Teen turns old table into play kitchen

An old end table has been transformed into a something very useful thanks to the work of Emma Kielman, of Melbourne.

The 14-year-old, with help from her dad Dirk, created a play kitchen from the table that is a hit with her younger siblings.

“They are always playing with it,” she said. “They love it.”

It also was a hit with the judges at the Central Iowa Fair this past week as it has qualified to be on display in the 4-H building at the Iowa State Fair next month.

“I’m pretty excited that it’s going to the State Fair,” Kielman said. “I thought it turned out how I wanted it to. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on it.”

The home-schooled student got the idea from the website Pinterest and then found the end table for $15 at a garage sale. Many of the ideas for the project they already had on hand. For instance, the sink is an old dog bowl.

The whole process of refurbishing the table into a play kitchen took a month. It appears the teen is quite comfortable working with her hands.

“I really enjoyed painting it and learning how to use the tools,” Kielman said.

Caleb Carver, youth coordinator with Marshall County Extension, said Kielman’s project not only was educational for her, but it makes for a useful toy for children.

“It’s very creative,” Carver said. “It’s a great thing for child development.”

The play kitchen is one of two 4-H projects by Kielman heading to the Iowa State Fair as she also had a photograph qualify. The photo depicts her 3-year-old brother Joe in prairie clothes.

“I’m really excited that it also qualified for the State Fair,” Kielman said.