I am posting this separately from my usual stuff because I know there are parents out there who research how to make one of these (cause that was me). Two of my favorites that we used for inspiration are here and here.
I wanted to get A. a play kitchen, and most out there are a) plastic or b) wood and expensive!. Ian has a pretty big wood shop with some nice equipment so we figured we could alter a set of kitchen cupboards or an entertainment center like the two examples above. We looked around for a bit but did not find anything that fit the bill. Than one day i came home from work and Ian had started one from scrap-wood:
It slowly progressed, Ian found a wire shelf from target that he cut into many small shelves:
I went around to Habitat for Humanity and get the faucet, hinges, and handles. I found the "sink" at a thrift store, it was a small wok that we cut the handles off of.:
One other special thing Ian did was cut/route the stove knobs out of one piece of wood:
Then it got doors and a paint job (We used leftover paint from my kitchen) Ian did a great job and A. loves it!:
The thing ways a ton! but it only cost us about $40-50!.
Some cute video: