Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Zoe's birthday present - which I built



Yes, I built it. Me, who has zero spacial awareness and a couple months ago couldn't have told you the difference between a screw and a bolt, or a drill bit vs a screw bit. But after stumbling across this site (warning - don't click the link if you're not prepared to be inspired to start a new time consuming hobby), my creative juices went into overload and I had to figure this woodworking thing out. 



Half way through building it, I realized I needed a work bench...so I built one. And it's sturdy.



Don't I look adorable?

Zoe *loves* her new kitchen. She's been baking cookies non stop since she received it. There is a motion sensor light in the oven so when she puts play food in there it automatically comes on for a few seconds.





The sink basin was the first thing we bought. It's a metal bowl we got for 50c at a yard sale.

The faucet was a bit pricey, about $12, we could have got something cheaper from craigslist or something if we had more time.

The hobs were some things I found for $2.50 at a hardware store. I'm not sure what they're supposed to be for, but as soon as I saw them I realized they'd be perfect for this.



I wanted real looking knobs that could turn. They were about $6 from amazon, and I put them on wooden doweling, and they turn nicely.


 The pulls were reduced to $1 each.




I must admit I'm quite chuffed with myself. I had some help from Rene, credit where it's due. He showed me how to use the power tools and sometimes the saw got stuck on a knot and he helped. He also put the oven door on, which is crooked. tsk. He said it's my fault somehow, I made the frame squint or something.
I certainly learned a lot. And I had a ton of fun. I'm already working on my next project...(watch this space)


8 comments:

Nikkii said...

What a wonderful thing you've made - and I'm telling you now she will talk of it for years to come, my 15yo daughter still talks about the dolls house I made her out of a bookcase when she was 3. Now you need to go build yourself a workshop ;)

April G said...

SO freakin' cool!!! I was raised by a carpenter and I can't screw a nail to save my life. I'm a shame and an insult to my family name. LOL I've actually been thinking of having him show me how to build a few things now that he's retired and has more time. Hmmmmm... You've inspired me for sure! :)

Tsu Dho Nimh said...

The hobs are "outlet boxes" - electrical fittings used where wires connect like an intersection for wiring, or where light fixtures are mounted.

Never thought of them as stove parts before. But they have the handy screw hole to hold them down and look a lot like gas burners.

LISA said...

I think you are the best person ever. Congrats, good job, etc....thanks for the inspiration!

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Betsy (Eco-novice) said...

I am SERIOUSLY impressed. I would love to do this for my kids. Maybe I can convince my husband.

sutingting said...

This girl and boy are so cute,i like them!

Chelsey said...

So "chuffed" means pleased?

This is so sweet. I love how everything is so authentic!