Red It Is

10.03.2010

I hope everyone had a great weekend. We had the most wonderful weather here in the south. Finally feeling like fall. We even took a drive towards the mountains. We thought it would be a nice day to drive with the top back and we did for a while, but then we got too cold. Oh, and yesterday my daughter and I went to an antique store and almost got locked in, but that is another story.

I have been a painting fool around here and first up to share with you is the kitchen cabinet. I asked for your opinion a week ago or so of what color to paint the back of this cabinet so that the white dishes would pop. Several said red and several said black. There were a couple of yellows and a few said to add pattern to the back. I was afraid pattern would be too much with the granite and backsplash right below. I went and bought three sample colors at Sherwin Williams and the first color I tried was black. Then I started to do a small section of red and I just knew that was the one.



here is a reminder of the before


Here it is right after I finished painting it and I glazed it to tone it down and to add depth.
Those were some LED lights I tried out and did not like them. They were not bright enough.


hard to get a good pic of the glazing


This is how it first looked after filling the cabinet. I started to leave the doors off. I was liking this 
look for a couple of days and then I just had to see it with the doors back on.


I had Mr. Savvy put the doors back on. He even said oh good, because he didn't like it without the doors. I think after what we paid for them we better use them.


I also edited the top shelf to just these two large pieces. 


I bought this old style milk pitcher at Home Goods. I love the size and farm style look of it.


I found these bright LED lights at Lowe's. I needed some light added to this dark cabinet now.
I wish we had this cabinet wired for light when we built the house, but that one slipped my mind.


Old flea market finds sit on top of the cabinet.


This is another flea market pitcher. 


counter below


With the lights on at night


I love the look of it at night. These led lights automatically cut off after thirty minutes so if 
I want them on I have to turn each one on again.


I have probably told you this before, but this is my favorite rooster. It is vintage looking and yellow and it was only five dollars at a consignment shop.




Take an apple before you go. I have plenty.

Linking to Met. Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
DIY Showoff for Project Parade
Funky Junk Interiors for the Color Challenge party
Thrifty Decor Chick before and after party

I am off to finish some more paint projects and then I need to catch up on housework around here before I start the next one.

Hope everyone has a super week!

Y'all come back now,

KIM

80 comments:

  1. Yay! It looks great with all of your red.

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  2. Beautiful job on your cabinet, LOVE the red. And I have to say I do like it with the doors on, LOVE the glass in the doors! I have to ask, where did you find the lights, and is there wiring involved? I have several cabinets that could use lighting. Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

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  3. I love it Kim! The red looks fantastic, especially with all of your white dishes and accessories!

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  4. Kim your cabinet looks great, I love the red and I think putting the doors back on was a good call.

    I've used those wireless puck lights from Lowe's too, I've had issues with them not sticking to the surface, so beware not to have a nice piece below them should one of them let go. It can break or chip your dishes.

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  5. Kim, it looks great! Love that red and white together. Red is my most favorite color and I am always drawn to it. Great change!

    Jennifer

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  6. It looks wonderful and I love the doors on. The lights are perfect. We installed undercounter lights when we moved in and they are so nice. You display inside is perfect. It really does look lovely. Hugs, Marty

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  7. It looks fabulous in red. Great choice!

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  8. Thanks, guys. The lights are battery powered and I have already had issues with them falling and will be getting some velcro to solve that problem. I got them at Lowes and you get a pack of three for around $27.

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  9. Love the new red paint color...your white dishes really pop now.....just gorgeous! You have such a beauitful kitchen :o)
    ~Des

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  10. Kim it turned out great girl...I have those ights inside my TV cabinet...and one by my stairs for when the lights goes out here on my mountain top which seems to happen all the time..we were without power again last night until 6am...no under ground here...Hope your having a GREAT week end my friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

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  11. Perfect, absolutely perfect color.

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  12. Oh Kim!!! It is beautiful. Forgive me for every doubting and thinking it should be black. I went back and forth. I think if you had painted it black it would have been WAY too dark. Your dishes just POP and look beautiful with that red. And, just think how wonderful it will look at Christmas time with all your decorations!

    You did good, girl! Hugs- Diana

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  13. Kim, that turned out great! You have so much energy and creativity. A great combination for a nester.

    I've been lurking here daily. Working full time has thrown me for a loop! Sure do enjoy my visits though.

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  14. Another great transformation by Kim! I love red, one of my favorites. The little pitcher with red in it fits well too. I would mix up the cups, some on lower with plates and move a stack of plate up one level. Just thinking....

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  15. Red was the ticket! Looks great, and yes happy to see the doors back on. Great weather here too.

