IKEA Hack: Building Your Child’s Dream DUKTIG Play Kitchen
Follow along with us as we update this post in the coming weeks…
After discovering an endless number of hacks to bling out your child’s DUKTIG play kitchen on Pinterest and Google, my husband and I decided to embark on one for our own. In early January, we brought home the kitchen in the standard IKEA flat box, along with several other accessories from IKEA. Our little was just 14 months then. In the coming two months, we also acquired pieces from Lowe’s, CostPlus World Market, Target, Amazon, Costco, Joann Fabric and beyond. Now that she’s walking and with Easter quickly approaching, we thought it was time to start assembly.
As we acquired items and saw favorite hacks online, we started a list of notes of exactly what we wanted to do to customize her play kitchen.
Shopping List (with Products Hyperlinked Where Possible):
- DUKTIG Childrens Play Kitchen, VALJE Wall Cabinets, LANGESUND Mirror, Faux Plants & Flowers, Planters, MJÖSA Toothbrush Holder, BADAREN Bath Mat, SVAMPIG Sponge, DUKTIG Toy Utensil Set, PROPPMÄTT Chopping Board, BLANDA MATT Serving Bowl, TEKLA Dish Towels, LJUSNAN Set of 3 Lidded Boxes, UDDIG Set of 3 Storage Cans, ÖNSKAD Rhino, GOSIG MUS Mice, GOSIG KANIN Rabbit, HEMMAHOS Cactus, DUKTIG Cookware Set, DUKTIG Vegetables Set, OLEBY Magnetic Clips: IKEA
- Table & Chairs: Costco
- Gift Wrap: Rifle Paper Co.
- Mini Colander, Decorative Lemons, Heart Cookie Cutter: CostPlus World Market
- Cookie Cooling Rack, Small Wooden Spoon: Home Goods
- Adhesive Backsplash, Automatic Magnetic Sensor Lights, Puck Lights, Apron, Oven Mitts, “S” Hooks, Hinges, Lid Supports, Mod Podge, Wooden Eggs, Mini Shopping Basket: Amazon
- Plates, Ladybug Kitchen Timer (Spring 2017): Hobby Lobby
- “Hello Beautiful” Wall Sign, “Season Everything with Love” Block Sign, Feather Wall Hook: Joann Fabric
- White Foam Board: Michaels Craft Store
- Shark Head, Bear, Set of 6 Magnets: Target
- IKEA Tag Handles: eBay
- Heart-Shaped Measuring Spoons: Gift at a Baby Shower
- Wooden Play Food: Land of Nod (Not Shown)
- SYRENTRY & BERTA Plastic-Coated Fabric: IKEA (Not Shown)
- Broom: Fawn & Forest (Not Shown)
- Sherwin Williams Color PPU18-16M Elephant Skin in Semi-Gloss (Already Had)
- Spray Paint, Adhesive Spray, Sheet Metal, Wood Stain: Lowes (Some, Not Shown)
- Tools to Assemble IKEA Furniture, Painter’s Tape (Already Had)
Unfortunately, the DUKTIG is a single piece, with sink, countertop, shelves, microwave, and oven all built into one center. But, lacking a common appliance: a refrigerator. After looking online for options, just nothing seemed to suit our needs…especially in that we didn’t want it to be overly expensive. On a return visit to IKEA, we stumbled upon two VALJE clearance items, that when stacked would make a perfect fridge and freezer combo. The smaller piece was on sale for $15 and the larger on sale for $25.
So, we actually decided to assemble this first, since we knew one of the things we wanted to do to it was make the door fronts’ magnetic. And, by assembling it, we would be able to measure the doors and see how attaching a thin piece of sheet metal would work and allow for free movement of the doors. Both doors were about 12 and 3/16″ wide. The smaller one, was similarly tall. The larger one, was 25 and 3/16″ tall. We paid a visit to Lowe’s, our favorite home improvement store, and found thin sheet metal that worked with her magnets (we took one along with us to the store to check for a perfect match). We also bought Loctite Professional Performance Adhesive Spray, in order to attach them to the VALJE fronts. We were originally thinking small tacks in the corners, but we didn’t find anything initially that was as shallow depth as the doors.
