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Play Kitchen Craziness: 4 Mini Makeovers

You didn’t think I only painted one teeny tiny box, did ya?  Nope.  I was high on paint fumes for days, knocking off mini makeover after makeover for the play kitchen.

I bought a bevy of silver accessories at the thrift store, that I made more kid-approved with a blast of cheery spray paint (I pulled the colours from the fabric).  While I love the patina on some of these silver pieces, I doubt my 3 year old cousin will marvel at it.  Instead, I think she’ll approvingly scream, “Piiiiiiiink!!!”  As a feminist, I am trying not to encourage her to think that pink is only for girls and the only colour for girls.  But darn it, a mini pink cake stand is too cute.  I’ll make her a tool box next.  Then buy her a muscle car.

1. I flipped over two lacy candle stick holders to use as two, tiny cake stands.  Adorbs:


2. A small-scale colander looked fine as-is, but with a lick of paint it looks like it was meant for kids:



3. A pretty tray with a great patina was just the right scale for a play kitchen, but it needed a dose of fun for Camilla to enjoy it (it’s her play kitchen, not mine!):


4. A little butter dish looks like a mini covered serving dish and is now double the fun in a candy pink:


I gave each item a thorough clean, then a coat of primer, followed by many, many, thin coats of spray paint.  They should hold up to wear and tear, but I’ll give you an update in a few months, once the munchkin has given my paint job a run for its money!

Here are the paints I used: 

Primer: Krylon indoor/outdoor primer in white
Pink Paint: Tremclad rust paint in gloss candy pink
Blue Paint: Krylon indoor/outdoor paint in gloss blue ocean breeze

None of these items will be food safe, of course, and they’re more appropriate for kids who won’t mouth/suck on these toys (spray paint = not lickable).

UPDATE: See the finished play kitchen right here!



  1. Chris Loves Julia
    April 16, 2012 / 2:36 pm

    Cute! The colander is my fav!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      April 16, 2012 / 3:15 pm

      Honestly, I think it's my favorite too!

  2. McKae @ kaes corner design
    April 16, 2012 / 3:04 pm

    So cute! Love the colors, and the mini cake stands are adorable!

  3. Dora
    April 16, 2012 / 3:06 pm

    I looooooove them!!!! What an awsome idea 🙂 I want one of those cake stands

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      April 16, 2012 / 3:15 pm

      I'm going to try to felt a mini cake for the cake stands soon. That will make them unbearably cute!

  4. Michelle @ AM Dolce Vita
    April 16, 2012 / 3:24 pm

    Awesome transformation! Especially love the cake stand.

  5. kelly@refresheddesigns.
    April 16, 2012 / 4:08 pm

    How fun! I love those colours.

  6. Vintage Market Place
    April 16, 2012 / 4:40 pm

    what fun!!!Love the colors you have chosen to use!AMY

  7. Christine
    April 16, 2012 / 4:45 pm

    These are absolutely adorable! Love them!

  8. Amelia @ House Pretty
    April 16, 2012 / 4:54 pm

    Love, love, love. I think the cake stands are my favourite. And I totally want to play in this kitchen.

  9. Michelle
    April 16, 2012 / 5:13 pm

    Look at you go!!! I love them all!

  10. Courtney Eads
    April 16, 2012 / 8:16 pm

    Precious ideas!! Thanks for the comments over at Little Moments!!

  11. Hello Lovely
    April 16, 2012 / 11:46 pm

    Amazing Tanya!!! LOVE the pink, OMG. Most fab kid's kitchen ever!

  12. samaa @ Honey Sweet Home
    April 17, 2012 / 2:19 am

    So I know these are supposed to be for kids, but I'm loving those sweet colours! I totally want a pink tray just like that…and a mini cake stand!

  13. Chrissy Jordan
    April 28, 2012 / 3:48 pm

    How sweet! You are one creative Momma!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      April 29, 2012 / 4:58 am

      Awww, thanks! I'm not a Momma, just a really loving cousin. These accessories and the play kitchen I made are for my little cousin. Hope she likes!

  14. {oc cottage}
    April 28, 2012 / 10:05 pm

    just awesome!!!! m ^..^

  15. charlie
    July 23, 2013 / 9:39 am

    Love it I've seen this done shabby chic but this modern version is super cool my little girl is just 1 so I best get car booting to find something suitable and then get my hubby to do the hard bits he does kitchen s any way x

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