We looked around to see what we had already that might work for our kitchen, and found an old painted box from my classroom days, as well as the piece of laminate chopped out of our real kitchen to make way for the sink. Perfect. We tipped the box over on it’s side and plonked the laminate on top. And, um, that’s it! At least for now.
The underneath space created by the box serves both as “oven” and storage. I’ve put a small washing basket there to store all the containers, bowls and spoons the kids have adopted. I’d love to hang some hooks on the fence pails to hang tins and utensils too. It’s a little hard to tell from the photos, but I have been growing the vine on the fence into a roof of sorts for this area. The vine is a fast grower, and so far it’s trailing nicely over the strings I have stretched between the fence and the trees. I’m dreaming of a shady space come summer.
The funny thing is that my daughter actually has a gorgeous kitchen in her bedroom: a little white wooden stove and white wooden kitchen dresser I lovingly restored. I think the kids have already spent more time out here playing in the dirt, in the “kitchen” that took me 2 minutes to make!