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Monday, May 12, 2014

Kyleigh's Play Kitchen & Doll Nursery

We have been making some changes and organizing the studio the last few weeks.   One of the changes that we made, was to make a play kitchen and doll nursery for our 7 yr old granddaughter.   We 'walled" off about a 6x12 foot area for her to play in....we used several  storage lockers and a wooden cabinet to make the "wall".   We keep Kyleigh several days a week while our daughter is up in a helicopter transporting critical patients.
Kyleigh has a little apartment size refrigerator that came out of one of our rentals several years ago.   Of course,  we child proofed it by removing the latch.....she's pretty big and I don't think she could fit in there, but you can't be too careful!  

 H painted it a pale pink,  and I added a light inside where she can see her "food".   H used exterior Valspar paint in a color called Utterly Pink.   We have used this outdoor paint on our vintage metal chairs that are outside year round and it has held up very well.   The shelves on the door are in pretty bad shape,  so I hung some vintage aprons over them with clothes pins.....just to kind of cover them!
Kyleigh plays with my faux fruit and vegetables.   She loves to play "restaurant" and makes beautiful fruit plates to serve us.   She also likes to play "gala"  and she sets up a pretty buffet on my work table for the guests.
Next to the apt size refrig is an old ice box that H bought many years ago on one of our Longest Yard sale trips.   He gave it a fresh coat of white paint.   It is pretty dark back in this corner of the studio, so we added plenty of lamps.....H hung a pretty blue leaded glass lamp that puts out lots of light.   The blue light is a $5 yard sale find that we have had many years.   The last time you saw it was on the front porch turned upside down and filled with plants!
Kyleigh calls this old ice box her has her dishes in it.
I let her use my old toaster and small coffee pot....there isn't much around here that I don't let her play with.   She is pretty careful and we haven't lost too many!

Here is Kyleigh's  little is just her size!     It belonged to my dad......
She has a cute vintage pink canister set on the top shelf.    All of her cooking supplies are small her.   The little baking pan is an old one and is about 5" square.    She has two little cast iron skillets and the metal one belonged to my grandmother.
I wanted to show you the little cupboard that is on the side of the stove.    H gave it a coat of pink paint, but I failed to get a before was a dark wood.     Kyleigh has a big white roasting pan on her's her pretend sink.
This is her cooking station.   She works on a vintage metal cabinet that H used as a coffee station for the employees at the freight terminal.    It was white.....sorry, but again I failed to get a before photo!   H is so fast with that pink paint that I can't keep up with!
I painted one of H's saw in an earlier post that he has about 20 of them so I'm hoping he won't miss just this one.....anyway,  I gave it a coat of pink enamel paint.
The drawer is full of old cooking gadgets that Kyleigh uses to mash potato's....etc.     The rest of the cabinet is empty , but I'm sure she will find something to put in there!
Here is Kyleigh's baby nursery.......she also calls it her "clinic"    She has a bunch of medical supplies in that white wicker hand bag sitting by the cabinet.
She wanted more babies,  but I put my foot down and said "this is all you have room for"
This is a pretty floral baby bed that a friend of mine gave to me when she was moving and didn't have room for it.   It was used  as a baby bed for her now grown children and I was honored that she would give it to me.   I thought I would look nice in the nursery as wall decor
I found this cute light at a yard sale a while back for a couple of dollars....

H hung the baby bed springs on the back of the locker to make a memory board for Kyleigh.   She has clipped a few things on it.   The second photo is the little suit that Kyleigh came home from the hospital in.....there is a sweet little bonnet that matches it,  it's not lost....but I can't find it right now!
        No wall......................................................................................Locker and cabinet "wall"
Front side of locker wall, work area for me ................................................back side of locker wall,  play room for Kyleigh
I bet you are wondering what is behind this door!   Well,  it's my worst nightmare.....a big messy store room!      I don't know if  I'll ever be able to get it in good enough shape to show!

And here is Miss Kyleigh.......
She loves here play kitchen.....
and doll nursery!

 We will have lots of fun playing in the studio this summer.....making wonderful memories...


  1. You are the best grandma EVER. I would never leave here. I live in it. I love pretend so much when I was little. Well.....I never grew up though. I still play house. Everyday. LOL (((hugs)))

  2. Quanti tesori meravigliosi in questa stanza!E che bella idea per fare giocare le tue nipoti!Baci,Rosetta

  3. I can't stop looking at this. I shared on FB. I hope my daughter gives me a bunch of grand daughter's so I can do this too. :) Love it. Blessings to you.

  4. What a lucky, lucky, lucky granddaughter you have! How much fun to have your very own kitchen as a young lady!

  5. When Kyleigh is done, can I come and play? And 20 mixers? I haven't been able to find one...that I could afford!!

  6. That is the cutest thing! I want to play too!


  8. What a wonderful place to play and create memories! The kitchen is perfect with all the small size refrigerator and stove. I know your granddaughter is a delight from the photo. Have a great week!


