But where are the oven gloves?

play kitchen

Good evening everyone!  Hope you’re all good?  I’m in bed with cider, so I’m alright Jack, thanks very much!  Let’s have a chat about making.  You know, the compulsive urge to Make All the Stuff?  Oh, maybe it’s not as common as I thought… But it’s definitely NOT JUST ME, OK?

It can have its disadvantages.  A few being;

  1. The ‘occasional’ occupational disaster – out of the maybe 50 (at least) garments I’ve sewn over the years, I have, I guess, 10 that I wear now.  That’s a high failure rate…
  2. The unjustifiable urge to make stuff for other people, even when you kind of know they would rather have something shop-bought.
  3. The never-ending list of to-dos.  If I’m honest, once I have more than a couple of projects in my head, I get overwhelmed and don’t want to do anything at all.  This makes the list grow…
  4. The many WIPs scattered through the house – these fall into one of 2 categories, depending on type and completion level:  Trip-Hazard or Eyesore.
  5. One day your husband will need to turn the spare room into an office, and the extent of your stash will be exposed.  Credit where it’s due, Paul’s Diplomatic Silence on all things stash-related is IMPRESSIVELY intact.  He likes a quiet life.

Still though, occasionally the Making comes up trumps, like HELL YES I DID THIS:

play kitchen upcycle

I firmly believe everyone should have a play-kitchen.  The Tornado Trio did have one previously, actually, but being slot-together plastic it failed to withstand the onslaught.  It lasted a couple of years, but after that it basically shed pieces anytime someone walked past it, and I got sick of re-assembling it every 20 minutes.  Since its demise I’d been pretty much constantly on the lookout for a replacement, because who doesn’t love plastic vegetable soup?  Thing is, these things are expensive, especially if you want anything vaguely solid.

As so often happens, Pinterest had the answer:  bedside tables!  Ebay obliged with a matching pair for £16, just down the road, thanks very much.  They were actually not that hideous, in a solid-40s-utility kind of way, but I managed to avoid getting too attached…  The taps (£1) and enamel bowl ‘sink’ (£4) also came from eBay.  I love eBay…

I drilled out holes for the tap, and cut a big hole for the sink.  This took literally forever, because a) the table-top is 3/4″ armour plate hardwood, and b)  I didn’t have a jigsaw.  I drilled lots of little holes in a circle, and joined them up with a blunt hacksaw blade.  We got there in the end…


I really can’t recommend this approach, and should probably add the several broken drill-bits to the cost of the project…

Beyond that adventure, it was all fairly straightforward.  I had to take the drawer out of the sink unit, as in order to get it to slide under the sink I’d have had to chop a piece out of the drawer back, and I was OVER sawing through this stuff.  Happily, the lonely drawer is the perfect size for a ‘Large Tools and Current Project’ container, so it’s started a new life on my sewing table.

The curtains are cheapy-cheap polycotton, held up by net-curtain wire…


… and the rose design is from one of those free Cath Kidston project books the Telegraph is always giving away at the weekend.  I enlarged it, traced it and rubbed the pencil tracing onto the drawer front.  I had all the colours already, in Craig & Rose tester pots.  I’m not sure that’s a good thing, but never mind…

cath kidston rose

The hobs were done by generating a spiral in Inkscape, and following the same trace-and-transfer process.


The paint-job is Craig & Rose emulsion, with a coat of clear wax.

The conversation upon discovery of the kitchen went like this.

Annie:  It’s finished!  What are these white cloths with stripes?

Me:  Tea-towels.

A:  Oh.  But where are the oven-gloves?  I need oven-gloves to put the pans in the oven.

Me:  Ok…

But they are very happy with it, and I have to say, so am I.  And if there’s one thing I’m sure of, having attempted to saw through this table, it’s that it is not going to fall apart anytime soon.  Or any time before the Apocalypse, in fact.  So there’s that!

toy kitchen

Cheerio, have a lovely weekend, and Happy Making!




  1. April 29, 2015 / 7:06 am

    Wow! What a fabulous project! I’m just in awe. This is so adorable. Thanks for following me! I just came to take a look to see if you have a blog and so happy to see what you make!

    • April 29, 2015 / 9:47 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m really pleased with how it turned out, plus it’s nice to know the kids can’t destroy it 😉. Love your blog btw 😀

  2. April 17, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    Excellent and so glad it’s a success! Next project – mini oven gloves?

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