Vintage Play Kitchen Sink

When the chicklets were very young, I created a little vintage play kitchen for them. I acquired a wonderful homemade wooden stove/oven and a darling wooden refrigerator. Looking for a sink to finish it off, I spied the perfect piece of furniture at a garage sale, a two drawer end table/night stand. I wish I had taken more photos before passing all the pieces on, but I was able to dig up one of most of the kitchen set up in Sarah’s bedroom from when she was 6.I created the little “sinkette” with shelving using a table with drawers and few items from the hardware store. Here’s how it’s made (you may need to click on images to enlarge):
Then, a good coat or two of white paint and a little skirt to hide the storage area.I added cup hooks to the underside of the shelf to hang the play skillets and pans and another to the side for the measuring spoons.

You may also notice the little microwave oven just to the left of the sink. That was made using an old wooden file box, parts of an old cell phone, a black piece of plastic from a file folder and a chrome drawer pull. Inside, there was a fake turntable made from a metal film reel canister.

I had so much fun over the years collecting little vintage kitchen dishes, pots and pans, a dish drainer, whimsical tea towels, children’s cookbooks and more to furnish the little kitchen. I even sewed the some of the play food from felt. Once on a roll, we had little vintage broom and dustpan, iron and ironing board, flour sifter and and compost bucket. Too fun, but again, wish I had taken photos.

Now, go check out an incredible all-in-one play kitchen repurposed from an entertainment center by Erin Woodward over at Sutton Grace!

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32 Responses to Vintage Play Kitchen Sink

  1. #1 - . says:

    Its such a cute kitchen set, so much better than the typical plastic kitchen sets you see around. I made something like this for my daughter when she was younger (now 16), made it out two old wood school desks and wood planks for shelving… she loved it and it was a well used toy. I like how you did the demo of how to make it.

  2. #2 - Victoria says:

    That is the cutest little kitchen set and something you can have forever! I would've loved that when I was a little girl:)

  3. #3 - Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B says:

    I am sitting here shaking my head and wondering at your imagination & creativity! What a wonderful treasure – I would absolutley love to have one on my oen kitchen as a mini-sink-decotration!

  4. #4 - Charlotte says:

    Sweet! Ahh to be a kid again…opp's I'm still washing dishes, so apparently nothing much has changed.

  5. #5 - sparklepetal says:

    Wow, what a totally freaky coincidence! My sister just emailed me photos of the play kitchen she's been making for her daughter and we were wondering how to make a faucet for it! I am just about to send her the link to your post! Genius! Thanks so much!

  6. #6 - Effie says:

    Fabulous…….just too cute for words!

  7. #7 - Sherry @ No Minimalist Here says:

    Oh my gosh, this is so adorable. I am always so amazed at the creativity I see on blogs. What child would not love this?
    xo, Sherry

  8. #8 - The Finicky Frog says:

    Can someone give me a time machine please??? I'd love to make my girlies little again so we can make this. LOVE IT!

  9. #9 - Shell in your Pocket says:

    what little girl wouldn't want that??


    sandy toe

  10. #10 - Insomniac Mummy says:

    That's fab! We've been looking at play kitchens for when we get round to sorting out my 1 year old's room.

    You've inspired me!


  11. #11 - Julie Campbell says:

    Oh my gosh! That is the cutest thing ever!

  12. #12 - ScrappingStephanie says:

    That is super cute. The bedroom is beautiful!:)


  13. #13 - Jody Meese says:

    I've been admiring your work for a long time but this is just over the top clever and cute! I would love to put a link to this on our preschool's Facebook page; may I use one of your photos?

  14. #14 - Centsational Girl says:

    Fantastic ! I have seen these all over blog land, and yours takes the cake ! Love the sketches, too, so helpful. All of these have me contemplating one of my own, but I fear my kiddies are getting too big . . . such great inspiration as always Cathe !


  15. #15 - Cathe Holden says:

    Thanks so much everyone!

    Yes, Jody, feel free to share the project and photos.

  16. #16 - Creative Grammie says:

    Absolutely the cutest! And homemade!
    Thanks for sharing.

  17. #17 - Karolina says:

    I just used one of your email buttons on my blog. Thank you it's such a great element of the page and I wouldn't have known how to do it myself 🙂

  18. #18 - Eleni says:

    So cute and playful! I guess you had more fun making it than your girls playing with it xexe!!!Very beautiful!

  19. #19 - Niesz Vintage Home says:

    How fantastic! That little sink is adorable. I don't even have kids, but I'll keep my eyes open for a nightstand to redo for my niece.
    And the entertainment center kitchen…Wow! Such creative people.

    Kimberly 🙂

  20. #20 - CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [27 Jun 12:22pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  21. #21 - marysworkshop says:

    Totally charming, a great example of repurposing, and so much nicer than those plastic play kitchens. Another winner!

  22. #22 - The Answer Is Chocolate says:

    I received a lovely award which in turn I am passing on to you! Stop by to "pick it up" :

  23. #23 - For The Love of Old Books says:

    You really are so talented. This is so lovely. Your chicklets were certainly lucky little girls.

  24. #24 - Thespa McLaughlin says:

    Wow! This is fabulous! I love the way you made the "faucet" ingenious!

  25. #25 - jdavissquared says:

    this is quite possibly the cutest thing ever!

  26. #26 - Apron Thrift Girl says:

    What a magical setting for a young child. I used to dream of having a nursery like the one in Bed Knobs & Broomsticks (the house they break into). Your is as magical if not more than that one.

  27. #27 - LydiaB says:

    Oh, Cathe! I am just today lowering my antiques guest bed, so we can transition my daughter out of her crib and into her big girl bed. Thanks for the inspiration on creating a great imaginative play area in a bedroom. I LOVE it!

  28. #28 - Lissie says:

    How clever! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  29. #29 - Cristin says:

    adorable play kitchen and your blog too!


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  31. #30 - Samantha says:

    I am in love with your kids room. Do you have picture that show the stove, refrigerator and microwave? I would like to get a closer look at those as well. Thanks so much!

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