DIY Kitchen Set

11 May


We haven’t gotten around to getting Isobel a full-on kitchen set yet. I know she’d love one, since “cooking” is one of her favorite pastimes, but kitchen sets so expensive. I keep an eye out for them every time I go to yard sales but I haven’t found anything yet. When my Aunt Patricia visited at Christmas time I asked if she’d do me a favor and draw a few burners and a kitchen sink on a couple of large pieces of construction paper. I could laminate it, I thought. She could set it on the coffee table and put her pots and pans on top of it. It’d be neat, I though.

My Aunt Patricia is an artist, you see, and a type A one at that. She wasn’t going to just make a 2D kitchen on a piece of paper for her favorite great niece. Pfff.

The last time my Aunt came for a visit she toted along these two toys she threw together in an afternoon or two.

She molded the faucet and handles (and look at that! a little spray faucet! It comes out so she can use it to clean!) out of self-hardening clay, then painted them a metallic silver, then glazed them. The handles turn like a real faucet. She made the drain out of a lid and the strainer out of a bead and a found item from her studio.

The stove is so fantastic. She made it with working knobs that move a red circle around so you can turn the burners “on” and “off.”

Isobel decorated it with crayons, as you can see. This means she approves.

The knobs are made from wine corks. Genius.

It’s the details that make this set so awesome.

19 Responses to “DIY Kitchen Set”

  1. ohnoAMY May 11, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    That is so sweet and AWESOME!

    • LittleBig May 12, 2011 at 11:26 am #

      I don’t know who was more excited, me or Isobel!

  2. Amanda May 11, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    I love this So Much. the details are amazing, but the way the burners turn red is genius. I keep my daughter’s kitchen toys in a rubbermaid tub and had planned to draw burners on it, but this just makes me feel bad for her not having such an awesome “kitchen” as Isobel 🙂

    • LittleBig May 12, 2011 at 11:25 am #

      We are both so lucky to have her.

  3. KeepingYouAwake May 11, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    If that’s not the bee’s knees, I can’t imagine what is.

    • LittleBig May 12, 2011 at 11:17 am #

      I actually showed this kitchen set to a couple of bees. They were all, “That’s just like my knees!”

  4. Allie May 11, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Oh man, these are amazing! Such detail and love; Isobel is going to love them and treasure them when she’s old enough to know what effort went into their creation. Far better than a mass-produced kitchen!

  5. Sarah May 11, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    Super cute!

    • LittleBig May 12, 2011 at 11:25 am #

      I should post some of the things she made me as a baby. She’s mind-blowingly talented.

  6. Nadja May 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    THAT is so cute. I absolutely love that. Athena is obsessed with all things domestic and I think she’d love it.

    • LittleBig May 12, 2011 at 11:24 am #

      Her & Isobel would totally get along.

  7. Missy May 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    your aunt sets the bar very high for all of us other aunts *takes notes*

    very, very cool

  8. Erin C. May 12, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    very portable too. love it, what a lucky little girl!

    • LittleBig May 12, 2011 at 11:24 am #

      I like that we can change the height of it as she grows just by changing what we set it on.

  9. dingey May 12, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    DUDE! This totally belongs in a pop art museum! You just made my day.

    • LittleBig May 12, 2011 at 11:18 am #

      I’ll take the credit for that even though this is all my Aunt’s doing.

  10. Windsor Grace May 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    I texted but I must comment. That sink is so “like Wow” (that’s from a song, right?)

    P.S. I had the plastic kitchen thing as a kid and I hate cooking. Maybe I’d love it if one of my aunts made me a kitchen set. Just sayin’

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