No greens in my kitchen...

When I looked at my photos from last week's post, I decided the green of the cabinets was too green.  It did not tie in with all of ...


When I looked at my photos from last week's post, I decided the green of the cabinets was too green.  It did not tie in with all of the blue of the wall tiles and the porcelain which will be in here.  So I mixed up the green paint with some beige and grey and came up with this colour which looks great with the blues of the wall tiles and also with the colour of the floor tiles.  


My next job was to make and paint marbled slabs for the wall by the sink and as a countertop.  For the marbling I used the same colours of paint I used in mixing the paint for the cabinets and as you can see, they're also the colours of the floor tiles.  


I still need to order the hinges for the last door, so I have not yet attached the cabinets to eachother and to the wall.  Another thing I still need is a tap for the pump, but I think I may have found one online.  The pump handle is one I made for a previous project and is too big.  I will make a smaller one soon. 


The tiles were hand made and painted by Idske.  I incorporated them into the wall above the countertop and I love how they look there!  I find it very special to incorporate handmade gifts into my miniature house!
The little jug on the window sill was also a gift, from Elisabeth Causeret.


All of the pottery on the countertop is by Elisabeth Causeret.   I bought the stoneware salt pot at the show two weeks ago, the other pots were purchases from previous years.


These salt pots were a very common feature in Dutch kitchens.   The salt glaze pots originated from Cologne (Köln, Germany) and were used  for preserving vegetables and meat in salt.   In the 20th century  it became more popular to preserve foods in glass jars and so the salt pots were left to just hold salt, butter, mustard or kitchen utensils.  

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  1. I love the new colour Josje, it works perfectly, though I liked the original too. I really envy your marble technique, I need to practice! And all your objects add such character and charm.
    Hugs

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    1. Thank you Simon! I did like the green before as well (it is one of my favourite colours, I have used it in my other house a lot) but in this case I think the slightly more grey-green is better.

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  2. Lovely kitchen Josje, the chair is just the right place to rest weary feet after shopping and cooking. Love all the blue and white tiles, the floor tiles looks similar to my real life kitchen and although my walls are only painted and no tiles, they are covered in blue and white plates, so I am feeling quite at home in your mini kitchen :-)

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    1. Ha yes Elga, it is important to have somewhere to sit and rest the feet after shopping ;-) I do hope I'll have more chairs and some sort of table in the future... Most of my miniature blue and white porcelain is in my other house now, so I'll have to collect (or make) more for this house. Do I mind? Not at all!!!! On the wall opposite of the sink, I plan to build a large cabinet with glass doors, to house even more blue and white :-)))

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  3. Hi Josje,
    It really looks wonderfull! Also like that the inside of the cabinet is red instead of the green...like the contrast of that!
    Again a great job on the marble....it looks so reall. Nearly time to start decorate the kitchen!! :D

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    1. Nearly time to decorate...? You joker! I think not. I still have loads to do, amongst which I have to make three doors, a large cabinet, a cooker hood, table, a ceiling, lights...

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  4. I missed your previous post somehow, the green is nice but as you say this new colour provides much more harmony to the kitchen. Beautiful marble! The tiles are so pretty, they have a delicate look about them and so make a wonderful contrast to the stoneware.

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    1. Thank you Norma. I agree with you, the new colour brings more harmony!

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  5. dit is een prachtige kleur, ben zelf nogal anti-groen, dit past echt veel beter. Oeh, Keulse potten, ja die horen er zeker bij.

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    1. Ik hou wel van groen en die vorige kleur vind ik erg mooi, maar ik ben het met je eens, deze kleur past veel beter!

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  6. I would live happily in your worlds.

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    1. Thank you Shelley, when you have found the shrinking potion, you're welcome to move in!

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  7. je keuken is echt mooi,prachtige kleur.
    groetjes Marja

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  8. I LOVE your kitchen, the colour is perfect and does work beautifully with your ceramics, the salt pot is a great idea, and the urn is such a beautiful colour, it all works so well together. You have painted the faux marble beautifully, in fact, I have marble bench tops and splash back and when I had your photos open on my kitchen bench they look one in the same. I have Elba marble and I chose that because it has a little more warmth in it than Calcutta marble, it even has some soft pink running through it. The colour scheme is perfect, the hand made tiles bring in that touch of blue that pulls it all together. All in all, your kitchen is coming together beautifully, which of course is no surprise!