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  16. Kim,
    I love it!! I just love the color red. It looks so good with all your white pices. I loved all your pictures, but then when you showed the one's with the lights on...they were my favorite :)
    Wendy

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  17. Kim, red really was the right choice, and you know what they say about red and it stimulating the appetite, so it's perfect for a kitchen! I also love the editing you did, and your favorite rooster was quite a bargain and so pretty!

    The cabinets turned out beautifully!

    Kat :)

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  18. Thanks Lori for the ideas. My husband is actually supposed to put some cup hooks under the second shelf so I can hang some of them, but it hasn't happened yet.

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  19. That looks perfect. It makes your dishes pop.

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  20. Love that Kim. Red was a great choice, it really highlights your dishes and that great glass. Looks great.
    Sherry

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  21. I'm liking the red! I do like it better with the doors on - that bubbly glass is so unique. I'll have to check out those LED lights at Lowes.

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  22. Love it lighted and the red is fabulous.

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  23. Looks really good. I like the lights. They make a big difference. Your dishes do pop off the red. Way to go painting woman!

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  24. Looks great! I have red cupboards that surrounds my stove with glass and white chickens etc. inside too. I love your back splash too :D

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  25. This turned out great. I love the red with the glaze. I also like the cabinet with the doors. I have red walls in my kitchen. Love those roosters too!

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  26. The red looks great with your white dishes! You are so brave! You really have inspired me lately to get out the paint brush and get busy! Come by and visit! I am having a great giveaway!
    Lacy

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  27. So pretty Kim! I really like your white dishes against the red background. Beautiful!

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  28. Love it, Kim. That berry pitcher is great, too. :)

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  29. Hi Kimmie! Oh, I love the red in the back of this great cabinet! You did good and the white dishes look fantastic! You're good, I've told you this before, but it's true!! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  30. You sure picked the right color Kim...love it and the lights do add to it!

    I love the yellow rooster and the white one on the counter is fantastic, I picked up a black, speckeled one at Marshall's Friday but put it back, now I wish I had bought him!

    Rondell

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  31. Very nice Kim! I wondered if you would go with the red. You always do red so well! It looks fantastic! I can't believe you were even considering leaving those beautiful doors off! LOL! Great job! I love the red and all your beautiful white dishes too!

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  32. I love the red - it looks expecially great through the bubbles in the glass doors. Good thing you put them back on. I have to do something about the back of our open cupboard in the kitchen as well. I still can't decide on a colour though.

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  33. The red was a great choice, really makes the dishes stand out and subtly accents the room...

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  34. I love the red - it is perfect! I agree that it is best with the doors, as they are beautiful and somehow the red is just a little more subtle behind glass.

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  35. Love the red! Your dishes really stand out and shine!!! Great job.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Sharlotte

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  36. It looks really nice, Kim. I like the bubbly glass. Your backsplash is lovely, too.

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  37. Oooooh, I LOVE it! And yes, on the glass doors; that glass is way too cool not to use it. I do like the lighting idea!

    suzanne

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  38. Love the look!
    Please come to my house when you finish - I need help here. :-D

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  39. Good choice Kim, seeing this I like how dark it is. The black would have been too much, and this does bring out the other reds around it:)

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  40. Kim, that is fantastic!!!!!

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  41. You can't go wrong with red -- I love it.

    Scribbler

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  42. I really like the back of your cabinet painted red. The white ceramic pieces really stand out against the red, and it adds depth & character.

    I've been thinking of doing something similar with our kitchen cabinets. Thank for the inspiration :-)

    Kelly (visiting from Met Monday)

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  43. So glad that you chose the red! It's perfect! It makes your dishes pop! Gorgeous!

    Thanks so much for the sweet birthday wishes! We have been in Federicksburg celebrating so I am behind on my commenting! I am off to check out your previous posts!

    Thanks again!
    Cathy

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  44. The red looks great! The lights were a great idea. Question about them... I will e-mail you and ask :-)

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  45. Kim, The red really does make the white dishes stand out. Glad you chose red..It's perfect!
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  46. Ohhhh, the red and white combo is deelish! Love it girly!
    Hugs,
    Olivia

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  47. Red is my signature color...so you know I love your cabinet. I like the door back on too! I need to get some of those lights for my set of glass front cabinets in the kitchen. Thanks for the idea!

