11 Incredible Ways to “Remodel” IKEA’s Duktig Play Kitchen

published Nov 4, 2020
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Since IKEA introduced the DUKTIG play kitchen, customers have brainstormed ways to hack and customize this plain Jane item into something with more personality and charm—like, you know, a full-sized kitchen might have. The tweaks these parents have made are doable for even DIY beginners and, I think you’ll agree, make these little plays kitchens even more special for their kids.

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We think a lot of people would use this child’s kitchen as inspiration for a real-life, adult-size kitchen remodel—with its pale green paint and leather handles, it’s that good. Another great example from French “blogzine” Hello.

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This kitchen makeover from photographer Paige Ryan is the absolute height of glam, with its peel-and-stick subway tile backsplash, glossy white finish, marble countertop, and brass accents.

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Many kudos to Brittany Poll for this super sweet blue, white and wood version for her son Fox. Extra bonus points go out to her for that plywood SMEG fridge!!!

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The Rifle Paper Co. backsplash is a highlight in this “remodel.” Not only is the play kitchen itself more special than before, it’s also been styled beautifully by This Haus of Ours.

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The pop of bright turquoise paint, stained top and retro-style wallpaper (also by IKEA) all make for a cute mid-century modern play kitchen from Little Years.

From Babiekins Magazine comes a kitchen with gold painted accents, adhesive lights, “butcher block” contact paper, and a faux subway tile backsplash. There’s even under-cabinet lighting made with LED touch lights. Genius!

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You can also keep things very simple, like this all-white, minimalist version from Happy Grey Lucky. They just used spray paint, some wood grain contact paper, new knobs, and some touch lights. Done and done.

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Visual Vocabulaire added a fabric window skirt as the backsplash, new paint and painted fixtures and the most labor intensive addition: a painted marble faux finish countertop.

This kitchen now has fruity decorative paper and tea towel with minty green painted accents. All are playful and fun additions from Peachy Parade.

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Above, Little Village painted a Duktig a mint green then covered the backsplash with vintage wallpaper backsplash. New pink ceramic knobs cap off the look.

Want more inspo for your Duktig hack? Check out the hashtag #ikeaduktig on Instagram. You’ll find more than 10,000 posts, including this beauty from Bre Bertolini of @brepurposed:

This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 15 Incredible Ways to “Remodel” IKEA’s DUKTIG Play Kitchen