27 April 2011

'Before Baby' Project #1

Today is a BSF day, but yesterday I noticed Daphne had the grossest runny nose ever and by last night had developed a bit of a cough. I decided to wait until this morning to decide if we should go, and when she was still asleep at 8:45 (our time to leave) I took that as a sign that BSF would be out.

I typically get up around 6AM so that I have time to exercise and do some other morning activities before Daphne gets up. She usually gets up around 7-7:30, and I love that morning chunk of time to get my day started.

This morning she kept sleeping...and sleeping...and sleeping, until a little after 10AM. Miraculous and wonderful.

So, what can you get done with 4 hours of uninterrupted work time?

Only make the cutest little play kitchen you'll ever see.

I cannot take the credit for the idea of transforming an old nightstand into a darling kitchen, but I can't remember where I saw the idea. I think it was on a home decorating blog that I happened to stumble across months ago just long enough to see this idea, show David, and know that we would be making one at some point. I'm sorry that I can't give proper credit where credit is due.

I don't have a 'before' photo, but this was just a nightstand with a drawer in it that we had in one of our spare rooms and were planning on getting rid of. Initially I was going to paint the stand to match Daphne's new 'big girl' room, but since the nightstand was already painted red, a color that matches our house decor really well, I just decided to keep it as is. This way if we end up keeping it in the kitchen, or maybe downstairs in the family room, it will fit right in like any of our furniture.

I bought a plastic bowl at Salvation Army for about $.50, the faucet at another store for around $8, and David found the drain covers to make into burners. He used soda lids for the burner nobs. We took out the drawer and I made a curtain to hang instead, then all of Daphne's kitchen toys that she got for Christmas are in a basket behind the curtain.

I think David is going to put some hooks on one side to hang her potholders and aprons, and maybe tack on a magnet board on the other side.

Since she hasn't left her kitchen's side I think it's a big hit.

Just imagine all I could accomplish if she always slept in until 10.


Kelley said...

Oh, that is so cute! Maybe she will sleep in tomorrow and you can create more fun things.

Kramer Family said...

Way too cute!!!!! I love it!!!!!!!

Emily said...

I love this! I've seen similar ones randomly online and also wanted to make one but haven't ever gotten around to it. Kudos to you for making it happen!