Monday, January 13, 2014

Pottery Barn Inspired retro kids kitchen. Finishing and plans

  We have finally finished and the verdict is already in. Kinley loves it...and Ryker does too. Is it wrong to consider it a gift for both of their birthdays.. I mean it was a lot of work.
I think she likes it. 

Lets start with some fun photos. I'll try to share where we got things and price break down. Get ready this is going to be a long one.

Kinleys stove.

So onto what we did.....

This isn't going to be a step by step photo process since I have plans drafted that you can follow. See link below. I also recommend using the plans as a guide. Alway measure your piece and build as you go. 

We made a few changes that I can think of.. we omitted the top shelf in the sink. And made the bottom front panel the same width as the others. Which meant we set our bottom self a little higher. 

Here are some tips for things we did to make it look more like pottery barns... 

bought a retro freezer thermometer on ebay. 

We used this routed circle from hobby lobby it was in the wood section. Adam drilled a hole in the middle so that the thermometer could fit inside..To make the two little wings.. I place the circle on mdf scrap and traced the profile of the circle then drew out the shape. I cut it out with the jig saw... sanded and then sanded some more :) and glued it all together... I sprayed it with metalic spray paint before glueing in the thermometer.

We used the same idea for the clock... I taped off the circle part with frog tape using an xacto knife to cut close to the edge. I then used the same metallic spray paint to paint the clock and the circle separate then glued them together. 

Here is an awesome tip we got from a friend who builds custom cabinetry.. he knows his stuff. 

This would have been probably the most challenging part but this idea made it so easy.. 
To make your rounded shelfs would have been extremely hard to make them all the same with a jigsaw. So here is what you do instead.. 

You have to cut a template piece.. go slow and do your best with you jig saw.. to make mine we cut the shelf to size. Then I took one of the burners and made it touch both edges then traced the curve of that to take off the corner..  then cut out with a jig saw and sanded and sanded until it was even.. 

Next take your template and nail it with two small nails to the piece you want to cut.. 

Your going to need this little router bit. we got ours at lowes.

Set your router bit to where the bearing will be inline with your template piece and the blades will only hit the bottom.. like this

All you have to do now is rout out your design. your top template piece acts like the fence.  I even thought ahead and filmed adam doing it for you :) I know your so excited to watch. but hey for the visual learners out there... I appreciate stuff like this. 

This made it so much quicker to make our shelfs.. I also recommend when you go to cut them get your table saw measurement right for the width cut all your width pieces so they are the same.. then do you length.. that way they should all match.. there are two on bottom and an additional shelf.. 

Another idea I had was I wanted to get kinley a mixer. So I headed to walmart and found this beauty.. lol cheap much.. but something amazing can happen with just a change of color.. 

after!!! doesnt it look so much better.. i just bought a pink spray paint..

one last thing to make the doors on the fridge appear like there are 4 instead of two..  we set the table saw blade really low and ran the door over it to make a small groove... 

cost break down and supplies list

Stove grates                                4@ 6.86         27.44
Stove knobs                                4@                                                  15.97
Oven Knob                                 1@                                                    6.99
Freezer thermometer                  1@                                                  12.99
Clock                                          1@12.99(40 percent off)                 7.79
Faucet                                         1@                                                  18.46
Sink                                            1@                                                  13.86
Handles                                      6@3.97                                           23.82
Knob                                          1@                                                    1.86
Blender                                      1@                                                   15.55 
Pots and pans set                       1@                                                   24.99
Mdf                                            3@ 33.67                                        101.01                                  
oven shelves (walmart)             2@                                                       6.99
hinges                                      10@2.38                                              20.38     
Paint                                        10@4.98                                              49.80
paint                                          2@3.76                                                 7.52

so there it is.. you could of course save more buy going cheaper on some of the accessories but for basically 1/2 less than what it would cost at pottery barn we love it!

WE worked very hard on this! Be sure to share, facebook it pin it ect.. we would appreciate it.. Also we love to hear feedback on the things we do or any ideas you  might have to make them better! Thanks so much!




  1. Whoa! that's amazing! We want to make a kitchen for our now one year old for next Christmas...not sure we'll be able to be this ambitious, but we have a year to psyche ourselves up for it, right? ;). great job--pinned!

    1. Thanks Gretchen, It wasn't so much hard just a little more time consuming with having to make jigsaw cuts.. we used a router table.. and I actually kinda of like doing the routing.. it may be intimidating at first.. now I dont know if Id take on a plunge router those scare me.. lol..

  2. This is amazing! Makes me wish I had a little girl to make one for. Well done!

  3. Camille, this project is amazing! Once again, you've thoroughly impressed me!

  4. This is amazing! I love it. I don't think I will ever actually make the time to build this whole thing....but I am going to spray paint a few of my daughters toys for sure! That is such a good idea!! Thank you :)

  5. Love this! I plan on making this for my sons for Christmas this year and I'll use your plans. Quick question, the link you provided to Lowes says you used 3/4 in MDF, is that correct? For some reasons it looks thicker than that in your pictures.

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  7. I love that color! It is so much better than the generic pink I usually see. Do you happen to remember what brand/color paint you used? Did you apply a gloss coat of clear over the entire kitchen as well?

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