Spice filled curio cabinet

If you’ve been following my blog for the past few years you may remember that for my 30th birthday my parents bought me a beautiful vintage curio cabinet. After some time I decided to paint it black and hung it up in the corner of the living room in our Islandbridge Apartment in Dublin, but for a very long time I had no idea what to do with it or what to put in it. I mean like two years passed and it was completely empty. I eventually put some jars in it for the sake of putting something in it, but I was eternally haunted by having such a cute cabinet and no idea what to do with it.

When we emigrated last year and moved into our Lower Town Apartment, there was a space in our kitchen that would be absolutely perfect for my curio cabinet. And almost immediately, I knew I wanted to keep all my spices in it. Don’t tell Robert, but I packed and shipped some of my favourite tiny empty glass jars [yes, completely empty jars. I have a problem] to Canada from Ireland. Once I unpacked everything and got myself organised, I hung up the cabinet in our kitchen and decanted all the spices and herbs we use the most into secret little jars and labelled them with black labels and a gold pen.

As soon as I started arranging the jars, I was embarrassingly ecstatic. I love stuff like that; organizing and sorting and having a little project just for me that essentially makes me feel like a witch in the kitchen.

I’ve been wanting to paint over the brown in our kitchen [this shade of brown was in the hallway and is currently in our entire bedroom], but I keep getting stuck on the idea that a room should be complete before I can take photos of it. Which I know does not make sense. Our kitchen will be a work in progress for the next while, but for the moment, I am loving my tiny curio cabinet in lieu of a perfectly curated dream Pinterest pantry.


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  1. November 28, 2018 / 17:18

    A perfect use for that curio cabinet! And such pretty little jars, especially with your black and gold additions (and your lovely hand-writing!). This has worked so well – and finally the cabinet has fulfilled its purpose in life – what more could it want?! xx

    • December 2, 2018 / 12:48

      I immediately thought of you Maria when I finally decided on what to fill the cabinet with! Maria will be so proud that I’ve finally decided on something! 😂 I mean, it’s been empty for over three years! And now I use it every day.

  2. December 7, 2018 / 06:11

    Did it once have a glass door, or am I imagining that? Glad you found such a great use for it!

    • December 8, 2018 / 18:23

      You’re right, it did have a door! I still have it, it’s just stored in a cupboard. Because our kitchen is a galley kitchen, I was worried about having a little swinging glass door in such a narrow space. It’s in a safe place for now.