Novice DIYers create a budget kitchen that's just their style.
By Barbara Schuetz
You might call it urban loft meets country farmhouse. But Adrianne and Jeremy Lentine of Phoenix, Arizona, say their recent remodel is simply a union of vintage and industrial. It’s quite an accomplishment for these first-time do-it-yourselfers, who bought their fixer-upper—a 1950s ranch home—four years ago as newlyweds.
“We wanted a house that allowed us to make it our own,” says Adrianne, “and Jeremy really wanted to dive into home improvement and learn along the way.” They found plenty of help electronically—motivation from TV shows, tutorials on YouTube, decorating ideas from Pinterest, furniture on eBay and Craigslist—and even created a virtual kitchen using a free online planner.
The open-concept kitchen shouts out their style. Dark wood floors and a farmhouse sink blend naturally with a subway tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. “I am in love with subway tile,” Adrianne wrote on her blog, dreambookdesign.com.
She also loves exposed brick, so they hired bricklayers to revamp one wall. “Actually, it’s a block wall with brick veneers,” she explains. The couple wanted to tackle the task themselves, but Jeremy was starting work on his master’s degree. He is now a financial analyst; Adrianne is a part-time aesthetician and new mom to their 9-month-old son, Braylen.
The couple tore out walls, moved the laundry room and added an island complete with oven, stovetop and storage. The new walk-in pantry houses their microwave, a second oven, tons of cabinets and baking counter space. Adrianne loves to cook, and together they love to host. “We have an open-door policy—people are always welcome,” she says.
There’s ample room for guests in the adjacent dining room, with its unique conversation piece: Jeremy turned a 72-drawer vertical card catalog, found on Craigslist, into a horizontal buffet. He painted and stained it, replaced the hardware, and added legs and a plywood top. “It’s surprising how many things you can fit in those drawers,” Adrianne says—utensils, candles, flashlights and much more.
For seating around the farmhouse table, another Craigslist find, they painted and reupholstered two high-back chairs from eBay and bought old schoolhouse chairs from their friends’ furniture store. When the remodel was done, the couple were both relieved and excited. “Everybody told us the two things that ruin a marriage are money and home renovation,” Adrianne recalls. “But we both had a passion for it, so it was never a problem. It actually brought us closer together.”
Click to see Adrianne’s floor plan.
Modern Meets Vintage Kitchen Photos by Melissa Young Photography.