It is wonderful and DD loves it! Play kitchens are the best!
We got the Ikea Duktig kitchen (bottom and top) which I don't think has been mentioned here yet because it has only recently become available in North America. http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/70129801
We love it! It is remarkably high quality (with Ikea you never know) and is very solid, not that particleboard cr+p they often use. The reasons I chose it were:
-cost ($150 Can total)
-styling is modern and fits in with our house decor
-solid and high quality
-easy to clean
-compact and fits easily in a small spot (I wanted it to go in the real kitchen so that we can cook together)
-it's small size means that my 1 yo can already play with the cooktop and sink, the feet are adjustable so that the counter height can be raised as he gets taller
I've made two minor modifications:
- I used a few small dots of silicone to secure the sink down because DS got obsessed with hitting the dog with it (weird as he doesn't hit the dog with anything else)
- I put a few layers of masking tape over the cupboard door magnets to reduce their strength (they were so strong that DS couldn't open them)
I definitely have no reservations about recommending this kitchen to anyone else. If it is the look and size that you want, then it is a great option!
Happy mumma to my boys Henny Tom (Nov 30, 2008), Arlo Odie (Oct 5, 2010), and baby SISTER! due mid-Dec 2014.
It's made from pine, and we polished it with a beeswax finish.
Mama to Eleanore Rae, born April 6, 2008 & Adelaide Jane, born December 16, 2010, Cautiously expecting #3 September 10, 2013
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Ive been on a kitchen search for months. The Waldorf type solid wood kitchens are a bit small and plain IMHO. This one is fantastic. Perfect. And soooo expensive. Of course....that's my retail karma. I always love the most expensive things....
How much was the shipping from Canada?
Would this one work with a child who is on the tall side?
We have a wonderful play kitchen! I blogged about it last year here: http://serenawilsonstubson.blogspot.com/2010/02/sebastian-size-kitchen.html Its been a year with the kitchen now and DS who just turned 2 still plays with it all the time! we've added a ton of new foods and pots and pans since my original post, but everything that the kitchen came with is still in really great shape!
(The kitchen is called My Creative Cookery Club and its all wooden except for the sink and plastic on the over door).
Serena - married to Jason, mom to Sebastian (b.12.22.2008) and Poppy (b.07.07.2011) ♥
heavensearth ... hi! We just got the same one for our daughter and were thinking of putting wax on. I read that you did that. Still glad that you did? Have you had to redo it? Thanks!
I am having a kitchen made from a vendor on etsy....I wanted something modern/streamlined and also simple and made of wood, not so curly and gingerbready....for my son/and to go with my house....there is a wonderful guy, Darin, who has shop called Hammer&Nails and he has a great modernish wood kitchen....check it out.
I realize this post was quite some time ago, but if anyone is looking for DIY instructions for felt food, check out this post on Ohdeedoh...
My husband and I made a play kitchen for DD for Christmas this year out of Ikea components mostly. Spent around $50 I believe. It could use a little embelishment in my opinion but for now it is perfectly functional. Hope the link works, first time trying to post a FB pic here.
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Hope that works!
Future decorating plans include either "wallpapering" the back wall or adding additional "backsplash" tiles and paint. Plus adding a door so the storage place under the stove becomes an oven.
Very nice job!
I vote tiles, though I understand wallpaper or paint is less expensive.
Some Small Space Ideas
Haba Play Cooker, Made in Germany, Solid Hardwood Around $40 http://www.amazon.com/Haba-1596-Wooden-Play-Cooker/dp/B0002HYDNG
The Little Kitchen, Etsy Mama Made, Soldi Hardwood Around $75 http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/toys-toddler/the-little-kitchen-by-mama-made-them-128644
Play Kitchen Play Mat DIY http://www.etsy.com/listing/42058059/roll-up-kitchen-play-mat-custom-orders
Any more favorites?
Editing to add: I'm thinking about this one.
Just thought I would add that we opened the Little Kitchen I linked above from etsy this morning. Really well made and the kids love. Reasonable price for the quality. Full size top but doesn't require floorspace. And it fits into our Ikea Billy shelves that store most of our playthings.
I really like the look of that etsy one! I did a rough DIY one made out of cardboard but it's kind of wack. This one looks fantastic.
Though what do people think about the "realistic" edge of painted vs. unpainted?
I made a play kitchen with 2 free, old cabinets. one upright, spray painted white for the fridge, and one half cupboard with 2 doors (like the kind that go over the stove) I removed and turned the hinges on one door, so it could open like an oven, and put a wire shelf rack/divide from the thrift store for the 'wire oven rack' and the other side is just 'storage'. I cut a rectangle hole for a little plastic tub I had for the sink, and got an old bathroom fixture from my parents for the sink faucet. I glued CDs upside down for the burners. Totally cheap and cute.
We have the stove and sink from this one: http://www.duketoys.nl/complete-houten-keuken-gekleurd-p-586.html and DS loves it. It is in his room and he plays with it a lot. We also have wooden fruit, veggies and meat that can be cut.