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 purposeful 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 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 structure after we walked by way of our
framed dwelling 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 believed 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 throughout 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 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,
but it surely was good to not have to tug that up! 

When our son was youthful this was an incredible 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 all the things that may ultimately go there.

1. The kitchen plan and structure.

I knew from the beginning I needed this room to be moody and comfy like the remainder
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 structure I had selected. I threw collectively some very fundamental
graphics to point out you the three sides of this room:
basement bar layout

The one home equipment we needed to take into account 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 believe the builder of our dwelling meant for the kitchenette to solely be positioned
alongside the lengthy again wall, however I knew we should always make the most of 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 wanting into
on-line and ironmongery shop choices. 

I made a decision on unassembled cupboards as a result of they provided all of the bells and
whistles — increased high quality, mushy 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
comply with. I’ve used a whole lot of cupboards for initiatives over time, and these
have been by far my favourite:

DIY fridge surround

I might 100% take into account these for any future initiatives!

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

Contractors who’re accustomed to cupboard set up will know how one can 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 way of Dwelling Depot. 

dusk cherry LVP floors

As soon as I bought the grasp 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 straightforward 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
injury to date. 

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

I’ve reworked many rooms from prime to backside over time, however there
have been nonetheless a number of DIY initiatives I hadn’t tried. That is why I am SO pleased with
what I completed on this area! 

I minimize the butcher block down, then handled and put in the counters. After
that I minimize 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 am unable to even TELL you the way excited I used to be to have a working sink in that room
and that I had accomplished it myself! 🙂 

It has been months and never one leak! 

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

I put in them utilizing
the adhesive tile mats
I 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 cherished the look of a brass gallery rail on a shallow shelf —
they’re so elegant wanting 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 good measurement! I might have gone with higher cupboards all of the
manner across the room, however I knew it will 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

On the opposite one, I had a plan for a little bit of ornamental shelving that may
be helpful but additionally look nice. One in all my final initiatives 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, a minimum of 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 technique 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 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 prime (ceiling)
and the underside. 

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

Nevertheless it’s accomplished!: 

wood counters black backsplash
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