Pretend Play Grill from Upcycled Bread Box

I am definitely a kid a heart and love creating for kids. So, of course, when I first spied this stainless steel bread box at the thrift store I had an instant vision. Do you ever do that? I couldn’t get past that it needed to become a pretend play grill. Let’s have some DIY fun!

Thrifted Bread Box Before Upcycle by Prodigal Pieces |

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In the picture below, this was what I saw at the thrift store. I first thought that it actually was a pretend play grill set based on the fact that it was sitting on that cart. Because of that I actually walked past it thinking we didn’t need one of those. However, I came back around to grab that wire vanity stool and took a closer look at the bread box. It was a must to grab it, right?!? You can see how much I love making toys in these past posts. (fun reads) In addition, you can see what I did with that wire vanity stool I nabbed too – Head HERE.

Thrift Store Collection of Goods |


First, my goal in this entire project was to not spend a cent putting my vision together. I wanted to use up what I could from my stash and let the creative juices flow. Thankfully, I have plenty of wood and #trashure to keep me happy for a long time.

I found a length of plywood that fit what I needed, except it needed shortened. Also, I already had some 2×4’s that only needed ripped lengthwise on my table saw. No problem. Then, I used my drill and Kreg Jig to set it up to be ready for the bread box to be attached.

Drilling Plywood for Pretend Play Grill Set from Upcycled Bread Box by Prodigal Pieces |

After that, it was pretty straightforward from there. my nailer helped my knock out a few more assembly parts and then it’s time for more fun. If you ever want to see a full list of tools and supplies that I use, just HEAD HERE.

Nailing Pretend Play Grill Cart Together with Ryobi Nailer |

Another bonus was that I found a set of four knobs out of my scrap stash.

Wooden Knobs for Pretend Play Grill by Prodigal Pieces |

Not only did I find those, but also I had these fun blue casters that I had purchased to use on the pretend play farmer’s market I built HERE.

Blue Locking Casters for Pretend Play Grill Set by Prodigal Pieces |


Now that everything’s assembled it’s time to bring on the paint. First, I wanted a dark base coat to work with, so I used this Rust-Oleum Flat Black paint. It took a couple of coats, but was done in a flash with my Small Spray Shelter and Turn Table.

Spray Paining Play Grill with Rustoleum Flat Black 2X Spray |

Then, to add even more fun and whimsy, I used my Square Brush to add blue to the face plate. Last, I added red to the knobs and decorated the interior of the bread box.

Painting Play Grill Faceplate with Zibra Paint Brush by Prodigal Pieces |


Let’s take a peek at my completed pretend play grill, shall we?

DIY Pretend Play Grill Set made by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces from an Upcycled Bread Box | #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #kids #toys #pretendplay

Pretend Play Ribs on Toy Grill by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #toys #kids #playtime #pretend

Needless to say, I didn’t have to coerce my littlest to help me out in giving it a test drive. tee hee. We all love how it came out and I’m smitten with the adorableness of it all. This set of wooden grill food was perfect to finish off my creation.

Pretend Play Grill with Food Set Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #handmade #toys #kids #fun

Toddler Girl with Pretend Play Grilling Food Set and Grill made by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #handmade #homedecor #kids #toys

Since the food set came in a cardboard box, I built a cedar crate out of scraps to contain it all and make it portable. Every mom loves storage, right?

Kids Grill Food & Grill Set by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #kids #toys #pretendplay #handmade

Handmade Toy Grill Set Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #toys #kids

So…can you tell I had a blast not only creating this, but playing with it too? haha. I’m just glad I can share my fun with you.

Upcycled Bread Box Becomes Pretend Play Grill by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #kids #toys #pretendplay

Kids Toy Grill Set with Wooden Food by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | DIY fun at #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #toys #kids #home

If you are smitten with this set, you can find it available in my shop (SOLD) along with all of my other handmade, vintage finds, and furniture collections. No worries as my kids already have plenty of toys like this already at home. Are you surprised? Just wait until I have grand-kids….mwahahaha.

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Miniature Pretend Play Grill Set with Wooden Food by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #toys #kids #pretend

Adorable Pretend Play Grill Set made from Upcycled Bread Box | DIY fun at #prodigalpieces #toys #handmade #kids #fun #pretend

Do pin and share my upcycled bread box turned pretend play grill. Creating kids fun is the best!

What an absolutely adorable idea! Larissa of Prodigal Pieces upcycled a bread box into a pretend play grill set with all the bells & whistles. Take a peek at #prodigalpieces #handmade #kids #toys #shopping #fun #pretend

Up next, it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday, and I’ll be reviving this vintage lingerie chest for my daughters. Come see its new life HERE.

Vintage Lingerie Chest Before Restoration by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • ColleenB.-Tx.

    What a clever idea and it’s so adorable as is your daughter. First order coming up; tell her that I’ll take a hamburger – well done please. 🙂
    Your daughter is going to have many fun hours playing with that.

    August 6, 2019 at 5:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Tee hee! I’ll get her on it asap. Thanks, Colleen! 😀 The set it available in my shop as we already have something similar.

      August 6, 2019 at 5:38 am Reply
      • Tracey

        Ok Larissa…this is just simply adorable!!!!!!! 💗💗💗

        August 6, 2019 at 10:59 am Reply
        • Larissa

          Doing a happy dance over here! 😀 Thank you so much, Tracey.

          August 6, 2019 at 3:07 pm Reply
  • Lisa Cestkowski

    Love it! What a great idea!

