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Simple Play Kitchen Stove

November 19, 2009 |
posted by Ana White
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This cute little stove is easy to make and will thrill little ones for years to come. Solid wood. Can also be used as a nightstand or a play dishwasher.

Simple Play Kitchen Stove

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About Project

Author Notes: 

You will first need to construct a <a href="http://ana-white.com/2009/10/grace-playhouse-kitchen-sink_9146.html">sink from these plans.</a>  This plan is simply for a door to convert the sink to a stove.


Simple Play Kitchen Stove
20" high x 16" wide x 12" deep (same as stove)

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

In addition to the supplies you need for the sink, also pick up: 

  • 1x4 
  • 1x2 
  • 4 - 2" to 3" wooden discs (found at Joanns or Michaels for wooden wheels on toy trucks in the wood section) 
  • 1 - 10" bar pull 
  • 1 - 10 x 12 piece of plexiglass, used for picture frames (found at Home Depot and Lowes with the plexiglass sheets, should be under $1) 
  • 1 - set of self closing hinges (should be about $2 at Home Depot)
wood glue
wood filler
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 - 1x2 @ 14" 

2 - 1x4 @ 12"

Step 1

Simple Play Kitchen Stove

Build the sink.

Step 2

Simple Play Kitchen Stove

Use 2 1/2" nails to nail through the sides of the 1x2 into the edge of the 1x4, as shown above. Nail on all four sides. You can also use pocket hole screws (recommended) or carefully predrill a pilot hole with a countersink bit and attach. Not comfortable with that? A few cheap brackets could do the trick too.

Step 3

Simple Play Kitchen Stove

Drill a hole in the plexigalss where each screw will go to prevent the plexiglass from cracking. Then use 3/4" screws to screw the plexiglass to the door frame as shown above.

Many of our brilliant readers use mirror clips to hold the plexiglass in place.

Step 4

Simple Play Kitchen Stove

Add the handle as shown above. Be creative!

Step 5

Simple Play Kitchen Stove

Put the hinges on the door and attach to the stove. Add the nobs to the face. Leave the knob screws slightly loose so the knobs will turn. Paint burners on the top of the stove. Be creative! Add a clock, bar pull on the side for towel hangers, a dish hutch from the scraps (as shown in the photos), or paint it different colors - YOU are the designer!

Finishing Instructions

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Hi Ana! Your website is

Hi Ana! Your website is great! I am determined for my daughters to have a play kitchen of their own, but do not want to spend an arm and a leg for a quality one. Thanks for posting these plans. I noticed that in this post, you mentioned posting plans for a larger kitchen set, but I didn't see any while I was browsing through the list of posted plans. Have you just not gotten around to it? Thanks so much for all your time and effort! I love it!

posted by Charlene (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-06-01 08:29

[...] Build Grace’s Play

[...] Build Grace’s Play Stove - how to build a cute play stove! [...]

posted by Links Worth Sharing – Happy Thanksgiving! | Simply Frugal (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-10-09 05:02

was wondering what the

was wondering what the dimensions were for the sink , stove and refrigerator sets . thanks Lomax Sawyer

posted by Lomax Sawyer (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-10-21 20:07

Just wanted to thank you so

Just wanted to thank you so much for the plans. We are currently building this set for our daughter as a Christmas Present and it is adorable! We have come across one discrepancy in the plans though. For the cut list you have listed to use a 1x12 for the top, bottom, and shelf. This is fine for the sink but if you do this for the stove then your door won't be able to close. I'm guessing the shelf should read as a 1x10? We're just planning on cutting it down about a inch or so to accommodate the door. But hopefully this will save someone else that extra step:) Thanks again...I'm already looking forward to starting some more projects once this one is finished.

posted by Kelly Ryan (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-10-28 13:44

I had the same problem with

I had the same problem with the shelf for the stove. Thankfully I thought about it before nailing it into the frame.

posted by kelley (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-12-08 10:05

[...] More power to you.

[...] More power to you. Chloe’s folks from Rambling Renovators followed the instructions from Grace’s Play Stove at Ana-White.com and embellished with a magnetic hinge for the oven door and a little LED light to glow when food is [...]

posted by Build your toddler a play kitchen (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-09 03:32

I blogged about your

I blogged about your fantastic tutorial on RookieMoms today. Love it! Thanks for sharing. http://www.rookiemoms.com/build-your-toddler-a-play-kitchen/

posted by RookieMom Heather (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-09 10:56

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posted by Cupcake oven — Ana White (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-01-22 21:46

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posted by alax3 | on Sun, 2014-02-23 03:24

I made this play kitchen!

