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Before & After: Thrift Store Play Kitchen Makeover
This play kitchen makeover is incredible! The plastic kitchen went from well-loved and worn down to a modern update. Check out the full before and after!

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Last week I took a break from book prep though to makeover this well-loved play kitchen so that I could join up with some of my blogger friends for a Thrift Shop Challenge.

I found this play kitchen at our local Goodwill for only $1.99! Score! All it needed was a  little TLC, a lot of goo gone, and some fresh paint!

Image of Play kitchen makeover before


So, here’s how it started.

The stickers took a lot of work to get off. I found it was easiest to spray with a little goo gone and then use a knife to scrape it away.

Image of Play kitchen makeover before stickers

After getting off all the stickers and giving the play kitchen a good scrub, it was time to pull it all apart and paint it.

Good thing I’m a hoarder of all things black and white. I was able to use all leftover spray paint I already had for this project. I tried to give it a similar finish to what it would look like in an actual kitchen.

  • Black semi-gloss for the bottom cabinet
  • White semi-gloss for the counter
  • Matte black for the top cabinet
  • Black gloss for the oven and microwave (to mimic metal)
  • Silver spray paint for the fridge
  • Mirrored silver spray paint for the microwave and oven windows

I also spray painted the burners and knobs black and then taped them off before painting the counter area white.

Image of Play kitchen makeover painting

I attempted to cover the counter with marble contact paper similar to how we did in our moody & dark bathroom makeover last fall, but there were too many lips, and edges, and angles that it turned out awful.

Thankfully, plan b turned out amazing and I’m so glad we decided to just stick with white paint rather than trying to cover it again with different paper.

Image of Play kitchen makeover pan

I love how this turned out and my girls love it so much! Granted, we already have this play kitchen so we’re planning on finding a family that will love this kitchen to give to, but for now it’s getting well-loved.

Image of Play kitchen makeover cupcake


Image of Play kitchen makeover pots

I added two command hooks on the side to hang a pan and a spatula. These are the pretend pots and pans we use—and love—in our home!

Image of Play kitchen makeover serverSo, what do you think of this play kitchen makeover?

What’s something you’ve made over that you’ve found at the thrift store?

Image of Play kitchen makeover

Be sure to check out the other ladies’ thrift shop challenge ideas too!

Thrift Shop Challenge

Metal Bar Stools by Love & Renovation

How To Paint Candlesticks by Green with Decor

How to Upcycle A Shabby Chic Mirror by Home Beautifully

White Pumpkin Decor by Making Manzanita

Thrift Store Lamp Makeover by Small Stuff Counts

DIY Modern Wind Chimes by Love Create Celebrate

Spray Painting Picture Frames by Amber Oliver

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