Elegant white ironstone and other vintage dishes act like art in the dining room. "There's no point in collecting if I have to put it all in a closet," homeowner Andrea Dickerson says. To expand display space, she and her husband, Eugene, built shelves (17 inches tall and 13 inches deep) to fit their collectibles.
Modern dining chairs contrast a salvaged bench and a farm table made by Eugene. Andrea pulls the styles together by sticking to a tight color palette.
The kitchen's original dark wood cabinets made the 10x12-foot room feel even more cramped. "I couldn't bring myself to tear them out, so I painted them all white," Andrea says. "That helped open up the space," as did removing doors from upper cabinets flanking the window.
A 39x19-inch island conceals recycling and trash cans on the sink side. A new apron-front sink, modern faucet and butcher-block counter meld with the country character.
A dresser scored for $50 gains new life as a bathroom vanity. The Dickersons cut a hole in top for the sink and in back for plumbing. Enamel paint for wood and metal protects the dresser from moisture.