It seems there is a never-ending supply of the hutch part of dressers at Goodwill, thrift stores and on the side of the road. After driving by a curbside hutch for days I finally hauled it into my mini van totally unsure of what I would transform it into. I love providing opportunities for imaginary play for my kids. This puppet theater/snack shop is the perfect prop for hours of fun for them.
* This is a repost from September of 2009*
This is what it looked like when I found it. I was in okay shape. It was dirty and nasty but it seemed well constructed and it had a fun shape to it.
Scrap wood (I used plywood)
Circular saw or Jigsaw
5/8” drill bit
5/8” dowel rod
fabric and sewing machine to sew curtains
miter box and saw
1. After I cleaned it I took off the backer board. It wasn’t stable enough to handle my crazy kids so I knew I had to stabilize it somehow. I got out some scraps of plywood and measured the width of the hutchy thing and that is how wide the top of my parallelogram is. Then I widened the bottom to give it the stability it needed.
5. Then I decided to to use the backer board as a chalkboard on the front. I cut it down using a utility knife since it was just a thin wood composite. After primering it and painting it with chalkboard paint I nailed it in place with thin brad nails.
and a snack shop…
You don’t need a hutch type thing for this project. Any small book shelf would work. This one I used an old laminate shelf and just propped it up higher.
Bookcases are perfect for this project because you have the shelves in the back to store stuff…
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