Do most of us think, “Hey, my toddler needs a kitchen, let’s find a pretty one.” Then you get googling away, and you find yourself lusting over the Pottery Barn kids kitchens, which cost almost as much as an adult kitchen reno.
You take a brief moment for a reality check and realize that is not an ideal use of money (at least not in this house). So, you need to get creative. You still want it to be pretty, so you decided to take on a kid’s kitchen makeover.
At first, this kid’s kitchen makeover seems daunting, but then you realize it’s not. You realize it’s so FUN and that you can literally make it entirely your own.
I got greedy on my kid’s kitchen makeover. I wanted it to fit into the aesthetic of our house and be a little bit more modern. I could have played to Sloane’s colour preference of bright primary colours, but she is too young to realize that mama modified it and too young to have an outright opinion on what I’ve done with it. Definitely taking advantage of the situation, but I would say it’s worth it for mama’s sanity. Plus, Sloane still has a fully functional kitchen!
When Looking For A Kids Kitchen
Truth be told, there were many adorable kid’s kitchens out there, but I got picky. I didn’t want a short one she was going to grow out of when she was 2. I wanted a kitchen with longevity as she grows. When she’s four, if she still wants to be playing in the kitchen, the one I choose is taller so she doesn’t tower over it.
For my little kid’s kitchen makeover, I also wanted a kitchen that I did not have to fully paint the frames on. I considered it because there are some charming kitchens with good bones and beautiful details, but those were brighter than what my style permitted. Honestly, I strongly dislike painting, so I did not want to take it on and found a kitchen that suited my colour palette and style.
I linked three kitchen options: the pottery barn one – for those who have an endless cash supply and just want it to be so darn pretty, one that I would debate needs a FULL paint job, and the one I have above (minus the modifications).
Easy Ways to Undertake A Kid’s Kitchen Makeover
So as you know, I love freedom in these DIYs, and this kid’s kitchen makeover is no exception. There are so many opportunities for you to take it and make it your own.
While there are so many things you can do (as I mentioned above, painting the whole kitchen is one of them), here are two easiest, minimal effort things you can do for your kid’s kitchen makeover.
1. Spray paint the hardware
Okay, the before vs. after is below to see what I’ve done with Sloane’s kitchen. Because you need to know I actually did go above and beyond on the spray paint portion. Why, you ask? Because we don’t have a Wolfe stovetop, but Sloane does with her red knobs! And the rest of the hardware needed to be black, obviously, to create that modern look.
2. Tile it up
Contact paper works like a charm to tile that backsplash or marble that countertop. It’s a very affordable option. You know, compared to actual tile. Plus, it’s one big sheet of sticker. So, pick your spots to tile/marble, and BEFORE you assemble your kitchen, add it on. If you are doing it after, it’s okay; it’ll be a lot harder, though.
Kid’s Kitchen Makeover: Before and After
As you can see here, a little bit goes a long way! To recap, all I did for this kid’s kitchen makeover was:
1. Spray paint the hardware black
2. Spray painted the stovetop knobs red (what toddler doesn’t need Wolfe appliances!?)
3. Added marble contact paper to the backsplash to make it match our kitchen.
That’s it! It’s so so simple. you can honestly do it with any kitchen you choose. Wood ones I find are generally easier. You could do an Ikea Kid’s Kitchen Glam Up, or one off of Amazon, or Wayfair. Just take these tips and implement to your vision.