Vintage Inspired Play Kitchen

If you missed the post on my daughter’s Vintage Tea Party, you can see it here.  For her birthday, I knew I wanted to get her a play kitchen.  The ones in Pottery Barn Kids are over priced and I wanted it to be unique.  Of course, being married to a carpenter has it’s advantages when it comes to things like this.  🙂  I knew that he’d go all out and make it the best play kitchen ever!  Let’s just get right to the pictures!  I know that’s what you want to see anyway….
Sorry for the cut off photo.  My wide lens broke and this thing is bigger than it looks!  I was standing in the opposite corner of the room.  Hopefully I will get a better full shot soon.
The oven:
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 Glass knobs from Hobby Lobby.  They were $2.99 each!  They look almost just like Anthro’s $10.00 glass knobs!
 My little assistant.  Just to show size of the kitchen.  She will be able to play with this for a long time.  It is quite a bit bigger than she is.
The apron sink:
 My mom made the sink skirt to match the little chair cushions in her room.
 Yes, JT even put a real sink stopper in it.  You have to know him.  If he’s gonna do something, he’s gonna do it right!  🙂  God love him.  He and I are both such detail pay attentioners that I won’t post about all our arguments of how things should be on this play kitchen!  That would be silly.  I mean it’s a PLAY kitchen.
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We got the faucet at Lowe’s.  It was the least expensive one they had.  It was a small bar sink faucet.  I actually found on on ebay just like this one for $6.00, but we needed it in time for her party so just bought a new one.?
 A lot of people have asked where he ordered the little sink and assumed it was plastic.  Nope.  It’s wood and he made it.  He made a box and used his router to round off the corners.  Then, we used a very high gloss paint to give it more shine than the rest of the kitchen.  Plus, the high gloss paint is easy for wiping down and cleaning up too!
 We hung
the sink skirt with a wooden dowel.
The ice box:
 We were going to buy just regular handles for the fridge doors, but I spotted these on my way out of Lowe’s and they were on clearance!  Don’t they look just like mini fridge door handles!
 It was JT’s idea to paint the inside white… a real fridge.
 He rounded the edged of the doors for a retro look and for safety.  He also made the doors hollow so they were light weight.
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The cabinet:
The tiny knobs on the cabinet are from Hobby Lobby, too.  JT put bead board insets in the cabinet doors.
 A little hand towel rack on the side of the cabinet, next to the sink.
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The end product!  I could not be more pleased!  I’m so proud of John Taylor for building this and I know it’s something she’ll love and treasure for a long time and maybe even pass it down to her daughter one day.
There are some kitchen accessories I am getting from Ikea.
PS…..we were inspired by this play kitchen, but just added our own designs and touches to some of the kitchen parts and tried to make it more vintage.  I did use the tutorial on that play kitchen for the sink skirt.  Ana built one for her daughter, too.  You can find it here.
As always, I’ll be glad to answer any questions!  Just email me.

44 thoughts on “Vintage Inspired Play Kitchen

  1. Oh my goodness. This has got to be the cutest, funnest, sweetest thing I have seen! I love every bit of it…the tiny details and all! Would he be willing to sell the plans for it? Mike is wanting to make something for Anna Claire…Also…did he build the table and chairs? Mike has been looking for plans for a table to make for her 2nd birthday and this is exactly what we are looking for. Would he be willing to share?

  2. I just love this little kitchen! Your hubby is quite talented! Can I have one in my size?? Thanks for the birthday wishes! And you crack me up…no, my husband did not make the cake. He had it made!!;) I'd be quite impressed even he had even tried!!;)

  3. Anonymous,He used (2) sheets of thin ply wood and braced them together with smaller cube-like arms in the middle. For the rounded edges of the door on each side, he actually bought a stair-way rail and cut it in half, using one half on the left side and one half on the right. I hope this makes sense and answers your questions. If not, you can email me at Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Out of site! I am in love with the precious details of this kitchen. Sounds like your Mr. and mine would get along. "Leave no detail behind", that might as well be his motto. :-)We ended up using that same faucet from Lowe's for the same reason. Haha! It's really perfect. We later made a matching retro fridge with the freezer on top and rounded edges. It looks similar to the Big Chill vintage inspired retro fridges. Love the cabinet idea, a girl can never have too much storage.Your little sweetie is lucky to have you guys for a Mommy and Daddy. The way you poured your heart and soul into this project speaks volumes. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. I fell in love with this girly play kitchen the moment I saw it.. the colors, the hardware, the details, the sink..Im gonna have my honey make one for our lil princess for Christmas… I will do the fun part.. the painting, & the detail work!!thanks for such a great inspiration!

