Simple Play Kitchen Sink and Stove

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 11/14/2019 - 12:10
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Build your own play kitchen and customize and accessorize to match your home.  This childrens kitchen is so adorable! Our free plans use off shelf materials and simple building skills.  This plan is for the play kitchen sink and stove.  We also have free plans for the matching play kitchen fridge.  Step by step diagrams, shopping and cut list from Ana-White.com

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Photos by Kirsten from The Crafting Chicks

Play Kitchen Stove and Sink Features

  • Built thousands of times over almost a decade!
  • Easy to build using all 1x materials - just chop and screw or nail togethter
  • Easy to paint, decorate and customize to match your home's decor or child's preference
  • Solid wood construction - no particle board and no MDF
  • Fully biodegradable
  • Perfectly sized to work with most accessories
  • Modular design - easy to move and you can build exactly what you want

How It's Build

This play kitchen is built using 1x12s for the carcass.  Then, 1x2s, 1x3s and 1x4s are added to create support and finish the shape of the play kitchen.

diy play kitchen

photo by Liv's Mommy

You can used 2" self tapping screws, 1-1/4" brad nails or 1-1/4" pocket holes to build.  You will need a couple of pocket holes in the doors.

Apron Sink Modification

We love how may of our readers are adding apron sinks to the sink bases.

play kitchen farm sink  farmhouse sink play kitchen

Photos and Design by Carol Noel

Here's how to make this apron sink modification:

farm sink modification play kitchen

  1. Build the base as directed in the plans below without the 1x4 front apron and without the middle shelf
  2. Cut 2 - 1x4 @ 1-3/4" long and attach to sides at top (will be directly below the countertop, and to the right and left of the sink)
  3. Add a shelf directly below the 1x4 side pieces (this will be the bottom of the sink) 1x12 or 1x10 @ 14-1/2" long
  4. Build the farm sink with 1x6s (with no bottom)
  5. Place the farm sink on the shelf and attach with nails and glue
  6. Cut the countertop out around the sink and attach

Play Kitchen Fridge Plan Options

To complete your childrens kitchen, add a play fridge!  We have two options - 

childrens kitchen

The Simple Play Kitchen French Door Fridge is a little wider and features double doors.  

Photo by In Between Chaos

The narrower single door fridge plans are available here.

Dimensions
play kitchen plans dimensions
20" high x 16" wide x 12" deep

Preparation

Shopping List

Shopping List is For ONE base (sink or stove)

  • 1 - 1x12 @ 8’ long
  • 1 - 1x10 @ 14-1/2" long
  • 1 - 1x2 @ 30"
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 30"
  • 1 – scrap piece of plywood (I use beadboard) 16"x20". You could omit this if needed.

Additional Supplies for Stove

  • 1 - 1x3 @ 30"
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 18"
  • 4 knobs
  • 1 set of hinges
  • 1 magnetic clasp
  • 1 - 11" x 20" piece of acrylic glass

Cut List

Base for Both Sink and Stove (cut list is for one)

  • 2 - 1x12 @ 20” Sides 
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 14 1/2” Toekick 
  • 1 - 1x12@ 14 1/2” Bottom Shelf
  • 1 - 1x10 @ 14-1/2" Middle Shelf
  • 1 - 1x12@ 16 1/2” Countertop 
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 16 1/2” Backsplash 
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 14 1/2" Front of Sink 
  • 1 - 16" x 20" piece of plywood for the back (optional)

Stove Door (large gaps)

  • 2 - 1x3 @ 14"
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 8-3/4"

Stove Door (small gaps)

  • 2 - 1x3 @ 14-1/4"
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 9"
Cutting Instructions

Cut all the boards first with either a compound miter saw or a circular saw with a straight edge used as a guide.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

You can use different methods depending on your tool set to build this play kitchen stove or sink.

  • 2" self tapping screws like these 
  • 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue (recommend an 18 gauge brad nailer)
  • A Kreg Jig with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws

I personally would just nail and glue this together.

Instructions

Step 1

Attach the 1x2 and 1x4 apron to the sides.

Recommend: 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

Step 2

Add the bottom shelf, fasten to both the sides and the 1x2s.

Step 3

The shelf can be placed at any height.  

Step 4

Attach the backsplash to the top first.

Then attach the entire top to the base.

Step 5

Build the door with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Attach acrylic glass to the back with either craft glue or hot glue or predrill holes and attach with screws.  Just make sure the screws DO NOT have a bevel on the back of the screw head.

This completes the sink base build.  You can now accessorize by adding a sink bowl, curtains, faucet - the options are endless.

Step 6

To make the base into a play kitchen stove, you'll need to add a stove door.

Install the stove door.  I recommend a side swing so no little toes get bruised with a up and down swing. Install a magnet to keep the door closed.

Install handle and four knobs.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill any exposed holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply a second coat if necessary. Sand with medium grit sandpaper. Clean project and work surface. Prime and paint as desired.
Finish Used
Finishing. Fill any nail holes with wood filler and sand, paint, and enjoy! Oh, don't forget to put your sink in (glue not recommended, Grace's is glued in, and it would be nice to be able to take the sink out and clean it).

Comments

Mandi (not verified)

Tue, 09/28/2010 - 14:47

Hi there,

My husband and I are going to tackle this project for my daughter's Christmas present. I just haven't seen anything I love and am thrilled to be able to put my own touches on it. Do you have the finished dimensions of each piece available? I just want to make sure we have the space for all three pieces. I really appreciate it.

Thanks,
Mandi

joy (not verified)

Fri, 10/22/2010 - 02:44

Hi
We are from Australia & we really love your plans but dont understand the cutting guide. I know its in inches but what does the @ mean?
eg 1x12 @16 1/2 " Is that 12"x16 1/2" What does the 1 at the beginning mean?
Thankyou

Ana White (not verified)

Sun, 10/24/2010 - 19:44

Hi, I'm so glad you found us! Check out our community for an entire forum about converting plans to metric. I know it's not going to be easy :( . The 1x12 refers to a standard US board size, actually measuring dimensionally 3/4" x 11 1/2" . So 1 - 1x12 @ 16" would mean 1 1x12 board cut 16" long. The actual dimensions for the cut would be 3/4" x 11 1/2" x 16". Hope this makes sense. Ana

Dan K (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 18:18

Australians refer to lumber differently than we do here in the US. The larger dimension is listed first so a 2x4 is called a "4 by 2" down under. That probably accounts for some of the confusion.

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 08:11

I love your site and it has inspired to tackle many projects. Before you converted over to this site you had many other pictures from other readers kitchens. One in particular was a pink retro style kitchen. Do you still have that info. I love these plans and would like to modify to be similar to that kitchen but now have no way to find it again! Thank you so much for being such an inspiration!

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 11:47

I love your site and it has inspired to tackle many projects. Before you converted over to this site you had many other pictures from other readers kitchens. One in particular was a pink retro style kitchen. Do you still have that info. I love these plans and would like to modify to be similar to that kitchen but now have no way to find it again! Thank you so much for being such an inspiration!

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 11:47

I love your site and it has inspired to tackle many projects. Before you converted over to this site you had many other pictures from other readers kitchens. One in particular was a pink retro style kitchen. Do you still have that info. I love these plans and would like to modify to be similar to that kitchen but now have no way to find it again! Thank you so much for being such an inspiration!