A savvy mum has transformed an IKEA toy kitchen into a modern playset complete with running water and authentic copper pipe handles.
Jackie Suniga, an apprentice plumber from Melbourne, wanted to create a functioning mini-kitchen for her daughter, one-year-old Arya, to give her something to play with.
The 30-year-old used an Ikea toy kitchen as well as a Kmart wooden playset bought second-hand from Facebook Marketplace to craft her cunning gift.
In a TikTok video detailing the transformation she said: “We hacked an IKEA play kitchen to a functional kitchen. So we chopped the fridge off of a Kmart kitchen.
“Then we primed and painted it, added rattan to the oven and microwave, added the water pump, soap dispenser.”
The video then reveals there is a fully functioning tap with running water as part of the set-up.
She and her fiancé took off the fridge from the Kmart playset and gave the Ikea kitchen a makeover with some paint and new handles made out of copper pipes.
They also used peel and stick marble-look tiles in their design.
She bought the water dispenser from eBay to create the sink.
She said: “It’s an electric water dispenser that has a tube in a four-litre jar feeding it water and the sink drains into another four-litre jar so it doesn’t overflow.”
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia the mum said she wanted to add a water feature to the kitchen for her daughter to play with while learning how to wash before and after meal time.
She said: “I basically fell in love with the Montessori idea of a functional kitchen that would teach Arya practical tasks of washing her hands.
“I also wanted her to use the sink to cut up her own fruits rather than make believe because kids build up confidence and skills when they can do something for real that they watch their parents do on their own.”