How to Repurpose An Old TV Console Into Kid’s Play Kitchen

This cool project from Giggleberry Creations came across my desk several months ago: a little girl’s grandparents repurposed this old $30 TV entertainment console into a really cool, updated, and semi-functional play kitchen.  Apparently, their granddaughter requested a new one for her birthday, but, being the economy as tight as it is, the do-it-yourselfers got creative and saw past the dust, laminated wood, and old cables, bought the console for a steal, and followed the directions found on a blog called “Kelly and Her Kiddie Kalliope” to create a one-of-a-kind kid’s play kitchen. This will no doubt become a family heirloom.



Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Find any 80’s-90’s style entertainment console (search DiggersList, Habitat ReStores, garage sales, etc.).
  • Sanding block and/or hand-sander & sand paper
  • Paint brushes
  • Primer
  • Paint (semi-gloss for easy clean-up)
  • Hand saw or jigsaw
  • Drill and screws
  • 1/2″ thick wood for shelving, doors & stove top
  • glue


  • bowl and faucet
  • photo and pieces of perspex for microwave and oven fronts
  • curtains and tea towels
  • 4 black coasters for stove top burners
  • 4 knobs for stove top
  • key pad (printed) for microwave buttons
  • cooking utensil rack
  • utensils

Here’s what you do:

Visit Giggleberry Creations for full how-to.

Skaie Knox

Written by Skaie Knox

Decor nerd, design enthusiast and the Editor-in-Chief/Writer for HomeJelly and co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dwellingz, a real estate home story-telling website. Skaie is also a published singer/songwriter and kids book author, voted "Class Clown", and rescue dogs crusader. If you're in the market for a new home, or just want to learn the "inside scoop" on Los Angeles real estate, click onto her photo and read her home tours and stories at


  1. Sharon Antikainen on July 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    That is the cutest and easiest idea I have ever seen. Love it and will have to try for my great niece’s. Thank you!

  2. Matt on July 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    I agree, what an awesome idea!

  3. Amanda R. on July 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I love this idea! Thanks for the great post and this is the best website ever!

  4. EvaBabeDesigns on July 28, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I love it! There’s so many old cabinets like these around and who wants to build a mini kitchenette from scratch! Great way to give new life to the cabinet!

  5. Matt on July 28, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks for the props Amanda!

  6. jsk on December 5, 2012 at 4:55 am

    fantastic idea. thank you so much

    • Skaie Knox on December 7, 2012 at 4:21 am

      You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by…hope to hear from you again soon!

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