I recently bought the IKEA Duktig play kitchen for my kids, and I completely fell in love with it! I can adjust its height which means my children can grow into it and I don’t have to shell out the big bucks on a new one in a year.
But as practical as it is, the overall design is kind of bland and just not fun enough.
So I decided to do the ultimate IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover.
Of course, I needed a little inspiration, so I dove headfirst into the world of DIY and makeover blogs. Out of about a million (okay, maybe more like 100) different Duktig hack ideas, I picked the cream of the crop that I wanted to share with all of you.
Okay, now back to the real reason we’re all here — the 25 best IKEA Duktig hack ideas that are sure to bake your day.
Super Cool DUKTIG DIY Hacks – With Tutorials
Pretty in Pastel Mid-Century Modern Play Kitchen From A Beautiful Mess
If you read my Halloween house tour article, you know just how much I love Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess. And if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Go over there, read it, and come back. I’ll wait.
With that said, these girls are so creative and their pretty pastel Duktig kitchen makeover proves just how much.
Laura did this particular DIY project for her daughter Lola, and I think it turned out incredible. She used gold spray paint for the sink and faucet, as well as some of the pots and cabinet handles.
To get that pretty pastel color, she used some lacquer paint and painter’s tape. But if you can’t or don’t want to buy it, you can use spray paint again.
Another cool thing I like about Laura’s IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover was that she replaced the whole stove. Instead of the original one, she cut out and painted a rectangle board that made the whole kitchen look daintier and cuter.
The Stove Legends Are Made Of From Little Red Window
I can’t begin to explain how much I love what Cassie from Little Red Window did to make this IKEA Duktig hack. She wanted to extend her kid’s play kitchen so she turned an old IKEA nightstand into a microwave and fridge.
Cassie started off by lightly sanding the nightstand so she could get rid of any protective paint. After applying a couple of coats of primer, she spray-painted the whole thing white. Of course, you could use whatever color goes with your scheme.
However, the moment when Cassie showed off her true skill was when she (or her father to be exact) made a wooden door to go over the opening.
She sanded that as well and painted it to match the rest of the kitchen. For the cherry on top, Cassie added some stickers on her microwave and LED strip lights inside the fridge.
Ikea DIY Toddler Play Kitchen For Chic Chefs From Mrs. Happy Gilmore
Over at Mrs. Happy Gilmore, Kristie did a fantastic IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover in an effort to make it more modern and stylish. To pull it off, she used a mix of Sherwin Williams primer and paint, as well as some spray paint for the fixtures. Of course, just like Cassie, Kristie started off by sanding all of the original paint and putting down some primer.
I love how she stained the countertop to give it a deeper, more elegant feel. Now, she made it look like a piece of cake, but I know firsthand how difficult it is. So if you want to stain or paint wood, I recommend taking your time. Also, make sure all the layers are totally dry before going in with the next one.
But the thing that really blew me away was the realistic tile backsplash. I had no idea how easy it was to do and that all I needed were some Tic Tac tiles. Not only do they come in all sorts of different colors, but they also have a shine to them that really makes everything feel more real.
Clean, Simple, and Stylish Duktig Hack From Lauren Koster
I really enjoy Lauren’s aesthetic so it didn’t surprise me how well her IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover turned out. As a birthday present for her two-year-old son, Lauren redesigned and repainted the whole play kitchen white and added some fun and stylish details.
Once again, just like the bloggers before her, Lauren started by sanding down the Duktig. Then, she used a gloss white spray paint for all the cabinets. Now, I don’t know exactly which one she used, but I really like the Rust-Oleum one and that’s the one I usually go for.
For her backsplash, instead of using Tic Tac tiles, Lauren used foam board. With a black sharpie, she just drew on some tiles that, in my opinion, turned out great.
Cooky, Colorful Kitchenette Play Kitchen Makeover From Visual Vocabularie
If you prefer a colorful vibe and don’t want a monochromatic kitchen, I’d take a page out of Jesyka’s cookbook. She runs Visual Vocabularie and she did an incredible IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover full of fun and quirky details.
