A reveal of our basement kitchenette transformation — from an empty alcove
with cement flooring to an excellent useful area we love!
There are a number of extra initiatives to complete, however I am calling this one DONE for
now! I am actually, actually happy with the work I did on this area. I tackled a
few “firsts” they usually turned out so nicely.
We completely fell in love with this structure after we walked via our
framed residence all these years in the past…however the basement is what fully sealed
the deal for our household.
There was a devoted spot for a future kitchenette, and I assumed we would
deal with this spot quickly after transferring in.
Ha!! That didn’t occur. Greater than 5 years later I began engaged on
constructing this kitchen and I labored my butt off on it earlier than the vacations
final 12 months so we might use it in the course of the winter months.
That is how the room seemed for years:
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As a result of I assumed we have been going to complete this area sooner, I did not even
have our builder set up carpet right here. It was a ache for these 5 years,
but it surely was good to not have to tug that up!
When our son was youthful this was a fantastic spot for coloring and
was only a storage spot for all the things that might ultimately go there.
1. The kitchen plan and structure.
I knew from the beginning I wished this room to be moody and comfy like the remainder
of our basement. I additionally wished to place this nice area to good use.
my plans for this empty kitchenette
and the cupboard structure I had selected. I threw collectively some very primary
graphics to point out you the three sides of this room:
The one home equipment we needed to think about have been wine fridges we already had and
a full sized fridge. We had a water line run for that after we constructed.
The half I used to be most enthusiastic about was the sink! We had that plumbing roughed
in after we constructed the home, in order that placement was already set proper within the
center of the again wall.
I feel the builder of our residence meant for the kitchenette to solely be positioned
alongside the lengthy again wall, however I knew we must always benefit from all that
2. The cupboard choices and what we picked.
After months researching the very best cupboard choices for the cash,
I knew customized wasn’t going to be a consideration. So I used to be trying into
on-line and ironmongery store choices.
I made a decision on unassembled cupboards as a result of they supplied all of the bells and
whistles — increased high quality, delicate shut drawers, higher supplies — however for
lower than comparable choices as a result of I must assemble them
Placing them collectively was surprisingly simple! The directions are easy to
observe. I’ve used a number of cupboards for initiatives over time, and these
have been by far my favourite:
I might one hundred pc think about these for any future initiatives!
The cupboards have been put in by contractors. I extremely advocate having
professionals do that for a big challenge!
Contractors who’re acquainted with cupboard set up will know tips on how to add
spacing between every cupboard, which is necessary when opening doorways and
3. Putting in LVP flooring for the primary time (and my ideas).
For years I eyed a LVP (Luxurious Vinyl Plank) flooring each time I walked
via Dwelling Depot.
As soon as I bought the hold of it, the set up wasn’t too unhealthy in any respect. The engaged on
the ground for hours half sucked, however the flooring itself was fairly simple to
Not saying I ever need to do it once more, but it surely wasn’t horrible. 🙂
Our LVP flooring has held up superbly! No scratches, dents or water
injury to date.
4. Putting in the counter tops, sink and tap.
I’ve remodeled many rooms from high to backside over time, however there
have been nonetheless a number of DIY initiatives I hadn’t tried. That is why I am SO happy with
what I completed on this area!
I reduce the butcher block down, then handled and put in the counters. After
that I reduce out and inserted the sink, put in the tap (and discovered how
so as to add plumbing to roughed in pipes) and the rubbish disposal all on my
It was beginning to come collectively!:
I can not even TELL you the way excited I used to be to have a working sink in that room
and that I had finished it myself! 🙂
It has been months and never one leak!
5. My backsplash decide and DIY “brass” gallery rail.
the adhesive tile mats
I like a lot after which started working on the lengthy shelf (9 ft!) above the
I’ve at all times cherished the look of a brass gallery rail on a shallow shelf —
they’re so elegant trying and the shiny steel is a pleasant contact with the
cheaper DIY tipping rail choice
utilizing gadgets from the craft retailer. I LOVE how this turned out!!
6. Including counter-to-ceiling constructed ins.
This area is a good dimension! I might have gone with higher cupboards all of the
means across the room, however I knew it could be wasted area.
You understand how I like some good storage, however we do not want fairly that
a lot! 🙂
We solely had uppers hung alongside the fridge wall, and left the opposite two
partitions open. My husband and son insisted on a TV, in order that took up most of 1
be helpful but additionally look nice. One in every of my final initiatives on this area was
constructing these easy
counter-to-ceiling constructed ins:
7. Filling in that vacant area above the cupboards.
I’ve at all times disliked that awkward empty area between the highest of higher
cupboards and the ceiling, a minimum of when it is such a an in between distance
This time I needed to change up my methodology a little bit bit, as a result of I wished to
disguise that area, not use it.
I made this one up as I went! 😂 As a substitute of constructing bins for above the
cupboards, I nailed some scrap wooden into the ceiling so the entrance items of
wooden might nail into them:
You may barely see it right here, however I additionally nailed a strip of wooden into the highest
of the cupboard so the entrance panels might be nailed in on the high (ceiling)
and the underside.
This was by far my least favourite challenge. All of the angles
However it’s finished!: