When I first saw the pictures of this play kitchen I couldn’t believe it had been made out of cardboard boxes! When I saw the before image prior to the kitchen being painted and styled, I was impressed with the amazing creativity and attention to detail this mum had gone to create the ultimate kitchen for her toddler.
Rodessa Reyes created this play kitchen for her daughter Audrey using large boxes and cartons. She built the kitchen next to her own kitchen so it would keep Audrey entertained while she cooked at home.
Rodessa explained,“Audrey has always been fascinated with anything related to kitchen. She has a variety of toys but most of the time, she would prefer playing with the mini pots and pans. Whenever we go to any toy store or play house, she can spend hours playing in a play kitchen. That’s when I realized that Audrey would really love it if we have a play kitchen at home. It will also be a great idea to put it next to my real kitchen to keep her busy while I work in the kitchen.”
Most commercial play kitchens are quite expensive, so Rodessa went to work to use the cheapest materials possible and a bit of imagination to create this dream kitchen for her daughter. The young mother, who resides in the Philippines said,“I wanted to build her a DIY play kitchen since most commercial play kitchens are very expensive. A wooden DIY play kitchen was also an option but I would have to ask someone to build it for Audrey. It made me think of other options. That’s when the idea of using cardboard boxes hit my mind. It was the perfect idea because I can do it myself, the materials are practically free, I can customize it and it’s a good opportunity to teach Audrey about creativity, resourcefulness and practicality.”
I’m impressed with the finer details like the soap pump dispenser used as a tap and a stainless steel bowl for the sink.
Rodessa has modified the kitchen since she shared her finished kitchen online, including a fridge and microwave, tap handles for the sink, a window and extra knob details on the oven.
Rodessa admitted to Babycenter, “I’ve been making DIY projects already for Audrey since I was still pregnant with her. I guess the next DIY project that I would like to try will depend on what Audrey would be interested with…. I think a cardboard box grocery store and a salon will be possible in the near future.”