Hi guys, it’s Noa again with another episode of making toys for my kids, and this time I asked my dear husband Chen to help me out to create this super cool mud kitchen for our son’s kindergarten class.
It is a bigger project than we usually do, and even though my husband did do a little carpenters course, we are totally Amateurs beginners in that area. So take that in mind but also know that if we can do it you can too. Probably. :)
I used the lean green bean tutorial as inspiration and I'll add the link to that in the description. This tutorial is a little bit different since the wood sizes in Israel are a bit different and I wanted to do 2 sinks instead of one.
Link to the lean green bean tutorial: https://www.theleangreenbean.com/how-to-build-a-mud-kitchen/
What you need
The materials you need for the project are:
- Box of Screws for wood
- 2 containers IKEA TROFAST 42x30x10 cm
- 2-3 spray varnish containers
- Sanding machine + sanding paper that fits your machine
- Screwdriver head for wood that will fit the width of the screws
- Pen or pencil
For wood size 2*9 cm:
- 2 X 120 cm
- 3 X 40 cm
- 2 X 55 cm
- 2 X 110 cm
- 2 X 116 cm
- 3 X 36 cm
For wood size 2*15 cm:
- 3 X 120 cm
- 4 X 44 cm
- 2 X 116 cm
-How its divided by the parts of the kitchen-
(9*2) 2 X 120 cm
(9*2) 3 X 40 cm
(9*2) 2 X 55 cm
(9*2) 2 X 110 cm
(9*2) 2 X (120 - wood width x 2) = 116 cm
(9*2) 3 X (40 - wood width x 2) = 36 cm
(15*2) 3 X 120 cm
(15*2) 4 X (40 + wood width x 2) = 44 cm
(15*2) 2 X 116 cm
assembling the top frame
We are going to start by assembling the top frame. Just like that.
First we drill a hole and then screw the screw in that place. The first hole will make sure you will not wound the wood or make it split. Add 2 screws in every junction.
Then you should realize that working on the floor isn't comfortable and find a table to work on.
Before you add the middle part use your meter to make sure it is right in the middle. Then add 2 screws on each side.
Add the legs
Add the front legs on the inner side of the frame. My husband added 4 screws instead of 2 to make sure it's steady. It does look a bit messy, but hey, I told you at the beginning we are inspired carpenters so that's the best we can do :)
So that is how it should look so far.
Now add the back legs on the outer side of the frame. Oh and it doesn't hurt to measure before that the height of the legs will be the same since we didn't have a proper table to work on.
Yes yes I know! We added the back legs inside the frame instead of the outside, we will figure it out in a few minutes…
Attached lower frame
We continued by attaching the lower frame. We measured the height we wanted for the lower shelf and then added the front and back pieces over the inside of the legs, with 4 screws on each junction.
And then I realized we made a mistake and attached the back legs inside instead of outside…. So we fixed that. And we decided to first assemble the lower frame and attach all of it to the legs.
So to recap, after adding the back legs on the outside of the top frame, go ahead and assemble the lower frame. With 2 screws on each junction. Now attach it to the legs. Legs will be outside of the frame. And neighbors will come and be very impressed with you. We live in an apartment so we don't have a shed, a garage, or even a balcony. But we do have a shared communal space under the building with some grass and chairs. It’s very lovely and this is where we are working today. Anyway we added the middle part of the lower frame and this is how it’s supposed to look at this stage.
Adding lower shelf
Okay so the frame is ready, we are going to add now all the working surface and shelf and such.
So, so far we used all our 2*9 cm wood which by the way I bought pre-cut because we don’t have a saw. And now we are going to use our 2*15 cm.
We will start with the lower shelf. Take both pieces of wood and space them evenly. Then drill 2 holes on each end of the plank and add the screws, just like we did along the hole project.
Attach front facing boarding
Let's add the front facing boarding. You have 3 pieces for that and we start by attaching the top one because it’s going to be in line with the edge of the top side of the legs.
Now we measure where we want the other 2 planks of wood. And then screwed them in with 2 screws on each edge like we did on the lower shelf.
This is how it should look at this stage.
Assemble work surface
Last part you guys! I'm excited! I placed the containers that will be like the sinks of this kitchen, which I got in Ikea, and also the 4 pieces of wood. I spaced them and marked where I wanted each one to be. Then I pre drill all of them and then went ahead and screwed them in.
You might need to wait with the last plank of the front facing boarding because we had to take it down so our Screwdriver will fit in for the screw in that edge, anyway we later attached it back.
Sand all of it
Okay. it is built so that’s amazing. But we do need to sand it really good before the varnish. And when i say we i mean my husband. He sanded everything, especially the edged, making them a little round because it is meant to be a toy for kids.
When you are done, wipe the dust off with a dry towel.
We used spray varnish and it was so easy and we are happy with the result. I picked clear varnish because I like natural wood and our kid is going to a Waldorf kindergarten and everything there is natural wood so we wanted it to match. We did 2 coats of varnish.
For fun we added 2 circles in the middle of the working surface so it’s like a stove, and also I had a few knobs laying around so we added them as well. 2 as stove knobs and 2 as hooks to hang towels or wooden spoons for cooking.
You can also place the sinks now.
Our son loved it!! He immediately started to grab toys and play with the new kitchen. I'm so impressed with us!! The kids love their new kitchen in the playground and so far it handled the rain pretty well. It costs us 300 Israeli shekels which is about 100 dollars so that’s amazing value for money in my opinion.
So I really hoped you liked this video, if you have any questions or tried it yourself please let me know in the comments. Hit the like and subscribe button on your way down there. And I will see you guys in the next video!! bye.