When the McAfees bought their 1920s Montana farmhouse, they gutted every single surface down to the old, frayed wiring and redid things their way. "We sacrificed two years of a social life and ski seasons, but it was well worth it," Felesha says. The result? A laid-back getaway that epitomizes farmhouse style, and on a shoestring budget, too. Jerimiah volunteered at a salvage yard to get wood (and the corrugated steel for the ceiling) for free; Felesha hand-painted old-fashioned signs. These TOH readers also scoured thrift shops for colorful tableware for the open shelving Jerimiah made. "We even found that stainless-steel farmhouse sink at a garage sale for $200!" To get their down-home look in your own kitchen, read on.
"You can save thousands by doing it yourself!" —Jerimiah and Felesha McAfee, Bigfork, Montana