IKEA DUKTIG PLAY TOY KITCHEN MAKEOVER HACK IDEASI really enjoyed doing this little makeover project for Gurgle magazine recently. My daughter has spent hours each day playing with it since we gave it to her at Christmas!

If your toddler loves pretending to ‘cook’ (which usually involves pulling everything out of your kitchen cupboards and leaving spoons and saucepans strewn across the floor) then it might be time to invest in a play kitchen, so your tot can have their own little space and you can get on with making dinner without tripping over a small person every two minutes. IKEA’s trusty Duktig kitchen is a great option – it’s affordable (£59), sturdy, easy to build and the hob lights up thanks to batteries concealed beneath. What’s not to love?

Well, it’s a bit boring. The grey plastic handles, the white and beige cabinets – it’s all perfectly practical but not particularly pretty. So, here’s how to ‘hack’ your Duktig so it’s super-stylish. Of course, your toddler will not care what this kitchen looks like. But you have to look at it for the next 4 years or so, so it might as well be gorgeous!

003 IKEA DUKTIG KITCHEN MAKEOVER ELLIE TENNANTThe taps, hanging rail, hooks and hob surround were painted gold, the worktop was covered with marble-effect sticky-back-plastic and a vintage ceramic tap insert was fixed to the tap using superglue.

004 IKEA DUKTIG KITCHEN MAKEOVER ELLIE TENNANTThe grey plastic handles were swapped for stylish brass ones and brass drawer knobs were fitted above the oven to provide turn-able dials.

002 IKEA DUKTIG KITCHEN MAKEOVER ELLIE TENNANTThe kitchen was painted dark grey and the cubby holes were lined with pretty Liberty-print fabric.

005 IKEA DUKTIG KITCHEN MAKEOVER ELLIE TENNANTA brass coat hook was fitted to the side of the kitchen for a toddler’s apron and tiny shopping basket, then mini accessories were sourced at charity shops, on eBay and from IKEA.

Want to give your IKEA DUKTIG play kitchen a chic makeover? You can follow my detailed instructions here.

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