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Before & After: Crazy Beautiful Toy Kitchen

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I like to think of myself as pretty crafty. I often see items in a store and think of a way (or find a tutorial) so I can make it myself. But no way in the world am I THIS crafty. I know the entertainment center above doesn’t look like much. And in its original state, it wasn’t much. Just a $30 thrift store find. But the enterprising grandparents who found it had much grander plans for it. My boy wants so badly remote control car, I guess I have to buy one for the birthday from

I usually post the “after” picture first, with a before picture later. This time, though, I want you to really appreciate how far this piece has come. I’ve seen a fair share of entertainment centers-turned-kitchens, but this one from Giggleberry Creations is by far the best.

Gorgeous! Those grandparents though of absolutely everything, from a window with a beautiful outdoor view to a refrigerator complete with shelves and baskets. Isn’t this about a zillion times better than a cheap plastic kitchen? I’d say so! You could just add some eco-friendly pretend “food” from Plan Toys, Green Toys, or Melissa & Doug and your kid would be ready to go! (aff)

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43 comments… add one
  • Lynn December 15, 2010, 6:16 pm

    I agree 100%, when I first saw this one I just melted. Not only is it better than the plastic ones, but it’s so much better than the wood ones that you buy that are SO expensive. I could kick myself that we got rid of our entertainment center years ago!

    While this is entirely a different thing, I think you’ll love these little play kitchens (miniature) that are made from Olive Oil cans. I can’t find them online right now, but I think they are imported from Switzerland. They had them for sale in a little shop in Seattle, but never have seen them elsewhere.

    • jennae December 15, 2010, 6:46 pm

      Lynn, I’ve actually seen those somewhere too, but I can’t remember where. They are adorable!

    • Randy April 8, 2015, 8:54 pm

      …and you can pick them up for FREE on Craigslist!
      Just click on the “free” list and you are guaranteed to find one there!

      I’ll be making my grand-daughter one! ….or more!!!

  • Kathleen December 15, 2010, 6:32 pm

    Wow, that is just amazing! I have intentions of doing something like that sometime, though we’ll see if I go through with it!

    • jennae December 15, 2010, 6:47 pm

      I am INCREDIBLY tempted to go thrifting to find an entertainment center, but we’d have no place to put it 🙁

  • Lori Z. December 15, 2010, 7:10 pm

    It looks amazing and I love how detail oriented the makers were. I prefer the wood kitchens to plastic–though the plastic one we rescued from a thrift store required no work and we can pass it on too…

  • Melissa December 16, 2010, 11:07 am

    WOW! That is insane. I’ve never seen something like this before. What creative grandparents! LOVE IT!! I love the window too….I love everything!

  • Meg T December 16, 2010, 4:56 pm

    I love seeing how creative some people are. This is AMAZING!!!

  • Mastercraft Kitchens December 16, 2010, 8:56 pm

    What a great idea and what a wonderful transformation of an old TV cabinet!

    Well done grandparents.

  • Laura Lambie December 13, 2011, 3:03 am

    wow, who would have thought. I could have never imagined making something like that

  • squidelus December 13, 2011, 10:06 am

    No longer just a plaything… heirloom! Total win.

    • jennae December 13, 2011, 12:31 pm

      You’re right on the money. I couldn’t wait to get rid of the plastic play kitchen that my daughter had when she was a toddler, but something like this could stay in the family and be passed down from generation to generation!

  • Donne Cosenza December 14, 2011, 6:40 am

    Great idea for a post.Thank you!

  • Mary December 14, 2011, 4:47 pm

    This is super cute and kids love to have their own kitchen to play with.

  • Nikki December 15, 2011, 12:32 am

    This is simply amazing! I want to make one for my daughters. My only question is what did they make the microwave and stove top out of, they are so life like!! I just love this!

  • Fiona Cooper (@nlpmum) December 15, 2011, 2:35 pm

    That’s amazing – well impressed – want to make one now…. even though I don’t have kids that age any more 😉

  • Katy December 16, 2011, 7:29 am

    No Possible Way!!!! This is amazing. It’s the best make-over I’ve seen. Great Job!!

