Simple Play Kitchen Stove

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 11/18/2009 - 21:15
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This cute little stove is easy to make and will thrill little ones for years to come. Solid wood. Can also be used as a nightstand or a play dishwasher.

You will first need to construct a <a href="">sink from these plans.</a>  This plan is simply for a door to convert the sink to a stove.

20" high x 16" wide x 12" deep (same as stove)


Shopping List

In addition to the supplies you need for the sink, also pick up: 

  • 1x4 
  • 1x2 
  • 4 - 2" to 3" wooden discs (found at Joanns or Michaels for wooden wheels on toy trucks in the wood section) 
  • 1 - 10" bar pull 
  • 1 - 10 x 12 piece of plexiglass, used for picture frames (found at Home Depot and Lowes with the plexiglass sheets, should be under $1) 
  • 1 - set of self closing hinges (should be about $2 at Home Depot)
Common Materials
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 - 1x2 @ 14" 

2 - 1x4 @ 12"
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Build the sink.

Step 2

Use 2 1/2" nails to nail through the sides of the 1x2 into the edge of the 1x4, as shown above. Nail on all four sides. You can also use pocket hole screws (recommended) or carefully predrill a pilot hole with a countersink bit and attach. Not comfortable with that? A few cheap brackets could do the trick too.

Step 3

Drill a hole in the plexigalss where each screw will go to prevent the plexiglass from cracking. Then use 3/4" screws to screw the plexiglass to the door frame as shown above.

Many of our brilliant readers use mirror clips to hold the plexiglass in place.

Step 4

Add the handle as shown above. Be creative!

Step 5


Guest (not verified)

Wed, 01/18/2012 - 13:29

Hi! I Just built this kitchen for my daughter and i love it! I'm almost finished, just working on painting it, but i can't seem to find the correct hinges anywhere. Where can i get some like in yours? All the most i've seen mount on the outside aren't to go flush....does that makes sense? ANyway, i'm going to have to order them online since i live in the middle of nowhere so if you know of a place, or site that i can get them from, i'd greatly appreciate it, thanks so much! And thanks for the awesome plans, can't wait for my kids to enjoy this

makeitwork (not verified)

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 04:52

If you happen to build the stove door without insetting the shelf or adjusting the width of your cross pieces so that it will inset, there is an easy work around. There is no reason the door has to inset into the frame (in fact for little fingers it may be better that it doesn't?). Anyway, line the door up on the outside of the frame and install hinges. At the dimensions given there will be a small gap at the top of the door. Go to the hardware and get a piece of 3/4 x 5/8 quarter round molding, cut it to the width of the door, and glue/nail it in place. Sand, prime, paint as usual. Hope this helps someone. We did it and it looks great after I paint I will post a brag picture.

AddieG (not verified)

Sun, 06/10/2012 - 11:06

I built the play kitchen and it looks amazing! I had issues with the oven door, but what worked for me was an old kitchen cabinet that I bought at Habitat Restore for $2.50. the size and detail were perfect! I also picked up hinges for $1.00.

Shanda B (not verified)

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 21:25

I just built, sanded and primed it only to see that the oven door doesn't work. So frustrating!! The shelf in the middle is not like the sink, use a 1x10 instead. I also think it would be wise to cut your oven door to fit after the cabinet is built. I guess I will be taking this apart and making another trip to the hardware store.

sarahcarioca (not verified)

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 22:49

Every single brag post as well as the diagrams show an inset oven door and a recessed shelf. But the dimensions for the cuts do not allow for this! Can you please explain what we're supposed to do here?


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Sun, 10/05/2014 - 07:45

so cute i wish i could own this stove i think this good reference and all the display you provide i want really want it

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