She painted the cabinets a slate gray and the fixtures gold using spray paint. But my favorite IKEA Duktig hack that I picked up from Jesyka would have to be the faux marble tops.
I always thought that it’d be super tricky to do something like that, so I always stayed away from it. But after watching a short tutorial, I totally feel confident enough to do it.
Jesyka also made some curtains with ruffles from her old apron, which I thought was really cool. All in all, I think her use of colors and materials was so clever and I’d definitely love to give it a shot myself.
Modern With a Twist Duktig Hack From Design Evolving
Mara from Design Evolving went for a similar feel with her IKEA Duktig as Lauren Koster — modern and monochromatic. Her IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover consists of white cabinets, gold fixtures, and handles, as well as a dark countertop.
Again, Mara sanded the whole thing down and started by painting the cabinets white using some primer and paint spray. She also used a dark stain for the countertops, just to balance out the colors.
For the backsplash, she did something similar to Lauren, using only a poster board and gold sharpie from Michael’s. In keeping with the whole modern theme, Mara also got some fancy metallic pots and pans.
If you don’t have any, I’d recommend this playset from Pooya. There are 16 pieces inside and you can roast assured that your kids will have a blast making pretend dinners in them.
Bold and Beautiful Backsplash From Dove Cottage
Over at Dove Cottage, Sam had some really interesting IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover ideas that I had to share. Like many other bloggers, she went for a more neutral and modern color palette. She painted the whole kitchen a pale blue color and added some gold accents.
For her countertop, instead of doing a DIY faux marble pattern, Sam got some adhesive countertop marble film. I’ve worked with these types of films before, and all I can say is take your time and go slow. Make sure to pop all of the air bubbles as you’re sticking the film to ensure a smooth surface.
But the countertop wasn’t even the best part; my favorite little IKEA Duktig hack from Sam was the backsplash. She got some super fun tile decals from Amazon that added a whole new design element. What I love about this idea is that you can mix and match different colors and patterns to make something that you love.
The Cutest Ice Cream Shop on the Block From Hue Me Happy
As her kids had outgrown the idea of a play kitchen, Sian from Hue Me Happy decided to turn her play kitchen into an ice cream shop. I love this IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover so much because it’s so creative and requires little to no effort, which is just my sweet spot.
Unlike the other IKEA Duktig hacks, this one doesn’t require you to sand the whole thing down or get messy with primer. Instead, all you need is some chalkboard black paint, a few cute accessories, and you’re good to go.
Sian painted all the white parts of the Duktig with the chalkboard paint and got rid of all the handles. That way, her kids could write all of the specials on the board and mix it up every day.
Another really cool thing about this idea is that it doesn’t have to be an ice cream shop. It can be a pizza truck, a pasta restaurant, or a cupcake shop. Basically, it can be whatever your kids dream up.
Wonderfully Whimsical Painted Duktig Play Kitchen From Anika’s DIY Life
For her IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover, Anika from Anika’s DIY Life went for a more colorful palette. With just a bit of paint and scrap paper, Anika made something really wonderful for her, then four-year-old, daughter.
She used a bunch of Rust-Oleum paints for her Duktig kitchen makeover, which I also happen to love. I mean, these colors are so opaque and they’ll last a lifetime, without chipping or fading. Anika painted the cupboards a beautiful bright blue color and went for a shiny silver on her fixtures.
One hack that I definitely plan on doing for my makeover is using scrapbook paper for the shelves. With just a bit of Mod Podge glue, Anika brought so much color and life to her design. She also used the Krylon Stone Texture paint for her countertops, which I thought was brilliant and it takes only a few minutes to do.
Gold and White Never Go out of Style From Jenny Collier
Jenny Collier did something similar to Mara from Design Evolving, but the results were stunning nonetheless. For her daughter’s kitchen, Jenny went for an all-white palette with a few gold touches here and there. She sanded the whole IKEA Duktig kitchen down before moving onto white spray paint.
She also used gold spray paint for her fixtures, which turned out incredible. A word to the wise here — make sure you’re painting either outside or in a well-ventilated room. Spray paints have loads of toxic fumes inside that you definitely don’t want to be breathing in.