    Fi X

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    1. Ah thank you Fi! I don't have any marble in my real house, so I normally use pictures as a guide. On these pieces I just did a bit of 'freestyle' marbling though, without the help of pictures, so it is good to hear the marbling resembles the real thing!

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  9. Wow, what a difference. I thought the green was just fine, but this colour is calm and brings everything together. My grandmother told me that kitchens used to have a lot of blue because people believed that that kept flies away and made for a cooler environment. No idea if there is any truth in that :).
    Ps. I do love the ginger jars!

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    1. Hi Idske, I hope you approve of how I have incorporated your tiles! ;-) Yes I have heard that about blue too. I have no idea if there is any truth in it though. On some old houses you sometimes see a band of blue painted around the base of the house for the same reason.
      The ginger jars are lovely aren't they? She did a good job on those. I think I will make a cork in one of them, as if the ginger is still in there.

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  10. Me gusta el nuevo color. El mármol está genial.

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  11. Dear Josje,
    Your kitchen is perfect this way! I love the blue and overall the Keulse pot. Where did you find this one? I love them, I even have Keulse potery in my kitchen.
    Hugs Dorien

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    1. Hey Dorien, The Keulse pot is also an Elisabeth Causeret piece. I believe she makes them in three sizes. Every Dutch kitchen should have one ;-)

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  12. L'harmonie des couleurs est trés réussie . Je suis très admirative de votre travail sur le marbre . Il est très réaliste .
    Élisabeth fait toujours des merveilles . On a la chance , de suivre son travail depuis des années en France . Elle expose à Paris dans 15 jours . J'aime énormément votre chaise , elle est vraiment trés belle.

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    1. Thank you Catherine. Yes we are lucky to have Elisabeth come to Holland as well. How different our kitchens would look without her pieces! The chair was made by Colin Bird. I got it in London back in May. It is one of those pieces which look so simple, but is beautifully made.

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  13. That color is really nice. I am not sure what color to call it...sage maybe? I always like it when I learn a little about culture when enjoying minis.

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    1. The original colour (which I have now used as a base to mix the beige and grey in) is called Italian sage. But I agree with you, the colour it is now is very close the the colour of the sage leaves I pick each morning for my tea. Definitely a sage colour!

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  14. Josje, your kitchen is unbelievable! I adore the 'new' green color --it's drop-dead gorgeous. And the tiles! So pretty. The perfect synthesis of blues and greens. Your taste is flawless.

    XOXO,
    John

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    1. Thank you for your lovely compliments John!

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  15. Gorgeous Color!!! I LOVE Gray-greenish bluish colors....like fog on a misty morning! And your "marble" surfaces are Perfect! I think you are making a kitchen we would all LOVE to walk into...!!! The pottery is also so well suited to the colors... just Beautiful!

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    1. I do too Betsy! These are the colours I always gravitate towards. I affectionately call them 'not-colours' as they are not green, not grey, not blue...

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  16. The colors are beautiful. The kitchen photos look very realistic and inviting. I am excited to see the finished project.

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    1. I hope you are a patient person Troy, as I still need to do a lot before it will be finished. At my work speed I am guessing it will be summer next year ;-)

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  17. The new color really is beautiful---

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  18. Hi Josje, The colour adjustment does seem to bring all into harmony Very nice work building your cupboards. I am very glad that we can make such quick changes in mini whereas real scale changes are sometimes daunting. I took time to watch your tutorial on gold leafing. Very clear and nice to hear your voice, thank you for taking the time to share your method.
    Regards Janine

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    1. Oh yes Janine, that is so true. And the nice thing with miniatures is that it doesn't matter that much when a project doesn't get finished immediately. Now if it were my real kitchen...
      I hope the gold leafing tutorial was helpful to you!

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  19. Wat een pracht van een keukenblok heb je gemaakt zou ook goed in mijn keuken passen.... maak je de spoelbak ook zelf?
    Ik vind deze kleur prachtig kan ook niet anders want....zelf heb ik voor mijn huis voor de buitenkant van de ramen ongeveer dezelfde accentkleur gemengd.
    Ook helemaal verliefd op je keulse en gemberpotten.
    groetjes van Marijke

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    1. Hallo Marijke, ja de spoelbak heb ik gemaakt van hout en gefreesde latjes. Daarna geverfd en heel glad geschuurd en toen een aantal laklagen eroverheen gedaan. Tussendoor steeds goed laten drogen en met heel fijne staalwol steeds opschuren. Na de laatste laag een beetje was aanbrengen en flink uitpoetsen zodat het mooi gaat glimmen, zo lijkt het een beetje op hardsteen vind ik.

