My daughter has outgrown her play kitchen. Literally–she’s too tall for it and has to crouch down to cook or use the sink (another disadvantage of being tall for her age.) She still loves to play with her play food, though, and has really started to play “Checkout”, as she calls it.
I got the idea to create a “Market” out of a bookshelf we weren’t using while browsing Pinterest. I used foam board for the backing, covered with fabric that she picked out. I got foam craft sticks for the awning, baskets on clearance at JoAnn’s for play food and dishes, and used a placemat (also clearance at JoAnn’s) with scrapbooking letters for the sign.
Her play food now has a new home and she doesn’t have to crouch down to play! I also showed her that if she wants to cook, just take off the registers and use a couple old CDs for burners. It was so fun to put together, and my 33-year-old toy cash register has a place, too.
What kind of repurposing projects have you been working on? I would love to hear about them too!