Modern Meets Vintage Kitchen

Novice DIYers create a budget kitchen that's just their style.

Kitchen sink, counters, island and oven unit in pantry

Modern-Vintage Kitchen And Pantry

Key elements in Adrianne and Jeremy Lentine's redone kitchen include a white beadboard island, farmhouse sink, brick veneer wall and pantry with stacked ovens.

Lentine family

Adrianne, Jeremy and baby Braylen Lentine

Revamping the kitchen made room for a growing family—Adrianne and Jeremy Lentine and young son, Braylen.

Kitchen farmhouse sink, counter, cabinetry, brick wall

Kitchen Farmhouse Sink And Granite Counters

The retro farmhouse sink seems right at home with the urban feel of exposed brick, stainless steel and white subway tile backsplash.

Old scale and jars on modern countertop

Vintage Kitchen Accessories On Granite Counter

An old scale and jars reflect vintage charm onto the shiny modern granite countertop.

Kitchen corner with bench, cart table and wood art

Upcycled Bench And Miner's Cart And Wood Art

A $20 garage sale bench and a table made from a miner's cart give the kitchen corner a eclectic coffee shop feel.

Fence board art with Bible saying

Fence Board Art

The wall art Adrianne and Jeremy made from old fence boards displays a phrase they live by daily: "Let us not love with words or tongues but with actions and in truth".

Dining room with upcycled furniture

Dining Room Table, Card Catalog Buffet And School Chairs

Repurposed dining room furniture includes a drafting table recycled for dining, a card catalog turned buffet and schoolhouse chairs used for mealtime seating.

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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,

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.

brenda husk 1 January 22, 2013 at 11:49 am

I am interested in the farmhouse sink shown in the February-March edition. I can not find any place that carries it.


sharon 2 January 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Brenda: It is a Pegasus Farmer Apron Front Fireclay 29-3/4 in. x 18 in. x 10 in. Single Bowl Kitchen Sink in White; found at Home Depot. Online:


Liz 3 March 22, 2013 at 8:47 am

Where are the “before” pictures?


sharon 4 March 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

Hi, Liz, You can find before photos on the Lentineses’ website at:


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