As the DIY lover it was only a matter of time, that I would start upcycling my daughter M’s interior! A what else could I start with than the ultimate Do it yourself challenge for mums than the iconic children’s kitchen called DUKTIG from IKEA?! (see the grand Pinterest feed of ideas here) Of course I needed a bigger challenge than “just” upcycling the kitchen so I added a fancy sales counter.
What you need for your GLAM DUKTIG KITCHEN
- IKEA Duktig children’s kitchen
- IKEA Besta Regalelement (Hier: 60cm wide, 39,5cm deep, 38cm high)
- 4 IKEA Rill furniture wheels
- 2 IKEA Bekväm spice racks
- 4 small screws (ca. 1cm)
- 3 H&M metal baskets
- 6 metal hooks for baskets
- 4 cabinet handles (your individual choice)
- baskets & drawers for the counter
- White wood varnish
- Orange & white wood varnish (for mixing the perfect color)
- transparent varnish spray
- golden spray paint
- IKEA Sofia fabric (1m)
- wooden bars (2,50m narrow, 2,50m ca. 3cm wide)
- plastic bars (1m)
- 4 iron angles (ca. 10cm lang)
- Double-sided adhesive tape
- 14 little screws
- Flowerpots & fake plants
- Crosshead screwdriver
- wood saw
- sewing machine
- drilling machine
- needle & thread
STEP by STEP
Our kitchen was already assembled – but painting it was no problem (with a steady hand, mind you). If you buy the kitchen new, then it’ll be easier: Just paint piece by piece and only then put everything together. Simply mix the desired color yourself – that’s how the perfect tone comes out. Color and concept are up to you – there are endless possibilities to find on Pinterest. In the end, don’t forget to fix the whole thing with the transparent varnish.
All that glitters is GOLD
Of course, you have to paint the fittings separately in both cases – preferably with a fast-drying spray paint. Unfortunately, you have to paint them two or three times – because of the handling and because of the gray, quite dark base color. Simply place the individual parts in a large cardboard box and paint them – this way you avoid giving the entire apartment a golden touch. It’s best to paint the strips of the spice racks at the same time or paint them in your color. Then mark the spots for the fake stove knobs, drill small holes and mount the cabinet handles.
Shopping DELUXE at the sales counter
This is actually very quick and easy to put together! You assemble the Besta shelf and the already painted spice racks according to instructions and mount the wheels. The (previously painted) spice racks you attach by screwing small screws all the way in the edges of the side half – the shelf you simply hang on it. The metal baskets you hang on small, golden metal hooks on the back – I screwed mine in by hand.
The MARQUEE – IMPROVISATION is KEY
Marlene’s awning has actually been quite a sporty affair. Of course, I could have built a storybook construction – but at the end of the day, it’s a children’s toy accessory that has no weight to carry at all.
Well, the dimensions in my case are 90cm x 41cm. Partly I cut the strips from wood, partly I used a leftover half cable channel or its holes to screw together. The corners I have additionally fixed with double-sided tape (MacGyver is my #) – on this also holds the fabric quite fabulously and does not slip.
Cut the fabric to the exact dimensions and place it on the construction (sew the sides together, place them upside down on the construction and adjust). The curves of the fabric edge you need to get nice only once – and copy them, using them as a template for all other curves. Sounds complicated – but the photos show quite well how it works. Finally you finish the curves by hand. Then you pull the awning over the construction already mounted on the wall and fix it by pressing the edges well on double-sided tape.
At the end, I mounted the name letters on a small rope and tied them to the wooden strip through small pre-cut holes.
A breeze of GLAM
Several small flower pots and fake plants complete the ensemble and add a touch of Paris!