Hey Ana! great plans! My husband made this play kitchen for my daughter for Christmas, I blogged about it here: http://www.rookblog.com/2011/04/hollys-play-kitchen.html

posted by rookgirl | on Mon, 2011-04-18 12:53

I love your site and it has

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 13:57

Wow! I am so inspired!

Thanks so much Anna for these amazing plans, and especially for posting them for free! I bet these could be built at even less cost using old nightstands, bookshelves or cupboards, which often can be picked up for free.

posted by Faith (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-08-18 03:31

Need help asap!!

I followed all of the directions to a T but for some reason my oven door is too large to fit inside the opening for the cabinet (followed the sink plans). It is almost exactly an inch too wide. The opening is 14 & 5/8" and my door is 15.5". Any suggestions on what I can do? I don't understand what happened!

posted by Jessi C. (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-08-28 01:39

I am having the same problem

I am having the same problem with the oven door... It is to small to be full overlay, but too large to fit insie the oven frame opening. This is the second door that I have made because I thought I did something wrong the first time.

posted by Crystal A (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-09-24 23:07

Same problem with door

We are having the same problem with the door - too big to fit inside but not big enough to completely cover... Did anyone figure this out?

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-12-12 14:42
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Door sizing

You can fix the door sizing problem by ripping a small amount off the width of the door on each side. Easiest to do on a table saw, but if you don't have one and don't have a friend with one, you can pull it off with a circular saw and a straight edge, or ideally a circular saw jig.

This might also be a good time to pick up a block plane and learn how to use it. Professional cabinet makers usually have to adjust inset doors slightly with a block plane after they install them. The good news is that they're cheap and don't take a lot of skill to use.

posted by claydowling | on Mon, 2011-12-12 14:57

Paint Color?

I love this kind of paint you used,What kind is it? Name?

posted by leslieborunda | on Tue, 2011-12-13 17:48

Problem with the dimensions

We just made the sink and stove and didn't realize until we were attaching the oven door that the dimensions are all wrong. The set is already painted and we don't have enough time to build another one. Please change the dimensions listed so more people don't have the same problem. Thanks.

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-12-15 01:34

Thank you!!

We didn't have a lot of extra wood laying around but we had two old tall dressers that we had no use for as they had small drawers. One we gutted and turned into your locker cubby for my grandkids. The other we cut the top two drawer sections off and made it a small toy chest. The remaining section was just high enough to turn into a combined sink/stove for this play kitchen. I can't wait to finish it up and give it to my grandkids for xmas. Thanks for sharing these ideas. I didn't follow any plan but I made it work. Thank gosh hubby is a carpenter and can go with the flow. :)

posted by ~kat (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-12-18 17:49
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posted by gondrong | on Sun, 2014-04-27 22:12

Hi! I Just built this kitchen

Hi! I Just built this kitchen for my daughter and i love it! I'm almost finished, just working on painting it, but i can't seem to find the correct hinges anywhere. Where can i get some like in yours? All the most i've seen mount on the outside aren't to go flush....does that makes sense? ANyway, i'm going to have to order them online since i live in the middle of nowhere so if you know of a place, or site that i can get them from, i'd greatly appreciate it, thanks so much! And thanks for the awesome plans, can't wait for my kids to enjoy this

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-01-18 16:29

Stove Door

If you happen to build the stove door without insetting the shelf or adjusting the width of your cross pieces so that it will inset, there is an easy work around. There is no reason the door has to inset into the frame (in fact for little fingers it may be better that it doesn't?). Anyway, line the door up on the outside of the frame and install hinges. At the dimensions given there will be a small gap at the top of the door. Go to the hardware and get a piece of 3/4 x 5/8 quarter round molding, cut it to the width of the door, and glue/nail it in place. Sand, prime, paint as usual. Hope this helps someone. We did it and it looks great after I paint I will post a brag picture.

posted by makeitwork (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-03-15 06:52

Oven door

I built the play kitchen and it looks amazing! I had issues with the oven door, but what worked for me was an old kitchen cabinet that I bought at Habitat Restore for $2.50. the size and detail were perfect! I also picked up hinges for $1.00.

posted by AddieG (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-06-10 13:06

I just built, sanded and

I just built, sanded and primed it only to see that the oven door doesn't work. So frustrating!! The shelf in the middle is not like the sink, use a 1x10 instead. I also think it would be wise to cut your oven door to fit after the cabinet is built. I guess I will be taking this apart and making another trip to the hardware store.

posted by Shanda B (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-11-09 00:25

oven door issues

Every single brag post as well as the diagrams show an inset oven door and a recessed shelf. But the dimensions for the cuts do not allow for this! Can you please explain what we're supposed to do here?

posted by sarahcarioca (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-12-19 01:49
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