To make a toy kitchen, you'll need: an old entertainment center; primer, white paint and a paintbrush; painter’s tape; a sander with medium-grit sandpaper; wood screws (various sizes); finish nails; hinges; metal hooks; a spring curtain rod; fabric or dishtowel; a used faucet; a metal mixing bowl with lip for the sink; 10 to 12 feet of black rope; a picture frame for window; silver spray paint; stove knobs; luan or plywood for refrigerator door, stove door and back; cabinet hardware; a drill and drill bits; a jigsaw; tape measure; scissors; and a hot glue gun.
You may be able to find an entertainment center with one tall cabinet that can be converted into the refrigerator. If not, determine the refrigerator and freezer size and placement. For our cabinet, we had to remove one of the lower cabinets to accommodate the big appliances.
We made our refrigerator and freezer doors from a piece of luan. Each door was cut to size. The two inside corners (non-hinge side) were cut on a curve to give the appliances a vintage 1950s style. The luan was sanded and primed. Hinges and magnetic door closures were added, then the doors were hung in place.
We also used luan to create an oven door. After the wood was cut to size, a coat of primer was applied. To make a window in the oven door, painter’s tape was used to mark off a rectangle in the middle of the oven door. The inside of the rectangle was painted silver. When the tape was removed, black paint was used to make a border around the silver rectangle and horizontal lines through the rectangle.