Chances are you have stumbled across a play kitchen makeover on Pinterest or Instagram featuring the ever popular DUKTIG set from IKEA.

The IKEA Duktig play kitchen is such a cute little kitchen, even right out of the box. The best part about it is just how customizable it is! Because it features plain wood it can be easily painted to suit your wildest dreams.

If you have been considering doing your own IKEA play kitchen makeover; I will tell you exactly what I did to take mine from plain to fabulous.

Supplies needed for IKEA play kitchen makeover

  • Duktig play kitchen from IKEA (they do occasionally go on sale! I managed to snag mine when it was around $30-$40 off)
  • Peel and stick backsplash in your choice of color/pattern. I used a pack of 4 tiles from Home Depot. You will need the equivalent of 13″ by 27″ of backsplash.
  • Cardboard or foam poster board
  • Small picture hanging nails
  • Painters tape
  • Spray paint (I will go into color/amount detail below)
  • Vinyl number/appliance stickers to bring it to life! (If you want)
  • Contact paper: This is the exact contact paper I used
  • Decor and accessories to complete the look!

How much paint will I need to hack my Duktig Kitchen

  • (1) one can of Rustoleum Painters Touch 2X ultra cover white primer
  • (1) can Rustoleum Universal Metallic Paint/Primer in Champagne Mist
  • (2) two cans of Rustoleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint in Country Grey
  • (1) Rustoleum Universtal Metallic Paint/Primer in Titanium Silver (Or a similar stainless steel looking paint)
The three Rustoleum spray paints used to makeover this IKEA Duktig play kitchen


The steps to take this play kitchen from IKEA from standard and boring to exciting, customized and ready for hours of countless play.

Steps to paint the kitchen pieces

  1. UNPACK BOX: Remove all parts from the box
  2. LABEL: Take your painters tape and label what color each part needs to be. Sorting into piles according to color.
    1. *(Reference the chart below for help to see what pieces I painted in each color and how many sides. On many of the parts that are not visible once the kitchen is assembled I only did 1 COLOR COAT because I was trying to conserve paint.)*
  3. PRIME CABINET PIECES: Set your cabinet pieces on a block of wood or a tin soup can. Then you can prime the Cabinet box pieces with the spray primer. Do one coat on each side with drying time in between.
The Rustoleum primer used to paint the play kitchen. It provided excelled one coat coverage.
This primer is amazing! It covered SO well with a single coat
wooden play kitchen pieces propped up on tin cans to allow for proper paint drying.
  1. PAINT MAIN CABINET COLOR: Paint one coat on a single side with the (for me) was the Country Grey, & allow to dry. Then paint other side.
  2. APPLY SECOND COAT AS NEEDED TO AREAS OF THE KITCHEN THAT ARE FULLY VISIBLE ONCE ASSEMBLED. You can refer to chart below for help, or print my printable copy.
  3. PAINT Gold ACCESSORIES: Paint the legs, one handle, the accessory hanging rod, and the hooks in Champagne Mist. They will need 2-3 coats. I found using old egg cartons worked well to hold the accessory hanging rod in place while painting was perfect.
Painting the kitchen's accessory hanging rod on egg cartons to allow for easy paint coverage
Painting the kitchen accessory hanging rod

Painting the accessory pieces

  1. PAINT Silver Accessories: Paint the 2 remaining handles with your appliance silver color as these are for the Oven and Microwave.
  2. TAPE OFF APPLIANCE ‘WINDOWS’: Take the painters tape and tape off the plastic ‘glass’ on the doors. Make sure to do this on BOTH sides! It is easier to apply the tape then push it down a little and cut off the excess with an exacto knife.
  3. PAINT APPLIANCE FRONTS: You can then paint the silver on both sides, allowing to dry really well in between the LIGHT coats.
  4. Wipe the tip of the paint can often because drips will fall and wreck what you are painting!

