Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Zeee Transformation!

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I've been anxious to get these up here! This was one of Superman's and my summer projects. We finished just in time for our littlest chickadee's birthday and for use while I'm schooling the rest of the brood.
Here's what I found at a local thrift store....

The stove had a sad laminate door on it that someone else had used to repair it. I sanded down both the fridge and stove. I also traced the stove top. Then Superman took over. He did more sanding, replaced the door with scrap wood and cut out a window. So that she can see what's baking.
After that it was time to paint! I really wanted red because (for now) it's in my kitchen and it looks great with the other colors in there. Quite Spicy! And I found it in the oops bin for $5 a gallon - Yippee!!!

The one door has a bit of wonkiness that we think gives it character! We purchased new matching handles @ $1.27 a piece.

We cleaned up the original knobs and spray painted the hinges ( because a. we couldn't find any that matched, b. it was going to cost more moola and trouble to replace the). We also put a black chain inside to keep it from hanging to low.

See the wonderful job Superman did with the plexi-glass window? We had some laying around. It totally makes it! I want a oven like that!!

I painted the inside white to clean it up and used my drawings from before to transfer the old design back on. I really like the way it looks.

The little chick was so surprised! She started cooking immediately. She's had MANY fires in her oven and needed baking soda to put them out!

Everyday, "Oh, there's a fire in the oven!"

Here's the chef. Mac'n'cheese anyone? It's 6:30 a.m.!

This project took about 2 weeks (working an hour or so a night) and $30 (total, including the stove and fridge) to complete. The night before her birthday we brought it upstairs. Superman was putting the fridge doors on and realized I had painted the wrong sides!!! I felt sick... but he was able to take care of my oops within about an hour. He's so good!!!


funchaosx4 said...

I absolutely love it! You guys did a wonderful job restoring these pieces!!!! The old woood kitchen brings back many childhood memories. Thanks for sharing.
P.S. I promise I will see you this Sunday to get # of co-op!!!!

Amy said...

That is so cute! Very nicely done.

Kathy and Rebecca said...

What a great job! We really liked the red color. Our younger children would love these too during homeschooling time!

God Bless, Rebecca and Kathy

Sherry said...

Great find! I bet your kids will thoroughly enjoy it!

Mom2fur said...

You did a wonderful job sprucing up the appliances. And isn't your little chef the sweetest thing? I love that she already knows to put out fires with baking soda. Safety first!

Krista said...

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erin said...

WOW! These are great! The chef is real cutie!

Shynea said...

I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for leaving a comment on my blog.

The restoration that you did on this playset is really good. I like it a lot, and it reminds me of my childhood so much. (Those were the days.) Plus, I love the color red. I can only imagine all of the fun your daughters are having with their new kitchen set.

Kate said...

Wow, that looks great. Super transformation. That is so much nicer than any Little Tikes set you could find for LOTS more money.

Kelly said...

Seriously, I'll take mac and cheese any time! That has to be the coolest kitchen ever! I'd cook in it! ;o)

Victoria said...

Oh my I love those pieces!!! I would love to find something like them.