In the Winter 2011 issue of CF we showed you how to transform a secondhand nightstand into a fabulous play kitchen; we received some great feedback on the project and even inspired a gutsy co-worker to tackle a similar project for his niece (lucky girl!). Here’s how he did it:
This adorable vanity was also bought secondhand, but instead of a nightstand it was crafted out of two nesting tables (brilliant!), with the legs cut to the appropriate child-size height for a stool and the vanity. Then it was given a fit-for-a-princess paint job, in which they used a durable, washable paint and topped with a playful border. A mirror was attached (apparently this was the trickiest part) with 4-inch brackets and then it was kitted out with the customary feathers, beads and tiaras.
And, we want to see more! Send pictures of your diy projects to firstname.lastname@example.org (with the subject line “DIY Projects”) and your creation could be featured on Family Jewels.
P.S. Big jobs such as this can seem daunting (cutting, sanding, painting and drilling – oh my!). But it doesn’t have to be a one (wo)man show. Invite friends and family to collaborate. You’ll be able to make use of different people’s talents and share a laugh (and maybe a bottle of wine) while you’re at it.