The Grits’ Christmas Open House: Part (and final) Five

 Hello Dear Bloggy Friends…welcome to the end of our 
Christmas Open House

I have saved our kitchen for last, that being the heart of our home.
This kitchen has been in a constant state of upheaval since we moved in 5 yrs ago.  One of these days we will totally remodel this room…one day. Wink

We recently expanded the island and made it longer, and added the granite top. We also added the hand-hammered copper farmhouse sink, which I absolutely love. 

When we moved in, the original owner had “crackled” the cabinets. They were sooooo bad. (hint: if you do not know how to use crackle medium, please do not cover every cabinet and every square inch of the trim, windows and doors) Thinking

So, about a year ago we had the cabinets painted a pretty green, and then we installed beadboard on the backsplashes and around the island, which I then glazed.  It turned out…well …okay.   I was never completely happy with it.  So about 2 weeks ago – I had my cabinets painted red!!!!

Can I say I LOVE them. Red heart Next on the list….carrera marble on each outer countertop where you see the oak tops.

I know, I know – enough talk already right? Please follow me into our kitchen….

We almost doubled the length of the island, and was able to add two more lower cabinets, as well as, a baking pan cabinet.

We had oak countertops made for the two counters on each side of the island.

I had the trim added on the soffits several months ago…the perfect place to display my collection of green Bordallo Pineiro plates and platters, depicting farm animals.

We removed the middle cabinets in order to create a display nook. I love the oil painting hanging inside, an eBay find.

Decorative bottles and a treasured set of rooster salt and pepper shakers. You might remember these from my Rustic Frenchy Tablescape (you can see it here). These were given to me by my good friend, Kathysue, when she and I and another dear friend, Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict , met in Asheville and stayed in a beautiful, old B&B.

On one counter, I have a lovely cardinal platter I bought last year at Cracker Barrel, after the holidays. (70% off -oh yea!) Also, there is a small green, metal lamp I found for $5. A pitcher filled with cut greens and holly from my yard seem to offer shelter for my little set of Target birds.

The salad plate is from the same pattern as I used on my formal dining room tablescape.

Apples and pears and greenery….and favorite cookbooks.

The other side of the kitchen…

We bought the hand-hammered copper farmhouse sink from Mexico. I love this sink. Can you just imagine how pretty it will be once the carerra marble is installed?

My red rooster keeps watch over the kitchen. Fresh holly and cedar tucked inside a glass gravy boat.

I love my Frenchy metal container. I use it to hold my sink stoppers. You can also see the glazed beadboard. I think I will paint this back to white. We have also talked about white subway tiles. Not sure yet…

Now, let’s take a look at the island…

Paperwhites, a white rooster pitcher and my glass cannisters on one end….

…and on the other end I have a rosemary tree, and two vintage scales from part of my collection.

A copper gingerbread man cookie cutter tops the tree, with bits of ribbon tied all around.

A small toy wagon holds my oil and vinegar during Christmas.

…. looking into my breakfast nook.

… an Amish rake gets a touch of Christmas, too.

Even my back door gets a special touch with a fruit wreath which features a gingerbread man plate wired in the center with a plate holder.

…and finally….my favorite piece of artwork which hangs on my fridge. My grandson, Cole (almost 4yrs), made this for his Grammy.

Thank you for joining Mr Grits and I for our Christmas Open House. 
I have enjoyed having you into our home as our special guests. I would like to thank each of you who have followed me through the past year…through my kidney stone surgery, my husband’s surgery, sharing my joy when my beloved son and my dear daughter-in-law returned from Iraq, and then saying good-bye to my little grandson, Cole, when he went back to Colorado…and most recently for my 2d grandson Devin’s birth.

I know I have been a sporadic blogger over the past few months due to a hectic work schedule, but my bloggy life has always been and will always be in my heart. 

Thank you so much for your support, and for also giving me so many hours of enjoyment through your own blogs.

Mr Grits and I would like to wish you and yours a blessed and joyous Merry Christmas.