The other thing we did, mind you we were limited to working during her 2.5-hour afternoon naptime, was separate the parts that were to be spray painted a different color. We happened to have some Minwax Wood Finish Early American stain on hand, so we decided to go the route of staining the counter top. Several hack projects online use contact paper to wrap the counter top, but the one we liked most, used stain. Also, we decided to spray paint all other “wood” colored parts in satin white, leaving just the counter top in a wood tone. We are painting all of the handles (which we subbed out for IKEA TAG handles), the faucet, metal sheets, metal rod, “s” hooks, legs, and a silver-toned flower pot in a brushed bronze color. The sink and the edge of the stove top will be spray painted in a glossy white, similar to that of a “farmhouse sink.” The interior of the oven will be painted in a dark gray paint we recently painted a contractor-basic vanity in our house in. And, finally, black spray paint to have a border on the interior glass of the oven door.
After reviewing that list of notes we had made over the two months, we separated the pieces into their five groupings for spray painting. At this point, we opened up the DUKTIG box, in order to get at the chrome- and wood-colored parts inside.
Next, we taped off the stove top, using painter’s tape so that just the border would show for spray painting. We left the clear protectant film on the stove top, but peeled it back slightly and recovered with the tape, if it happened to overlap the silver border anywhere. I also used my fingernail to make sure the small divet between the stove top and the border was precisely covered with the tape. I found that working on the corners first and cutting the rounded corners with scissors seemed to help. It was then easy to fill in the remainder of the straight-edge area.
Similarly, albeit a little more complicated, also taped off the inside of the oven door (the side with more holes in it), leaving just the part to be spray painted black exposed. We did this in a 1″ border, marking teeny tiny little dots at the corners, which actually wiped off by touch. Using my fingernail, I made sure the tape that wrapped inside the door frame didn’t accidentally cover the glass, and pushed it slightly underneath the frame. In order to do the rounded corners, I used one of the spray paint cans on hand, along with an X-ACTO knife and lightly scored the painters tape in order to peel it away.
After taping out the necessary items, it was now onto likely the biggest task of all: painting!
We primarily used spray paint in order to speed up the painting process a bit.
Our first color was satin black for the interior of the oven door.
At the same time, we focused on the “outdoor plastic” glossy white paint for the edge of the stovetop and the “farmhouse-style” sink. Now is also a good time to mention a couple of key points: Wear a respirator / dust mask to reduce your chemical intake. Don’t spray paint in the wind. We noticed some crackly patterns appearing in some of our paint, which we were able to wipe off and repaint. Also, keep your distance, and do thin, even, directional coats. Use primer where recommended by your local hardware store professionals. And, we found a can of “duster” solution to be helpful to clear any particles from pieces just before painting them.
We opted to work on these pieces first, for two reasons: 1) they were the pieces that were taped out and required more attention to detail and 2) they were the paint colors that had the fewest number of pieces to test the waters with our setup.
Our lesson learned after we painted the stovetop is that we should have removed the “burner” top from the frame, as it was relatively easy to do (and then used painter tape to tape off the relevant inside parts). Paint unfortunately did get under the edge of the tape a bit and to no avail could we get it cleaned up again. We ended up solving the problem by using burnable DVDs (4.75″) with tape over the eye, over the 4″ diameter ranges (using small pencil marks to get them centered correctly), to spray the top of the range to cover up the faux pas. Once we removed the DVDs, we clear coated the entire surface of the range before popping it back into the stovetop frame.
Next up, it was time to start coating the brushed bronze pieces. Most of these we hit with a clear coat first. This was the metal flower pot, the two pieces of metal purchased for the front of the freezer and refrigerator, the faucet, the rod, the “S” hooks that we bought, plus the ones supplied with the DUKTIG, the legs, and the TAG handles. Here’s a sampling of the process:
For the TAG handles, we hit the underside, from both sides, before hitting the top. This was to cover any imperfections with the most visible side done last.
Not only does the faucet head pivot, but the faucet knob turns. Once the coat is dry, turn the knob, in order to easily spray paint the underside.
Simultaneously, while I worked on the brushed bronze pieces, the dear husband used an electric sander to remove the clear coat off the surface of the counter top. He then applied a coat of Early American-colored stain to the piece (top surface, and the front, left, and right edges only) which absorbed nicely.
To end the day, we applied Kilz in spray-paint form, to all remaining “wood-colored” pieces, so that our entire kitchen would be white, except for the beautifully stained counter top.
Next up: finishing the white satin spray-painted pieces, clear coating nearly all the painted pieces. And, then it’s assembly time!
We resume tomorrow. Stay tuned!