Quick Color Makeover: The Play Space

Play Kitchen Before

Problem: the walls are apartment-beige, and we can’t paint them.

Supplies needed:  dish towel, small curtain rod (the dish towel was one I had, and the curtain rod was $2)

Since the dish towel was hemmed, I simply pushed the curtain rod through the hem, and then mounted it to the wall. 

Play Kitchen After

The color and texture define the space and make it a cozy corner.

It’s time to cook!

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  1. aww! that’s darling!

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  2. Wow, that’s the best blog post I have seen all week – anywhere! brilliant! You should enter the Apartment Therapy Jump Start competition with it! I know I would give you a thumbs up!


  3. Excellent work, and it totally does make it inviting and warm-looking! I’m very impressed. :)

  4. I wish I had a play kitchen like that when I was little! Love it love it love it! You are a genius!

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  5. Love it! That’s such a great idea.

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  6. That is a quick and cute improvement! Nice idea.

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  7. So simple, easy and inexpensive I LOVE it!

  8. Perfect! What a creative and simple idea.

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  9. Creative with adorable results!

  10. simple, sweet and inexpensive. you are going to ruin the economy with this kind of thoughtful behavior young lady ; )

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  11. What a cute little makeover for a big difference! I love it!

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  12. Brilliant. Very cute kitchen, too!

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  13. Amazing what one little dish towel can do. Cute as can be!!

  14. That is so clever – love the punch of color!

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  15. What a clever idea. I’d like to come play too.

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  16. What a great, simple way to alter a space. I need to work on thinking creatively like that in small details. Right now, my solutions seem so drastic – tear down a wall and such. This post keeps me inspired to think differently, so thanks!

  17. Adorable! I love that idea. it looks so much happier! :)

  18. That is so sweet. Any child would love to play there and feel like they have a very special space.

  19. Great idea. That is a very sweet kitchen to show off (much better than the plastic ones at my house!)

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  20. Oh my, that is completely adorable. I added it to my tumblr and on my stumble upon page so more people can see it. Cute cute cute!

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  21. I love that fabric. Did you use a cafe curtain rod — one of those spring-loaded ones that are adjustable? I keep a few around the house, and I love having them on hand. They make an excellent puppet show facade if you pair them with some old curtains and hang them in a doorway.

  22. Okay, that is just darling.

    One thing that I just love about coming here, Rachel, is that you’ve never deterred from your Small Notebook focus. Just quick little notes like this that are so beautiful, charming, and helpful. Thanks continuing to help all of us celebrate a simple and joyful life! ♥♥♥ M

  23. what a simple adorable idea! thanks, we can all lift the beauty of toys around the house like this, thanks

  24. Oh, I love it. So, so sweet!

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  25. Sandra Gonzales says:


    I agree with Megan@SortaCrunchy – I love your whole setup and focus. I even love your font. Thank you for being you!

  26. smart cookie – love it!

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  27. Jill Whitney says:

    We have this adorable kitchen in one of our girls rooms and I think I might have to borrow this idea–it’s so much happier and inviting.

  28. That is a great fix! Do you mind sharing where you got your play kitchen? I am in the market…

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  29. Minnesatamom — It’s this one, and it’s well-made, so I was happy with the price and quality.

    SavvyChristine, the curtain rod isn’t springloaded. It’s adjustable, but there is a hole on each end so it can be mounted to a little bracket on the wall. (Great idea for a puppet show!)

    Thanks for your sweet notes everyone!

  30. Thanks! My daughter (18 mos.) loves to sit on the counter and watch me cook, so if we ever have space (our kitchen is solid cupboards–no wall space to speak of at this point), I would love to get her something like this.

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  31. Fantastic idea…good for you for thinking of it and thanks for sharing it! I love it when us parents clue in tof the experience our little ones have in their own home and work on making it better for them, as well as for us. :-)

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  33. What a fantastic idea! That tiny little change makes such a huge difference.

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  34. Adorable. I absolutely love it!

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  35. It’s amazing how a small change can make such a big difference! I LOVE the little kitchen, where did you find it?

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  36. Cute & clever! And thanks for the link to the kitchen in the comments- I just love it.

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  37. I am a sucker for a “re-do” of any kind and this is sooo cute. Love it!

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  38. Exactly the kind of do-able, dramatic makeovers I love! Thanks!

  39. Simplicity at its best.

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  40. Hi Rachel,

    What a darling idea! I am working on changing our unused ‘guest room’ into a play room for our daughter and the girl I babysit. I’ve been struggling with the decision to paint all one color or do color blocking for the different areas (one will be for ‘school time’)–this is so much easier and less permanant!


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  41. I’m here visiting from A Soft Place To Land, and I just had to tell you that this was so stinkin’ cute, I was just besides myself! I’ll have to store that little idea away for future reference! Hope you have a great day!

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  42. Great job! You did such a good job!

  43. So cute!! I used the exact same Cherry dishtowels to make curtains on my daughter’s play house this summer!! I love it : )