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  1. Oh wow… how stunning is your kitchen and all of its decor!
    I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE everything!
    God Bless you and Merry Christmas to you and yours

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  2. Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy that beautiful kitchen this holiday season…

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  3. GORGEOUS kitchen Barb! I must tell you that I ADORE your newly painted red cabinets. They are truly stunning. Soooo pretty!
    That was a really great paint choice and your sink is just a-ma-zing as well. Love it all!

    Have a blessed Holiday with the family. ~Melissa :)

    PS I do hope to meet you one day… That sounds great! :)

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  4. Wow! Everything looks great! Enjoy your “new” kitchen.

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  5. OH, Barb! I’m dying over your kitchen! I surely do love it! Your cabinets look great painted red. I really do like the looks of the oak countertops. Was this a hard thing to do? I know you didn’t do it. But is the wood easy to find! I’m really thinking about this for my tiny little kitchen! Your home is so beautiful and you really know hot to spiff! :)
    Merry Christmas and I’m glad you’re back to blogging!

    Be a sweetie,

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  6. Barb, I have been trying to post a comment on these gorgeous rooms of yours and have been having trouble, but oh my gosh! I love your home, I could move right in and not change a single thing! That sink is to die for, and the red cabinets, oh my, they are great! Have a wonderful holiday with your family, I know they will get there one way or another! Sue

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  7. The red cabinets look great. I love how you decorated your kitchen for the holidays. Just beware that marbles stains.

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  8. I adore your kitchen – colors, decorations, and sink. A really nice color choice! Merry Christmas!

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  9. Adore your kitchen! I love the beadboard. I’ve been thinking of that myself for a while now. Yours looks fantastic and I do love the red cabinets too!

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  10. Gorgeous kitchen, Barb. LOVE your red cabinets!!!

    Merry Christmas…Kathy

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  11. I like the red cabs better too. I’d vote to keep the bead board, but that’s just me. Love that candy cane pitcher. Do you mind sharing where you found it? Your kitchen is gorgeous. Especially like the oil painting and the rosemary tree.

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  12. Everything is so festive and tasteful. Your entire home is just enchanting.

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  13. Barb,

    Its gorgeous. I LOVE that sink! I have so enjoyed the tour! Stop by Bloggeritaville anytime. Merry Christmas!

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  14. Beautiful, just beautiful. All the right touches in all the right places, as always.
    I spy a darling little green lamp with a black polks-dot ribbon.
    I’d give anything to be able to decorate even alittle bit this year. I’ve enjoyed seeing your home for the past several days. Every bit of it is wonderful.

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  15. Hey Barbie, what a wonderful tour and your house looks amazing! I can’t get over that sink!! That is really stunning! It is so special how you’ve decorated so exceptionally for your family coming in! Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  16. says:

    I love it! Your island is bigger than my entire kitchen, ha. My two favorite things are your copper sink, and the farmhouse picture on the wall (which didn’t even get an honorable mention).

    I hope you have the time to continue posting after the holidays. And God bless your visit with your family; that’s what it’s all about. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Oh my, what a beautiful kitchen. I love the red cabinets, the marble counter tops, but WOW! that hand hammered farmhouse sink….just beautiful.
    I love all the little details, the little wagon holding the oil & vinegar, the red rooster, the Amish rake, and the mini red Staub cocottes, the little tree topped with the gingerbread cutter….it is all beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful kitchen.

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  18. If that sink suddenly goes missing…

    Love everything! Those cabinets are gorgeous. Your Christmas wonderland is stunning and I have one of those extra furry supervisors overseeing my home too!

    Thanks for stopping by Nouveau Stitch!

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  19. I absolutely ADORE your kitchen!!! I have been thinking of painting my oak cabinets red and you just sealed the deal! LOVE THEM!! And your island and assessories! Beautiful! You have such a wonderful and creative eye!

    I hope you have a WONDERFUL Christmas!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  20. I love it a lot. The red is perfect. One thing though…how on earth do you reach those hanging pots? You must be very tall. I am only five feet tall so I notice these things. I have trouble seeing inside a tall pot on my stove even.

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  21. Your kitchen is just beautiful, Barb! Love the color of the cabinets and the Oak counter tops. How do they stand up to water, etc.? I have always wanted them. I love all the details. Just lovely!

