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Jackie Suniga builds a functional kitchen playset for her daughter complete with running water

Tradie mum transforms an old IKEA toy kitchen into a functioning play area for her toddler daughter – complete with marble tiles and running water

  • Tradie mum has built her toddler a functional kitchen playset with running water
  • Plumber Jackie Suniga made the kitchen for her daughter’s first birthday 
  • The 30-year-old upcycled an old IKEA toy kitchen and a Kmart wooden playset 


A tradie mum has given her daughter the ultimate birthday gift after building her a modern kitchen playset – complete with running water.

Apprentice plumber Jackie Suniga, from Melbourne, wanted to create a functional mini kitchen for her one-year-old daughter to play with.

The 30-year-old upcycled an Ikea toy kitchen and a Kmart wooden playset after she bought them second-hand for a fraction of the price from Facebook Marketplace.

A tradie mum has given her daughter the ultimate birthday gift after building her a modern kitchen playset – complete with running water

The mum said she wanted something practical for her daughter to play with while learning how to wash her cleans before and after meal time

The mum said she wanted something practical for her daughter to play with while learning how to wash her cleans before and after meal time 

‘We hacked an IKEA play kitchen to a functional kitchen. So we chopped the fridge off of a Kmart kitchen,’ the mum said in her TikTok video.

‘Then we primed and painted it, added rattan to the oven and microwave, added the water pump, soap dispenser… and running water.’ 

She and her fiancé removed the fridge from the old Kmart playset they got for just $15, and gave the $70 Ikea kitchen a stylish makeover with a lick of paint and new handles made from copper pipes.

They also used peel and stick marble-look tiles from Kmart to create the splashback. 

Kmart wooden playset

Ikea toy kitchen

The 30-year-old upcycled an Ikea toy kitchen (right) and a Kmart wooden playset (left) after she bought them second-hand for a fraction of the price from Facebook Marketplace

She bought the water dispenser from eBay to create a functional sink.

‘The tube goes into a four-litre jar in the back and the water drains into another four-litre jar so it doesn’t overflow,’ Jackie told news.com.au.

The mum said she wanted to add a water feature to the kitchen for her daughter to play with while learning how to wash her cleans before and after meal time. 

‘We’re very practical parents who don’t like giving her a tonne of useless toys, so I thought at least this is something practical for her,’ she said.



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