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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Cribs-style kid's kitchen from an old entertainment center on: January 14, 2007 04:01:48 PM
This is absolutely awesome... I'm gathering parts to make my own right now!

Couple questions--
Did you use spray paint for plastics on the "stove burners"?  or does regular spray paint actually stick? I'd like to stencil on red coil burners...
And I didn't really understand that bit about the back splash. Do you mean you wished you had used one piece of wood for it instead of separating the stove and counter?

I can't wait to get this thing going, my daughter is going to love it!


Yay - so glad you're making one!  I did use spray paint for plastics, as this is what was in my garage; I don't know if you have to use the special kind or not.  I love the idea of adding coils! 

In regards to the backing, I needed enough pressed board to cover 4' x 4'.  I bought two pieces that were each 2' x 4' and hung the pieces with the long side going horizontally.  Having two pieces made it very hard to do the contact paper just so - you will already have seams because most contact paper is not wide enough; using two pieces sort of aggravated this problem.  It seemed to work out since we hung the bottom piece a little higher to create the look of a backsplash.  I think it would have been easier to get one 4'x4' piece, contact paper the whole thing and just nail it to the back (instead of trying to line up two pieces perfectly).

I hope this helps!  Make sure you post pics so we can see what it looks like!!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Cribs-style kid's kitchen from an old entertainment center on: January 12, 2007 04:42:03 PM
Thanks everybody so, so much for all the feedback!!   Grin I really can't stress how easy it was - I think my next stop is a matching dishwasher...we'll see! Wink

I am normally so not talented at crafting, so all this wonderful feedback has really given initiative to start more projects!  She is loving the kitchen (and so are all her friends! lol) 
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: felt photo album for baby! on: December 31, 2006 08:20:16 AM
That's a great idea!  I love that you protected the pics with vinyl to make them baby-proof! lol

I also really like that you left the pockets open on the inside - makes them changable, but not as likely to fall out all over the place.

Good job!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: THANK GOD it's over! Here's what I did. . .(IMG HEAVY) on: December 30, 2006 09:29:11 PM
Every piece is so beautiful!  I especially love the picture ornaments - thanks for posting the links.

Your painting is beautiful!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Cribs-style kid's kitchen from an old entertainment center on: December 30, 2006 08:13:29 AM
Aww - thanks everyone for the positive feedback!!  This project was surprisingly easy.  It did take some time, but it really wasn't very hard (especially considering this was my first real craft project).  I'm a total bargainista, so I love the price!  The ones we looked at in the stores were $100-160 - that's for a plastic one with very little storage!!

In addition to my previous praises of this (and I hit the 'this rocks' button) I thought it might be cool to add some hooks for potholders or a 'towel bar' for a hand towel, just for fun. 
I think the addition of the lights is a GREAT feature!

I thought about hanging hooks for her pots and pans, but I'm not sure since the pans are all plastic.  I want to hang silver pots and pans - but maybe that's because I'm beginning to live in a delusional world where this is my kitchen. lol  I love the idea of a towel bar!  I wonder if I can use a toilet roll holder (if I can find a nice metal one).  Dang - I just saw one at a thrift store, but didn't even think of this.  Undecided   (And thanks again for the feedback!)
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: The Seasons of a Tree on: December 30, 2006 05:49:07 AM
I love the trees - so pretty!  I love the colors, too.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Altoid Belt Buckle... Curiously Handy. on: December 30, 2006 05:47:10 AM
Very cool!  Great idea!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cribs-style kid's kitchen from an old entertainment center on: December 29, 2006 07:41:17 PM
Hubby and I transformed our old entertainment center into a cute little modern kitchen with "stainless steel" appliances for our daughter.  Here are some pics:

Before:



After:



Another after:



A basic tutorial:

First we took off the two cabinet doors, removed the hardware, and covered them in silver contact paper ($10, Home Depot - one roll should be enough) to give it a stainless steel look. Then we moved the handle on one of the doors to open from the top (instead of the side) so it was more like an oven. Most entertainment centers have magnets on those doors, so you should not have an issue keeping the door closed. We used all the original hardware, so this was free.

Next, we cut a hole where the TV originally sat and placed a silver mixing bowl (free from our kitchen) to use as a sink. We bought a real faucet ($7, Home Depot) to install behind it. Ideally you would have a jig saw to cut a hole for the sink, but we actually used a drill to cut out the hole since we didn't have a jig saw. We measured just below the rim of the bowl, cut a hole, and placed the bowl in the hole - we didn't need glue or anything. Same thing for the faucet - measure, cut, and screw into place.

For the stove, we removed the glass door and covered the bottom part in the same silver contact paper. For the burners, we spray-painted plastic lids (sour cream lids for the small burners and large, Sam's size cottage cheese lids for the large burners) with a high-gloss black spraypaint. We screwed a flat-head screw through the middle to screw it into the wood. The knobs were given to us for free by a friend who was trashing her stove. If you can't find a stove that is being trashed, you can buy the knobs at Home Depot for $15. We used a large bolt and washers to attach the knobs in place so they could still turn. We added the oven knob directly to the oven door using a bolt and washers.

For the back, we bought two pieces of heavy cardboard from Home Depot ($5) and covered one with floral contact paper ($3, KMart). We attached it to the back of the entertainment center using screws and lots of nails. If your entertainment center still has a backing, you can use that instead (ours was totally trashed). To give the appearance of a real backsplash, we raised the bottom piece a few inches and hung it in front of the top, wall-papered piece. We painted the portion that would hang above the stove black to match the rest of the stove. If I were to do it again (and I had a truck), I'd probably just buy one larger piece to hang. Working with two pieces was a major pain. You can buy a really big piece of the pressed board for $8 and have it cut at Home Depot and then contact paper the whole thing.

The long beam that runs the width of our entertainment center was totally chipped, so we also covered that in silver contact paper. For decorations, I bought push lights ($4, Home Depot - not yet hung as they need batteries) to hang above the sink and stove, a kitchen mat that matches the backsplash ($0.60, KMart), and two metal baskets to hold all of her dishes and utensils ($10, KMart). Total cost for materials and accessories - $40.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Lip Gloss is Forever (along with some kissing advice from the Frog Princess) on: December 29, 2006 07:38:56 PM
Yum!  I love lip gloss and might have to try this!
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Candy Cane Sea Salts on: December 29, 2006 07:36:51 PM
So pretty and I love peppermint.  I wish I saw this before Christmas!
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