    Happy holidays! :-)


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  22. Barb, your kitchen is just wonderful and I absolutely LOVE your red cabinets and the new island. All of your decorations are just stunning. I love it all. I hope you have the most Blessed Christmas ever. Love ya friend. Hugs, Marty

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  23. Barb what a fantastic job you have done on your kitchen. Thank you for sharing the steps. We are going to have to remodel over time and not one big redo so it was nice hearing how you did it!

    Love that sink!


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  24. Your red cabinets are gorgeous & I’m in love with your sink & island! I think painted cabinets will be in our future remodels, but sometimes I just want it all replaced… ☺

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  25. Is it for sale? I’ll take it!
    Merry Christmas

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  26. Everything is just beautiful. You should be so proud of yourself for your decorating skills!! I luv everything! Merry Christmas!

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    I am getting ready to go through your house tour. I hope you post them Friday-through the holidays I made the Friday home tour Its So Very Christmasy home tour a mcklinky party.

    I’m so sorry I haven’t been by much. Google has had my blog so messed up that I have spent hours daily trying to get it fixed and they have no idea how to help.
    I have missed coming by. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and make some wonderful memories.

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  28. Barb, this is perfect for you, it had to be RED that is soooo YOU! Gorgeous choices. Love it all,Merry Christmas, Hugs Kathysue

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  29. Barb! Your newly painted cabinets are beautiful. I love the red so much! What is the name of the color if I might ask? Your kitchen is overall just fabulous!! Ooooh.. and I love little Cole’s artistic touch! Just precious! Hugs and Merry Christmas!!

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  30. Absolutely gorgeous!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Barb!

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  31. hello! your kitchen is great. love all the little touches. Question: how did you get your rosemary to resemble a small tree? Mine is growing wild and I want to train it. Any suggestions? Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year.

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  32. Barb, I just HAD to come over and get a better view of your kitchen. It is absolutely just as wonderful as I expected it to be! I know you are enjoying it. laurie

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  33. Anonymous says:

    I love your kitchen!!! My mom found your blog spot and told me to look at your kitchen. I was inspired. I am in the process of remodeling my kitchen..I was wondering what color are your cabinets, and the color of you painted the beadboard?

    Ali Whitehead

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  34. LOVE your kitchen. Those cabinets are so awesome and I love the sink. I love the little metal container for your sink stoppers, etc. I also love the beadboard. I need to go back again to enjoy it some more!

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  35. Love your kitchen. Were did you get your rooster decor; I especially love the rooster picture.

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  36. Gorgeous kitchen. I just love, love, love the way you designed it.
    It is so homey and comfy, yet has a elegant look to it. Great design job!!! I enjoyed the tour.

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  37. I think every thing what we get must to be with glamour, the elegance and the style always going to give a great image to every one.
    Actually i went to a hotel with my boyfriend, he usually buy viagra so his sexual development is wonderful, but i was impressive for the glamour of the place, absolutely beautiful.

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  38. Wow I just love the kitchen! I have roosters in mine as well and a red dining room too. You are very talented at pulling everything together.
    I’m your newest follower. ~Ames

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  39. You’re #1 at Meta Monday blogspot today, I decided to start here and wow was I surprised on what I found here! I love your red kitchen…I have those flour & sugar jars..aren’t they the best?!
    Your porch re-do is divine, I must say. The colors you choose are eye candy….sweetness…visit Mel’s Cabin to see what I’ve been up to and sip a cup of coffee with me.

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  40. Smiled through that whole post. Incredibly beautiful. All of it!!


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  41. I just found your blog and am loking around:) I love your pretty kitchen painted red! I am wondering if you have new counters yet, since this is from last year. We just moved into a ne home (a month ago) so I am trying like crazy to organize this place after being in our old home for 29 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

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  45. What brand of paint did you use for the cabinets? What is the color name? We have been trying to decide on paint color for cabinets.

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    • Hi Kim,
      I am sorry but these cabinets were painted red many years ago, and we have since painted them white. I could not even begin to remember the color. I do know it took me about 6 samples to get the color right, because we have an interior kitchen without much natural light. Sorry I cannot help you. I will say – I do miss those red cabinets sometimes. :) Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by. ~Barb

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