Hi, I'm Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof!
I'm happy to be at From My Front Porch To Yours with Pamela today. Thanks for having me, Pamela.
I blog over at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY, decorating, thrifting, crafting and a little re-purposing. Between making sure my kiddo doesn't set the house on fire and picking up Grunt Labor's shirts from the cleaners on time, I can usually be found with a can of spray paint in hand.
I'm thrilled to be sharing my home with you today!
My home has vintage, modern, and country elements. So, I'm calling it the Vintage Modern Country Rancher.
I know it doesn't make sense right now, but hopefully by the end of the post, it will!
Two years ago, Grunt Labor (the husband) and I purchased a 1960s brick rancher. Was it our dream home? Not a chance. Was it in our dream neighborhood? Definitely. And location is the one thing you can't change.
After purchasing our rancher, we set out to renovate 90% of it in a two month time frame.
Yes, we were crazy.
The entry table was once stained dark wood, but got brightened up with a coat of white paint and gold detailing with Rub 'N Buff. The green tray was a goodwill find. My decorating style comes from working with what I have. I hate to spend a lot of money on decor when I may be tired of it in a year.
The kitchen got a makeover including a new tile backsplash, counter-tops and a custom built island thanks to Grunt Labor. We kept the original cabinets, but gave them a coat of paint and new hardware. We are all about frugality around here.
The island is one of my most treasured pieces. Grunt Labor built it from columns we purchased at a salvage store and the bottom shelf is made from barnwood from my great grandfather's farm.
Many of the pieces in my home are pieces that were other family members at some point. I'm the family packrat that has a hard time parting with pieces that special family members have owned, thus why my style is vintage-modern-country. I have come to realize though, that just because I take all the old furniture doesn't mean I can't make it my own in some way. This was the case with my dining room table and chairs. They belonged to my great aunt, which I revived with paint and love. The corner liquor cabinet was once my great grandmother's china cabinet.
The buffet turned media center came with the dining room table from my great aunt. It too, got a coat of paint. I created the gallery wall with finds from thrift stores and more hand-me-downs.
I found the white chairs on Craigslist, scoring six for a whopping $25.
It took two years for us to finally start the master bedroom makeover. The room itself was functional, it just needed "makeup."
The two pieces of furniture you will never find me painting is my dresser and chest of drawers in our master bedroom. They were my great uncle's and have a beautiful finish that has held up beautifully for the last 50 years. Hopefully, they have 50 more. I did touch up the hardware with some Rub 'N Buff though.
I carved out a reading nook in the corner of our bedroom with a chair from Costco and DIY corbel shelving.
I made the wall art in the bedroom with PicMonkey and frugal graphics from Etsy.
Grunt Labor and I have separate bathrooms. Its the key to a happy marriage. I promise.
If there is anything I have learned from decorating my home, its work with what you've got.
A can of spray paint can do wonders.
Wanna snoop around my home more? Right this way, please....
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