Creative DIY couple build an incredible play kitchen for their kids using buys from Bunnings – and it only cost $200 to make
- An Australian couple have shared how they made a ‘mud kitchen’ for their kids
- Carly and Josh only spent $200 on products from Bunnings Warehouse
- The affordable supplies included timber, pine boards and paint
- The end result looked fantastic and encourages kids to use their imagination
A couple have revealed how they made a stunning play kitchen for their children using affordable supplies from Bunnings Warehouse.
Carly Jade and her partner Josh, from Emerald Beach in New South Wales, made the ‘mud kitchen’ using timber, pine decking boards, rattan and paint along with smaller pieces of unused wood from previous home projects.
The fun DIY took a week to complete and cost $200, with majority of the budget being spent on the timber frame.
The finished product looks fantastic and Carly’s favourite aspect is the fully functioning oven door beneath the sink.
Before: Carly and Josh, from New South Wales, started by making a ‘basic’ frame using timber from Bunnings Warehouse (pictured)
After: Pine decking boards were attached using a nail gun and the wood was then painted before adding the final touches
Carly, 31, told Daily Mail Australia she has always wanted to have a big mud kitchen for her children to use their imaginations and create concoctions and ‘cakes’ in the backyard.
‘My handy partner Josh was able to build the frame out of decking and framing timber we purchased from Bunnings, but most of it we just had left over from our renovation projects,’ Carly said.
After the frame was built, pine decking boards were attached using a ‘brad nailer’ nailing gun before the entire wooden surface was primed and painted.
Carly, 31, told Daily Mail Australia she has always wanted to have a big mud kitchen for her children to be able to use their imagination and create concoctions and ‘cakes’
‘It was an incredibly easy project, the biggest challenge was my indecision over the colours which in the grand scheme of things wasn’t a challenge at all,’ she said
‘For the finer details, off cuts of blackbutt we had lying around served as the taps and spouts and a few stainless-steel bowls from Kmart were able to be dropped in as the kitchen sinks,’ Carly said.
Carly added how the project could’ve easily taken a weekend to complete, but she decided to change paint colours halfway through and needed to begin again.
‘It was an incredibly easy project, the biggest challenge was my indecision over the colours which in the grand scheme of things wasn’t a challenge at all,’ she said.
‘We have two toddlers and my daughter in particular is very into cooking and creating, and the mud kitchen had provided hours of entertainment.’
Once the frame was finished Carly painted the mud kitchen using Tint Paint
The mixing bowls were bought from Kmart
After completing the project Carly shared the process with her 16,000 Instagram followers by posted several videos, and the end result received praise from other parents.
‘Oh dear lord this is gorgeous,’ one person wrote, another added: ‘How awesome!’
Carly and Josh have also completed other home renovations themselves, the most recent being the DIY $4,000 bathroom renovation which was finished during lockdown last year.
‘At the moment we are working on building a new vanity for our main bathroom and are about to start the transformation of our outdoor entertaining area where we will be DIY building our own concrete form benchtops and seating,’ Carly said.
‘We really do love a DIY project.’
What supplies and products were used?
Paint: Tint paint – colours, old school and custom tint and pantone pale khaki
Mudkitchen frame: made by Josh using timber from Bunnings Warehouse
Wooden bowels, spoons: Craft and nature play
Mixing bowls: Kmart
Utensils holder: Good Grief Ceramics
Cookware: secondhand shops
Feature Timber: Coffs Harbour Hardwoods
Rattan: Cane and Wood Emporium
Source: Our Emerald Home