Inspired By: Bunk Beds for a Guest Room

Inspired By: Bunk Beds for a Guest RoomBlackband Design via HGTV

Do you ever just let yourself dream for a bit about what you would do if you either had 1) unlimited space or 2) an unlimited budget? Or both? ;) I do, all the time! Yes, sometimes it might feel like a slight letdown once you return to reality. But that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the process of dreaming. I find I often take away a new idea or at least feel more creatively inspired to work on my own home!

Today, I’m dreaming of a room full of bunk beds, all ready for guests :)

Inspired By: Bunk Beds for a Guest RoomSouthern Living – Laurey W. Glenn

Inspired By: Bunk Beds for a Guest Room
Studio McGee

Inspired By: Bunk Beds for a Guest Room
Fixer Upper / HGTV

Inspired By: Bunk Beds for a Guest RoomApartment Therapy

Inspired By: Bunk Beds for a Guest Room
House Beautiful

Inspired By: Bunk Beds for a Guest Room
Urban Grace Interiors via House of Turquoise

Inspired By: Bunk Beds for a Guest Room
Tree House Bunk Bed

Inspired By: Bunk Beds for a Guest RoomArchitectural Digest

Shop bunk beds with the arrows and thumbnails below!

Inspired By: Bunk Beds for a Guest Room

My book on contentment, Love the Home You Have

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9 Reasons You Don’t Love Your Bedroom and How to Fix It (my article on eBay)

Beautiful Bedroom Wallpaper Ideas

9 Ways to Decorate Above a Bed

Shared Bedroom Inspiration

Pretty Bedroom Colors

5 Things Every Small Bedroom Needs

Play Kitchen “Renovation”

Play Kitchen "Renovation"Ikea “Duktig” kitchen

Play Kitchen "Renovation"

Hello! It’s Cassie here today for my monthly guest post. If you have ever searched “play kitchen” on Pinterest, you have probably seen an image of an Ikea Duktig kitchen hack. Ikea’s simple play kitchen is easy to assemble, affordable, and fun to customize, which makes it a popular “Ikea hack.”

With my daughter Evie’s birthday coming up this month, I knew I wanted to tackle this project in time to give it to her as a gift. I looked at a few examples of what others had done, but mostly I thought about what my own dream kitchen would look like. I wanted her’s to somewhat coordinate with our house, but I also wanted it to be practical, easy to clean, and fun for her to play with. The final product turned out better then I expected and I had the best time working on it! It took me a few days, but only because I waited to put it together after painting it.Play Kitchen "Renovation"Ikea “Duktig” kitchen, as it originally comes

Here are the main changes I made to the original kitchen:

  • Painted all wooden pieces grey with the exception of the oven and microwave doors, which I left white. I used a high gloss spray paint.
  • Used contact paper (I chose one that looked like marble like this) to cover the counter top.
  • Painted the kitchen sink white with high gloss spray paint. I also glued the sink in place.
  • Purchased new hardware for doors.
  • Spray painted faucet and new hardware with matching gold paint.
  • Added wooden knobs above oven to imitate real oven knobs.
  • Added a battery-powered LED light for under cabinet lighting.
  • Used a 3M hook to hang a child’s apron on the side of the kitchen.
  • Added a paper-covered foam poster board to the back to imitate a backsplash.

Play Kitchen "Renovation"

Apron is from Anthropologie, although it is no longer available.
 Play Kitchen "Renovation"

With the holidays coming up, this is a super doable gift idea for children. Some play kitchens can be on the spendy side, but as I mentioned above, this one is pretty reasonably priced. Also, most of what I purchased for this was spray paint, and that happens to run fairly cheap.

If you are ever interested in doing this project, or a similar project, here are my biggest tips:

  • Assemble top and bottom pieces separate and without doors attached, then paint.
  • Paint doors before attaching.
  • If using contact paper, apply to countertop and cut out the holes for oven and sink later.
  • I used basic hot glue to glue sink in place and to attach the poster board to the back (we will have to see how that holds up!)
  • Find a way to keep faucet upright when painting- I just stuck mind in play-dough (since we have an abundance of that in our house) to keep it upright.
  • Read the back of the paint can. Some paint takes a day or two to really cure. Sometimes they recommend doing multiple light coats close together or waiting 24 hours to do another coat.

Play Kitchen "Renovation"

Here are the sources for some of what I used for this mini “renovation:”

Note: I loved styling this mini-kitchen for fun, but I don’t plan to let my two-year-old use ceramic owl salt and pepper shakers or breakable dishes. As pretty as they look, they aren’t always practical. She has lots of plastic and wooden fruits, veggies, and dishes to play with once we give her the kitchen. They just weren’t as pretty in the photos as the breakable things. (wink wink)

Play Kitchen "Renovation"

I hope this project inspires you all as you begin your holiday shopping or if you are tempted to try a simple Ikea hack.

Until next month,

Play Kitchen "Renovation"

See more of Cassie’s posts below:

Introduction and Mini Home Tour

Toddler Girl’s Room Reveal

Baby Boy Nursery Tour

Favorite Baby Gifts to Give and Receive

Play Kitchen "Renovation"
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