  • Jennifer December 18, 2011, 9:37 pm


    The only, absolutely only bad thing about this is that I bet it’s really heavy!
    What a fantastic toy!

  • Deb Cooper-Asberry December 19, 2011, 7:55 am

    This is adorable! Reminds me of the little wooden kitchens we had back when I was in kindergarten. Great re-use idea and so much detail… Love it!

  • cathy December 19, 2011, 9:55 am

    I love this idea I cant believe how cute it is.

  • Rachel December 19, 2011, 10:50 am

    Yes, I saw this one too. There’s also an unbelievable one on, made by a mom with no experience woodworking.

    The easiest way to find the instructions for this is to do a search for “toy kitchens” under Google images. Then when you click on the picture, there will be a link to the website.

  • Jen December 20, 2011, 1:42 am

    Omg that is Sokol awesome!

  • Cee@SmookieStyle December 20, 2011, 7:48 pm

    This is just incredible – I’m kinda sad about our play kitchen now!! Not that I have room for one of this magnitude – but the organizational opportunities are endless!!
    Thanks for posting this!

  • Amalie December 21, 2011, 12:50 am

    Love it!!! Oh thanks for posting.

  • sweetsugarbelle January 2, 2012, 4:01 pm

    absolutely love this. Hope to do something similar in the coming year!

  • Kristyn Prout January 11, 2012, 3:25 am

    My son and I love, love ,love this kitchen!!! He is almost 7 and for Christmas three years ago all he wanted was his own kitchen. He has now requested an awesome one like this, and I wish I was a little girl again. Hahaha

  • Alicia January 11, 2012, 5:43 pm

    what a transformation!

  • Lynne Knowlton March 31, 2012, 8:38 am

    What an adorable idea, and beautiful !!!! I just love it. So cool to repurpose old things and create funky new life to them. Inspiring!
    Lynne *_*.

  • Kare April 27, 2012, 10:30 am

    That is SO Cute! It looks like a pie tin sink and wouldn’t it be cool if the “burners” were magnetic?
    I live next door to a Goodwill (yes, be a little jealous lol), but the furniture there is ridiculously high! $30 per solid-but-scratched endtable, $10 per used lamp/$5 shade, $45 for a chipped/scratched corkboard-based computer desk…Those prices and this inspiration make you really rethink throwing anything out…ever. Thanks to the internet, all we have to do is plug in the name of an item and ask what to do with it. We don’t even have to be the creative ones. I love te internet 😛 and I love your blog. Thank you!

  • Trina May 19, 2012, 10:04 pm

    So incredibly sweet, as well as ingenious. The best part for me, though, is the love that went into it. I still have the handmade things my Mom and Grandma made for me.

  • LarsLove June 26, 2012, 2:58 pm

    We couldn’t help but add this to our weekly segment. We have been waiting for an idea like this to come up. Check it out…

  • Kimmy July 8, 2012, 12:56 pm

    This is amazing. We’ve been planning on doing this for our daughters birthday. Where did they find the mini sink?

    • Corrina August 9, 2012, 10:34 am

      looks like a standard metal mixing bowl to me 🙂

  • Corrina August 9, 2012, 10:33 am


  • Melissa August 29, 2012, 10:39 pm

    This is great! I just wish I was that creative.

  • Victoria October 13, 2012, 2:48 pm

    I love this! I used to have an entertainment center exactly like that too! I bet you can find them a lot more cheaply these days because everyone is moving to flat screens and they are too wide for the older units. Craigslist or Goodwill probably has a lot of them!

  • Kimi March 2, 2015, 2:50 am

    this idea is so fantastic 😀

  • Christina Caldwell April 16, 2017, 5:23 am

    Thank you for this idea. We made one for our girls. We added a island to ours.

  • John Graham November 15, 2017, 1:12 am

    Nice creativity…like the small design the’ve made.

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