Kitchen Ideas With Painted Cabinets

A clever mother-of-two has wowed family and friends with an impressive DIY play kitchen for her little girl.

Primary school teacher Claire McAdie, 35, from Ballarat, Victoria, has no background in building but wanted to make her little girl, Damaris, something special for her upcoming second birthday. 

'One day when I dropped her off at daycare I saw that she liked playing with their wooden play kitchen,' Ms McAdie told FEMAIL.

A clever mother-of-two has wowed family and friends with an impressive DIY play kitchen for her little girl

A clever mother-of-two has wowed family and friends with an impressive DIY play kitchen for her little girl

Pictured is the final kitchen which was made using a $50 TV cabinet from online 

Pictured is the final kitchen which was made using a $50 TV cabinet from online 

Primary school teacher Claire McAdie, 35, from Ballarat, Victoria, has no background in building but wanted to make her little girl, Damaris, something special for her upcoming second birthday (pictured with Damaris, her partner Brad and his three children)

Primary school teacher Claire McAdie, 35, from Ballarat, Victoria, has no background in building but wanted to make her little girl, Damaris, something special for her upcoming second birthday (pictured with Damaris, her partner Brad and his three children)

'She loves helping me with cooking at home and gets out bowls, measuring cups and spoons and pretends to cook.

'I started looking at play kitchens but couldn't find one I liked. Then I saw some play kitchens from Kmart that people had painted and thought they looked pretty good.'

Not long afterwards, Ms McAdie was scrolling through Pinterest for ideas when she saw a TV cabinet that had been turned into a kitchen.

She started by removing the doors, undercoating the cabinet, painting it and taking the glass out of the door and using liquid nails to attach ply wood to the front She started by removing the doors, undercoating the cabinet, painting it and taking the glass out of the door and using liquid nails to attach ply wood to the front

She started by removing the doors, undercoating the cabinet, painting it and taking the glass out of the door and using liquid nails to attach plywood to the front

'I didn't think it would be too big a project - just a bit of paint a shelf, a picture, a few knobs and presto - but it's turned into a much bigger project than I anticipated,' she said 

'I didn't think it would be too big a project - just a bit of paint a shelf, a picture, a few knobs and presto - but it's turned into a much bigger project than I anticipated,' she said 

'I decided that's what I would do. I found an old TV cabinet on the local buy, swap and sell page and I bought it for $50,' she said. 

'I didn't think it would be too big a project - just a bit of paint a shelf, a picture, a few knobs and presto - but it's turned into a much bigger project than I anticipated so I had help from my partner, Brad. 

'We don't live together but anytime I needed help with the tricky parts like working out how to attach the stove knobs, attaching the tap, cutting the hole for the sink or making the fridge/freezer doors he would always be there to help.

What are Claire's tips for parents wanting to try DIY projects?

* Set a budget but also know that you're probably going to go over it as you go along as the project snowballs and you come up with more ideas

* If you're not creative, you can find lots of inspiration online. Pinterest is particularly good to get ideas

* If you have young kids, it's best to wait until you have some spare time without them, nap time in the day or bed time in the evening as you can work more productively without them touching everything

* Measure twice, cut/drill once

* If you're painting always always always sand it back. I was told undercoat would be fine but I've had to paint lots and lots of coats of paint to make sure it's durable enough to withstand kids playing

* Repurpose anything you can - placemats make perfect hot plates, a picture frame becomes a window, use old stove knobs and tap to save money

* Make something to last. There's no point putting in so much time and effort if it's going to break, scratch, fall off

* If you don't have large areas to paint, use sample pots. They are around $7 for .5L and perfect if you have several colours you want to use. The exact same paint would've cost me at least $30 for 1L

* Wash your brushes/rollers properly so you can reuse them. If you're using the same colour paint you can wrap them in cling wrap so they don't go hard

'It was definitely a team effort and a labour of love,' she said 

'It was definitely a team effort and a labour of love,' she said 

'It was definitely a team effort and a labour of love.'

Ms McAdie worked on the creation whenever her daughter had a nap.

She started by removing the doors, undercoating the cabinet, painting it and taking the glass out of the door and using liquid nails to attach ply wood to the front.

She then cut the door to make a fridge and freezer door, used wood grain vinyl for the bench top from Kmart and used stainless steel vinyl for the stove top which was also from Kmart. 

She then cut the door to make a fridge and freezer door, used wood grain vinyl for the bench top from Kmart and used stainless steel vinyl for the stove top which was also from Kmart

She then cut the door to make a fridge and freezer door, used wood grain vinyl for the bench top from Kmart and used stainless steel vinyl for the stove top which was also from Kmart

'We are so happy with the result and have had Damaris out there already so that we were able to get her to use to to make sure everything was positioned at a good height for her,' she said 'We are so happy with the result and have had Damaris out there already so that we were able to get her to use to to make sure everything was positioned at a good height for her,' she said

'We are so happy with the result and have had Damaris out there already so that we were able to get her to use to to make sure everything was positioned at a good height for her,' she said

To make the hot plates she cut circles from a black place mat from Kmart before attaching stove knobs from an old stove and a tap from an old laundry trough.

'I used a steel mixing bowl for the sink, printed a photo of a backyard and framed it to look like a window, hung a small shelf with fake plants (all from Kmart) and used hooks to hang Kmart cooking utensils,' Ms McAdie said.

To finish she painted one side of the cabinet in black chalkboard paint, covered the oven door and fridge/freezer door with silver spray paint and attached new handles from Bunnings. 

This isn't the first project, with Ms McAdie building this cubby with Brad in 2017 

This isn't the first project, with Ms McAdie building this cubby with Brad in 2017 

Again, Ms McAdie used toys and accessories from Kmart to bring it to life 

Again, Ms McAdie used toys and accessories from Kmart to bring it to life 

'As it was such a sturdy TV cabinet I'm sure it's going to withstand years and years of play,' Ms McAdie said.

'All up it was probably around $250-$300 for everything but friends and family are going to be giving Damaris the plastic basket/containers which each have the wooden toys as their gift to her for her birthday.

'We are so happy with the result and have had Damaris out there already so that we were able to get her to use to to make sure everything was positioned at a good height for her.'

What did Claire use to make the play kitchen?  

TV unit: $50

Three sample pots of paint: 500mL each $7 from Bunnings

Undercoat from Bunnings: $30

Brushes and rollers from Bunnings: $20

Wooden toy sets from Kmart: $100

Utensils from Kmart: $10

Two vinyl rolls from Kmart: $3 each

Photo printed at Kmart: $10

Frame from Kmart: $10

Plants from Kmart: $15

Shelf from Kmart: $5

Placemat from Kmart: $3

Hooks from Bunnings: $12

Containers from Kmart: $4 each

Handles from Bunnings: $4 each approx

Chalkboard paint from Bunnings: $15 

We already had the knobs from old stove and tap

Wooden toys from Kmart:

Pizza set: $8

Pancake set: $5

Breakfast set: $8

Salad set: $8

Fruit cutting set: $8 

Tea set: $15 

Ice cream set: $8

Mixer: $12

Toaster: $12

Pots and pans: $12

Eggs: $5

Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5605525/Mother-two-transforms-old-80-TV-cabinet-incredible-play-kitchen.html

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