  6. I just found you via Ana White and I'm so happy I did. Your blog is delightful! I appreciate your husband's attention to detail…my husband is an architect and you can bet he was just as particular with our play kitchen 🙂 Funny, I threw a vintage tea party for my daughter's birthday too! Off to check out the rest of your blog…

  7. I was so happy when I saw the sink and stove details of this kitchen! I have been looking for options to build a kitchen for my BOYS. lol. I wish I had a girl too but I have 3 boys and and they all love to cook. I was looking to buy one because I just couldnt figure out how to do the details but now that ive seen this im so excited to get started!

  8. I absolutely love this kitchen!! We were just about to purchase the Pottery Barn Retro Kitchen and after seeing this one, I don't want the PBK one anymore! Do you have plans for this kitchen? What about paint colors?Thank you for sharing!!

  9. Gorgeous! I found some cabinet pulls similiar to the ones you have there… I'm not sure if the projection is too much, though. It pops out 1 3/8 inch. Could you tell me how far yours come out and if you think they will be ok? Thanks! Sarah

  10. I've been looking for the perfect color for my daughter's play kitchen & thought I found it on Crafty Chick's blog…Until I saw this. Stunning! Would you mind sharing the paint color/brand?Thank you for the inspiration!

  11. OMG do I LOVE this kitchen so much!! I really really liked your idea for the apron sink, which I think is something I'd really like to incorporate in my own version, as well as you vintage ice chest! You did SUCH a beautiful job!! Thanks for giving me the new link…sorry I used the old one on my blog, that's the one I found first when i searched for play kitchen ideas! But the right link is updated now! Thanks!

  12. Oh, it's absolutely precious! And it's even more special that it's handmade! It's gorgeous! I also love the sink skirt your mom made. I first saw this post on A Thoughtful Place. So happy to find your blog! Enjoy all the happy memories with this amazing play kitchen. 🙂

  13. I am just speechless over this kitchen that I found via A Thoughtful Place! The white inside fridge- now your hubby's just showing off! Seriously awesome- and great photos- your little daughter is adorable. I have a little guy that might be perfect for her:)

  14. This kitchen is cute beyone words! I found your blog through Ana White's page and absolutely fell in love with the attention to detail that you guys put into this kitchen set for your little girl! My husband was so excited when I showed him Ana's website and asked him if he thought he could make a kitchen for our daughter and he went out and bought all the lumber and tools already. I showed him your blog and asked him about doing the sink on her kitchen the same way and he was just curious how it was done. We'd really appreciate if your husband would share the details of how he accomplished that sink! Again, congrats on a job spectacularly done! 🙂

  15. Wow, beautiful work. I’m working towards my first building project and I’m going to build a kitchen set for my daughter for Christmas. I’d love to get a little more details around your build. Could you send me any of the details around dimensions, cuts, etc. It would be very useful as I tweak things to fit our space. I really love how you’ve done the sink and would love help around that aspect especially. You can email any information you’d be willing to share to me at kellybair7 at gmail dot com. Thank you.

  16. Hello!! I found this beautiful set on pinterest and am interested in making it for my daughter. She is almost 3 and outgrowing her Step2 kitchen. She plays with it all the time and I have searched for one that she can grow with. The closest I have found is the PBK one, and it really doesn’t impress me that much. I was wondering what the dimensions were one this one! Really how tall it is. It said to e-mail you with questions, but this is my first time ever responding to a blog post and I am not really sure how to do that. Thank you in advance!!!!!

  17. Your play kitchen is beautiful. We are building a play kitchen right now based off on ana-white’s plans, and I would like to install an apron sink in it. How did your husband brace the sink structure to hold the apron sink?

  18. Wow, this is the cutest thing ever! Would you consider putting complete plans up available for others? My daughter really wants a kitchen for Christmas this year and I would love to make this for her, but am not great at guessing, but can follow plans very well.

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