Well, I finally mustered up enough motivation to take a look in our basement for materials to build a play kitchen for my daughter. We live in an apartment building with a communal trash/recycling room and there are always lots of cardboard boxes on hand. I thought to myself “what a great use of free resources!” I pilfered heavily from the basement and for the next two days our apartment’s living room looked like the trash room. I think I may have stressed out my husband and my mom (who was staying with us at the time). My daughter thought it was the next amusement park though. She had a blast playing with scraps as I cut, measured and glued stuff together. It reminded me a lot of my architecture school days building models hour after hour. It was actually quite fun.
Based on my previous post, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted this kitchen to incorporate. It needed an oven, stovetop and a sink. Once I figured this out, I had to think about how I proportionally wanted it to look. Being an architect, I drew a plan, front elevation and side elevation, thinking of the easiest way to accomplish this without any unnecessary hardware or additional bought items. (Sorry for the shoddy photos, my sketches got a little messy from use…)
Of course my first pass wasn’t perfect. My first iteration had the oven door as the full left side panel. This resulted in the door opening, being too deep for my daughter to reach into, and her stepping on the door to put anything into the oven. She ended up not liking it so much and didn’t ever want to use it. Also, she somehow accumulated all of these utensils and other items and had nowhere to put anything so it turned into a hazard zone where you had to be careful not to step on a fork or other item. I decided to cut the door down and add a drawer in the bottom. This was exponentially better as she immediately took to putting things in the drawer and taking them out. Also, the door to the oven shortened so she no longer was in danger of stepping on it and breaking it. This little add made the kitchen that much more useable and “real”.
Above is a sneak peek of part of the kitchen in it’s finished state. Stay tuned for more to come!