Lovely Little DIY: Play Kitchen Knobs


We found this little hutch on the curb and I couldn't believe that someone would just get rid of it! Solid wood, and so much character. I guess one man's trash is another man's treasure, right? It just needed a fresh coat of paint and a little DIY magic to make it into the perfect play kitchen for our little Violet. After painting it with a fresh coat of white paint, I decided the first order of business was to add knobs. I found these cute wooden ones at the Home Depot but wanted to make them a little more personal and fun. I'm really happy with how they turned out! When we installed the knobs we kept them a little loose so that Violet can turn them to 'operate' the stove or oven. Still to add: a burner, oven handle (and window?), dish towels, and art!

Here's how you can make the knobs yourself (it's really easy):

Step 1: Purchase frog tape, paint, and wooden knobs at your local hardware store in the sizes and quantities you need. I used leftover paint from our house trim, but you can use acrylic paint for this project as well.

Step 2: Use the frog tape to mask different amounts of the front of each knob. You could tape each to be equally divided, but I thought it was easier and more fun to vary the amount a bit.

3. Paint the untaped area using thin layers of paint. Two layers worked just fine for me.

4. Remove the tape (I think it is best removed while the paint is still slightly wet) and voila! Fresh and fun knobs perfect for your little one's play kitchen. Happy painting!

xo, Lauren


  1. This looks adorable Lauren and such a fun kitchen for Violet to play with. Love quick updates.

  2. Thanks for this my dog always eats my knobs. Violet most have a blast playing with her mini kitchen.



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