Sunday, September 7, 2014

Kitchen Progress

So far this weekend I have avoided all the housework that needs doing but it is now getting the better of me and I really must get on with it. Before I get out the vacuum, cloths and cleaners though I want to give you an update on the Del Prado kitchen.
I have fast come to the conclusion I cannot keep the house true to the Del Prado original design. I just wouldn't be happy with it.
The hutch below is the kitchen cupboard that came with the kit:

It is quite sweet but it isn't going to hold much, especially as the doors are non-working. I will paint it white and keep it in the kitchen with some desserts on the counter.
Therefore my project this weekend has been to build some basic oversized Victorian shelves. At this stage I have gone through my stash and found some foods and kitchen items but I need to do a bit of research on what was available in Victorian times e.g. did they have pumpkins, cabbages, cannisters, mouse traps etc? Some things will come, some things will go, I will fill up the jars and make some more food and kitchen items.
I have also at this stage replaced the Del Prado sink kit with a ceramic one but I have decided I will make a large deep sink with sloping wooden drainer as were common in Victorian kitchens.

I have also thrown some foods on the Del Prado kit table.

This table will also be replaced. I have decided I want this as a 'working' kitchen. I would rather have a large food preparation table in the middle of the kitchen than a small dining room table and chairs. There will be a shelf under the table to house pots and pans etc. We will just have to pretend the dining room is elsewhere.

I will definitely be replacing the kitchen light and probably will re-cover the floor. Looking at the above picture I am now thinking the stove looks a bit small and I might have to scratch build a stove as well.

I think with the shelves it is starting to look a bit more like a kitchen. I will do a bit of research on Victorian kitchens later today but in the meantime it is time for housework!!!

I hope you are all having a great weekend.

By the way it is Father' Day in New Zealand today so happy (NZ) Father's Day to all you dads out there.


  1. Happy Fathers day to you all!

    I love LOVE your roombox Sharee, all the details are making this such a amazing space!

  2. Me gustan los cambios que estás haciendo. Y es verdad que quizás los fogones se vean un poco pequeños para el hueco en el que está, pero estoy segura de que conseguirás un buen resultado cuando acabes la reforma.
    Un abrazo

  3. Estás haciendo cambios importantes. Me parece fantástico eso de documentarte sobre los elementos que aparecen en las cocinas en la época Victoriana.

  4. The kitchen with all the lovely details looks marvelous. I love what you made so far and am sure whatever you change or add will be great.
    Hugs, Drora

  5. It's just like a real house isn't it? Once you change one thing, everything else needs to be changed, Hee Hee!! I love what you've done so far, can't wait to see the rest.

  6. Your kitchen is looking lovely already! I love hearing about your vision for it and realizing you'll need to change things to make it suit you. I'm looking forward to hearing the results of your research and seeing what you do next. xo Jennifer

  7. Housework... eeeeeek!!! But wait a minute... isn't it still housework when you're working on and in a kitchen??? ;O) I really like your changes and as always the details you've added so far bring it to life. The idea of having a big working table is very clever, I think that's so much better than losing space with chairs - and so much more possibilities. Have fun... either with the vacuum cleaner and with your research!


  8. Happy Father's Day to you all, Sharee!
    Your kitchen in miniature looks wonderful, it is such a cozy space. I like the changes you've done so far. A big preparation table is also a great idea, I can't wait to see more of this lovely kitchen :D!
    Hugs, Ilona

  9. I like this kitchen and the details are perfect.

  10. Hola Sharee!! es una cocina maravillosa, y me encanta los detalles de la época que estás usando. Un abrazo

  11. Nice work and beautiful minis. Hugs, Melli

  12. I love your dresser, and I think re-covering the floor is a good idea - parquet would not be very practical in a kitchen. As for the food, etc - it would depend where you are setting the house, as well as the period. I'm sure they had pumpkins and cabbages in Victorian Australia and NZ, but not pumpkins in the UK - vegetable marrows, yes, but not pumpkins or squash. Happy researching!

  13. Ваша кухня выглядит очень уютно! Мне нравится ваш шкаф с полками! Я люблю вашу кухню!

  14. Beautiful kitchen!
    groetjes van Marijke

  15. Ooooh! It looks nice! I love how your projects evolve. They always get so much detail and charm. Can't wait to see how this one ends up!