Mini-makeover, kitchen edition

The saying goes that “good things come in threes” – but two is enough for me. We can’t be greedy, after all.

Maybe it’s inspiration leaking out as our bedroom is plastered and painted, or perhaps it’s just that we got sick of the salmon colour, but we’ve repainted the walls in our kitchen.

The difference was immediate. In fact, even the coat of primer looked better than the original.

Before (right) and after (left).

Colour difference – Before (right) and after (left).

We haven’t done the ceiling, trim or the drawers/cupboard doors yet, but that will happen soon. At the moment, it’s just the walls. And they’re glorious.

We’ve used leftover paint from the living room and big bedroom – the spaces we painted before moving in. It’s Dulux “Half St Clair”, and we’ll probably do the trim in our leftover Dulux “Okarito”, but spray paint the drawers and cabinets in something new and bright.

The quality of our painting isn’t as good as a professional job (not even a half-professional job, really), but it’s not meant to last forever. Our plan – in a few years’ time – is to replace the kitchen entirely, including making some structural changes, so this is just to hold us over until then.

One of two top coats - much lighter and brighter!

With one of two top coats on, it was already lighter and brighter. Still to do – the ceiling, trim and drawers/cabinets!

Today we should look at installing the magnetic knife blocks we got from Ikea, and hanging some nice colourful artwork. Even now, though, it’s a much lighter, more pleasant space to be in.



This weekend I’ve been out of my normal routine, and the week was also pretty hit-and-miss in terms of whether I managed to do all the homely things I normally would.

I’m not sure if it’s because we can see the seasons starting to turn, and suddenly the end of the darkest part of winter is in sight, or whether it’s a combination of other factors.

Our boarder is leaving in less than a month, and looking forward to being closer to town (although she will miss our animals). That means we’ll have a large room in need of a purpose, as neither of us are keen to have a stranger move in.

There are several possibilities – from a home office or storage (though we don’t have – or want – that much stuff), to a meditation space or pet playroom. We’ve also considered hosting international students, or taking in visitors who want to help us transform the garden, but are holding off on making any final decisions.

Yet despite being off my rhythm, things have continued to get done. Most notably, J has started preparing the walls in our kitchen for painting. A quick freshen-up will hopefully encourage us to spend some more time cooking and baking, and let us delay a larger kitchen renovation until we have the budget to do it really well.

J also harvested the last of our potatoes – which could be seen as a disappointing result, with less than a mouthful of actual food produced from two large buckets. However, given we started with a couple of tubers from our kitchen which were well past their ‘best before’ date, and a complete disregard for when potatoes should actually be grown, I’m a little surprised we got anything at all… Coming from our country’s potato growing capital, I feel we should be able to do better if we just pay a little attention to those kinds of details, and I’m determined to try again when the weather is right (which isn’t far away now).

I’m also focusing on small progress – planting what will almost certainly be the last of our winter vegetable seedlings (silverbeet in this case) into the main garden, and harvesting some of the winter produce both for us and our animals.

I should be spraying the fruit trees with copper, preparing those seed potatoes and finishing off our herb garden (which has been stalled since early in the year, when we discovered a wastewater pipe that’s not where it was meant to be). However, right now, I’m mostly focused on the indoor jobs – slowly getting them back on track.