A few weekends ago we were driving downtown and I spotted a children’s play kitchen outside someones house on the curb, waiting for garbage day. I told my husband how cute it was but he didn’t seem to think anything of it. Little did he know in a few short hours that dirty old children’s toy would be occupying a corner of his dining room.
So we get home from town and I announce I’m going to get that kitchen from the side of the road. I don’t think he believed I would do it. I was determined to fit that sucker in the back of my car. Thankfully the guy who formerly owned it (I assume it was his kids?) helped me load it up. I managed to get it up the stairs and into the condo. The first thing I did was pull it onto the deck before the grossness of it fell off into our home.
It turns out this sucker is made by Kid Kraft… Pricey stuff! First I unscrewed all the cabinets and stuff. It had like a thousand different shapes and sizes of screws in it. What a mess!
To clean it I used HOT water and a glug or two of bleach (who know’s what that measurement is!). I used a sponge and gloves in order to scrub the you-know-what out of the thing. There was pine needles and pennies stuck to the bottom of the drawers. SO GROSS.
The goal was to get it painted Sunday, let it dry over night inside, and then put it together on Monday at nap time. I had the best intentions. Two-ish weeks later and IT’S ALL DONE, thank god. It was taking up some serious real estate in the dining room.
I painted the kitchen white and I painted the hardware with the same paint we used to paint our sons room. It was tricky to paint the plastic but it ended up working out.
Although it’s not perfect (I didn’t think I needed painters tape), I am in LOVE with it. I am so glad I rescued it from the curb and gave it a new life. I know it’s going to be loved in our home for many years to come.
So the next time you see something interesting on the side of the road, do yourself (and your wallet) a favour by pulling over and sussing out the situation. Who knows! It could be given a new life.
PS: I’ll be sharing this project on these fabulous blogs.