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One Piece Play Kitchen

January 4, 2012 |
posted by Ana White
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Hi Everyone, a huge thank you today to Rebecca for building this project!  The goal of this plan is to create a play kitchen that is one piece, perhaps a little more compact without losing the storage.  Rebecca did such an amazing job on it!
Thanks Rebecca!

Ana and I talked quite a bit about what my first project would be. I was planning on making the play kitchen for my daughter for her birthday and Ana mentioned she had this already drawn out. AWESOME, considering that her birthday was two weeks away at this point and I had another project I still needed to paint taking up all the room in my garage. I also love this one because it had that little extra storage space and counter space.


I am listing this as an intermediate project really only because you will be using a few different tools, there are a lot of different cuts, and there is a vast a mount of "thinking" that should go into this. I learned this the hard way. I am normally pretty good at thinking things through. However, I am going to just say it. This is definitely a project that you should look at the final product in your head WAY before you start doing anything. All the little details make a big difference when building this.

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
One Piece Play Kitchen
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

3 1x12's @ 8'
1 1x4 @ 8'
2 1x3's @ 8'
1 1x2 @ 8'
1 4x4 sheet of 1/4" plywood
1 8"x10" piece of acrylic plastic

3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
hammer
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
jigsaw
compound miter saw
nailer
sander
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

1x12's
1 @ 46 1/2"
1 @ 36" (sink and rounded edge)
1 @ 32"
1 @ 30"
1 @ 29 3/4"
1 @ 20"
1 @ 18"
1 @ 17 3/4"
1 @ 16 1/2"
2 @ 14 1/4"
1 @ 6"

1x4's
1 @ 30"
2 @ 14 1/4"
2 @ 9"
2 @ 5 1/4"
3 @ 2 3/4"

1x3's
2 @ 19 3/4"
2 @ 14"
4 @ 11 1/4"
2 @ 8 3/4"

1x2's
1 @ 46 1/2"

1/4" Plywood
48" x 32 3/4" Kitchen Backing
12 1/4" x 9 3/4" Freezer door backing
12 1/4" x 20 3/4" Fridge door backing

Cutting Instructions: 
-You could also use bead board for the fridge backing. - I got my acrylic in that stock size at local Home Depot (but you must use the 1x4's for the stove door frame so it is the right size opening.

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

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Step 2

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Step 3

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Step 4

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Step 5

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I would actually DO STEP 6 FIRST if you are using a pocket hole drill. Otherwise you cannot fit your drill in to then put the freezer top on.

Step 6

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Remember to do this step BEFORE adding the shelf

Step 7

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Step 8

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Step 9

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THINK about this step. Choose your sink faucet and knobs BEFORE you make this cute. I went ahead and cut this without thinking about it and did not have quite enough room for my faucet and knobs. Remember that you will be adding a back onto the top of this section so that will take out some room. I also did not have a sink before I cut, so then I had to improvise and ended up building a "under-mount" sink. If you do it like this, then I would make it an inch less deep so hat there is 3 3/4" inches in the back where your faucet will go.

Step 10

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Step 11

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I did not end up adding the bottom supports. I just did some pocket holes to put the shelf as floating since I went for a more modern look.

Step 12

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Step 13

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Step 14

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I just glued my door backings on for now. Eventually I will get a rabbet router bit so they will be more inset into the back of the door.

Step 15

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This is how I cut my 1x12's for best efficiency.

Step 16

Here is a pic of my "under-mount" sink. This was my solution for cutting a hole and not finding a sink to fit in that hole. I of course had to measure and cut VERY specifically to get it flush and then still had to do some very close "shaving" on the table saw to get it to fit exactly.

My back splash is really just a few different kinds of scrapbook paper cut into squares and mode podged onto the wood under the shelf. I wanted a tile affect and am pleased that it turned out so well for like $2 extra dollars.

Step 17

I loved the idea of doing a grill like a fancy stove would have. I just cut an extra hole same size as the sink and then glued a 1/4" piece of plywood to the bottom of it. I cut a dowel to size and then drilled the same size holes (as the dowel) into a 1x2 and then cut it down the middle on the table saw so I had two pieces with half a hole just perfect for the dowel. I spray painted black and then a slight mist of silver over the top to get that "grill " look.

Step 18

I used magnetic paint on the insets of the fridge and freezer. I did three coats and still should have done a few more. You have to lay it on thick.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

Few notes after building.
-I pre-painted this project. I am usually so excited to start building and seeing it take shape that I don't think about it. This was SO much easier. There were a lot of pieces. I measured and drew lines where boards where going to be glued together and did NOT paint there. This allows for better glue adhesion.

- I put my shelf on the back wall prior to putting it in place. This helped stability when screwing in my shelf however I did not pre-drill my faucet hole. PRE-DRILL your faucet hole before putting the back on. It will save you from trying to drill in too tight of places.

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WOW!

This is amazing and the attention to detail impressive! Great job!


posted by spiceylg | on Thu, 2012-01-05 09:14

Too Cute!

Darling children and a wonderful job on the design and the build. I love the extra customizations like the grill. Kudos!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-01-05 09:19
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I love this!!!

The undermount sink is AWESOME!!! I love the shelves on the side as well... awesome!!!

posted by Laura Fama | on Thu, 2012-01-05 11:15
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Amazing!

This is beautiful! My daughter saw it and said, "A big girl kitchen!" Great work!

posted by cherie82 | on Thu, 2012-01-05 12:30

ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS!!!

I had been wanting one of these for my tall 4 year old. I would love to make her one and just adjust the height for her!!

posted by GUEST (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-01-05 17:22

AMAZING!

