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Simple Play Kitchen Sink

October 29, 2009 |
posted by Ana White
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Wood play kitchen furniture can be so expensive. Yet these minature cuties are so easy and fun to build. We have an entire collection of plans available online for play kitchens. This one was built by The Crafting Chicks. To see Grace's original Playhouse Kitchen sink, scroll down.

Simple Play Kitchen Sink

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Author Notes: 

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
20" high x 16" wide x 12" deep

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 - 1x12 @ 8’ 

1 - 1x2 @ 8’ (look around for a scrap piece, or save the leftovers for the stove and fridge) 
1 - 1x4 @ 8’ (again, you only need a little bit, so save the leftovers for the stove and fridge) 
1 – scrap piece of plywood (I use beadboard) 12x20. You could omit this if needed.
Metal pan or dish to use as the sink (I used a sink from a plastic kitchen handed down from my niece
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
jigsaw
nailer
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 
  • (2) 1x12 @ 20” Sides 
  • (1) 1x2 @ 14 1/2” Toekick 
  • (2) 1x12@ 14 1/2” Shelves 
  • (1) 1x12@ 16 1/2” Countertop 
  • (1) 1x4 @ 16 1/2” Backsplash 
  • (1) 1x4 @ 14 1/2" Front of Sink 
  • (1) 16x20 piece of plywood for the back
Cutting Instructions: 
You will need to use a jigsaw to cut out the sink hole.

General Instructions

In addition to general safety and building instructions, please note, you can build with either screws or glue on this one.

Step 1

Simple Play Kitchen Sink

1. Begin Building the Box. Begin by attatching A to C as shown. The bottom of C will rest 1 1/2" from the bottom of C, leaving the exact amount of space for B, the toekick.

Step 2

Simple Play Kitchen Sink

2. Finish the box. Finish attatching the boards as shown, leaving 1/4 inch overhand on the sides of the countertop.

Step 3

Simple Play Kitchen Sink

3. Counter-Top. I recommend attaching the backslash to the counter-top first, then attaching the entire counter-top/backslash unit to the sink base as one. This will leave a 3/4 inch overhand on the front.

Step 4

Simple Play Kitchen Sink

Here are some additional views. Note the front of sink is put in.

Step 5

Simple Play Kitchen Sink

Back. Attach the plywood to the back of the sink base. Take a diagonal to square up the sink before attaching

Step 6

Simple Play Kitchen Sink

Sink. Decide what you will be using for a sink. Then cut the hole to fit the sink. I used a sink I took off a junk hand-me-down kitchen from my niece. You could also use a metal pan or even a plastic tupperware. Just make sure there is a lip to keep the sink in place. You could even just add a third shelf to box in the sink.

Step 7

Simple Play Kitchen Sink

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill any exposed holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply a second coat if necessary. Sand with medium grit sandpaper. Clean project and work surface. Prime and paint as desired.
Finish Used: 
Finishing. Fill any nail holes with wood filler and sand, paint, and enjoy! Oh, don't forget to put your sink in (glue not recommended, Grace's is glued in, and it would be nice to be able to take the sink out and clean it).

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You are amazing! We have the

You are amazing! We have the stove and sink, but I wish we had been this creative and tried to make knock offs! I might use your plans to add a fridge to her collection. Did you post plans for the loft bed anywhere?

posted by Adriana (not verified) | on Wed, 2009-11-18 19:17

Adriana,Thank you, I am so

Adriana,

Thank you, I am so happy you were able to make the matching fridge! Will you please send me photos? (Just click on contact me button at the top of the page) I would love to post reader's success!

Expect playhouse loft beds soon!

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Thu, 2009-11-19 13:06

This is absolutely

This is absolutely gorgeous!!!

posted by Miss Liz (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-01-08 18:56

AnaMy husband and I would

Ana
My husband and I would like to build the play kitchen for our daughter's birthday, coming up in May. We really liked the original fridge that you built for Grace. At one point I thought I'd seen the plans for it, but now I can only find the new plans for the side by side refrigerator. Can you help me find the original plans with the freezer over top of the fridge?
Thank you so much!!

Amy

posted by Amy (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-03-05 14:20

I think it amazing what you

I think it amazing what you do, a definate fan right here!
I just have a question regarding the plywood, it says to get a piece of wood 12 X 20, but in the cutting list it askes to cut a 16 X 20 piece... is there something I have missed here? or how am I able to gain 4 inches? also just another question regarding the fridge instructions, under materials needed it askes for a 1 X 2 board.. is that inches or feet? and it doesnt state the length like the other measurements. Sorry to be a pain I am very new to DIY building and really want to make this for my daughters 3rd birthday. Cheers Angie

posted by Angie (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-04-18 20:22

Hi Angie, the cut list is

Hi Angie, the cut list is correct and you will need plywood cut at 16" x 20" for the back. No worries, if I have time, I love to help. Most boards are given in dimensional sizes, shown in inches. But it gets a little more confusing than that. A 1x2 stands for 1" x 2", but the board is actually 3/4" x 1 1/2" in actual measurement. Check out the FAQ post (on the sidebar) for more information on boards and such. You'll get the hang of it faster than you think. Can't wait to see your kitchen!

