I have been wanting a nice wooden play kitchen for the boys for ages but they are so expensive. Eden loves playing with the one at nursery and cooking up a storm! Then I came across this link the other day just in time for a planned trip to Ikea on the way home from my Aunt's house. Perfect timing! The steps were already black and cost £14. (Bekvam) You could buy the plain wooden version for £11 but I wanted this to be a quick project and didn't want the bother of painting them.
The hooks on the side were £1 from B and Q and I coloured them bronze with a sharpie. They were self adhesive too which made things even quicker.The hot plates were circles of self adhesive red felt. I drew around my Gaffa tape roll to get the right size!
For the knobs, I just screwed on milk bottle tops then wrote gas marks 1 - 9 in a black sharpie. ( I made the hole in the middle of the lids by heating up a paperclip end on the hob and then letting the metal melt the plastic in the right spot).
For the back shelf I just used the cardboard from the box containing the flatpack steps, put 2 sheets together (with the grain going opposite sides) and with a sheet of black cardboard cut to size on top. I secured it all down with black tape. (I used gorilla tape as I had some to hand and it is really secure). It seems to hold quite a lot of weight.
The whole project from flatpack , salvage of objects, and completion probably took under an hour - just the kind of project I like! It also cost £15 total and can be used long past the life span of a play kitchen.