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  20. Hallo Josje, nu je het zegt (en laat zien) is dit veel mooier maar echt, ik vond de vorige versie ook al prachtig. Zoals altijd ben ik vol bewondering voor je gevoel van styling en je prachtige technieken bij het maken van grote en kleine onderdelen. Ik ben ook fan van Elisabeth en op mijn eerste Apeldoornse beurs mijn eerste potterie gekocht.
    Groetjes,
    Véronique

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    1. Dank je Véronique! Ik vind die andere groene kleur ook mooi hoor, maar deze kleur brengt meer harmonie (zoals een paar andere bloggers het zo mooi omschreven). Leuk dat je ook naar de beurs kon gaan, het is toch heel wat anders dan alles op foto's zien, nietwaar? Veel plezier met jouw aankopen!

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  21. Dag Josje, wat is je keuken schitterend geworden, erg realistisch en zo'n prachtige sfeer. De kleuren zijn perfect gekozen en je faux marmer is heel overtuigend. Mooi werk, hoor!

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  22. Hello Josje,
    The color palette of the kitchen is fantastic. everything works so well together. I love the cabine tcolor. The entire kitchen feels so welcoming and fresh. Excellent choices, as usual!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Thank you Giac! I hope you have time to work on your own house!

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  23. I loved the green but this color is so much nicer with your tiles. You sure have mastered marbling. It all looks perfectly real and in scale. The floor turned out great!!!
    Did you also make the sink? I don't think I have read anything about that.
    Elisabeth Causeret's work is always gorgeous I love the the pieces you have. I doubt I will ever see her stand (at a show) but I love the ones I have she made.

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    1. Hi Catherine, oh the marbling is not that difficult. I should do a post on how I do it one day...
      Yes I also made the sink, using wood. I finished it with paint, varnish and wax so it looks like a polished stone sink (I hope). The black stone used in Holland is mostly Belgian hardstone or blue stone so that's what I tried to imitate. It is what I have in my RL kitchen as countertops so here I did have an example to look at.

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    2. The sink is just beautiful Josje. I would love you to do a post about marbling. It is not something I have any idea about how to do but I would really like to try it. You do it so perfectly.

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    3. Thank you Catherine. There actually is a very simple/short tutorial about marbling on my website, but it is in Dutch and doesn't have any good pictures. I should write a new one. And I will, but I can't promise it will be soon...

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  24. Très belle cuisine. J'aime beaucoup les couleurs et l'atmosphère. Le marbre est magnifique.
    😀

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  25. Hello Josje! The subtle color change works very well and your marble effect fits in perfectly. It is a beautifully coordinated kitchen! I look forward to seeing the finishing touches. Kind regards, Brian.

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    1. Thanks Brian. The kitchen needs a lot more work before I can start with the finishing touches. I started on the back door this afternoon...

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  26. The colour change is perfect Josje. I love Elizabeth's pottery too.

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  27. Hmm, i'd praised your awesome kitchen a few days ago but perhaps the comment got lost in cyber space? Or you're out of town? Whatever the reason, i'm gonna say it again; it all makes so much sense! Put together the sliding windows, marbled counter top and floor tiles, the hard stone basin and blue and white back splash, the muted color of the cabinets and walls you've created a time machine! Just looking at it i can hear horse carriages in the back ground combined with birdsong dripping in through the open window, while smelling the herbs and spices of the stew in the oven. A stew without veggies of course, as you don't allow for greens in your kitchen :)))

    It's coming on super Josje!!!

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    1. Thanks Debby. No, I'm not out of town, it's just the cyber monkeys up to their little tricks again ;-)
      Well the time machine is going to have some modern additions to drag it into this century. Your last comment made me laugh as that was exactly what I meant with my title, it's a kitchen without vegetables. You're the only one who picked up on that :-))))
      There will be greens in my kitchen in the future though. We must have the miniature world eat healthily too!

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