Also, to ensure the paint properly “sticks” to the wood, wait at least a couple of hours before each new coat. To make the faux marble countertop, Jenny used contact paper, while making the backsplash tiles with a foam board and a sharpie.
Fresh & Modern DUKTIG DIY Makeover From Katie Lamb
At this point, you’re probably sensing a theme with my IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover list — and that’s that I like clean, monochromatic looks. With that said, when I saw Katie Lamb’s gray and white kitchen, I immediately fell in love. I also started thinking about whether I should make some of these design changes to my actual, grown-up kitchen.
For her cabinets, Katie went for a slate gray color and used the Rust-Oleum Gloss Dark Gray. She also used the Rust-Oleum paint in Champagne Mist for her fixtures and faucet. But instead of doing the same thing with her sink, Katie painted it white to match the white backsplash and marble countertop.
My favorite part of Katie’s whole Duktig kitchen makeover is how she used a few plants and utensils to introduce some more depth and dimension. These added a pop of color to the play kitchen.
Subtle Flower Power From Little Village Handmade
Over at Little Village Handmade, Jo had a different idea for what she wanted to do for her IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover. Instead of going for something more monochromatic, she designed a beautiful little flower kitchen that her girls would love.
Jo’s groundbaking design included using an old wallpaper that she had lying around for her backsplash. It’s such a simple and clever way to upcycle what you already have instead of buying more things. It’s also perfect for you if you’re working on a budget and just want to use the things that you already have.
To go with her dainty and adorable theme, Jo added some cute, pastel pink knobs under the stovetop. She also kept the rest of the kitchen pretty neutral with some pastel tones because she wanted the wallpaper backsplash to be the focal point.
Modern Monochromatic Marvel Play Kitchen Makeover From Paige Ryan
Paige Ryan decided to hop on the figurative monochromatic bandwagon — she designed an all-white kitchen with gold accents. For her IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover, Paige only used spray paints in different colors.
She painted the cabinets with Rust-Oleum’s Gloss White, which is a primer and paint in one. Paige also used the Metallic Gold paint from the same company for some of the finishing touches. She also used the same paint on her Duktig utensil set, which I thought was a brilliant idea.
Taking a page from Paige’s book (see what I did there?), I definitely want to try out the little IKEA Duktig hack she did for her backsplash. She bought Tic Tac tiles and stretched the edges out a bit using a hairdryer. She also smoothed the surface using a credit card and ensured that there aren’t any air bubbles.
A Winning Vintage Vision From This Haus of Ours
Christine, who runs This Haus of Ours, is such a visionary and she does so many cool projects for her kids. So I wasn’t surprised when I came across her IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover that features some really interesting and unique elements.
For example, Christine did a brass facelift, as she calls it, on all her kitchen fixtures and handles. She also painted all of the elements white so they wouldn’t distract from the real star of the show — the backsplash.
For her backsplash, Christine used an old floral wallpaper she had lying around her home. The closest thing I could find to what she was using is this Floral Engravings Wallpaper Book.
But if you’re in the mood for something a bit more whimsical, I also found this adorable cat wrapping paper. If your kiddos love kitties, this will be the perfect addition to their Duktig kitchen makeover.
Rocking Retro Redesign Children’s Kitchen Hack From Little Years
While on the hunt for the best IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover, I stumbled upon this cool German blog, Little Years. Isabel runs the blog with a team of incredible writers and editors who concocted one of my favorite designs by far.
This IKEA Duktig hack includes only repainting the cabinets and redoing the backsplash and the results are so worth it.
For the cabinets, Isabel went for a bright cyan color, along with some white accents. My favorite element from the entire kitchen was definitely the cool, retro wallpaper. I tried to find it on IKEA’s website, but they don’t sell it anymore.
Naturally, I turned to Amazon to try and see if there’s anything similar. The closest I could get were these two wallpapers from Spoonflower and Adarl. Even though they’re not exactly the same as the one Little Years used, I think they’d still work with a blue and white color scheme.