Start Assembly

Beginning assembly of the IKEA play kitchen cabinet boxes.
Partially assembled cabinet box for the play kitchen

Creating a ‘faux’ marble countertop

  1. Unroll the contact paper. Lay the countertop face down on the back of the contact paper. Measure out and cut 3 inches extra on each side to allow for it to fold back under the counter.
  2. Flip the counter right side up and lay the contact paper down on top of it.
  3. You are going to unroll the backing paper away from the contact paper at little bit a time. Try to keep the contact paper as straight as possible, but because you have so much extra on all sides there is wiggle room.
Measuring out the contact paper for the 'faux' marble countertop on the kitchen.
  1. Bit by bit move the base paper away, pressing down bubbles as you go. Then smoothing it towards the edges and the sink/stove openings. I used a rolling pin for this, and a credit card to help smooth the bubbles.
  2. Although you should try not to because it stretches the contact paper; you can lift it up again if things go wrong.
Attaching the contact paper to the top of the countertop. Rolling out the paper bit by bit to eliminate bubbling.
The underside of the countertop once the 'faux' marble contact paper was fully secured.
  1. Once you have the entire top covered and smoothed out, you can flip the counter over and cut out the center of the sink/oven openings. Leaving 3-4″ of contact paper so you can secure it to the bottom as shown in the picture above.
  2. Cut the remaining contact paper into strips and piece by piece pull tightly and secure. Adding extra tape or glue if you want extra security.
  3. Use your screws from assembly to poke through the screw holes in the contact paper so you can finish assembling properly. You need to make sure you cut out the strip as shown in the photo below so the backboard of the cabinet can slide into the slot.
Cutting out the sink and stovetop holes on the play kitchen's countertop by cutting away the excess material. Then securing a 2" strip on the underside of the counter.
  1. You can now wrap the vinyl around the outer edges and corners. Use a blow dryer to heat it up slightly. This allows you to pull the paper tighter and get a smoother fold around the edges. (I didn’t do this)
  2. Finish assembling the countertop to the cabinet base according to directions.

Paint Breakdown Chart by piece

cabinet baseprime toppaint topgrey
cabinet sides x2prime both sidespaint both sides (2 coats)grey
cabinet door frontprime both sidespaint both sides (2 coats)grey
thin, long cabinet front stripprime frontpaint front (2 coats)grey
Inner cabinet dividerprime both sidespaint both sides (1 coat)grey
Oven cabinet ‘shelf’leaveleave standard white
Cabinet ‘shelf’leaveleave standard white
Kitchen legsleavePaint whole thing twiceChampagne Mist
Cabinet handlesleavepaint2 (titanium silver) 1 (champagne mist)
Cabinet box backingleaveleave
Top cabinet sides x2prime both sidespaint both sides (2 coats)grey
Top cabinet top and bottom shelvesprime both sidespaint both sides (2 coats)grey
microwave sidesprime both sidespaint both sides (2 coats)grey
top cabinet shelf backingleavepaint (2 coats) on front onlygrey

Finishing touches to take your DIY DUKTIG play kitchen hack over the top

To really finish this project off you are now going to add vinyl buttons, vinyl food, a vinyl ‘oven rack’, and a backsplash!

Play Kitchen Backsplash

  1. Find a piece of cardboard or the thick foam type poster board and cut it to the size of the open area of the play kitchen. The space between the countertop and the bottom of the microwave.
  2. Stick your peel and stick ‘faux’ backsplash onto the backer you chose.
Using a peel and stick backsplash to create a 'faux' tile backsplash on a piece of cardboard for the play kitchen.
  1. Take small picture hanging nails and gently nail the backer onto the wood perimeter at the back of the play kitchen. You will see what I mean in the picture. I drew a black line showing the 3 sides for attachment.
Using picture nails to secure the cardboard 'faux' tile backsplash to the back of the assembled play kitchen.
Demonstrating all the areas in which the nails can be secured through the cardboard backsplash into the wood of the assembled play kitchen.

Vinyl Oven Rack

My goal was to make the shelf on the ‘oven’ side of the kitchen to look like it had an oven rack. To do this I added some white vinyl rectangles onto my painted silver surface. My recommendation is actually to leave the shelf white, then add some metallic silver vinyl and it will be much easier.

shelf from IKEA Duktig kitchen painted silver and white to replicate the look of a oven wire shelf.

