Our Own DIY Ikea Hack – Duktig Play Kitchen

I kind of love pinterest. I’m inspired by all the people out there that make the world prettier, tastier and just generally share their craftiness. I’ve gathered many beautiful recipes that I never would have tried otherwise. I love that I have access to all the tasty things in a one stop shop. I often spend a little time staring wistfully at how other people live, and wishing I lived somewhere warmer, with a pool, and a lot of stylish white space.. and tacos. I’m not being paid by Pinterest, I just dig it. So, when planning photo-shoots I take some moments to briefly glance at what is new in the world of photography. Likewise, when we are planning a little DIY project, I look to pinterest first. I can find myself overwhelmed, but also excited by possibilities.

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We’ve been eying the the Duktig Play Kitchen for quite some time now thinking we could personalize it for our little M. She loves to help in the kitchen, she also loves making us meals with her play food. I go gaga for large floral patterns and was wanting to do something like that for the ‘backsplash’, but I remembered the kitchen wasn’t for me, so cats it was! We sourced the materials and put it together fairly quickly. It all went off without a hitch. It was a simple DIY. I loved so many of those petite kitchens I saw on pinterest that had the wood painted, but I’m a sucker for birch, and hate to paint over actual wood. So, we kept the birch and painted over particle board. We didn’t sand or prime, instead we used a paint that included primer, it worked like a charm.

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We forsee many years of play with this kitchen. Its sweet, and soft (in colour), and exactly what we envisioned. More than that, our little girl loves it immensely. She’s already stocked it with real food like smarties and macarons. We let her, because you are only little once, and childhood should be full of ‘sweet’ things.


Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by!

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What was required to pull it off:

  • Duktig Play Kitchen from IKEA
  • Paint with Primer for the doors and behind the microwave
  • Gold spray paint for the handles, sink, faucet, feet – we used Tremclad
  • 1/8 inch hardboard, cut to size (home depot)
  • Nails to install hardboard (after wallpapered)
  • Wallpaper
  • Decal (heart)
  • Knobs – we bought some cute ones from Anthropologie, just haven’t put them on yet

***just a side note, we ended up having to buy spray glue to adhere the wallpaper because the glue on the back of the wallpaper wouldn’t hold.


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  • LS - Hi. What an adorable kitchen. I was wondering where you got the cat wallpaper from? My daughter would love it.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer - Hi there Larissa! Thank you!! This wallpaper is from Spoonflower!ReplyCancel

      • melissa - Hi just a Q with the wallpaper. did you just get the swatch size?? Was thia enoughReplyCancel

        • Jennifer - Hi Melissa!!

          Seems I missed this. My apologies. Here are the measurements for the wallpaper.

          SMOOTH • 2 FEET
          2 feet (2′ x 2′), basic repeat 125 dpi

          Hope that helps.

  • Jamie - Hi, i have a question where did u get the heart decal?ReplyCancel

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