For chalk we use black construction paper and just draw on that.
Ethan - June 21, 2009
Olivia - December 5, 2010
5w3d - October/November 2012
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Wendy, I love the egg carton idea!
I got blackboard paint too! I'm debating over what to do with it.
Aiden has two small chalk boards but he prefers drawing in something larger - like the wall, table, floor. Thankfully chalk comes up really easily. Lol
Id love to have a chalkboard wall one day!
i bought a can of chalkboard spraypaint and painted some of my garden pots outside. he'll draw on that and the sidewalk for hours. inside a painted a cheap goodwill table and he loves that too.
Play Kitchen Progress thus far:
Everything was purchased at Goodwill or a local home builder's scrap yard (OMG awesome find) or dug up from our own renovation scrap pile. I haven't done the math but I think we've spent about $50. Seriously, ladies. If I can do this, you can do this. Even if you don't have the tools, you can borrow them from a neighbor or even rent them from the Home Depot.
This is the TV stand we got at GoodWill for $10. It smelled like Grandma and cigarettes.
We got this little cabinet fixture for $12 at the scrap yard. Super bonus that it is missing the centers on the doors so I can put in decorative plexiglass to match what I'm planning to put in on the stove door. Teagan was mimicking mommy with the screw driver.
First thing I did was remove the doors, sand the top really well with our electric sander, and rough up the rest. I plan to stain the top as the counter top with one of the colored stains I used on T's bookshelf and dresser and paint the rest with a paint we have left over from the interior renovation. When I mount the little cabinet above this part, I'll paint it to match.
Then I installed a partition to create the space for the stove & cabinet. I screwed it in there like a jackass and Gorilla glued the crap out of it. Whatever, it's centered and straight and its not going anywhere. I just have to hide the hack job I did from my carpenter FIL.
Then I cut a hole for the sink in the top. I did this in a manner that would probably make a carpenter cry. But it fits and Teagan likes it so whatever.
See, totally fits. I'm so glad we picked a square baking pan ($2 @ GoodWill) instead of a round bowl. Cutting a round hole with a Skill saw would've been wicked hard and I wasn't about to let DH run out and buy a pricey tool for this task (MY TASK!).
I then used a hole saw bit that we happened to have to cut the hole for the faucet ($2 @ scrap yard).
And that's where I'm at! I had to tear Teagan away from it to put her to bed tonight. I'm SO happy I decided to do this. I'm going to work on it some more tomorrow. Hopefully, I'll get it into some sort of shape that Teagan can play with it during the week until I can finish it next weekend.
Last edited by TiggersMommy; 06-10-2012 at 12:16 AM.
It looks fantastic so far! Is the scrap yard you're talking about the one on Park Ave? I can't remember the name of it, but they have so much awesome stuff (though their used wire cut bricks cost 6 cents each more than new ones at Home Depot).
DD1 Rowan, 9/26/10
Expecting #2 in August 2013
Thanks! Yep, Gerson's on Park. SO glad I found that place. We're definitely going there again for our future projects.
Okay, let's talk play kitchen accessories. What types of items are getting the most use by your kids (at home or at daycare)? What do you own or plan to get? What seems to be holding up and be worth the money? What do you consider to be "must have" items?
I was thinking about getting Aiden the green toys set with dishes and cooking stuff. I have a few items on the small side for real life that I think would work great to supplement (thank you dollar store and moving frequently lol). Then I was thinking of just getting him some wooden fruits and veggies and calling it good till birthday and christmas.