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/Design/Repurposing nerd and DIYer, freelance writer, and the editor-in-chief for HomeJelly. Skaie is also a signed and published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). She was voted "Class Clown", and is a rescue dogs crusader.


  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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