Ikea Play Kitchen Makeover

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DIY Ikea Duktig play kitchen makeover using peel and stick tile with contact paper. #ikeadiy #ikeahack #playroom #playkitchen

A few months ago, I revealed our playroom for the 2018 Fall One Room Challenge. One of the key components to this room was making over an IKEA Duktig kitchen. This was an incredibly easy makeover that a beginner can complete to make their IKEA kitchen fabulous.

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This upgraded, all modern Ikea play kitchen got a makeover! We added contact decorating paper and white paint to make it a stylish, modern play kitchen.

How to Assemble the Ikea Play Kitchen

The hardest part of the project? Putting the kitchen together using Ikea’s infamous picture only instructions and one million parts. We will begin with a little humor for this project.

This picture graphic shows the humorous steps involved in assembling notoriously hard to create Ikea furniture.
An Ikea meme shows a car truck filled with Ikea boxes, and white text which reads "IKEA: how to ruin you7r weekend in 7,868 easy steps"

Ha! Aren’t those great? An important thing to note, if you plan to paint the kitchen and change the countertop, do that before assembly. Take it from me friend, you do not want to assemble, to have to disassemble, to have to reassemble it all again.

This image shows the fully assembled Ikea play kitchen.
An in-progress photo shows the assembly of the Ikea play kitchen. The countertop it attached to the cabinets, cabinet drawers are open, and a screw driver sits in the opening where the play sink will be installed.

Painting the Ikea Play Kitchen

I chose to paint the kitchen and the hardware. It did take several coats of chalk paint to cover this surface. I also tried several “brass” spray paints before finding the perfect one. Finally, I would recommend sealing both the kitchen and the hardware. They will take a beating by little hands!

Before fully assembling the Ikea play kitchen, we painted it with a few coats of white chalk paint. Here is the play kitchen without the cabinet doors, sink, and stove.
The Ikea play kitchen fixtures - cabinet handles, faucet, and sink - being spray painted brass.

I used this chalk paint on the kitchen.

I used this sealant on the kitchen.

I used this spray paint for the hardware.

I used this sealant for the hardware.

Construct the Play Kitchen Backsplash

This was the fanciest part of the makeover. Let me tell you, after working with the peel and stick tile, I was ready to demo my subway tile in the kitchen and replace it with peel and stick tile. I’m pretty sure my husband would not go for that idea though. I’m also not sure how that would pan out with future home buyers.

To make the Ikea play kitchen extra fancy, we added a peel and stick subway tile backsplash. Here's a look at the tile backsplash before the play kitchen is fully installed.

I used this peel and stick tile.

As backing, I used foam poster board. Honestly, if you have access to a piece of wood that can be cut to size, I would go that route for durability. However, our foam board is holding up nicely!

Measure your opening, cut the board to size, then apply the foam tile. I used liquid nails to attach it to the back of the kitchen. If you use board, you could also use nails for this part.

Makeover the Countertop with Peel and Stick Paper

Learn from my mistakes, do this part before assembling the kitchen. I did not and had to take the kitchen apart to get the contact paper to stick properly. It does get tricky when trying to cover the corners of the countertops.

To makeover this Ikea play kitchen, we installed marble contact paper on the countertops after painting the lower half of the play kitchen with white paint.

I used this contact paper.

Recap and Instructions: Ikea Play Kitchen Makeover

  • Paint the pieces before assembly.
  • Makeover the countertop.
  • Assemble (in one million easy steps).
  • Paint the hardware.
  • Attach backsplash.
  • Attach hardware.
DIY Ikea Duktig play kitchen makeover using peel and stick tile with contact paper. #ikeadiy #ikeahack #playroom #playkitchen

Make this Ikea playset makeover easier with the step-by-step instructions in the craft card below!

Ikea Play Kitchen Makeover

Ikea Kitchen Makeover

Want to give your kiddo an all-modern play kitchen? Here's how to give this Ikea kitchen play set a chic modern upgrade!

Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty Easy

Instructions

  1. Paint the pieces before assembly. Take it from me friend, you do not want to assemble, to have to disassemble, to have to reassemble it all again. It did take several coats of chalk paint to cover this surface. I also tried several "brass" spray paints before finding the perfect one. Finally, I would recommend sealing both the kitchen and the hardware.
  2. Makeover the countertop. Learn from my mistakes, do this part before
    assembling the kitchen. I did not and had to take the kitchen apart to get the contact paper to stick properly. It does get tricky when trying to cover the corners of the countertops.
  3. Assemble (in one million easy steps).
  4. Paint the hardware.
  5. Attach backsplash. As backing, I used foam poster board. Honestly, if you have access to a piece of wood that can be cut to size, I would go that route for durability. Measure your opening, cut the board to size, then apply the foam tile. I used liquid nails to attach it to the back of the kitchen. If you use board, you could also use nails for this part.
  6. Attach hardware.

This IKEA Duktig kitchen makeover was easy peasy folks. While it was a breeze to complete, it did require a little bit of patience when assembling the kitchen. The possibilities are endless and I challenge you to step outside of the box to make it fit your own personality. Your little ones will absolutely love it! As always, head over to my Instagram page where I have saved stories while completing this project to my highlights.

While this furniture makeover was for the kids, find more inspiring furniture makeovers below!

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  1. Great tips! I love how your kitchen turned out to be though. The golden details are lovely and give space rustic, yet modern charm. I’m certain you’ll make some wonderful memories here. 🙂

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