Monday, 26 November 2018

DIY IKEA Play Kitchen Upcycle

Ikea hack Duktig play kitchen upcycled using Rustoleum spray paint, Valspar paint, marble contact paper and tile stickers

I really shouldn't spend so much time on Pinterest, especially this close to Christmas when I have literally no time spare whatsoever. However, there I was, in the freezing cold garden at 8pm spray painting a plastic tap because I've decided my 18-month-old daughter absolutely must have a play kitchen for Christmas.

So in case anyone else is crazy enough to do the same - here's exactly how I upcycled the famous IKEA play kitchen, the budget-friendly bits I used and how I transformed a plain wooden toy into something a bit more fitting for Dove Cottage!

Ikea hack Duktig play kitchen upcycled using Rustoleum spray paint, Valspar paint, marble contact paper and tile stickers
Left-hand image courtesy of IKEA

Ikea hack Duktig play kitchen upcycled using Rustoleum spray paint, Valspar paint, marble contact paper and tile stickers

The Duktig play kitchen from IKEA is really great quality, and actually looks fine untouched, however obviously I wanted to put my own stamp on it (well I can't have my dream kitchen, but little lady can!)

Ikea hack Duktig play kitchen upcycled using Rustoleum spray paint, Valspar paint, marble contact paper and tile stickers

I started by putting together the bottom half of the kitchen, and then painting it as I thought this might be easier than painting all the bits first. I primed it first with a wood primer, a nice and cheap one which cost just £5. I then painted all the wooden parts with Valspar Wood & Metal Paint in the shade Healthy, Wealthy & Wise - a beautiful minty green shade which I thought would work well with the gold and black. It needed two coats though, so bear that in mind. For the plastic parts however (the pole, sink, taps, feet, door handles and the utensils I also picked up in IKEA) I used spray paint - priming them first with Rustoleum Surface Primer, before applying two coats of Rustoleum Gold Metallic Spray Paint (both of which I picked up at B&Q).

Ikea hack Duktig play kitchen upcycled using Rustoleum spray paint, Valspar paint, marble contact paper and tile stickers
Yes I am using a puppy pad as a dust sheet...

Next I covered the worktop part with some marble-effect sticky back plastic I found for just £4 in Wilko. I thought this might be a bit tricky to apply but it was actually not too difficult at all - just make sure to take it slow, and push out any air bubbles as you go along. You'll then need to cut the holes for the sink and hob to drop in.

Ikea hack Duktig play kitchen upcycled using Rustoleum spray paint, Valspar paint, marble contact paper and tile stickers


Ikea hack Duktig play kitchen upcycled using Rustoleum spray paint, Valspar paint, marble contact paper and tile stickers

I was then able to put the rest of the kitchen together before touching up any parts that perhaps needed it.

Finally, I wanted to create a splash back to give the kitchen the wow factor, however the back of the kitchen is open so I needed to nail a piece of mdf onto the back of the kitchen. The exact measurements you'll need is 33cm x 68cm, and I picked up a piece of mdf from B&Q for just £4.25 - I did need to saw a small piece off the end though, but I believe they can cut in-store for you if you don't have a hand saw at home.

Then came the tricky part (during which I uttered the words 'I'm never upcycling anything again') - I added some tile stickers to the mdf. I picked up these ones from Amazon, they're 10cm x 10cm each and came as a set of 24, however there was loads of different ones on eBay and Etsy too, or you could even stencil your own? They were quite tricky to line up, however we got there in the end! I gave the mdf two coats of white paint first, to give it a nicer base colour.

Ikea hack Duktig play kitchen upcycled using Rustoleum spray paint, Valspar paint, marble contact paper and tile stickers
I left a strip at the bottom of the splash back to look like a trim (however in reality its because it saved me buying another pack of stickers!) 

Ikea hack Duktig play kitchen upcycled using Rustoleum spray paint, Valspar paint, marble contact paper and tile stickers

Ikea hack Duktig play kitchen upcycled using Rustoleum spray paint, Valspar paint, marble contact paper and tile stickers


Ikea hack Duktig play kitchen upcycled using Rustoleum spray paint, Valspar paint, marble contact paper and tile stickers

And there you have it! I've popped some artificial plants (all also from IKEA) and the mini colander was from Next a couple of years ago. I just hope little lady plays with it now (or maybe I don't want her to touch it!...)

Let me know if you have any questions, and of course tag me in your photos over on Instagram (@dove_cottage) if you decide to have a go yourself!

Thanks for reading,
Sam Xx

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Ikea hack Duktig play kitchen upcycled using Rustoleum spray paint, Valspar paint, marble contact paper and tile stickers

*The paint I used for this project in the shade 'Healthy, Wealthy & Wise' was kindly gifted to me by Valspar*

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10 comments

  1. Brilliant. Absolutely love how you have breathed real sense of luxury into this little kitchen unit piece.

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  2. That is the cutest little kitchenette!! Your hack looks so much better.

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  3. I love a good DIY and this is super cute!! That kitchen looks amazing, you did such a great job!! My niece would absolutely love this!

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  4. That is just the cutest kitchenette. I love it! Great job in transforming it into something unique!

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  5. Love it so much. So amazing! And a kids toy that will look great in your home. You could offer a service and do this for people...

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  6. This is SO gorgeous!!! What a lovely upcycle! My twins have the same kitchen and, whilst I love the idea of doing a makeover on it, I know that it would stay that way for long in our house!! I wish the boys played nicely with it... but I know that it wouldn't be long before the washing up bowl was full of Lego and the oven crammed with toy cars!! Love it though. I might do similar when we come to sell it!!! ;)

    Caro | www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

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  7. Love this jist sent it to my sister as she's looking to do this for my niece

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