How easy is it to upcycle an Ikea toy kitchen

Before we begin, can I just say that I am a massive furniture painter. I cut things off furniture- take legs off, paint, sand and oil furniture to an inch of its life on a regular basis. However, I have to say the Ikea Duktig toy kitchen was one of the hardest I've ever done. I've decided to be real about it because I was on Pinterest for months- MONTHS! You can find my board here. Pinning, cooing and ooing over people's upcycled projects and thought- pah- I will just grab some plastic paint and then crack out the old white and voila. Oh no, no, no. 
My aim of this post is not to put you off doing it- not at all- but to share how I did mine which may in turn help you. 
Ikea Duktig toy kitchen how to upcycle
Firstly, I know that several people spray the wood as well as the plastic on these kitchens which would probably save time. Perhaps, if you didn't put it together and wanted the whole lot white or another colour that would save time. I personally don't recommend Rust- Oleum spray- I think its crap to be honest. I have tried it before and the reviews are massively mixed on Amazon. If you have tried it and got on better then maybe I am wrong but the reviews are mixed. I have though to be fair, only tried their metallic spray which ran awfully!!
Ikea Duktig toy kitchen how to upcycle
I would always sand the wood slightly too and prime it with a primer spray. However, I wanted to have some wood left on mine as that would fit in better with the rest of my home so because I couldn't work it out exactly in regards to what I wanted left wood and painted white, I had to put it together first. 
Ikea Duktig toy kitchen how to upcycle
So, I used my trusty frog tape (posh masking tape which is amazing compared to usual masking tape) and I taped up the sides that I wanted to paint in white. Annoyingly, I had run out of my usual eggshell paint. I am a huge (tit) no well, dare I say, Farrow and Ball fan. I know, I know... but I do love their paint. As I now have a small child I have moved to Dulux white trade emulsion on my walls and have had to say goodbye to a few Farrow and Ball painted walls. But, I also love their eggshell paint for furniture. Perfect for toys too and children's furniture as it is toy safe! However, I am about to re-paint my table legs and the guy at Brewers recommended their Albany eggshell paint which is slightly easier to wipe he says and cheaper. So worth bearing in mind. But, in the haste of my project I made the mistake of using my left over white emulsion. So I painted an undercoat (Albany)- I did three layers. It took forever to dry as I was doing it in the garage in December so had to leave it 24 hours between coats. I then used emulsion (knobby guy in my local DIY shop said it would be fine) but because of the temperature the layers went on poorly and I don't love the finish. So go for eggshell. 
We also added a back board on the kitchen. So using ply- my husband cut it to size and then screwed it on- just one in each corner. Reason being- I knew the skirting board would make it stick out ever so slightly and couldn't be bothered to constantly pick items wedged down the back. Also meant I could add a white backdrop. Ply board is cheap but wood places tend to ask you to buy a massive board which you won't need (we had some left over in the garage) but you could always bat your eyes and see if you can get any offcuts that may fit. 
Ikea Duktig toy kitchen how to upcycle
The plastic- right firstly, to be clear, it's a bitch. It is very shiny. So I painted it by hand (because the paint pot was cheaper and because I didn't want to spray it outside and wanted to do it in the warm) I painted 5 layers of black plastikote paint. It did not stop peeling. Disaster. So one evening I had to sand the whole lot back. Which meant I had sanded the plastic too before spraying it all. 
Ikea Duktig toy kitchen how to upcycle
I then bought these cans from my local DIY shop at about 6.99 each. I did about 6 undercoats. Thin coats. 20 mins drying time between coats. I lay them all in the box it came in- including the rod and hooks, tap, sink, handles and I then did it layer by layer- not holding the tin too close. I then did the top coat. Again, about 6 layers, 20 mins drying time. I was also recommended by a few people Wilkos spray paint- which has had excellent reviews. If I wasn't running out of time and I lived near one (because I was too late for online delivery) I would have gone for that.
Afterwards, and being sure it had all dried, I popped it altogether. 
Ikea Duktig toy kitchen how to upcycle
So I made some tough calls re what I bought for it. It can add up as every addition is pricey- especially when it's specifically for the toy kitchen. I didn't want bright additions. I wanted to be a knob and keep it classy. After all, it's not the smallest thing in the world and it is basically a piece of furniture in my carefully curated house...I know, I know. 
Ikea Duktig toy kitchen how to upcycle
I found this cute set of wooden utensils on eBay but didn't buy. Instead I found the chopping board, wooden spoon (cut down the handle) and the whisk from Tiger.
We bought the Ikea pots and pans but not the utensils- I don't know- I just felt they looked a bit 'meh' out and wanted to add wooden items. 
Ikea Duktig toy kitchen how to upcycle
I got the yay! tray from Buddy and Bear. The cup was from Rousso and Blossom
The basket is from Tilly and Cub. While Noodoll is just cute in the pictures.
Ikea Duktig toy kitchen how to upcycle
Then I added my own wooden apple- found here and a welcome to the kitchen pear- found here.  The cars are from Monty and Moosh.
Ikea Duktig toy kitchen how to upcycle
Finally I bought Bigjigs fruit which is cute- they are whole pieces so less to chuck around- I thought I would be losing half a strawberry etc. I bought from Amazon- sorry but ever so slightly cheaper than some online smaller businesses- don't hate me but they are slightly cheaper. 
Ikea Duktig toy kitchen how to upcycle
I hope to add some cups and saucers so he can have tea parties but in wood of course and more vegetables as time goes on. 
Ikea Duktig toy kitchen how to upcycle
Hope this has helped in someway. 
Lots of Love
Naomi x 

 


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