Ikea Kids Kitchen Lights Mod

For my daughters second birthday, we decided to get her a kitchen set. But I really wanted to make what we got her special and after being inspired by what some awesome makers had done with the Ikea Duktig Kitchen, we decided to get one and to make some modifications to it to make in unique.

The two new features we added to the kitchen are

Oven Mod:

Adding lights to the oven section that could be set to different colours and that the brightness could be adjusted. This is obviously is not a realistic representation of how an oven works, but our daughter was just starting to learn her colours and we thought that she would really enjoy swapping between the different colours. (sorry about my dog wanting to be famous)

Microwave Mod:

Adding lights and a timer to the microwave section. I went for a little bit more realism here, even trying to simulate the item in the microwave spinning by rotating the lit LED around the neopixel ring. This was bit too advanced for her at the time but now that she is a few months older she does really like this too!

Seeing my Daughter play with this for the first time is probably my proudest moment as a maker. A lot of the times the things I make might be kind of interesting or cool, but seeing the glow on my Daugther’s face the first time she was playing with it is honestly one of the highlights of my Dad career so far (some of it was from the Oven lights, but there was serious joy too!)

Step 1: The Remix

I seen a couple mods for the Ikea Duktig Kitchen last year that I thought were amazing so I wanted to see if I could combine some of the best of both and make a few changes based on what I parts I had available and my based on my limited woodworking skills!

The first is the Kids Kitchen that says BEEP by RoaldH. This is a mod that adds lights and buttons to the oven section of the Kitchen.

The second is the IKEA Hack: Microwave for the Duktig Kids Kitchen by Myles Eftos. This mod adds a rotary encoder, a 7 segment and lights to the microwave section of the kitchen.

Lastly, I had a lot of spare Neopixel rings and ESP8266 boards left over from my WiFi Wedding Lights project so I wanted to try use as much as I could from that project so it would no longer just be sitting in a box on a shelf! I also think its kind of nice that something from our wedding is now being used by daughter to play with!

Step 2: Things You’ll Need

I used the following parts in this project

Components:

Parts From Ikea:

Tools:

  • Cordless Drill
  • Selection of standard wood drill bits
  • 25mm Hole Saw bit
  • Some screws
  • Some clips to tidy up cables
  • 3d Printer (or access to one)

Step 3: The Code

There are two sketches used in this project, one for the Oven mod and one for the Microwave mod.

The code is pretty simple, and as mentioned earlier, should run on any arduino if you change the pin numbers to match.

If you are using the ESP8266 boards like I did, you will first need to setup your Arduino IDE for programming these boards, check out the video above for steps on how to do this.

Once you are setup, download the the two sketches from github and upload them to the two separate boards

Step 4: The Oven Mod – Drilling the Holes

First thing that we need to do is drill the holes above the oven to house the buttons and the rotary encoder. I did these steps while the kitchen was fully assembled, I just needed to remove the plastic stove top. You may need to remove the door in later steps, but that’s easily done.

I put some masking tape on the area where the buttons were being places so I could mark out where the holes were and to help protect the finish of the wood when drilling.

I marked out the holes as shown below. The marking for the centre, the rotary encoder, is 16cm from the left. The inner buttons are marked 5cm from the centre and the outer buttons are marked 6cm from the inner buttons.

I drilled a guide hole on the markings for the buttons using a 4mm drill bit. I then used a 25mm hole saw to drill the holes out large enough so that buttons could fit in them.

Now comes for the scariest part of the whole build for me, the hole for the rotary encoder. The shaft of my rotary encoder was far to short to be able to just drill a single hole through the wood and get the nut on the shaft. I drilled a hole for the shaft using a 8mm drill bit (I think, please check the size before doing it!). Then from the inside of the oven I used a flat drill bit to drill out a hollow so that the rotary encoder fits inside this to make the depth of the hole the shaft needs to pass through shorter. Be very careful at this part! Take it slow and keep checking if its deep enough for the encoder to go through and grip the nut.

Now would be a good time to test the fit of the button and the Rotary encoder. I was really happy with how they came out!

Source: Ikea Kids Kitchen Lights Mod

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