Almost twelve months after purchasing Parker’s IKEA kitchen, I finally decided to hack it.
First I chose the colours. I wanted them to be neutral so they would fit in with Parker’s room and our house. So I went with white, timber and a hint of grey. Painters tip – use undercoat and then spray paint. Spray paint is easy and leaves a nice finish. Make sure you allow the paint to dry over night before applying the next coat.
I sprayed the top white and because I’m lazy and didn’t unassmeble the whole thing, I used painters tape to cover any parts I didn’t want white paint. I also painted the sink and around the cook top white.
I then sprayed the door grey. I put a strip of painters tape around the outside of the oven window, so that when I sprayed the door it left a faint grey square on the front. I completely covered the back of the oven door as I didn’t want any paint on that side. I was unsure how it was going to turn out but I was pretty happy with the outcome.
I sprayed the kitchen tap silver and am thinking of painting the microwave door handle silver or using another leather straps. I’m undecided.
I removed the door handles and bought leather handles from IKEA. They were $14.95 for a two pack and very easy to screw in.
I purchased wooden door knobs from Bunnings for $2.20 each to use as oven knobs and they simply screwed in. Screws were supplied.
I purchased white herringbone wallpaper from Milton & King. I asked for a custom piece which cost $24 with free shipping. I purchased wallpaper adhesive from Bunnings and applied it to a piece of ply, which I nailed on the back of the kitchen. Since completing the hack I have seen that Minnie Me Interiors has adhesive herringbone wallpaper which would be a lot easier and probably work out cheaper.
I then purchased a few accessories. Cups and plates were from our local op shop $2 for all of them. I bought the wooden eggs, bread, cheese and milk set which came in a crate from Kmart $8. I used an old pump soap from home and a $4 plant from Kmart to add some greenery.
The total price of the hack was – $99.20 including all the materials and accessories.
If you decide to hack a kids kitchen IKEA or not, I would love for you to tag me!