Our DIY (up cycling) kitchen/cafe/secret hiding place for lots of imaginative play.
We made this from things people threw off the street. We picked it up and made it pretty again. It is so sturdy and pretty. Suits our 1930 house perfectly.
I will give you a breakdown of the cost:
Sink: free (picked up from the side of the road) fixed up the doors (thanks atuk) and Sumayyah and I have it a good paint from whatever left over paint we had in the shed. The basin is my kitchen rinsing basin
Cupboard: free (picked up from outside a kindy, cleaned it up, fixed the legs, have it new life)
Stove: upcycled an old shelf. Put some metal covers, and I paid $2 for the timers that act as the cooker’s knobs.
Curtain: sewed from bed sheets that was laying around. (Thank you dadi Popo) this is her favourite section. This is where all the magic happens. It also doubles as a puppet show curtain)
Microwave: a toy from ayah. Was about $25-30 new back in 2011
Cash register: birthday present from nenek 2 years ago. Is about $20 new
Blender: her toy since she was 15 months old. $8
Ceramic plates: Christmas present from nenek Joan
And various Knicks and knacks.
All of this including toys for about $60.
How great is that. People may say it is not as pretty as ikea or little
Tikes or whatever. But I can attest this is played with every single day with much joy. And we did it ourselves.
Toys does not have to be expensive. Making it also gives children a sense of accomplishment.