Updated Play Kitchen Fridge Plans

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About Project

Free easy plans to build a play kitchen from Ana-White.com. These are the updated plans.

To me, every little girl deserves her own wood play kitchen, even if you don't have hundreds of dollars to buy one.  You can make your own, as cute as can be, for a fraction of that cost.

For the book, I completely redesigned plans for the play stove and sink to make easier for you to build. And I was so sad to not have enough pages in the book to redesign plans for the matching play fridge, to make the play fridge easier to build with better diagrams and an improved design.

Photo Kirsten Wright Crafting Chicks

She's going to want the play fridge to go with her cute sink and stove!

Photo Kirsten Wright Crafting Chicks

So I thought I'd post the new improved plans for the play fridge for all of you to enjoy and use right here, right now.

Photo Kirsten Wright Crafting Chicks

There's plenty of time to get this under the tree! 

This play kitchen was built and styled by Kirsten Wright from The Crafting Chicks, and in the book, she also shares her sink skirt mini tutorial.

Dimensions shown above.


Shopping List

• 1 - 1x12 @ 10 feet long
• 1 - 1x10 @ 4 feet long
• 1 - 1x2 @ 15” long
• 1 - 1x8 @ 6 feet long
• 1 - 1/4 sheet of 1/4” thick plywood or beadboard
• 1 1/4” pocket hole screws OR 2” trim screws
• 1 1/4” finish nails

Cut List

• 2 - 1x12 @ 35 1/4” (sides)
• 1 - 1x12 @ 15” (bottom shelf)
• 1 - 1x12 @ 16 1/2” (top)
• 1 - 1x2 @ 15” (bottom footer)
• 3 - 1x10 @ 15” (shelves)
• 1 - 1/4” plywood or beadboard 16 1/2” x 36”
• 2 - 1x8 @ 32 3/4” (doors)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Bottom Shelf
Measure up 1 1/2” on each bottom inside of sides and mark. Either drill 3/4” pocket holes on both ends of bottom shelf or predrill pilot holes for trim screws in sides. Attach with screws and glue.

Step 2

Attach top with 2” trim screws countersunk or 3/4” pocket holes and 1 1/4” pocket hole screws. All outside edges are flush.

Step 3

Apply glue to top and end edges of footer. Position at bottom of project, and attach with 1 1/4” finish nails. You can also attach with countersunk screws or pocket hole screws.

Step 4

Shelves are all installed flush to back, and can be placed at any height. In this plan, the shelves are 7 1/4” spaced so you can use the doors as spacers for attaching. Just attach with glue and screws or finish nails.

Step 5

Step 6

Finally, attach doors to cabinet with narrow profile butt hinges, with hinges installed in gap between door and cabinet. Keep a 1/8” gap on top and bottom of doors. Install stop or magnetic clasp at top or bottom to keep doors shut when closed.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.