Our Moody DIY Basement Kitchenette REVEAL! | Thrifty Decor Chick

A reveal of our basement kitchenette transformation — from an empty alcove
with cement flooring to an excellent practical area we love!

There are a couple of extra tasks to complete, however I am calling this one DONE for
now! I am actually, actually pleased with the work I did on this area. I tackled a
few “firsts” they usually turned out so properly. 

We completely fell in love with this format after we walked by means of our
framed residence all these years in the past…however the basement is what utterly sealed
the deal for our household. 

There was a devoted spot for a future kitchenette, and I believed we would
sort out this spot quickly after shifting 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 yr so we might use it in the course of the winter months. 

That is how the room seemed for years: 

ikea table turned farmhouse style

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As a result of I believed 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,
however it was good to not have to tug that up! 

When our son was youthful this was a terrific spot for coloring and

Over time we transitioned to a much bigger desk within the adjoining area, so this
was only a storage spot for every little thing that will finally go there.

1. The kitchen plan and format.

I knew from the beginning I needed this room to be moody and comfortable like the remaining
of our basement. I additionally needed to place this nice area to good use. 

Final fall I shared
my plans for this empty kitchenette
and the cupboard format I had selected. I threw collectively some very fundamental
graphics to indicate you the three sides of this room:
basement bar layout

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 should always benefit from all that

2. The cupboard choices and what we picked.

After months researching one of the 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 — larger high quality, smooth shut drawers, higher supplies — however for
lower than comparable choices as a result of I must assemble them

Placing them collectively was surprisingly straightforward! The directions are easy to
observe. I’ve used lots of cupboards for tasks through the years, and these
have been by far my favourite:

DIY fridge surround

I’d one hundred pc think about these for any future tasks!

The cupboards have been put in by contractors. I extremely advocate having
professionals do that for a big challenge!

Contractors who’re conversant in cupboard set up will know the best way to add
spacing between every cupboard, which is vital 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
by means of House Depot. 

dusk cherry LVP floors

As soon as I acquired the hold of it, the set up wasn’t too dangerous in any respect. The engaged on
the ground for hours half sucked, however the flooring itself was fairly straightforward to
set up.

Not saying I ever need to do it once more, however it wasn’t horrible. 🙂 

Our LVP flooring has held up superbly! No scratches, dents or water
harm to this point. 

4. Putting in the counter tops, sink and tap.

I’ve remodeled many rooms from high to backside through the years, however there
have been nonetheless a couple of DIY tasks I hadn’t tried. That is why I am SO pleased with
what I completed on this area! 

I lower the butcher block down, then handled and put in the counters. After
that I lower out and inserted the sink, put in the tap (and realized how
so as to add plumbing to roughed in pipes) and the rubbish disposal all on my

It was beginning to come collectively!:

westchester gray bar

I can not even TELL you ways excited I used to be to have a working sink in that room
and that I had performed it myself! 🙂 

It has been months and never one leak! 

5. My backsplash choose and DIY “brass” gallery rail.

I put in them utilizing
the adhesive tile mats
I really like a lot after which set to work on the lengthy shelf (9 ft!) above the
open shelves in base cabinets

I’ve at all times liked the look of a brass gallery rail on a shallow shelf —
they’re so elegant trying and the shiny metallic is a pleasant contact with the
darker tones. 

The true brass choices are loopy costly although, so I got here up with a
a lot
cheaper DIY tipping rail possibility
utilizing objects from the craft retailer. I LOVE how this turned out!!

6. Including counter-to-ceiling constructed ins.

This area is a superb measurement! 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 really like some sensible 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

On the opposite one, I had a plan for a little bit of ornamental shelving that will
be helpful but additionally look nice. One in every of my final tasks on this area was
constructing these easy
counter-to-ceiling constructed ins:
counter-to-ceiling bookcases

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, at the least when it is such a an in between distance
like this: 

filling in small space above cabinets

This time I needed to change up my methodology a little bit bit, as a result of I needed to
disguise that area, not use it. 

I made this one up as I went! 😂 As a substitute of constructing containers for above the
cupboards, I nailed some scrap wooden into the ceiling so the entrance items of
wooden might nail into them:

filling in space above cabinets

You possibly can barely see it right here, however I additionally nailed a strip of wooden into the highest
of the cupboard so the entrance panels may very well 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 performed!: 

wood counters black backsplash