Mom makes the most awesome play kitchen—out of cardboard boxes

No need to buy an expensive play kitchen—just make one like this mom.

Photo: Blair Villanueva

Photo: Blair Villanueva

Toddlers love to mimic everything their parents do—especially when it comes to cooking in the kitchen.

Since her one-year-old loves to play kitchen, Rodessa Villanueva-Reyes decided to make the coolest little DIY kitchen out of old cardboard boxes. The results are beyond impressive. She shared the before-and-after pictures with her Facebook followers and sure enough, gained major traction on the internet.

“I didn’t expect my DIY cardboard box kitchen to go this far. I made it for my Audrey all because I wanted to make her happy,” Rodessa writes on her Facebook wall.

Photo: Blair Villanueva

Photo: Blair Villanueva

This mom from the Philippines started by collecting old boxes from friends. Then, she and her husband set up the boxes in the exact shape of their own kitchen—they even cut the boxes to create little cupboards and an oven.

Photo: Blair Villanueva

Photo: Blair Villanueva

Photo: Blair Villanueva

Photo: Blair Villanueva

Photo: Blair Villanueva

Photo: Blair Villanueva

The boxes were covered with vinyl stickers to give the counters and cupboards that real-life finish. Add some Tiffany-blue paint, customized signs (including one that says “Audrey’s Café and Restaurant,” squee!) and some kitchen toys they already owned and voilà, you’ve got a DIY play kitchen.

Photo: Blair Villanueva

Photo: Blair Villanueva

Now, little chef Audrey will be able to cook right beside mom!

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