Vinyl Oven and Microwave decals

As previously mentioned I did attach the free SVG file of the decals I made so that you can make them yourself if you have a vinyl cutting machine. Or make your own version of them as well if you are savy with that!

  1. Cut out the SVG file using your desired colours of vinyl.
  2. FOR THE OVEN: you will need to layer the numbers 375′ on top of the black square
Vinyl applied to the face of the Duktig play kitchen to create pretend buttons on the front of the oven.
  1. FOR THE MICROWAVE: be sure to line up the bowl on the bottom of the glass window. Make it look much better in my opinion which I learned the hard way by messing it up the first time.
Front view of the IKEA DUKTIG play kitchen's microwave door. With vinyl stickers applied to make a realistic effect.
The bowl the first time
Back view of the IKEA DUKTIG play kitchen's microwave door. With vinyl stickers applied to make a realistic effect.
The bowl as viewed when the microwave door is OPEN, it is now lined up properly with the BOTTOM of the glass window

Additional Tips and Questions about Duktig Play Kitchen Tutorial

Mistakes to avoid when painting the DUKTIG kitchen

For the Microwave

When applying your vinyl microwave numbers be VERY careful what side your applying it to. My advice: Do not apply it until the kitchen is built, or you risk being like me and applying it totally backwards and upside down. I had to remove the vinyl in the picture and re-apply because although it is in the correct spot it was upside down.

Painting the Appliance fronts
  • FOR THE APPLIANCES: If you choose to use an ‘appliance’ type looking paint, just be aware that some metallic paints can be really hard to work with.
    • You can see in the image below that I have some areas where the paint went on too heavy (I was not patient) and it left a really splotchy look even after it was completely dry. So because of this I recommend doing MANY LIGHT coats of paint instead if you are working with the paint I used.
    • Make sure to tape off BOTH sides of the stove and microwave fronts. The overspray created a bit of a frosted glass type look which I lived with.
Painting the DUKTIG kitchen microwave front with metallic silver spray paint.
Duktig Kitchen Microwave Front
Front view of the IKEA DUKTIG play kitchen's microwave door. With vinyl stickers applied to make a realistic effect.

How long does it take to paint this play kitchen?

This project took me quite a while! I worked on it in my husbands shop during my youngest daughters nap times. Slowly and surely I got it painted! One side at a time, letting it dry for several days in between because I couldn’t get back to it any sooner!

If you are working on this project and are really dedicated to it/ have lots of time, then it wont be any problem at all! You should be able to finish it in a few days max! The most time consuming part is just waiting for paint to dry.

Do you need to sand the wood DUKTIG Play Kitchen pieces first before painting?

I did not for this project. Using a really good primer and paint was the route I chose to take. Some people have sanded before, but the extra step really seemed like too much work and I wanted to try without first.

NOW ALMOST A YEAR LATER with this kitchen, I have not had any problems with the paint on the wood itself peeling, or chipping etc.

My silver and gold paint have become scratched, but I think the is to be expected considering it’s painted over plastic pieces, and the veneer type white covering on the microwave and oven fronts.

'FROSTED GLASS' look on the DUKTIG play kitchen microwave
Frosted ‘glass’ on the microwave!

In conclusion

Ease: This project was relatively easy to do, and will only take a dedicated weekend to complete. You also don’t have to sand the wood as long as you have a good primer! You can easily build and paint this kitchen with only one person!

Customizable: You can customize this kitchen to suit your own taste using different cabinet paint colours, and using the same instructions I provided! The possibilities are endless and exciting.

Cost: if you can snag a play kitchen on sale it’s even cheaper! But apart from the kitchen itself the paint is not very expensive. The highest ‘accessory’ cost was associated with the ‘faux’ backsplash I did, but the backsplash is optional!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for how to hack your very own IKEA DUKTIG play kitchen for the little one in your life!

Be sure to take advantage of my free SVG for the vinyl decals and my printable paint chart tp help you complete this project faster!

Till next time,

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