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Puzzle Kitchen

Puzzle Kitchen
When I need some quieter time and I'm able to do artwork, I've been slowly painting all the pieces of the tiny wooden puzzle furniture my husband bought for me.

This is what I painted this weekend; the sink, stove, cupboard combo unit and the work table. I decided to loosely base all the pieces on a 1910 style home.

After the dark Victorian period, the public discovered germs! The easiest way to show a clean kitchen was to paint everything white, so that's what i did :-)

I don't have the dexterity to properly sand and paint with precision anymore, so I gave myself to permission to be a little rustic with this.

10 comments - The latest ones
MarilynTee
MarilynTee
I think you did a wonderful job with these pieces.
4 years ago.
spih_2
spih_2
How small are these? They appear to be very tiny.
4 years ago.
Balancing Kiwi
Balancing Kiwi
They look wonderful Victoria, I love the colours you chose. Little rustic or Shabby Chic? I think whatever, it looks just right.
4 years ago.
Victoria Dipietro Designs
Victoria Dipietro De…
Thank you everyone. I wish I had a steadier hand and better eyesight so these would have a cleaner look. On the other hand, they do have a shabby chic, much loved and played with look to them, so that's nice. I seem to have settled on the 1910 era these days. It has a lighter Victorian feel since society was slowly moving into a more modern period. I spent the better part of a day researching 1910 kitchens. Back then, kitchens were so different from what we have now. No wraparound counters and ceiling to floor cabinetry. Instead of counters, there was a work table. Food was stored in pantries. A small icebox held perishables. Stove and oven stood alone, as did the deep kitchen sink. Everything used to be wood and iron. Pots, pans and cooking tools were often hung on the walls.

When sanitation finally became a commonplace thing, many surfaces went from bare wood to sealed with paint. White was often chosen as it showed the dirt and signaled the surface needed a good scrub. I mixed this soft green paint color, using the color palette of the era as a guide.

The stove/sink unit is 4 3/4" tall by just about 4" wide. It's the largest piece of all this wood puzzle, pop out and notch together furniture in the set. My husband purchased it at Michael's Arts and Crafts a couple of months ago. I think there's about 34 pieces of furniture in the set.
4 years ago.
Victoria Dipietro Designs
Victoria Dipietro De…
Thank you, dear Regina. This green is a mixture of metallic peridot green and metallic silver acrylic paint, mixed with enough white acrylic paint to lighten the color and cut the glittery, metallic effects of the green and silver paints. It has a slight pearly finish to it now. Interesting experiment in paint mixing :-)
4 years ago.
Victoria Dipietro Designs
Victoria Dipietro De…
And so are you, my Friend, Regina!
4 years ago.
Victoria Dipietro Designs
Victoria Dipietro De…
Susan, you are a sweetheart! My husband came home with two more Victorian style puzzle houses for me to put together. That makes four and I've yet to finish the first! I do believe the gang will end up with their own version of a Sesame Street neighborhood whenever I complete this project. It is a lot of fun to do :-) Keeps my mind off other things that are not so fun.
4 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld
Rabbitroundtheworld
A little Rabbit-sized kitchen! How lovely. The colours are perfect, I've seen 'real life' ones in these colours.
4 years ago.
Victoria Dipietro Designs
Victoria Dipietro De…
Thank you so much, Rabbit. I am very glad you approve!
4 years ago.
Fantasyfan
Fantasyfan
That is lovely
3 years ago.