BEFORE & AFTER: Nautical Theme Wooden Play Sink

Happy Labor Day! Why is it that the day when you’re supposed to be lazy and it’s acceptable to gorge on junk and be a zombie, we crazy DIY’ers are the ones who worked harder than we have in a long time? LOL! I know I can’t be the only one!

We pressure washed our really gross patio, and I.CANNOT.BELIEVE.HOW.TOTALLY.AWESOME it turned out! (Stay turned for that “Get Your Outdoors Fall Ready” post in a few weeks…..). So what did you get in to? Get any cool projects done?

Well, this one I actually finished a few days ago, and I am STOKED to finally show you!

Okay, remember a few weeks ago I posted this ugly thing that I picked up from the thrift store?


Well, here’s how it turned out!


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I strongly feel that boys can play with sinks and kitchens, too, right?


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It’s actually a slight miracle that I pulled it off and like it so much, because I was >THISCLOSE< to scrapping the whole project!

But I’m sooo glad I hung in there.


Who the Heck Paints Furniture in Red and Blue?!

….unless of course it’s 4th of July….Or you’re Serena Appiah and you like to do something you’ve never seen before. LOL

Well, the inspiration for the “red” and “blue” came from some girl’s outfit that I saw about 8 months ago at a family naming ceremony. I’m sitting there sipping my wine and in walks this girl wearing these brilliant blue pants and blood red shirt. AHA! Inspiration!! I discreetly snapped a pic of it, but for some reason, I can’t find the pic to show you. Grrr………

When I discovered this awesome Annie Sloan Emperor’s Silk, I knew this would be the red that would bring my inspiration to reality! Mixed with Napoleonic Blue, and I’ve got a recipe for major cuteness.

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This kid’s sink was a bit more “expensive” than a similar wooden play kitchen makeover  that I did a few months ago for only $2.50, but heck–$7.00 is still a phat price!

First thing I did was remove the years of nasty stickers that accumulated, with my awesome HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II heat gun. That thing is awesome.


Then I sanded it down a bit. I normally don’t sand, but this surface needed it.

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But I’m not kidding when I say that I almost scrapped this project when I first painted it and saw it looked sorta like……PAPA SMURF….but a little darker. LOL


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What to Do When You Lose Your Creative Streak

By all means, consult your Daddy. Otherwise known as GOOGLE, who basically owns you 🙂 I knew it needed some “oompf” so I Googled “red” and “blue” and suddenly, I kept seeing these nautical-themed outfits. I realized that I could do a nautical theme and totally rock this piece! I don’t think I have seen a nautical theme kid’s furniture. So…why not??

So I pulled out my Silhouette Cameo which cuts vinyl that you can use to make stencils very easily (amongst many other cool tricks I have yet to discover, LOL). Click HERE to buy the Silhouette Cameo

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Next, I cut out some anchors to use as stencils on the front.



The stencil worked really great! You just have to be mindful to get it on there properly.



….because if you don’t….

the vinyl ends up a warped piece of crap you can’t use 🙂 And vinyl ain’t cheap! It sticks to itself like you wouldn’t believe!



No Time For Perfection!

Next, I outlined the anchor in red. Sorry, I didn’t get pics of it, but I basically just free-handed it. I wasn’t too happy with the free-hand results, but you know what?? I’m not perfect. And I’m not going to pretend that my projects are, either. In fact, I wanted this piece to be a little “DIRTY” and not-quite-so-precise.

I decided to add white paint trim all along the edges on top, and then use dark wax to muddy it up a bit. Who needs crisp perfection? Not I!

I showed a friend of mine preliminary pics of the project, and she had the nerve to point out faults! (Did I mention she’s not crafty ONE BIT??).

‘Nuff said. Keep it movin’…..



I really wanted to pull in some rope somewhere, so I decided to just add a little bit to the side, to hold a DIY dish towel.


These are the little nails I used.


Next, I decided I would DIY a little dish cloth to hang from the rope. So I pulled out my trusty Silhouette Cameo again and cut out a sailboat to use as a stencil. Then I stenciled some boats onto a scrap piece of cloth.



Last, but not least, I painted the handles a cleaner red (not shown), and painted the plastic sink bucket that goes inside the sink. It was pretty worn.

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Overall, I would say it was DEFINITELY a successful project!

What do you think?!?!?!

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And all I had were Trader Joe’s Black Beans! HAHAHA. No worries…I”m going to be stocking up on “play food” for my boys 🙂

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I guess someone lost interest….. LOL

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Here’s another look:

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And this weekend my boys made me breakfast….BEANS and CHEERIOS. hahaha

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And who cares if the two projects don’t match? When you’ve got 3 cute little boys (even a tall, skinny 7-year old….) playing “cooking” with Cheerios, nothing else seems to matter 🙂

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Kids wooden nautical play kitchen


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My 7-year-old must like it because he asked me, “Mommy, you’re not going to SELL it, are you?”

So what do you guys think?!?! Do you like it?







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  1. Allisha says:

    Love this, you did a great job!

    What color is the blue paint?

  2. Michelle F. says:

    Awww that looks so cute. I love the nautical theme.

  3. Colleeen Busch says:

    What an amazing transformation. I love it!!! You did fantastic work.

  4. Becka says:

    What a lucky find! You turned it into something beautiful wow very nice!

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