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.

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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.....


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.


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.


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.

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