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

Before & After How-To

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.

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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly,'s key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).