Well, Cara and I have been hard at work all week on projects, but don’t have any completed pieces to show you good folks as of yet. We don’t want to break the pace and leave you hanging with no word from the TL gals, so I thought I’d do a little post on (arguably) the cutest, most rewarding, heaviest used, most FUN project I’ve ever taken on (and I’ve taken on more than my fair share in my day): The Play Kitchen I built for my Bugga Boo this past Christmas!
DON’T MISS: A Comfy Cast-off OR A Turquoise Transformation
I started out with a very plain but precisely-the-right-size three drawer chest that I picked up at the local Habitat Re-Store for $10. It began it’s life looking like this:
I added to the mix a huge and hideous Fireworks painting that I got from FreeCycle, a chaffing dish ($2 from the Re-Store), an old faucet ($2 from the Re-Store), 4 old CDs that I had lying around, a pretty filigree handle ($2 from the Re-Store), 2 wooden frames ($2 from DollarTree), some scraps of wood ($1 at Home Depot), white paint (on hand), green paint for accents (on hand), and granite spray paint for the “counters” (also on hand.) My Frankenstein-esque creation was beginning to take shape:
Add to the mix a lot of elbow grease at nap times, and you get one fantastic play kitchen, and a very, very happy Bugga Boo! (Her 5 year old brother, truth be told, probably enjoys the fruits of this labor of love a little more than his little sis at this point, but, shhhhhhhhh, don’t tell…)
I’ll leave my fine readers with a little sneak peek of the fantastic chairs that I mentioned picking up from the GW last weekend. I’ve been working on them here and there this week and they’re looking pretty spiffy, I must say. I’ve already painted them satin black and distressed a touch to bring out all those cool details and covered the seats with a black and white damask print. I have plans to cover the caned backs with some black denim, add some of my new favorite frayed rosettes and ruffle trim (similar treatment to the lady’s sitting chair.) I know I’ve been saying this a lot, but I REALLY can’t wait to show you the final product! Here’s a glimpse of how they started out: