You may have seen my IG post before christmas of one of Harry's Christmas presents the Ikea Duktig play kitchen which I decided to hack. I think is the smallest kitchen I have been so envious of, in fact its my dream kitchen, just a really small one. I've received so many messages with questions on how I did it and where I bought everything from so today I thought I'd share with you all how I did it.
I am really pleased with how it turned out, I haven't done anything like this before so was quite proud of myself for doing it even if I did mess up a little bit! I wish I had taken photos of it sooner but I have only got round to taking them as the house was a mess after Christmas with toys everywhere!
I love the LED lights and also added a few little accessories to brighten it up.
As you can see some of the paint has chipped on the handles and the sink basin so I need to spray paint these again.
I think my favourite part of the kitchen is the marble effect countertop. I dream of owning my own kitchen just like this ha! This is what the kitchen looked like before the hack. A nice little kitchen but a little plain and boring in my opinion. Plus it didn't go with my white furniture!
Here's a list of everything I used for the hack:
Ikea Duktig play kitchen £59.99
Plasti-kote Clear Primer £6.99
Clear Sealer £6.99
Plasti-kote High gloss spray paint in white and black £6.99 each
White cardstock from The Range £1.99
Permanent marker 99p
Marble effect adhesive vinyl £5.99
Frog tape 99p
Optional: Stick on battery operated LED lights
Some people hack the kitchen when it's already been put together to give it a bit more life if its been drawn on or chipped after time but as it was new I did it before putting it all together.
1. Firstly I laid out all the pieces of wood and accessories to see which bits needed spray painting. I decided to paint mine white, so as the front doors were already white I didn't need to do these so them aside. I would also put aside the oven and microwave doors and cover them otherwise they'll end up with paint all over them like ours! Also if possible do it outside, I stupidly did it in my living room and the paint ended up rising then falling on everything including the floor, sofas and my brand new TV. It was a nightmare to get off!
I sprayed each piece of wood with a white primer and plastic with a clear primer first. Then let that dry for about 30 minutes. I then spray painted the wood white and the plastic black on one side leaving that to dry for a few hours and then sprayed the other side and left to dry over night. I then gave them all another coat to make sure there were no bits missing.
For the piece of wood with the white circles for the microwave I used frog tape and pieces of A4 paper to cover up the middle bit to keep it the original colour.
2. Whilst waiting for the kitchen to dry I covered the counter top with the marble sticky back adhesive vinyl I bought this from B&Q and it was the perfect size width wise as it meant I didn't have to overlap any of it. I used a stanley knife to go around the wood and left about an inch to two to make sure I had enough excess to fold over. I then cut out the holes and did the same for where the sink and stove would go.
3. Once dry I then sprayed everything with a sealer and allowed that to also dry. (In the meantime I noticed the spray paint had got on everything so tried getting it off)
4. I then built the kitchen according to Ikeas instructions and put the feet on, added the handles, put the oven top and sink in place and attached a couple of LED lights underneath. You don't have to spray paint the accessories but I wanted the kitchen to be black and white.
5. For the backsplash I wanted a subway tile effect but couldn't seem to find anything I liked. I picked up a few rather large wallpaper samples from B&Q but nothing looked quite right so I decided to make my own. This is only temporary for now as I need to re-do it as I clearly can't draw a straight line. The kids have also broken it as it wasn't attached properly at the back. But it was really simple to do. I bought a large thick piece of white card from The Range, but you can use foam or anything you like. I then cut this down to size to fit the back of the kitchen and used a ruler and permanent marker to create rectangles. Each tile is 4 in wide x 2 in tall. It doesn't look too bad from a far but up close it's dreadful!
And that was pretty much it, it was done in under 24 hours and that was with drying time too. I was in a rush to have it done it time before the kids got home so if you have more time and space to keep it out of the way then I'd recommend letting it dry for longer. Also, you don't have to spray paint it you can sand the wood down and paint like normal but I thought spray painting would be quicker and easier.
Also, if anyone finds a sealer or spray paint which doesn't chip then please let me know. The one I used must not have taken to plastic very well as after just two weeks the paint has started to come off all of the bits I painted black which is a shame! I'm thinking of just buying some black handles instead and replacing them as I also need to buy a pack of 4 knobs to go above the oven door anyway.
I love the way it turned out despite the problem with the spray paint coming off the plastic, but other than that the kids love it and it goes with my living room decor. Win win!
What do you think? I'd love to know if you've hacked a Duktig or have plans to!