I'm Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof.
Over at my blog, I rant about DIY projects, junk decor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. When I'm not trying to keep my kid from climbing out of her circus ring or making sure Grunt Labor's shirts are taken to the dry cleaners, so I get out of ironing, I can be found with a paintbrush in hand.
I'm thrilled to be here at Savvy Southern Style today with Kim to share my favorite room.
Welcome to my kitchen!
I don't know that I have ever been as satisfied with a room as much as I am satisfied with my kitchen.
In just about every room in my home, there is something major I would like to change. The exception: my kitchen. No doubt, the reason I am so satisfied with it is because it is the one room in our home that we worked the hardest on. We tore out walls, I painted the cabinets, Grunt Labor installed a backsplash and built an island. Our heart and soul is poured into that kitchen.
Those barstools are one of my prized possesions.
Their previous industrial gray state was not cutting it in my kitchen. They needed to pop.
And now they do.
My island is one of my most treasured pieces as well.
I refuse to ever leave my house unless my island goes with me.
It's that special.
Grunt Labor and I built the island while I was pregnant between moments of nausea. Great memories there. We used columns from an architectural salvage store for the legs.
But the bottom shelf is the most special thing about it, for that, we used re-claimed barn wood from my great grandfather's barn.
Its a little piece of my country home in the kitchen.
As I said earlier, during the kitchen renovation, I painted the cabinets. These original cabinets were in such great condition that I could not justify getting rid of them. Plus, I just love those smaller cabinets on top of the larger ones. They are great storage and add a little charm. I switched out the hardware with updated ones from Ikea.
We did remove one small wall of cabinetry to make way for a little open shelving. At first, I wasn't too sure about the stained wood with everything else being white in the kitchen, but I have come to love the contrast. I display my "whiteware" on it.
Grunt Labor installed the subway tile. I think subway tile is a classic. It will never go out of style and works with any decor, whether its modern, country, or vintage.
I use metal locker baskets to store my cookbooks.
They are mounted to the wall with washers and screws.
And they haven't fallen yet.
You can see how we hung them here.
I use an old locker basket for my fruit basket as well.
To store my cooking utensils, I use an old silver pitcher.
I think that when you put something as boring as cooking utensils in something as fabulous as a silver pitcher, it makes those utensils just as fabulous.
And in this girl's opinion, every kitchen should be topped off with some fresh flowers:
Preferably on a navy and white chevron tray.
Thanks so much for touring my kitchen with me today.
I hope you enjoyed it!
If you want to see just how far my 1960s brick rancher foreclosure has come, see the full tour here.
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Thanks so much for having me, Kim!