Hi, y’all! My name is Jenna and I write the home decor, DIY, and craft blog, Rain on a Tin Roof. Besides loving all things home related, I also 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 either navy, red, or kelly green. My style is mostly a combination of vintage, modern, and rustic elements, with a touch of fun thrown in here and there.
I recently had the honor of having my kitchen featured in Better Homes & Gardens I Did It section – a real life dream come true. Today, I thought I would share some details of the kitchen renovation.
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.
At the top of the to-do list was the kitchen.
The first major thing we did in the kitchen was open up the walls between the kitchen and living room and kitchen and dining room. This created one large open main living area. We did call in pros for this one. One of the walls was load bearing, so we didn’t want to risk damaging the structure of our house.
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 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 and they have held up great – perfect for your favorite cookbooks.
The total cost of the renovation cost right around $3000. This included the walls, countertops – everything. We completed most of it over the course of two months, but it was fully done within six months.
Thanks so much to BHG for the magazine feature and having me over today! I would love to have you stop by my blog sometime to say hello or connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.