Hello everyone! If you have been following along for a while then you know that things are all about kitchens ’round these parts these days. We are still knee deep in our own kitchen renovation (it got put on hold by our “rental project”) but that has just wrapped up and I have several big projects to share with you soon!
In the meantime, Spring Break has arrived, and we are taking some time together as a family (I will be sharing what we are up to on Instagram over the next couple of weeks). While I am gone I have lined up some fabulous kitchen tours from a few of my favourite bloggers who have great success in building or renovating their own dream kitchens. I just know you are going to find amazing inspiration in this series.
Today I want to welcome over my friend Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof. I had the chance to spend some time with Jenna at the Haven conference last July, and I tell you that she is as funny, spunky, and real as she seems in her blog – her personality is truly reflected in her talent for home décor. You are going to love her amazing foreclosure kitchen rescue!
Hey, y’all! My name is Jenna and I write over at Rain on a Tin Roof – a blog about DIY, decorating, a few crafts and some humorous stories. I have an infinite love for good country music and 80’s rock. If I’m not attempting to keep the kid from doing acrobatic moves off the dining room table, I can usually be found painting something kelly green. My style is a combination of vintage, modern, and rustic elements, with a touch of fun thrown in here and there.
In 2011, my husband and I purchased a 1960s brick rancher, that also happened to be a foreclosure, but was in our perfect neighborhood. We had to tour it with flashlights – the electricity wasn’t turned on and neither was the water. My mother-in-law cried when she saw it and really I can’t blame her. She was quite certain that us selling our brand new construction house to move into a not-so-sure-what-works brick rancher was the worst decision we could make. Luckily, as it turned out, there wasn’t much wrong with the rancher – it just needed some cosmetic updates. One of my favorite spaces in our house that has gotten a complete overhaul is the kitchen.
We opened up the walls between the kitchen and living room and kitchen and dining room. This created one large open main living area.
The kitchen cabinets were in good condition – they just didn’t look good. Instead of replacing them, I painted them white and replaced the hardware.
I wanted to go for marble on the countertops, but I knew I wouldn’t be committed enough to the upkeep they would require. Instead, we went with a white Silestone that has some gray in it to mimic marble.
For the backsplash, we went a classic white subway tile that wouldn’t easily date.
By knocking down the walls, it made room for an island, which is my favorite thing in the space.
We built the island ourselves from salvaged porch columns and barn wood from my great grandfather’s barn. The island cost less than $100 to make excluding the countertop. The DIY kitchen island how-to is here. The bar stools add a fun pop of color to the space.
Another favorite, but small feature I love about the kitchen is our vintage locker basket shelving.
We simply mounted the baskets to the wall (see how here) and they have held up great – perfect for your favorite cookbooks.
There are actually some changes coming soon to this kitchen – I’m going to be adding in a little more color. You can follow my blog to see the updates.
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Thanks for having me today, Krista!
Thanks for sharing it today, Jenna!