Join me as I embrace and share American country style by reclaiming the past...my family's past. Come along as I make my house a home on a $0 budget with reclaimed, repurposed, recycled and found treasures all out of my grandparent's old house, local junk shops and my parent's attic. And since we have to eat too, I'll sprinkle in some gardening, country recipes, and a whole lot of southern hospitality.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Kitchen...

Hi everyone! I wanted to share a little Christmas cheer in the kitchen! We spend a lot of family time here, and really enjoy it. 


I have used a mix of old and new--just things I love.  







I painted the backsplash. I am NOT a painter at all, but I got the idea from a mosaic tile backsplash, and thought I could achieve the look with paint. I actually layered joint compound on, textured it, then painted the red. After painting all the leaves and vines, I put mocha and a lighter cream glaze on top.








These little angel candleholders and the candy cane were my grandmother's and she always had them on the dining room window sill. The candles are wood. The hanging lantern is one of three I bought in Turkey.











The marble slab came from my grandfather's store. I'm hoping to have a larger piece of it cut for my mom's counter for Christmas. She loves to cook, and could really use it for breads and such. We are planning on tearing out the bar and reshaping it as a rectangle and one level, but have not gotten around to it. It's great, but really wastes some space that we need. The wrought iron basket came from Turkey also. 





Thanks for stopping by my Christmas kitchen!! It's a family place we love to be together in. 

I'll be joining At the Picket Fence for the Christmas Blogger Block Party, so be sure to go by there. 

Luis and I are off to play at a Christmas luncheon, then a rehearsal this afternoon with one of my piano students and my 12-year old who plays flute...

Anita




22 comments:

  1. I just love the wallpaper or is it stenciling? It's beautiful! I have the same color in my kitchen area. And I have the same exact soap dispenser! Lol! Thanks for sharing! 8^)

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  2. Anita, everything looks so warm and inviting! Very festive! Your backsplash works perfectly for Christmas. And you know I LOVE a red kitchen!! Your decorations are great!

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  3. Hi Anita~Your kitchen looks cheery indeed :) love the vintage angel candle holders, so sweet :)

    xo~Mari

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  4. Ok, so I wasn't even looking at all the Christmas stuff---although all together the room looks so homey! I was looking at all the lovely walls and the color on them! We have downsized to a condo and are no longer at our cottage which was full of color. My hubby likes the white walls---he finds it soothing....I on the other hand only like the fact that I can change curtains etc....but I am missing the warm embrace of color! So your walls were like eye candy to me!

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  5. Anita your kitchen looks beautiful! I love the lit garland you have draped on top of your cabinets. It creates such a pretty glow! Martina

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  6. Hi Anita! OH, your kitchen looks so beautiful and festive and I just love it! OH, so many gorgeous sights!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  7. I love your kitchen decor. You did an amazing job on the backsplash. Brave girl! The vintage angels on your window sill are adorable. Blessings, Pamela

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  8. I love your kitchen. I know I commented on the back splash before, it is so beautiful - one of a kind! The colors are so warm and vibrant. xo

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  9. I love your warm cozy Christmas kitchen.Denise

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  10. Lovely kitchen. I see that you've been in my country, Turkey! I hope it was a nice experience. Happy Christmas:)

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  11. I love your kitchen. So warm and inviting. I can tell you have all the things around you, that you love. It shows! Please stop by and visit sometime :)

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  12. Since the kitchen is the heart of the kjhome it's wonderful to have it dressed for the season. Your kitchen holiday decor is festive and warm...thanks for sharing!

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  13. Oh my gosh I'm crazy about your kitchen. I could move in right now!!! Decorated so lovely and warm. I went to you last Christmas pictures too and I'm just blown away. So very beautiful.

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  14. Such a festive kitchen! I love that you're continuing your grandmother's "windowsill" tradition!

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  15. Ah, the wonders of joint compound. Back in my decorative painted furniture days, I used to spread a layer of joint compound on marred veneer on the tops of tables, etc., sand it, apply again if necessary, prime it , and paint away. You could even tell that anything was ever amiss with the surface of the piece. I've also been known to get rid of the crease/ indentions in yucky old paneling and then paint the newly smooth wall. Joint compound is a wondrous thing. Love your backsplash, and the kitchen looks like a warm and lovely welcoming place to gather. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  16. Anita,

    Your kitchen is so warm and inviting. I love your bold, rich colors!

    Merry Christmas!
    Kathy

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  17. Your kitchen is just so absolutely lovely Anita! It really looks perfectly cozy and can I just tell you how much I LOVED your tablescape from the previous post?! Oh my it was so beautiful! :-)
    Vanessa

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  18. Oh, so beautiful! I love your kitchen! It is so warm and inviting and the decorations are so gorgeous!
    I am your new follower.

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  19. Your kitchen is just gorgeous! So much to see! Your vintage items are so cute too. Wonderful inspiration!

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  20. Your kitchen looks so pretty, Anita! Very warm and welcoming! I could definitely see sitting at your counter and chatting with you. Great job on your backsplash. You are brave to take that on. I've got a couple of wall stencils to do here and I'm a little afraid to do them.

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  21. Anita, it's all just so warm and inviting! The details are so pretty. I could totally sit right there and have a cup of coffee...you can tell it's a place where people would feel welcomed and loved!

    Heather

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  22. beautiful kitchen...it really invites me a cup of hot chocolate....Cheers from Puerto Rico.

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