Chloe & Leo’s Vintage Play Kitchen

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kids vintage play kitchen

I’ve mentioned the kids’ play kitchen many times here on the blog. Because of that I thought I’d post some photos of  this special “toy” that’s provided countless hours of play and learning, and also as a record for my kids to look back on someday.

play kitchen, melissa and doug sweet treat towerPlenty of room for storage, which makes clean up easy (though never organized like this).
play kitchen, sink detailThe “sink” is cleverly made with a tupperware style plastic container

First of all, the play kitchen was a gift from David’s parents. I believe they had seen it at a colleague’s home and offered to buy it. Eventually it became theirs, and then later they drove it all the way out here (to Portland) from Colorado on the back of their pick-up. I don’t know much else about it, but even before it became ours, it looked very well-loved, yet still sturdy. It has a handmade quality to it, but may have been put together from a kit, for all I know. The previous owners passed down several pieces of play food and dinnerware. More pieces were added later, mostly as gifts (like that Melissa & Doug Sweet Treat Tower puzzle that the kids got for Easter, in lieu of candy). Once, after cleaning it all up for the umpteenth time, I decided to put half of it away, mostly the mis-matched odds and ends. They still played with it just as much.

play kitchen, side view Side view. It sits between the kitchen and the dining area.
play kitchen, stove and oven detailThe oven handle says “Hamilton MFG Co” and the stove dials are record player knobs.
play kitchen, nursery rhyme detail, there was an old woman who lived in a shoe...There are decals all over depicting scenes from nursery rhymes. This one is “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe…”

To be completely honest, I remember David and I hesitating when we first saw it. It isn’t really how we see our “style,” and takes up a chunk of space. However, I admit that its play value has completely exceeded our expectations. I am so grateful now to my in-laws foresight. I have grown to love it as much as the kids, and now see it as charming and important part of their history, to be cherished and remembered.

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4 thoughts on “Chloe & Leo’s Vintage Play Kitchen

  1. I’m so happy that the kids enjoy playing with it so much even if it has all the pieces that have to be picked up. The people we got it from asked about it again when we saw them and wanted to know if it was still being played with.

  2. It is certainly on our list of best gifts EVER :-)

  3. I would have given up all my toys to have such a gem!

    I remember collecting a few sets of pots / pans and plates but never actually had a play kitchen.

    My best childhood memory of playing kitchen was when my mom brought home a toy clay pot (the size of a cereal bowl) that had a base where you put coals. I was probably 5-6 years old then. I admit this was a dangerous thing to do (lol!) but somehow my friends and I managed to light up some scrap wood into the base then we threw in some corn kernels in the pot. Wow! I was so amazed as it was the first time that I ever “cooked” something. We made popcorn!

  4. What a fun recollection, Charlotte! Yes, “kid-proofing” does seem rather extreme compared to what things were like when I was a kid. Thanks for sharing!

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