Simple Play Kitchen

Submitted by kpcrash on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 15:36

This is based on the simple play kitchen plan from Ana. The burners are 'upcycled' from an old oven and the handles/'pan rack' are simply 3/4" dowel drilled out using a forstner bit and glued. The one thing I did do is use shellac as the finish. This is for my 2-year old who will of course still pick up a snack from wherever he left it and keep going. Shellac is non-toxic when dry (it's used on jelly beans after all), and polishes nicely. Was able to save quite a bit on this project (even though the plywood used was cabinet grade) by getting all of the hinges from the local ReStore - $1 a pound for hinges.

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used
Polished Shellac
Recommended Skill Level


Margaret Kubiszyn (not verified)

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 13:57

Great job - love that you recycled the old stove elements!


Mon, 11/28/2011 - 14:51

Like the kitchen, and glad to see a fellow lover of amber shellac on here. Just a bit of advice, you don't want shellac as your top coat for a child's item. It tends to pick up dirt, and it's damaged by water.

Either an oil based or water borne polyurethane would be an ideal sealer coat. The water borne has the advantage of drying very quickly, especially if you wipe it on. Both finishes are non-toxic once dry (as are nearly all finishes). I recently had excellent luck with Varathane's products, which are available at Home Depot. It's sold as a floor finish (at which it excels), but it's generally useful. The floor finish has Aluminum Oxide added in, which is the grit on sand paper. Tough stuff, and it will stand up to whatever your kids do.


Tue, 11/29/2011 - 14:22

I typically do finishes for guitars and have had great success with waterborne lacquers such as KTM-9 or EM Coatings products, and highly considered using one of those on here.