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-04-18 20:28

These plans are soo cute, I

These plans are soo cute, I actually purchased my daughter the PB kids Classic kitchen and love it, had I see this I would have built it.
Your daughter is sooo precious!!!

posted by Jenna (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-05-01 22:16

Loved the plans and my

Loved the plans and my daughter loves the kitchen. Thanks so much. My wife wants a headboard now and I can't wait to get started

posted by efranklin (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-06-22 05:51

Loved the plans and my

Loved the plans and my daughter loves the kitchen thank you so much for the plans. My wife wants me to build a headboard next and I can't wait to get started.

posted by efranklin (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-06-22 05:52

I am loving your site. It has

I am loving your site. It has inspired me to no end. We are currently putting my kids playroom together and I have completely designed it based on what has been shown here. I'm curious as to the final dimensions of each kitchen unit though. I need to know if I need to make adjustments so it can fit under the reading loft I hope to build, or even make it taller. My daughter is 4'. Thanks.

posted by Becca (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-07-27 07:58

Hi there, My husband and I

Hi there,

My husband and I are going to tackle this project for my daughter's Christmas present. I just haven't seen anything I love and am thrilled to be able to put my own touches on it. Do you have the finished dimensions of each piece available? I just want to make sure we have the space for all three pieces. I really appreciate it.

Thanks,
Mandi

posted by Mandi (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-09-28 16:47

Hi We are from Australia &

Hi
We are from Australia & we really love your plans but dont understand the cutting guide. I know its in inches but what does the @ mean?
eg 1x12 @16 1/2 " Is that 12"x16 1/2" What does the 1 at the beginning mean?
Thankyou

posted by joy (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-10-22 04:44

Hi, I'm so glad you found us!

Hi, I'm so glad you found us! Check out our community for an entire forum about converting plans to metric. I know it's not going to be easy :( . The 1x12 refers to a standard US board size, actually measuring dimensionally 3/4" x 11 1/2" . So 1 - 1x12 @ 16" would mean 1 1x12 board cut 16" long. The actual dimensions for the cut would be 3/4" x 11 1/2" x 16". Hope this makes sense. Ana

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-10-24 21:44

Australians refer to lumber

Australians refer to lumber differently than we do here in the US. The larger dimension is listed first so a 2x4 is called a "4 by 2" down under. That probably accounts for some of the confusion.

posted by Dan K (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-11-05 20:18

Ana, Where did you find

Ana,

Where did you find the round mirrors for the side of the sink (they are mirrors, right?) Do they already have adhesive on the back or did you use liquid nails?

-Chessa

posted by Chessa (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-11-10 20:48

The kitchen with the mirrors

The kitchen with the mirrors was built by Kirsten of Crafting Chicks. You can see the guest post here where she does details about all the accessories. http://ana-white.com/2010/04/i-built-it-kirsten-from-crafting-chicks-ama...

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-11-11 10:04

Pink Kitchen

I love your site and it has inspired to tackle many projects. Before you converted over to this site you had many other pictures from other readers kitchens. One in particular was a pink retro style kitchen. Do you still have that info. I love these plans and would like to modify to be similar to that kitchen but now have no way to find it again! Thank you so much for being such an inspiration!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-05-18 10:11

Pink Kitchen

I love your site and it has inspired to tackle many projects. Before you converted over to this site you had many other pictures from other readers kitchens. One in particular was a pink retro style kitchen. Do you still have that info. I love these plans and would like to modify to be similar to that kitchen but now have no way to find it again! Thank you so much for being such an inspiration!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-05-18 13:47

Pink Kitchen

I love your site and it has inspired to tackle many projects. Before you converted over to this site you had many other pictures from other readers kitchens. One in particular was a pink retro style kitchen. Do you still have that info. I love these plans and would like to modify to be similar to that kitchen but now have no way to find it again! Thank you so much for being such an inspiration!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-05-18 13:47
clips

Pink kitchen

http://ana-white.com/2011/03/kitchen-set

I think this is what you are looking for.

posted by Laura Fama | on Mon, 2011-06-27 07:53

kitchen plans

I love the look of these...but my daughter is 7 and quite tall for her age. Wondering if there were plans available for a similiar set that was maybe 48 inches high? (fridge) and

posted by kimthomp (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-11-20 22:02

Great Little Sink!

Thanks for this awesome plan, Ana! I was sent a link to your site this afternoon and immediately fell in love with this kitchen. My son is 18 months and absolutely loves to "cook" with my pots and pans and his play food. We decided to get him a play kitchen for Christmas, but I was having the hardest time finding a good quality one at non-PBKids prices. I was SO excited when I saw this (3pm), that I went straight to Lowe's (4pm), borrowed my neighbor's nail gun and jigsaw (5pm), ate dinner and put my guy to bed (6-8pm), and had the sink done by 9pm. It looks incredible and it came together so perfectly. I can't wait to build the rest of the set! Thank you so much! :D

posted by KarenK1122 (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-08-16 21:04

Play kitchen

My daughter has always wanted to have her own kitchen where to play.This is why I've decided to build a playhouse kitchen for her and your projects were very useful.I've already made the furniture and now I am building the sink.I still have to buy some kitchen accessories from the Oregon Knife Shop in order to have everything ready.

posted by Ranina | on Tue, 2012-08-28 03:22

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