  9. This is beautiful!!!! I love all the vintage items and the baby pink colors. Your grandbaby will have many, many beautiful memories playing and remembering; precious! Blessings, Catherine

  10. Hello, This will be your granddaughters most precious memory of her days with you! Loved looking at the pictures. I hope it will give her a love and desire to be a mommy and a homemaker!
    Lovely, Roxy

  11. Penny, you are a fantastic grandmother! Your granddaughters are very lucky to play in a such beautiful place. I'm sure you will have a lot of sweet memories

  12. Penny,
    What a great place for your grand daughter!! I bet she just loves her paly area.....


  13. Wow, what a wonderful gramma you are! One lucky granddaughter! It is so adorable!

  14. voila une petite fille super
    jouer à la dinette reste une passion pour tous les enfants
    elle a tout ce qu'il faut pour être heureuse ♥♥♥
    edith (iris ) France

    You are such a wonderful grandma!
    That is one dream come true.
    How fun! I would love to play there all day.

  16. Penny: My granddaughter would just love your home. Everything is looking so good. You have inspired me this week. Thanks, hugs, Martha

  17. This is my favorite post of the week! You have inspired me to make a home-making area for the little 8 yr old girl I watch once a week. She LOVES babies! Thank you for sharing this pink dream.
    Love, rosie

  18. This is great! I'm currently working on making a play kitchen from an old entertainment center. Almost done. Yours is so vintage and it!

  19. What a lucky little girl! I remember my play kitchen from when I was little and have such wonderful memories. Your granddaughter is sure to have great memories to carry with her for a lifetime too! I don't have grandchildren yet, but I hope I am able to create wonderful spaces like that for them when I do have them.

  20. What a lovely place for a little girl to play. I am too old to babysit or do any childcare anymore...and my daughter's, the grandma's are the ones that get to do that. However..I do have one end of my livingroom that is for little granddaughters, or any little girl that comes to visit..and a shed full of toys, a tent and big wagon etc. It all comes out when they come to visit.
    Your little granddaughter is a beautiful child! :)

  21. OH MY GOODNESS. I have long since stopped playing "house"... but this set up makes me REALLY want to! It is possibly the cutest thing I have ever seen! I found you via Coloradolady's link up. I am starting to host a new link up on Fridays and would LOVE for you to come link up! :)

  22. Oh My Word!! This little lady is the luckiest girl alive...haha! What an amazingly fun kitchen!!
    Julie @ Renaissance Mermaid

  23. i LOVE THE IDEA of painting the avocado mixer pink. Do you tell in any posts how you do that?

  24. This is soo stinkin adorable!!!


  25. How fortunate is your granddaughter. She has a perfect and lovely world of her own.

  26. Oh Penny this is every little girl's dream ~ even beyond dreams! I have one question though, can I come over and play???

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  27. Oh, my, this play kitchen is AMAZING!!! So pretty and attention to the details!!! Her fridge is better stocked than my real fridge! :D

  28. I love all you did to make this fun for Kyleigh. She is a lucky girl to have you for a grandma and she will have so many sweet memories of her pink play kitchen & doll nursery. It has given me a few ideas to fix up the bedroom and play area we have for our grandkids. Thanks for sharing this.

  29. Wow, that is an amazing area for any girl to play in. Very pretty and lots to do!

  30. OH my goodness! I'm so jealous...I want to live there! Thanks for sharing! ~Tammy

  31. This is the cutest playroom EVER!! I want to play in it myself! (I'm sure you've heard that before) You are one of the most creative gals I know. What a sweet Grandma you are Penny!

    Blessings, Edie Marie

  32. We will be feature this on Twirl and Take a Bow on Tuesday...hope to see you there! ~Tammy

  33. This is so precious! I can't WAIT to be a grandmother! LOVED it! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  34. Oh My Goodness Gracious!!! I can't close my mouth! This is AMAZING! I am so jealous and want one for myself. You guys clearly had a vision and I have never seen a DIY play kitchen/play area executed so well.

  35. Oh Penny your granddaughter must adore playing there! I'm featuring your pretty in pink playhouse over at Power of Paint this Friday!

  36. What a fun place for Kyleigh to make memories! So many fun and pretty things for her to play with. I found an old cabinet that looked like a fridge and put it in our playhouse under the stairs. The grands love the faux food too! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  37. As a little girl I would have been in heaven here!

  38. Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! Hope to see you again this week!
    Mary @ Back to the Basics

  39. What a wonderful play space, Penny! I'm currently searching Craigslist for something compact that I can transform into a play kitchen for my five-year-old granddaughter. She would absolutely love Kyleigh's dreamy pretend kitchen and doll nursery.

    Thanks for joining Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you again soon!
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  40. Lovely to discover your blog and such a wonderful playroom for your sweet Kyleigh. She must enjoy playing here so much.
    Happy weekend

  41. What an amazing Grandmother you are - that is just incredible !!!
    I would have given anything to have had that - just beautiful !


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