Gorgeous With a Touch of Gold – Mini Duktig Makeover From Babiekins
Over at Babiekins, they did an incredible IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover that I honestly want to do for my actual kitchen. The design is so simplistic and beautiful that I absolutely had to include it on this list.
Sara from Babiekins painted all the Duktig cabinets plus the microwave with glossy white paint. For the fixtures and handles, Sara used some blogger-approved Rust-Oleum gold paint I mentioned before. She also swapped out the old, bulky handles for some more sleek and stylish ones.
One twist that Sara did that I find unique was the butcher-block contact paper for the countertops. I feel like it gave the whole play kitchen such a playful and organic note and I’m definitely considering doing something similar.
Sara also put some LED strips underneath the microwave to add some mood lighting to the kitchen.
Simple & Budget-Friendly Play Kitchen Makeover From Happy Grey Lucky
Sina from Happy Grey Lucky had a pretty similar idea to Sara from Babiekins in terms of going with a simplistic design. Rather than going overboard with colors and curtains, she wanted to modernize the kitchen and make it more her style.
Of course, she sanded the entire kitchen down before going in with white and gold spray paint. Then, she drilled a couple of holes underneath the stove where the knobs would go. Another little fun detail Sina added was putting two hooks on both sides of the Duktig. That way, her kids could hang their little aprons on them once they were done playing.
Sina then turned her attention to the handles and knobs, all of which she upgraded to something more modern.
One trick I’m definitely taking from Sina is adding battery-powered push lights. These cast a much brighter light than LED strips and they easily stick to any surface you put them on.
Neutral-Toned Duktig Kitchen From Miss Jess Craven
Jess Craven managed to pull off an intricate IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover that goes together perfectly with her actual kitchen. She used the same tones and finishes to make a small version of her space as a Christmas present for her son. Does it get more adorable than that? Probably not.
Anyway, getting back on track here, Jess used the Benjamin Moore Spanish Olive paint so it would match her cabinets. She also used some white and gold spray paint to finish off the rest of the elements, as well as the fixture. Like Sina from Happy Grey Lucky, Jess took out the old handles and replaced them with new, more stylish ones.
The countertop got a redesign too when Jess put some faux marble contact paper on it. She also used the Tic Tac tiles I talked about earlier to finish the backsplash.
A Fridge-Tastic Fantasy From Saving Amy
If you really want to take it to the next level with your IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover, you can follow Amy’s lead and build a fridge and freezer. But before you commit to making a brand-spanking-new fridge, just know that it’s going to take some time and a lot of patience.
Amy went to IKEA to find two separate cabinets that would double as a freezer and fridge. She started by assembling them and then painting and putting new handles on both units. Of course, Amy also repainted the whole Duktig white so it would go with her theme.
Needless to say, Amy went all out when designing her Duktig kitchen makeover and it really shows. If you want to try something like this, you can see the entire tutorial on her blog. She also talks about all the accessories and little details that she put in the kitchen.
All About the Accessories From Creating Really Awesome Fun Things
While I’m on the topic of accessories, I haven’t seen anyone do a better job than Jamie from Creating Really Awesome Fun Things. I want to point out here that Jamie went kind of simple with her design, which I thought was really smart. She kept the overall look pretty simplistic, with just a few gold details to make the kitchen pop.
Since she kept the design pretty simple, Amy decided to go all out on the kitchen accessories. She even listed a few of her favorites at the bottom of the page. But I have to say, my absolute favorite was the Alex Pretend Tea Time set. I just can’t get over how freaking adorable it is!
Another thing that I love about Amy’s design is that she made a complete tutorial on how she did everything. She shows pictures of every step, including how to put contact paper. I know that’s a struggle for many first-time DIY-ers, so I was so excited to see that.
In a Nutshell
Those were my top 20 Duktig play kitchen inspirations and hacks. Now, I do hope that you’ll forgive me for some of my half-baked cooking puns (oops, I did it again), but I was just so excited.
All of the bloggers on this list did a phenomenal job with the IKEA Duktig play kitchen makeover and really blew my mind with their creativity. After reading all of these, I think I know exactly what I want to do for my IKEA Duktig hack, so stay tuned for updates.