I was so pleased to see this challenge, because I was getting started on my daughter's second birthday present. This is what happens when a crafty lady in her third trimester gets nesting urges...
There's no one inspiration piece for this, since I've been drooling all over the up cycled play kitchens on Pinterest for months. My dad wanted to build one from scratch, but he injured his back lately and already has a project taking up every available inch of his shop, so I went the upcycle route.
Starting with this 10$ Value Village media cabinet
I pulled off the back and the casters, used the shelf to divide the cabinet into a cupboard and oven, and got the very friendly guys at the lumber store to cut a backing piece, end piece, and doors out of plywood for me.
My little carpentry buddy and I did some assembly, then I borrowed my dad's jigsaw (boy, those are fun!) to cut a hole for the sink. My dad routered the door edges and cut down the extra media cabinet shelf so it would fit in the new "cupboard" and the whole she-bang got a coat of primer
Then a coat of paint. Then some trim, knobs, pulls, and latches
I'm still waiting on a few magpies in my family who love re-use stores to find a faucet that will fit and some tiles I can paint for burners, but I think right now it looks like a pretty convincing little kitchen. Not bad for something I built in my living room during nap time and after kiddo went to bed The worst part is keeping it under a drape until December, when the little cook turns two.