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Friday, September 2, 2011

Remerching the kitchen

After a week of the 3 of us being trapped inside with gastro, cabin fever led me to repaint the kitchen. I used leftover paint from our lounge and hallway, and diluted it with white to make a half strength coffee/stone colour. Our kitchen is pretty small, long but narrow. I would have liked to used white to maximise space, but it would have made the cream coloured units and tiles stand out even more.This colour seems to lighten them somehow. 

We can't get a front on shot in here, way too narrow, but you get the general idea. Think cream laminex units, cream splashback tiles and the horrendous 70's (bad 70's) floor tiles. I think we have around 8 different floor finishes in our house, nothing like continuity! One thing I do really like is this wooden shelf unit the previous owner put in. Such a simple affordable idea. It gave me a chance to do a bit of remerching, one of my favourite things.

I repressed and rehung my map handkercheifs and wooden cities that I got from Muji a few years ago in Hong Kong. Muji is quite possibly the best store in the world ever.
Pretty handmade ceramic bowls from the last Jam Factory sale at our fantastic local pub The Wheatie.
The middle bowls are a gift from a lovely student in Japan when I lived there many years ago. I've been collecting vintage Japanese bowls over the years and I'm always on the lookout when I go op shopping. These have the most amazing patterns and where about 50 cents each, crazy.

More Japanese cuteness, Miffy salt and pepper shakers, another gift from Japan.
Little Sake cups from another lovely Japanese student. Elephant chopstick rests are from IDEE, the most beautiful Japanese furniture and home ware stores in the stunning Tokyo Midtown. I love it so much, I managed to fit a side table in my suitcase on a work trip last year.
This is by no means our dream kitchen, but it is just fine for now. I am feeling so energised from this lovely weather and the end of the plague, I might finally get on to remerching the rest of the house.


  1. You have a great collection! Especially love the super cute elephant chopstick rest! I don't really use them but bought lots when I visited Japan. Haha.

  2. Thanks Sandy! I'm the same as you, I seem to buy lots of pretty things but hardly ever use them. I should arrange a Japanese dinner party so I'll have an excuse.

  3. You've inspired me to get merching!! I have stacks of bits from our move 4 months ago that are gathering dust... Embarrassing!