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  48. Oh Kim, I just LOVE the red. AND I am so glad to hear about the lights!!1 I need just that at the top of our stairway going down to the basement! Velcro....you are a genius!!! XO, Pinky

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  49. The red really made the white dishes pop, Kim. I like it very much....Christine

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  50. Wow! I can't believe how the red makes your dishes pop! The cupboard looks wonderful lit up.
    Great job on this project!
    Debbie@houseatthelake

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  51. I just love the Red. It is so warm and inviting for a kitchen. Love your collection of pitchers especially the one with the strawberries. It makes such a great photo with the red in back.
    My Grandma lived in Buford. That was many, many years ago. I still have fond memories of Buford.
    I just posted my first post ever. Please drop by and offer any suggestions for improvements.
    Ginger

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  52. I love it Kim!! It looks great!!!! Well Done! :)

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  53. The cabinet color is perfect, Kim! I love it with the doors on, too! I need to try some of those LED lights!

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  54. Kim, the red is fabulous! What a feast for the eye, and I'm glad you decided to replace the doors.
    What a complete success :o)

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  55. Hi Kim, I love the red!! The white dishes really stand out.It looks great...Kathy

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  56. Red was definitely the way to go!! It looks amazing and I love the way you used the glaze. I am just in love with your kitchen!!

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  57. LOVE IT!!! I really like your lights in there too. How do you turn them on? Do you have to turn on a switch for each one? I was just wondering if it was a chore. They really make a difference though. I like how you did your shelves too. The red is a great backdrop!

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  58. I love it Kim. I'm so glad you went with the red - great choice. Glad you like it.
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  59. Kim, I love the back of the cabinet painted red!! I also love the little lights you put in there. I'm glad you put the doors back on-the cabinet looks beautiful!! Great job!!

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  60. Gorgeous, Kim! I wasn't sure how the red was going to look, but I LOVE IT!!! You did a fabulous job and accessorized it beautifully! XO ~Liz

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  61. Oh, I love red!! Your cabinet looks beautiful, and the red really does make your white dishes "pop". Very pretty! And I love your glass doors! :)

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  62. My jaw LITERALLY dropped when I saw what you did with that cabinet...Fantastic!!! It's bursts with color yet is not overwhelming. perfec to show off the other accessories and details!

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  63. I love it! It looks even better than I thought it would. I love the second to the last photo that really shows it with the green walls. Are you loving it? What does the Mr. think?

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  64. Melissa Wagner10/4/10, 11:47 AM

    I have never left a comment before, but I found your blog about a month ago. I have went back and read all of your posts. I just love your decorating style! I seriously could move into your house and not change a thing. I look forward to seeing the new items you find and all of the things you paint, and I find myself looking for the items you have purchased or thinking about things I could paint. I'll keep reading your blog. I LOVE it!!!

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  65. I love the red, Kim!

    I also looked at the updated nursery photos. Absolutely gorgeous!!

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  66. Turned out so pretty! The red really does make it! I loved the cabinet without the door but then you put them on and I loved it even more!

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  67. Thank you so much Melissa. That is very sweet of you.

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  68. Kim, great choices all the way around!

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  69. Hi Kim! Wow - what a fantastic job! Love that red - love the white against it - and am totally in love with the seeded glass of your cabinet! Happy MM to you!

    xoxo laurie

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  70. Thanks for the ideas. Looks so good. You are lucky.

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  71. Beautiful !! I love how your pieces pop against the red! And, the lights add such ambiance, especially through your gorgeous doors! As always, well done!! *Becca*

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  72. I like the red and the fact that you toned it down some. It is just the right amount of color to really make your dishes stand out beautifully. I also like it better with the doors, besides the dust that would get in there without them...ugh!

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  73. The red looks great and the dishes pop with it. The light is a nice touch, too.
    The nursery is adorable and I know you are counting the days for her arrival.

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  74. Kim, love the red background. Your cabinets look very fresh with all that white. Love that hen on the nest. Your yellow thrift shop find is also a winner. Looks great! ~ Sarah

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  75. I love the red and the lights. That rooster is so cute. I can see why it's your fav. :)

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  76. i love the red it looksso country french just perfect Kim:)

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  77. Oh, very pretty! I love the red in contrast to the white! Nice work!

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  78. I have a similar cabinet in my kitchen for my dinnerware and always wished there was a way to have lights in it. Can you plead give a little more detail as to how you install those lights you have in yours? They look like they just stick on, as I don't see any cords and would like to know more. how do you turn them on? Do you have to climb up there to turn them on. I am not fond of LED lights as they are cool white and I prefer the warmth of incandescent and wanted to know your thoughts on that as well. Thanks in advance! If I can figure out the lighting I might actually think about painting the inside for a pop of color- in a bright olive-y green perhaps...

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    1. They are little stick on lights held on with velcro. I bought them at Lowes and they run on batteries.

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