TROPICAL KIDS KITCHEN




For ITV's This Morning I was asked to present a great segment where we showed the viewers how to upcycle children's play kitchens. Upcycling play kitchens has become an instant internet craze, with many people doing this, with some amazing results! The idea behind this TV segment was to inspire people to get crafty and creative, plus encourage them to upcycle items they own using materials and paint they already have. By using materials and paint you already have, helps to keep costs down.



To watch the ITV segment, please click on the link:

https://www.itv.com/thismorning/hot-topics/create-your-own-kids-kitchen


One of the kitchens we created was a tropical pineapple theme, with gold hints and accessories. Using a selection of different decorating products and styling accessories we gave this plain kitchen a new lease of life, with a fun tropical touch! Here is how I made it and what was used.....




BEFORE:




The kitchen which was used was the lovely DUKTIG play kitchen from Ikea, £60. The modern sleek style and shape makes the perfect template to upcycle. The play kitchen comes as a flat pack, so I advise you to half build the kitchen, apply the paint, then finish building once the components have all been painted.




AFTER:


The main wooden frame has been painted with Colours premium matt paint in Water. The frame needed 3-4 coats, so the colour really popped, without being patchy. The inside of the shelves have been painted with tester pots (£1 each) of Colours premium matt paint in Tropez Blue. To achieve a neat line, I used Frog masking tape - using this was much more reliable than standard masking tape, as it seems to grip much better on surfaces, reducing the amount of paint bleeding through the tape.





PIXERS® TROPICAL WALL MURAL & MDF BACKING -



The stunning tropical wall mural used for the backing of the kitchen is from trendy brand Pixers®. Pixers® has an amazing selection of incredible designs for wall murals, wallpapers, stickers, posters, and prints. When you find a design you like, you can customise it exactly to the size you need, which for a project like this is really helpful.


The design picked for this project was a seamless tropical pattern in pastel tones. The eco-friendly Pixerstick, self-adhesive wall mural was a great choice for a child's toy, as it is durable and will with-stand lots of wear and tear- not forgetting play sessions! This gorgeous design really complimented the gold hints and looked great against the blue tones.



The best part of this self-adhesive wall mural is that it is SO easy to install. With the adhesive sticky back, this means there is no messing around with wallpaper paste- yay! Once I had the MDF backing cut to the right size (roughly 68cm wide and 40 cm high), I slowly peeled the paper backing away from the wall mural, stuck the first section down and removed any air bubbles with a flat, clean wooden ruler. I then slowly peeled the paper backing off further, and used the wooden ruler to flatten any air bubbles out until the whole MDF sheet was covered with the mural. Once I was happy with the way the mural looked, I attached it to the back of the kitchen frame with thin nails and a hammer.