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A huge shoutout to my parents for doing the majority of the work on Dolly’s IKEA kitchen! They deserve more credit than I do. Without their help, all the parts would probably still be sitting in our garage, haha!
Here’s a little before and after of what the kitchen would have looked like if we had put it together prior to making any changes:
First things first, we sanded all the natural-colored wood pieces as well as the countertop. This isn’t absolutely necessary, but I wanted to get the yellow-ish tones out of the wood. Then I painted the right-side cabinet with black chalkboard paint, and spray painted all the gray plastic parts black.
I found some plastic mason jars on amazon to hold these cute pink utensils, and I also thought the cutting board and rolling pin would be fun additions to the countertop when not being thrown around the house. 😉
These Melissa & Doug stainless steel pots & pans fit perfectly in the upper shelves. I spent way too much time trying to find children’s play bakeware (i.e. muffin tins, baking sheet, etc.) and when I couldn’t find any, I went with this toaster oven bakeware — and it’s perfect!
I also had a hard time finding wooden tableware that I loved. The ones I went with were a bit pricier than what I expected, but Dolly plays with these every single day, carrying them all over the house. They’re definitely worth it, in my opinion. This wooden mixer is another amazon find that I thought would look cute with the farmhouse theme we have going on.
A few other things I thought would be cute additions were this white metal pitcher that I filled with some flower stems found in the Target dollar section, and this dust pan from Etsy. I had my eye on this personalized ruffle apron for a while, and I’m so glad I got it. Dolly looks way too cute in it! And I feel like this hey y’all floral cow towel just completes her kitchen.
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