Create a Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen
Items salvaged from old mills and barns become the floors, ceiling, and shelves in this couple's rustic kitchen
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
"I inherited my pumpkins from a beloved family friend; they're my favorite decor items," Felesha says. The hand-blown versions at right have instant-heirloom potential. About $13-$30; pier1.com
The McAfees brought this symbol of ranch life indoors by lining their ceiling with salvaged panels; we think it gives the space a nice industrial feel. 2.16-foot-by-12-foot panel, about $30; lowes.com
To re-create Jerimiah's handmade open shelves, we started with a nice piece of 1½-inch-thick salvaged heart pine for the top. To fashion the simple bracket, we cut 1×3 pieces at 45-degree and 90-degree angles, then used wood glue and 2-inch-long wood screws to fasten it all together. Thoroughly sanded edges and a coat of stain give them aged patina.