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I wanted to start a play kitchen thread. A centrally located play kitchen thread will hopefully help others in their search.

My son is getting a beautiful handmade wooden play kitchen for Christmas - and we went through many possibilities before finding one off Craigslist made by a local elderly gentleman.


So...if you have play kitchens you love - post them here.

If you've made your own play kitchen feel free to add it as well.



Kid Kraft Deluxe Pastel Play Kitchen.
http://www.netshops.com/cart/shopper...=17-21697592-2


Elves and Angels Julianna's Kitchen
http://www.blueberryforest.com/kitch...ay-kitchen.htm

Elves and Angels Jacob's Ice Box
http://www.blueberryforest.com/kitch...bs-ice-box.htm

Complete Kitchen Center
http://www.blueberryforest.com/kitch...ay-kitchen.htm


Jonti-Craft Natural Birch Play Kitchen
http://www.jonti-craft.com/Catalog/D...&subcategory=8

Dakota's Play Kitchen
http://www.willowtoys.com/catalog.php?item=11

Liam's Kitchen
http://www.willowtoys.com/catalog.ph...3Fcategory%3D1

The Acorn Kitchen
http://www.willowtoys.com/catalog.ph...3Fcategory%3D1

Camden Rose Kitchen
http://www.camdenrose.com/product/31/14

Vitamin Kitchen Oven (Oompa Toys)
http://www.oompa.com/baby-toys/item/...%20Play%20Oven

French Kitchenette
http://www.oompa.com/baby-toys/item/...REE%20SHIPPING

Djeco Daisy's Kitchen
http://www.oompa.com/baby-toys/item/DJ6522/Djeco-Daisy's-Kitchen-Set.html?oompaItem=Djeco_Daisy's%20Kitchen%20Set

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Camden Rose Simple Fridge
http://www.camdenrose.com/product/75/14

Camden Rose Table Top Kitchen
http://www.camdenrose.com/product/76/14

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I am making a kitchen for ds this Christmas. I love this one!
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That one is cute! I love the beautiful green paint and retro fabrics.

Here's another DIY play kitchen.

We're planning on making the fridge for DS.

DIY Ikea Hacker Play Kitchen
http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/2007/...under-200.html
We're going to make the fridge like the one from above here. It seems pretty simple using Ivar pine cabinets from Ikea.

DIY Ikea Play Kitchen 2
http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/toy...kitchen-066536

DIY Ikea Play Kitchen 3
http://www.zrecommends.com/detail/di...-play-kitchen/

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Oh such fantastic ideas on the DIY front! This is going to make me look at some of the random cheapo furniture at goodwill, salvation army, etc in a whole new light over the next few months!!
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Mine is going to be apartment-construction friendly (read: no power tools necessary )

As the base, I am using two wire cubes I already have. They are like this. I will leave the wire framework off the top part (counter area), so that I have room for the sink to "dip" low. I will add at least one shelf to each cube (a shelf made from a piece of cardboard, probably), so that there is storage space, and an "oven" area.

I will make the counter out of several layers of corrugated cardboard, so that I can cut the sink hole out with an exacto knife (one layer at a time). When I put the layers together, I will "bind" them in "granite" contact paper, so that they act as one solid counter top. I will fasten them to the wire somehow, lol.

I am putting a curtain in the front of the wire cubes. I bought fabric something like this.

I'm going to use an old double-boiler for the sink, and probably some old cds for the burners. I will create some sort of backsplash area, and thrift/scrounge some knobs. I have not yet solved the faucet problem....

My apt complex has a large cardboard recycling bin, so I will be getting a lot of my supply there Ds is going to love it! And I am hoping it will cost less than $10!
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Good idea!!!! I spent hours and hours researching wooden kitchens on MDC before buying ours. We bought the Camden Rose kitchen for dd, and we love it. (I really like how it is gender-neutral.)

For those of you into coupon codes like me, the new Mothering issue has a coupon code for UrthChild, which sells the Camden Rose kitchen and fridge.
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KidKraft Vintage Kitchen Play Center at CostCo ($10 cheaper in the store)

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I found a wooden play kitchen by a company called Battat at Tuesday Morning for $50. It is perfect for our small space.

Here's DD playing with her kitchen when we first got it:
http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/333966509_SS6oY-M.jpg

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Here's DD playing with her kitchen when we first got it:
http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/333966509_SS6oY-M.jpg
What a cutie you have!


