As a mother, all one wants to do is provide for her children in the best way possible. Unfortunately, financial obligations can carry quite a burden on some, which is why thinking outside the box can prove to be more useful that imagined.
When resources are scarce, it is easy to give up and state that some things are just out of your control. And while that very well might be true, Rodessa Villanueva-Reyes was not having any of that negative attitude around the house when her one-year-old daughter started showing signs of interest regarding anything culinary-related.
That is when she realized that instead of rushing to a nearby toy store and spending most of her latest salary on a sparkling new play kitchen embellished with the Toys R’ Us stamp of approval, she could make her daughter one just as impressive – if not more, on account of it being personalized.
Moving forward with her plan, the talented mother decided to put the cardboard boxes she had stocked and others she gathered from friends to good use: first, Rodessa and her husband placed the boxes in their designated area and positioned them in a way that would form a long kitchen counter. Then, the two of them used a permanent marker to mark the areas meant to be cut out to form cabinet and oven doors.
Using sheets of vinyl stickers, Rodessa then stuck the colorful glued pages on the boxes and fully covered the cardboard exteriors. For a final, personal touch, the creative mother created a custom sign reading “Audrey’s Cafe and Restaurant” and topped everything off with kitchen toys she owned prior to this DIY project.
The result was a mini gourmet kitchen that could not be found anywhere else, thus making it utterly priceless for the sweet little chef-in-the-making.