Victoria Elizabeth Barnes

I have finally looked at every kitchen on Pinterest.

Lots of you have wondered why our kitchen progress stopped… It might bear explaining eventually, but hasn’t yet felt like blog-fodder. In the meantime, it can be summed up as: life.

I have no idea how other bloggers manage to have their house/projects/progress all proceed in a way that is so perfectly linear and sensible.

The forced hiatus helped me work through a lot of my existential kitchen angst… Not to mention the dubious gift of time to look at every kitchen on Pinterest.
It took a while.

As of today, my kitchen board is filled with 800 designs of extraordinary proportion… which I cannot afford… do not have the space for… but will look fantastic when I inherit an estate in the Hamptons. (Hopefully that happens soon.)

Planning our DIY old-house kitchen remodel..

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

Antique garden urn restoration – how to make a latex mold to duplicate missing fancy pieces.

I got this antique, cast-iron garden urn on Craigslist. It was made in Philadelphia, probably around 1890, and is stamped – Adams and Storrie. (There is a little bit of history of their iron foundry at the end of my original post.)

At the time, I hadn’t been blogging very long so I did not think to take screenshots of the Craigslist ad, but the drawing (with measurements,) in the original post was all that was pictured. The guy wanted $200, which we paid. Paul tried to get him to come down in price, and I was like– please, we’re practically stealing this. Pay the man before the police show up.

It had some issues– rust, layers of paint, and one of the decorative floral swags on the base was missing… As far as I was concerned, it was perfect.

I got this huge, antique urn on Craigslist… We had it sandblasted and learned how to make a latex mold to replace the missing fancy pieces.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

A video tutorial for making soil blocks – how to start seeds indoors.

Starting your seeds indoors is effort on the front end, but the benefits are worth it – your plants get a headstart on the season and your germination/growth rate will be better/faster because you can provide ideal conditions.

I use a system of soil blocks, plastic trays, heat mats, and overhead lighting… most of this is self-explanatory with the exception of the soil blocker– it’s a hand-held tool that makes nifty little soil containers for your seeds.

With soil blocks you do NOT need pots or anything else. When you are ready to plant your seedlings, they go right in the ground.

How to start seeds indoors, a video tutorial for making soil blocks. I’ve tried EVERY method, this is the BEST.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.