Here is a play kitchen from the Land of Nod
http://www.landofnod.com/family.aspx...f=4051&pc=2893

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Waaahh!!!!
I wish I had seen this thread before I ordered DD's for her birthday

http://www.babynaturopathics.com/sho...idproduct=1903

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Waaahh!!!!
I wish I had seen this thread before I ordered DD's for her birthday

http://www.babynaturopathics.com/sho...idproduct=1903
$$$ $$$ Is there any way you can return it??? That is highway robbery!

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$$$ $$$ Is there any way you can return it??? That is highway robbery!
A bit OT, but I wonder if the company doesn't realize that they priced the kitchen way higher than other stores. It's worth a call!
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Here is our dd's wooden kitchen made by Anatex. It's gorgeous!


http://www.anatex.com/ProductCart/pc...&idproduct=223

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http://www.anatex.com/ProductCart/pc...&idproduct=224

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Great thread! DD is SO ready for a play kitchen. I don't even think we'll wait until the holidays--she can have it early!

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well it is sooooooooooooo typical the only one I like is from FAO

Do LO's really play at the kitchen? Is this a distraction so you can cook? This is new to me, so I would love to hear peoples stories of how long their LO plays at the kitchen etc.
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$$$ $$$ Is there any way you can return it??? That is highway robbery!

wow..that kitchen is all over the place here. it's always around 50 euros, or 65 dollars.

http://www.spielzeug-berlin.de/Holzs...ogle&language=
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Waaahh!!!!
I wish I had seen this thread before I ordered DD's for her birthday

http://www.babynaturopathics.com/sho...idproduct=1903

there is a place in toronto that is selling it for $129.

http://www.honey-bunch.com/item.php?...category_id=30

i would contact the people you bought it from and either return it or get them to refund you at least PART of the difference.

that's just nuts.
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Waaahh!!!!
I wish I had seen this thread before I ordered DD's for her birthday

http://www.babynaturopathics.com/sho...idproduct=1903
Definitely try to return it if you can or at least let them know how disappointed you are. I saw that and almost peed myself since I had just seen it at Hot Toads (a Canadian site) for $119.

http://hottoads.com/product_view.php?id=4319
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For the person asking if kids really play with the kitchens...

We don't have one but we just moved so I am going to try to make the cardboard one myself out of all these boxes we have around here. The fact that my daughter doesn't have a kitchen doesn't stop her from pretending to cook, it is her favorite passtime whether I am cooking or not. She will grab a sigg bottle lid out of the drawer and an old medela bottle I used to use to store breastmilk and flip the lid upside down and go "Mmmmmm MMMM" I am blending!

I can't wait to see how excited she is over her own kitchen!
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I"m SO excited ...been researching play kitchens(for Christmas) and when I mentioned it to my sister this weekend, she offered to give us my neice's wooden kitchen and all of the play food, etc.! I think she was as happy as I was because although she used to love her kitchen, Mara is getting older and it is just taking up space now! Something to think about if you have friends or family with "older" girls!
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We have the Kidcraft Red Retro Kitchen, which is on sale here for about $100 less than Grandma paid for their birthday in Januarhy.

http://www.allchildrensfurniture.com...id=FR43-KK1509

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I babynaturopathics!

i showed them the links you sent me and they gave it to me at a VERY fair price including shipping and points

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They have the best customer service of any business I've ever dealt with.

and thanks especially to ElaynesMom and ruvalokiteshvara

couldn't have done it without your posts

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Glad to hear you were able to get a better price on it, and good to know they have such good customer service
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I am making a kitchen for ds this Christmas. I love this one!
I have been looking at play kitchens for my almost 2 year old daughter, the wooden ones seem appealing to me but not as inspiring w/o any color and other ones I have seen are either crazy expensive or seem cheesy ---- this one (and all it's accessories) seem perfect! Now if I can only find time, energy to learn how to make this and learn how to sew.

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I love the one we made:

http://stukatneva.blogspot.com/
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http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A/id.2325/.f

here's the one we just ordered for ds for christmas. loved the price, love that it's just wood. i just wish it was a little darker. hopefully he'll love it. now for shopping for accesories! sooo excited about that. might try to do some myself, this thread has given me some inspiration.
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