a kitchen in a rock house

Okay, so here’s the reveal on The Rock House’s Kitchen:

This breakfast area next to the back door is where we do all our everyday eating. It’s right where Grandma and Grandpa sat to watch the birds and eat tuna fish sandwiches and squirt taco bell hot sauce on things like hamburgers. We have our bird feeders in the exact place they did, and we get excited how they did, too. Look! There’s a titmouse! That has nothing to do with kitchens, I know.

breakfast area and the back doorThe floors are linoleum. They totally look like wood and were a comparably inexpensive makeover!

black cabinetsI can thank Emily at Chatting at the Sky for the black cabinet idea. Oh, I love that Emily. The grey/blue color on the walls is Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay. I like it – a lot. (Can you hear my Forest Gump accent?)

See how the cookbooks go in the old microwave hole? That’s also where I hook up my little iPod for some tunes. I can’t do much kitchen work without shaking what my Mama gave. It’s always for Jesus, people.

The backsplash is black chalkboard paint, and I have a quote from one of my favorite Mary Oliver poems written there so far. Oh, I love that Mary Oliver.

I’m not showing the little corner with the fridge and oven/stove/microwave. It looks great, but it just isn’t that exciting.

formica countertops and chalkboard backsplash Here are two sneak peeks into the dining room. I’ll tell you more about the colors and such when I give you the full reveal. I’m just not finished yet.

kitchen into the dining roomdining room fireplace mantelAbove the painted brick fireplace is an old screen door turned mirror and some of my white dishes and vases.

What’s your favorite thing about your kitchen

– besides all the eating that goes on? 


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Adventures In Babywearing
Reply June 28, 2009

This is so inspiring and lovely. When can I come cook in your kitchen?

My favorite thing about my kitchen is, well, I'll have to get back to you on that.


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Reply June 28, 2009

lord have mercy. i love it all. And I have Oyster Bay in my bedroom. And my sunroom. Twins? Yes. Yes, I think so.

and the chalkboard backsplash is brilliant, I tell you.

We are THAT family
Reply June 28, 2009

I love it! I may steal the backsplash idea. And the white dishes on my mantel too. You have inspired me, girl! Again.

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Lora Lynn
Reply June 28, 2009

Good idea on the backsplash. I'm lucky enough to have a tile backsplash, but I hate it. It's very beige and boring. I love the lavender paint that goes with my black granite. And I like my red table. But mostly I love my flowery measuring cups.

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Reply June 28, 2009

I love the chalkboard paint behind the counter!!

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Reply June 28, 2009

wowee! I love it!! I can't wait to hang out in that kitchen one day!

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Reply June 28, 2009

it's wonderful! i think that's neat that you sit at the same place your grandparents did and watch the birds.

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Reply June 29, 2009

Your kitchen is wonderful! Thank you for sharing it. :)

I love quotes and your chalkboard backsplash is such a fun way to use them. Great job.

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Reply June 29, 2009

WOW! Everything looks lovely! I adore all the colors and the cabinets and the chalkboard back splash. So creative! I also really like the use of the microwave hole to hold cookbooks...clever!

These are definitely an inspiration to the decorating we'll be doing at my mom's house.:]

My favorite thing about our kitchen is when our centerpiece on the table consists of a handful of white or yellow (or a mixture of!) daisies.

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Aunt Pam
Reply June 29, 2009

Love it! Great job! I love it all..but my fav is the chalkboard back splash! I have thought about using it in the kids room...but not there...I like it!! I hope to see it for real one day! Love ya'll!

Jenn Calling Home
Reply June 29, 2009

I love it...especially the chalkboard backsplash. The favorite things about my kitchen....the Mexican tile floors, the view from the windows over the sink, and my tin-punched copper backsplash over the stove.

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Reply June 29, 2009

And oh I love that Amber. That kitchen is totally and completely YOU. Love the chalkboard back splash.
And I have to confess my favorite thing about my kitchen is the laptop that sits on the island, which on particularly grand but rainy days like today, gives me a window into sunnier places....such as Amber's kitchen!

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Reply June 29, 2009

Gorgeous! I'm so jealous...

Tina Carothers
Reply June 29, 2009

Hey Honey! It's great. You always do such a good job. I love the way the 'eat-in' area looks. no clutter, very neat. What's between the kitchen and the dining area you see through the door?

Reply June 29, 2009

Yawl, I can't claim the backsplash idea, either. My girlfriend, Leslie, suggested it, and I have high hopes for what I'll write there.

Thanks for encouraging me so much.

Hey, Mama! (Tina Carothers is my Mama.) Okay, do you remember where Grandma Haines kept her dining room table and china cabinet? That's where the piano is now, and otherwise it's just simple, open space. We have our dining room table where Grandma's living room was, right about where the coffee table was in front of the couch. I love that room because it makes the house seem so big when, you know, it's not at all very big.

Your Husband
Reply June 29, 2009

Dear Emily, Amber's friend who chats at the sky:

You look like Amber's sister.

That's all.

Reply June 29, 2009

Amber, it's beayoootiful!

I wouldn't be able to even cook for all the beauty!

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    Reply June 29, 2009

    That's funny, Minnesotamom. I hardly cook, but it's not for all the beauty.

Reply June 29, 2009

You totally deserve this freakin' awesome kitchen that I wish I could carbon copy into my house! Love and miss you!

Reply June 29, 2009

Love it, Amber! If I close my eyes, I can picture Mrs. Lerene's kitchen, and it sure doesn't look like that! Can't wait for my chance to write on that backsplash.

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Reply June 29, 2009

love the back splash and the poem. love the back splash and love the poem! love the color and the floors and the big ol' windows that i bet would let in wafting summers scents of fresh-cut grass and sounds of the ice cream man from a block away...
love it.

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The Meanest Momma
Reply June 30, 2009

Everything looks lovely! You've done a great job. How does the chalkboard paint hold up to things like splatters & stains?


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Aunt Pam
Reply June 30, 2009

Oh! I had to go and see what Seth was talking about...Tina...all of ya'll go and look! Emily does look like Erin! Emily...that is a compliment, Erin is beautiful!!! Amber, U R 2! :-)

Stephanie Laney
Reply June 30, 2009

I love love love it. I love the black cabinets and the chalkboard paint. I can't wait to see the rest of the house.

Janna Barber
Reply June 30, 2009

Where do you get linoleum that looks like hard wood?

    Reply June 30, 2009

    If you're in NWA, Tom January Flooring installed it for a great price. It's called Konecto - Prestige color #80018.

Reply June 30, 2009


I'm so glad you posted pics. You have great taste, and some creative ideas! I love the color combinations and how everything is uncluttered and clean looking! Enjoy!!

I love my kitchen because it is spacious and has lots of counter space. I love making meals for people we have over, and letting them help prepare them, if they want.

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Reply June 30, 2009

Beautiful! I'm looking for a great, not-80's-country-blue-gray for my dining room. I'll have to check yours out at SW...thanks! :)

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Reply September 3, 2009

At the risk of sounding silly, and maybe redundant, I love reading at this home of yours, and you just make me smile- shaking what your mama gave you for Jesus. :) I guess that what I'm trying to say is that I know this is your 'home', but I just feel like I'm at home here, too.


Washington State Kitchen & Bath
Reply June 16, 2015

Chalkboard! That's the best thing I love in a kitchen. I think I just love the idea of writing anything that you want to write in your kitchen. A reminder, a menu, whatsoever. I love that.

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