    August 6, 2019 at 6:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Lisa! I had a blast creating. 😀

      August 6, 2019 at 6:58 am Reply
  • Jane Clelland

    Super cute idea!

    August 6, 2019 at 8:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Jane! I just couldn’t resist upcycling it.

      August 6, 2019 at 10:50 am Reply
  • Carolyn G

    What a great idea, it’s adorable! You never ceases to amaze with your visions and ability to make them reality!

    August 6, 2019 at 8:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so glad you don’t think me nuts! haha! Thank you, Carolyn.

      August 6, 2019 at 10:50 am Reply
  • Sheryl Danner

    Cute, clever, and a great Mom!

    August 6, 2019 at 8:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      aww…thank you bunches, Sheryl. So fun for me to do and share. 😀

      August 6, 2019 at 10:51 am Reply
  • Becky

    Oh my goodness! I could not imagine what you were going to do with that poor, ugly, outdated breadbox… until you said “kids”. I said “A grill! It’s going to be a grill!”, and you’ve never seen anybody scroll so fast before in your life! 😊
    That is Thee Cutest grill of all time! Your details are… SO… so perfect! Adorable! Thanks for giving me a vision for “impossible” junk. Your imagination is top notch!

    August 6, 2019 at 8:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      bwahahaha!! You made me LOL, Becky!! Too cute you are. I’m so glad you enjoyed my playtime fun. Woot!

      August 6, 2019 at 10:52 am Reply
  • Becky

    Not only was your vision spot on, but it is great looking too!

    August 6, 2019 at 9:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so glad you think so, Becky. Thank you!

      August 6, 2019 at 10:52 am Reply
  • Sigrid Buchanan

    That made me smile🤗. The grill and the adorable cook! I wish we were neighbors.

    August 6, 2019 at 9:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hooray! That’s what we’re all about. We love making others smile! 😀 Thank you, Sigrid.

      August 6, 2019 at 10:53 am Reply
  • Abby

    Oh my, that is super cute!!!

    August 6, 2019 at 9:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet to hear, Abby. Thank you so much. We had fun!

      August 6, 2019 at 10:53 am Reply
  • Becky

    You come up with the best ideas! Great job!

    August 6, 2019 at 9:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m delighted you think so, Becky. Thank you!

      August 6, 2019 at 10:53 am Reply
  • Shirley

    Oh My Goodness as Shirley Temple would say. That is adorable. You are incredibly talented. Your daughter is a beautiful little girl. God Bless!

    August 6, 2019 at 10:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What fun it was to find, recreate, and share this project. I’m tickled you liked it so. Thank you, Shirley!

      August 6, 2019 at 10:54 am Reply
  • Gail Reeves

    This is adorable! Larissa, God has blessed you with such a great creative talent! Thanks for sharing that talent!

    August 6, 2019 at 11:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hearing feedback from you and other is what keeps me going. Thank you for the love, Gail. 😀

      August 6, 2019 at 3:07 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth Fencl

    By far one of the cutest ideas I have seen in a long time!! Your daughter must be so excited! Good for you mama!!

    August 6, 2019 at 11:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun is that?! Thank you, Elizabeth. We actually have a set similar, so I’m offering this in my shop. 😉

      August 6, 2019 at 3:08 pm Reply
  • Mary Loveland

    True visionary artist…..that is you! Well done!

    August 6, 2019 at 6:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Such sweet words. Thank you!!

      August 6, 2019 at 7:36 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    Hi Larissa, Wow, that breadbox is so perfect for this project! I certainly can see how much fun you had with this grill and that your littlest loved it too! Great job on this awesome toy.

    August 6, 2019 at 9:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I just couldn’t get past the first impression I had when I saw it. I was more excited than the kids! 😀 Thank you, Kaycee

      August 6, 2019 at 9:03 pm Reply
  • Tess

    So creative! Super job, again!!

    August 7, 2019 at 9:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are awesome to say so, Tess. Thank you!

      August 7, 2019 at 5:42 pm Reply
  • Marie

    ADORABLE!! I wish shipping to Canada wasn’t so expensive or I’d nab this up in a heartbeat for my grandson. He would have a blast with this adorableness.

    August 7, 2019 at 9:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Aww…I would love to see him with it, Marie! It’s off to California tomorrow. I will miss it! 😀

      August 7, 2019 at 5:42 pm Reply
  • Marie Alexander

    Ok. That was totally unexpected and totally adorable!!! What a great idea! I’ll keep my eyes open for a bread box now. Thanks for the inspiration.

    August 7, 2019 at 3:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay!! That’s the spirit, Marie! I hope you find one too. 😀

      August 7, 2019 at 5:43 pm Reply
  • Floranet

    Great Post!! Absolutely amazing.

    August 8, 2019 at 3:28 am Reply
  • Jenn

    This is so cute! Your ability to get a vision for the cast-off always amazes me!

    August 9, 2019 at 5:43 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet to pay such a compliment, Jenn. Thank you!

      August 11, 2019 at 9:13 pm Reply
  • Barbara Pelzer

    Oh My Gosh! This is Such a cute and creative idea!! I just love your creative thought process. Any child would be thrilled to cook along side Mom or Dad on the patio with this. Love your blog and look forward to each and every repurposed piece of trashure you do.

    August 12, 2019 at 9:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Barbara, you just made my day…my week. Thank you so much! 😀

      August 13, 2019 at 6:02 am Reply
  • Deb

    HI, great piece! Turned out pretty! I’m looking for a jewelry chest to redo 😀

    August 14, 2019 at 8:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I’m sure you’ll find one.

      August 14, 2019 at 12:24 pm Reply

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