I just undertook my first woodworking project and it was a kitchen for my little guy. He loves it and plays with it every day for most of the day. While I am proud of it, this one makes me very jealous! Perhaps I can do something like this in the future for someone else. Magnificent job!!!

posted by Scott K (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-01-05 22:45

Great details.

I sell appliances and kitchen your details are beautiful. the cooktop looks real. Thanks for giving the steps you did to get that look.

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-01-06 22:06

Type of wood

Hi great kitchen i read in your list you use plywood for the back.

What kind of wood did you use for the main parts of the kitchen?

also just to clarify as im a novice,
in your shopping list you give your sizes as;

( 3 1x12's @ 8')

does this mean quanitiy 3 1"inch thick 12"inch X 8"inch

or quanitiy 3 1" thich 12 foot by 8 foot.
please explain the dimensions.
Thaks
Dan UK

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-01-08 16:48

Type of wood

Hi great kitchen i read in your list you use plywood for the back.

What kind of wood did you use for the main parts of the kitchen?

also just to clarify as im a novice,
in your shopping list you give your sizes as;

( 3 1x12's @ 8')

does this mean quanitiy 3 1"inch thick 12"inch X 8"inch

or quanitiy 3 1" thich 12 foot by 8 foot.
please explain the dimensions.
Thaks
Dan UK

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-01-08 16:48

Type of wood

Hi great kitchen i read in your list you use plywood for the back.

What kind of wood did you use for the main parts of the kitchen?

also just to clarify as im a novice,
in your shopping list you give your sizes as;

( 3 1x12's @ 8')

does this mean quanitiy 3 1"inch thick 12"inch X 8"inch

or quanitiy 3 1" thich 12 foot by 8 foot.
please explain the dimensions.
Thaks
Dan UK

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-01-08 16:48

It means 3 boards that are

It means 3 boards that are 1inch thick, 12 inches wide, and 8 feet long.

posted by Tina T. (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-03-25 02:00
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In addition

What Tina says is accurate. But something that trips a lot of people up the first time is the fact that the wood is not actually one inch thick. It will be 3/4" thick in the store, although it was 1" when they cut the rough lumber out of the log. It will also be about 11 1/2" wide.

posted by claydowling | on Sun, 2012-03-25 17:59

Type of wood

Hi great kitchen i read in your list you use plywood for the back.

What kind of wood did you use for the main parts of the kitchen?

also just to clarify as im a novice,
in your shopping list you give your sizes as;

( 3 1x12's @ 8')

does this mean quanitiy 3 1"inch thick 12"inch X 8"inch

or quanitiy 3 1" thich 12 foot by 8 foot.
please explain the dimensions.
Thaks
Dan UK

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-01-08 16:51

Type of wood

Hi great kitchen i read in your list you use plywood for the back.

What kind of wood did you use for the main parts of the kitchen?

also just to clarify as im a novice,
in your shopping list you give your sizes as;

( 3 1x12's @ 8')

does this mean quanitiy 3 1"inch thick 12"inch X 8"inch

or quanitiy 3 1" thich 12 foot by 8 foot.
please explain the dimensions.
Thaks
Dan UK

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-01-08 16:51

Type of wood

Hi great kitchen i read in your list you use plywood for the back.

What kind of wood did you use for the main parts of the kitchen?

also just to clarify as im a novice,
in your shopping list you give your sizes as;

( 3 1x12's @ 8')

does this mean quanitiy 3 1"inch thick 12"inch X 8"inch

or quanitiy 3 1" thich 12 foot by 8 foot.
please explain the dimensions.
Thaks
Dan UK

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-01-08 16:51

Type of wood

Hi great kitchen i read in your list you use plywood for the back.

What kind of wood did you use for the main parts of the kitchen?

also just to clarify as im a novice,
in your shopping list you give your sizes as;

( 3 1x12's @ 8')

does this mean quanitiy 3 1"inch thick 12"inch X 8"inch

or quanitiy 3 1" thich 12 foot by 8 foot.
please explain the dimensions.
Thaks
Dan UK

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-01-08 16:51

awsome

i am going to build this for my girls, only thing i am going to change on it is maybe a shelf or 2 in the fridge, GREAT JOB!!!!!

posted by Gary (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-01-14 15:04

accessories

What did you use as your "faucet" handles, spout, and for the knobs on the stove?

posted by Amanda Watts (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-06-30 23:00

How beautiful is your new

How beautiful is your new furniture kitchen. And the color is so bright and warm. I dare to build a similar furniture, but I want to add at these plans a table where to put the soft serve yogurt machine. I bought it because my children enjoy so much the yogurt. Can you help me with some ideas?

posted by gorila (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-07-11 16:47

Sink,faucet, knobs

In the process of building this for my daughter for Christmas. Where did you find your sink, faucet, and knobs?

posted by Chchd (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-11-03 15:40

Childrens Play area

What do you think?

posted by Nicolas Determann (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-12-15 01:48

I say

This idea is amazing! I really needed a new project to do with my mother because i don't visit her as much i used too. Our last project was infant costumes and i remember that it really got us together. This project suites us better right now because she got into interior design.

posted by JaneAndrews | on Wed, 2013-05-22 08:57

I say

This project is very good for my Stuck on You project. I am also a fan of Ana White and i really loved her on that tv show from Travell and Living. I kinda miss that show. I used to watch it with my mother.

posted by JaneAndrews | on Wed, 2013-05-22 10:09

Kitchen components make life

Kitchen components make life practical and leave their indicate on the flavor and quality of the prepared and provided food. A kitchen is like a place of work that needs right resources in the form of application equipment and food preparation and providing items.bathroom

posted by Don Currie | on Wed, 2013-06-19 05:22

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