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Jackie Suniga builds a functional kitchen playset for her daughter complete with running water

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Tradie mama transforms an old IKEA toy kitchen into a functioning play area for her toddler daughter – complete with marble tiles and running water

  • Tradie mama built a functional kitchen set with running water for her toddler
  • Plumber Jackie Suniga made the kitchen for her daughter’s first birthday
  • The 30-year-old upcycles an old IKEA toy kitchen and wooden playset from Kmart










A traditional mother has given her daughter the ultimate birthday present after building her a modern kitchen set – complete with running water.

Melbourne-based apprentice plumber Jackie Suniga wanted to create a functional mini kitchen for her one-year-old daughter to play with.

The 30-year-old upcycled an Ikea toy kitchen and wooden playset from Kmart after buying them used for a fraction of the price from Facebook Marketplace.

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A traditional mom gave her daughter the ultimate birthday present after building her a modern kitchen set – complete with running water

The mother said she wanted something practical for her daughter to play with as she learned how to wash her laundry before and after meals

The mother said she wanted something practical for her daughter to play with as she learned how to wash her laundry before and after meals

‘We hacked an IKEA play kitchen into a functional kitchen. So we chopped up the fridge of a Kmart kitchen,” the mother said in her voice TikTok video.

“Then we primed it and painted it, added rattan to the oven and microwave, added the water pump, soap dispenser… and rloosen water.’

She and her fiancé took the fridge out of the old Kmart playset they got for just $15, and gave the $70 Ikea kitchen a stylish makeover with a lick of paint and new handles made from copper tubing.

They also used peel and stick marble-look tiles from Kmart to create the back wall.

Kmart wooden play set

Ikea toy kitchen

The 30-year-old upcycled an Ikea toy kitchen (right) and a wooden Kmart playset (left) after buying them used for a fraction of the price from Facebook Marketplace

She bought the water dispenser from eBay to make a functional sink.

“The tube goes into a four-liter jar in the back and the water drains into another four-liter jar so it doesn’t overflow,” Jackie said. news.com.au.

The mother said she wanted to add a water feature to the kitchen for her daughter to play with as she learns how to wash her laundry before and after meals.

“We’re very practical parents who don’t like to give her a bunch of useless toys, so I thought this was at least something practical for her,” she said.

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