Ikea Duktig Play Kitchen Makeover/Hack

I have been anticipating Tinley’s second birthday since before Christmas. I felt like we had an extremely lame 1st birthday for her (we were moving/signing papers that day…blah blah blah), and I KNOW she doesn’t even care…but gosh dangit I DO! i wanted to make this birthday a LOT more special for her, and when i saw all these cute little kitchens with makeovers, i knew that’s what i wanted to do for her.

I chose the Duktig one from Ikea (here) mostly because of convenience. i live fairly close to the one here in Utah, and so the kids and i went shopping one day for it (Tinley had no clue, remember she’s two). and dangit that store sucks me in, and makes me want to #buyallthethings ! it’s bad. i already know that this easel will be a present for Bronx on his birthday. but back to the kitchen.

so this is what it looks like out of the box, put together:

standard ikea play kitchen

pretty boring and plain, am i right? i searched Pinterest and found this post with a whole bunch of great ideas, and these 3 ideas i really liked:

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i battled between making it a coral kitchen or a mint kitchen. mint won out in the end because i thought there was more fun contrast between the mint and the gold, and i also knew Bronx would be playing with it, and wanted it SLIGHTLY gender neutral. all my painting supplies were picked up at Walmart, and here’s what i used:

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• this fabric was found at Hobby Lobby, and i made them into two cute little dish towels to hang on the front handles!
• you’ll notice i added a side hook for an apron. that was also bought from Hobby Lobby.
• i covered the kitchen “counter” in a marble laminate i bought off Amazon here
• i also made a “backsplash” for this little kitchen. it’s just foam board (from Walmart for like 88cents), i cut it down to size (19.5″x26.75″), and drew on it will a pencil and ruler, then traced over my herringbone tile pattern with a sharpie! i LOVE the wallpaper idea too that i’ve seen peeps do. so so cute. i attached mine just with sticky tack, so i can replace it with a different design easily if i want!

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okay i’m super annoyed these images won’t straighten on my desktop(they look fine on mobile!), and i didn’t want to download another plugin to do that, so crappy rotated pictures it is….grr

the hardest thing during all of this spray painting business was the waiting. i just wanted to coat everything once and be done. but of course you can’t do that or you’ll get one ugly kitchen 😉 haha. here’s what i did:

  1. primed the wooden pieces, let dry
  2. painted the pieces with “Ocean Mist” (or painted them with metallic gold for the faucet/microwave/stove top/handles), let dry (apply 2-3 thin coats). the trick is putting thin coats and letting them dry completely between coats. for example, on one piece i sprayed it on thicker, and the paint bubbled. it looks ugly. ahhh! (luckily it was on a piece not seen in the front!)
  3. apply 1-2 thin coats of clear gloss (letting them dry in between coats!), to help preserve and save your paint


when i was putting it together, here’s how i attached the stove “knobs” (bought from Walmart). turned over the front wood strip piece, created 4 holes with a drill bit, then screwed them in. not hard at all. can you tell that Bronx was my big helper during all of this? 🙂

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i was SO excited to give it to her on her birthday! i will spare you and not upload the video of her seeing it for the first time (my voice gets insanely high and annoying when i’m excited about something for her….)! she’s played with it every day so far and i hope this is something she will love and create good memories with! also, if you were wondering, yes. yes, i do go in and straighten things up every few hours. yes, i may be slightly OCD about it right now.


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28 thoughts on “Ikea Duktig Play Kitchen Makeover/Hack

    1. Great question! I didn’t! I just started spray painting and they’ve held up and been totally fine! (and i actually didn’t prime any of the white board pieces-only the brown ones!

  1. Hi, thanks for the inspiration, I am totally doing this! How long did it take for the paint smell to go away after you finished painting everything?


    1. oooo good question! hmm. i think because i did it over a couple days, that the smell didn’t stick around when we brought it inside finally to put it all together. so, not long! just make sure it all dries out in the garage, or where there’s good airflow!

  2. I think its brilliant! In fact I’m making an exact replica for my little girl, but i don’t have the basic kitchen so I’m trying to make it from scratch. Hope it looks as good as yours!

  3. Hi! Just wondering how the spray paint is holding up on the plastic pieces (handles, sink, faucet)? I’m thinking about doing this for my kiddos for Christmas, but I’m worried it will chip off with rough play.

    1. Hey Lauren! It’s holding up good! I just went to double check – no peeling or anything so far, so yay! haha. I think the trick is just spraying a lot of thin layers of spray paint over, so that it doesn’t get thick and bubble up and peel right away?…good luck! This would be such a fun Christmas surprise!

  4. I’ve searched and searched for the best looking IKEA kitchen make over and this is it! It’s beautiful and so I’m going to make it for my daughter’s 3rd birthday. One question, is the white oven door just primer or did you put a white paint over it? Thank you 🙂

    1. Oh that makes me so happy to hear Sarah! Woo hoo! So you’ll be happy to know that the door on the oven comes as white wood…so no extra painting there! (see the original pic of it as purchased/as is up towards the top of the post) yes! 🙂

      1. Thank you! We just started our project tonight and I was so relieved to see the door was white haha. One last question, do you remember how many cans of the mint paint you used? I’m worried I may not have enough but the stores here don’t carry it so I would have to order online! Thanks again 🙂

  5. beautiful kitchen!!
    just curious. after some play has/does any of the paint chip or scratch off. I’m prepping my kitchen and debating using the costly spray paint or paints and glosses 🙊
    thank you x

    1. Emma! hey! first, i am so sorry i have been totally MIA around here (due to having my third baby)! So the kitchen has held up great with the spray paint I used! And we even moved with it 🙂

    1. Bec! So I’m not totally sure what “bits” you’re referring to, but I primed all of the darker plastic pieces with the white primer (shown above). I think that was a smart choice, because I don’t know if the gold would have covered as well without?

  6. Love this so much!! Great job! I am hoping to do something similar for Christmas, and am just wondering how the gold spray paint has held up on the plastic pieces (the sink, faucet, handles). Has it been able to handle water in the sink, or have you found that it has scratched off at all from playing in the sink? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi LLR! The gold spray paint has held up really well-i’m totally happy with it! Typically I DON’T let the kids put water in it, because it’s just a play kitchen, but they have been stinkers and put water without me catching it fast enough…and it’s been just fine. no paint chipping at all 🙂

  7. Hi, I love this kitchen; fantastic job! Do you recall how many cans of mint spray paint you used? Thanks!

    1. Hey Lilah82! Okay, haha dang. I really wish I had kept track now that you ask! Let me think…okay I THINK it was only one can of gold, but 2 of the primer and gloss, and i’m not sure on the Ocean Mist color! dangit. i’m sorry! i’m sure it was at least 2 cans for that as well.

  8. Hi! This looks amazing! Sorry for the late as heck question. I am DIY-ing one for my son’s birthday at the moment and want to paint the faucet and sink in chrome metallic spray paint. I see you say that the faucet and other plastic pieces have held up well over time and that is not what I would have expected from a quick spray paint on this kind of plastic, so I am so encouraged to read this! I was wondering though, does the faucet still work once painted, i.e. does it and the handle turn? I was looking at it wondering if the paint glues it up, especially after a few layers.

    1. yes they do! I totally thought the same thing (but i had that thought after i had put the first coat of spray paint on!)! haha luckily they are just fine and still turn no problem and the paint hasn’t chipped around it or look crappy. so yay for that! 🙂

  9. This is so awesome! I’m doing one for my daughters birthday and am curious what the size of the rectangles are on the herringbone backsplash? Im trying to make one and am not sure where to start or how small/large to make them. Any tips that you can share!

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