUKTIG kitchen and thought, this thing has potential and I love the price tag! So I searched it on Pinterst and HOLY MOLY-- the things people are doing with this thing is crazy. I might have been a little overwhelmed with the options. My mind went everywhere. I reeled myself back in and decided that I really didn't want to go to the trouble of sanding and painting the whole thing or refinishing the counter-tops, etc, etc. So I figured I would do enough to be cute but not too much that I was annoyed! 

So before I begin.. let's show you where we started. It's cute but it could definitely use some improvements! 


These are some of the first pictures of took of the finished-ish product. I love that the little burners light up, it's seriously so adorable. I ended up changing out the hardware, adding "oven" knobs, putting in some under-mount lighting, painting the sink, faucet, stove top and utensil hooks. I added a back splash, some hooks for Kate's teacups, a hook on the end for her apron and chalkboard on the other end for her (important) grocery list. I'll list my sources below. 

Succulents from Target  |   Tea Set  |   Cabinet Hardware  |   Under Mount Lighting  |   End Apron Hook  |  Chalk Board  |  Tea Towel from Target Dollar Section  |  Oven Knobs

I ended up adding three under mount lights-- two over the counter top and one in the microwave. I used spray paint for the sink, faucet and outline of the stove. Just make sure you tape it all off! It comes apart super easy. 

Filing the cabinets was so fun, too. She has gotten so much use out of these toys! I'll link everything under the picture. 

Most everything came from IKEA and I haven't even talked about how good the prices are! The kitchen was only $79 dollars and most of the links above are anywhere from $5-12. PLUS I had it all shipped to me (with a table) for only $7. And it arrived super quick. Putting it together wasn't that hard- we've all heard the IKEA horror stories!

I ended up buying a piece of foam board and fabric for the back splash. I thought about ordering wrapping paper or something similar, but I was in Hobby Lobby one day and saw this fabric and fell in love. I used spray adhesive glue and just stuck the fabric on, attached the board to the back of the kitchen with 3M tape.... AFTER I anchored the whole entire thing to the wall! 

It took me forever to find an apron. I looked at so many but they all were so big! My friend Erin was having the same problem and found this one on Etsy. Some room to grow but the best fit I've found! Plus it's so cute. However, Kate doesn't care to wear it herself, she just takes it off and tried to make me wear it. 

This kitchen is so fun. It's such a great development tool for Kate. She will cook and cook and cook.. she'll whip something up, bring it to us for a taste test. it's seriously the cutest thing. She's finally getting tall enough to pull down the utensils and open the microwave. Most of the time, this area looks like a complete disaster. But she's playing so hard. It's the best toy with an awesome price tag. And so much potential to make your own! 

She loves to watch us cook and has to be on the counter if we are making anything. It's fun to watch her watch us and then go back to her own kitchen and do just like mom and dad! 

This was one of the first times playing in the kitchen. Daddy must taste everything! 

Brown those mushrooms and tomato, gf! 

Tea parties on the reg! :) + a sink full of dishes... always!!

I'm a big play kitchen fan if you can't tell. If you don't have one, look into this one from IKEA. It's absolutely money well spent! Hope you enjoyed :) 


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