September 27, 2023

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Our Moody DIY Basement Kitchenette REVEAL! | Thrifty Decor Chick

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

There are just a few extra initiatives to complete, however I am calling this one DONE for
now! I am actually, actually pleased with the work I did on this house. I tackled a
few “firsts” and so they turned out so properly. 

We completely fell in love with this format once 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 assumed we might
sort out 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 appeared for years: 

ikea table turned farmhouse style

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As a result of I assumed we had been going to complete this house 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 an ideal spot for coloring and

Over time we transitioned to an even bigger desk within the adjoining house, so this
was only a storage spot for all the pieces that will finally go there.

1. The kitchen plan and format.

I knew from the beginning I wished this room to be moody and comfy like the remaining
of our basement. I additionally wished to place this nice house 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 primary
graphics to point out you the three sides of this room:
basement bar layout

The one home equipment we needed to think about had been wine fridges we already had and
a full sized fridge. We had a water line run for that once we constructed. 

The half I used to be most enthusiastic about was the sink! We had that plumbing roughed
in once we constructed the home, in order that placement was already set proper within the
center of the again wall.

I believe 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 most effective 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 provided all of the bells and
whistles — larger high quality, gentle shut drawers, higher supplies — however for
lower than related choices as a result of I must assemble them

Placing them collectively was surprisingly simple! The directions are easy to
comply with. I’ve used loads of cupboards for initiatives over time, and these
had been by far my favourite:

DIY fridge surround

I’d 100% think about these for any future initiatives!

The cupboards had 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 the way to add
spacing between every cupboard, which is essential 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 Dwelling Depot. 

dusk cherry LVP floors

As soon as I bought the dangle 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
set up.

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

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

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

I’ve remodeled many rooms from prime to backside over time, however there
had been nonetheless just a few DIY initiatives I hadn’t tried. That is why I am SO pleased with
what I completed on this house! 

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 discovered 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 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 choose and DIY “brass” gallery rail.

I put in them utilizing
the adhesive tile mats
I like a lot after which started working on the lengthy shelf (9 toes!) above the
open shelves in base cabinets

I’ve all the time cherished 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 gadgets from the craft retailer. I LOVE how this turned out!!

6. Including counter-to-ceiling constructed ins.

This house is a good measurement! I might have gone with higher cupboards all of the
manner across the room, however I knew it will be wasted house. 

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

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

7. Filling in that vacant house above the cupboards. 

I’ve all the time disliked that awkward empty house 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 somewhat bit, as a result of I wished to
disguise that house, 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 prime (ceiling)
and the underside. 

This was by far my least favourite challenge. All of the angles

However it’s finished!: 

wood counters black backsplash
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