I have been working on this project for the last few days, after putting it off for over 2 years and I am so happy with how it has turned out!
If you have children under the age of 5, you most likely have one of these play kitchens in your home (or another companies equivalent!), personally I love the IKEA version of a play kitchen. Its got that Scandi design which fits in really well with the styling of my home. This is the original that you can get from IKEA…
Now, it is really pretty as it is, but I really wanted to change it up so it fitted in with the rest of Eliza’s room. Pinterest is full of absolutely stunning IKEA play kitchen hacks, but I am pretty short on time and didn’t want to spend a lot of money (some have built in lighting!) so I knew for me that a simple paint job would be fine.
She has a geometric wall made up of pink, purple and grey (you can see my blog post HERE on how to create it) so I didn’t want it to clash with those colours.
Eliza loves pink, so I was given strict instructions that it must have pink somewhere on it!
So, I chose Autentico paint colours, Rose for the doors, Cement for the worktop and outer bits and metallic New Gold for the handles, sink and tap. Autentico have over 150 different colours so there is the perfect shade for everyone! You can shop the entire Autentico range HERE
Eliza’s kitchen was already 2 years old so there was a bit of wear and tear from previous plays and the edges of the doors had warped from her need to use real water in the pots 🙈
Because I knew that the wooden top was going to see the majority of the water I used the Versante Eggshell finish (It was actually left over paint from my kitchen makeover! which you can read HERE) which is waterproof. The doors were painted with the traditional chalk paint finish as I wanted these to be more matt.
To paint the entire kitchen I only used a tester pot of each colour, so with the metallic paint its £21 to transform it from its original self!
As I used chalk paint, there was no need to sand or prime any of the surfaces, I simply got painting! Just as a side note, I painted the kitchen in situ, I have read loads of posts where they took it apart but 1. I’m pretty lazy 😂 and 2. I wanted to leave it in her room between coats and not have pieces of wood all over my house 🙈
It took two coats to paint and I just touched up any areas which looked a bit bare with a third. I used a 1 inch paint brush and a tiny one to get in any crevices.
I didn’t spray paint the gold pieces, I have found that spray paint goes absolutely everywhere and as its January I couldn’t do it outside as my garden is currently a mud pit! The bits that were painted gold were removed from the kitchen to give it a lovely finish, these just simply unscrew and them I put them back whilst still wet to dry.
Once the whole thing was dry, I used a clear wax on the doors to make them withstand the play of a 4 year old. There is no need to use the wax on the versante paint as it is self sealing.
Eventually I want to add a back, but thats a project for another day, okay, it will happen in the next year 😉 I am really happy with how it came together and just shows what a couple of tester of pots of paint can transform!
Have you hacked your Ikea furniture? I would love to see your kitchen transformations!!