Many, many months ago I decided to turn an old bookshelf we weren't using into a play kitchen for my little guy. Since he's only 1, I wanted something that was his size to play at, and something I could easily re-purpose in the future as well.
This bookshelf was mine as a child, and it's much older than I am, so it was looking a little rough.
But I didn't want to fully convert it into a kitchen, like so many re-do's you see online.
I wanted my bookshelf to just get a face lift, and a temporary switch, if you will.
As you can see, it really was a bit beat up. It still is.
But I removed the back piece from the top, gave everything a light sanding then painted the whole bookshelf an off-white/grey/green-ish color (It was a Lowes oooppps no name mis-mix paint). Then I covered the back in some fabric. All I needed was a fat-quarter of fabric to cover it, and I just used masking tape to hold it, since it's on the back.
I nailed the back on, then added some burners to one of the shelves.
I made the burners in Power Point, printed them on cardstock, laminated, then used heavy duty packing tape to hold in place. I had tried using clear contact paper, but it wouldn't stick to the paint.
I added 2 command hooks to the sides, to hold towels, aprons, keys, bags, etc... You never know what a kid might need to hang up in the kitchen.
And, of course, no kitchen is complete without some felt foods!
Carrots, berries, broccoli, tomato, watermelon & an orange.
I found the cute produce baskets on clearance at Target over the weekend, 90 cents for both!
Not too bad.
View my Felt Foods/Play Kitchen board on Pinterest for tutorials and inspiration!
There are tons of tutorials and ideas out there.
or from the printables page.