Constructing customized counter-to-ceiling shelving within the basement kitchenette.
That is the final challenge I just lately completed up in our basement kitchenette
challenge — it added a lot character and performance to this area!
I have been constructing this room from scratch for the previous few months, and this
was one of many enjoyable DIYs that actually made the entire area really feel completed and so
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What you did not see was that I finished the ledge and tile a few foot from
the nook on the left aspect of the room:
I had large plans for that spot!
We did not set up any higher cupboards on that left wall as a result of I did not need
to shut within the room an excessive amount of. We do not want a ton of storage anyway, so I
figured doing one thing enjoyable (however nonetheless useful) could be a greater use of
I’ve all the time had a curved arch element in thoughts for this wall, and toyed round
with a couple of concepts over the previous few months. I figured the simplest strategy to
implement one thing like that was to construct one thing tall on either side so I
might add the arch in between.
Our new counter to ceiling constructed ins had been the right resolution!
I wished the image ledge I constructed over the tile to butt up proper in opposition to
the shelving, so I needed to construct out this nook unit a bit. I made an “L”
with two items of wooden and safe one aspect in opposition to the wall:
The 1×3 board alongside the entrance is the ornamental trim that the ledge runs
of those countertop bookcases could possibly be nailed into these on one aspect and
some scrap I positioned behind the 1×3 on the opposite:
These initiatives are all the time like a puzzle for me. I take pleasure in determining the way to
make them work, however that is more than likely not how an expert would do
And that’s OK! Do not let that cease you from making an attempt related initiatives in your
own residence. It would come out simply fantastic ultimately with the correct ending
my bookcase cabinets. Take a look at our eating room window seat bookcases
to see how I construct the shelving a part of these inbuilt shelving models.
When the 2 sides and cabinets had been up, I put in some 1×2 choose pine
trim from prime to backside with a nail gun after which 1x3s alongside the entrance to
end off the cabinets.
As soon as the nail holes are crammed and corners are caulked, they’re prepared for
paint. These are probably the most time consuming components however make all of the distinction!:
This mild grey paint colour is matched to our cupboards, here is the components:
Every unit has 4 cubbies, however in the event you do this it out it may be custom-made
in your wants! We maintain some barware and some ornamental gadgets on there —
they don’t seem to be tremendous large, simply giant sufficient:
I constructed one shelving unit (the one in opposition to the wall) in place, and the opposite
I constructed on the ground after which put in into the wall (on the prime and backside
behind the trim).
After making an attempt each methods a couple of instances over time, I a lot desire to construct
these in place. I discover the match is significantly better that means. It simply is determined by
what you’re feeling most comfy with:
My plan was to put in the backsplash tile on the wall between the 2 models
after which construct the arch, however once I hung the artwork within the center, we fairly
preferred it as is:
So now I am not so positive I will do the arch…we’ll wait and see. I
am positive that I will not be tiling that wall — I’ve a brand new thought in thoughts
that I believe might be actually enjoyable!
I constructed the left countertop shelf proper up in opposition to the tip of the counter
as a result of ultimately there might be a taller bar prime/peninsula popping out from
there. I am engaged on that plan proper now, however I will share the total room
reveal earlier than that challenge begins.
That is how this aspect of the room began final fall:
And here is the way it seems now with the easy bar bookcases constructed as much as the
We nonetheless have loads of countertop area because the shelving models are solely 12
inches deep and 18 inches vast. The beautiful storage is nice for a bar space
Now I type of want I had run lighting to the tops of every one, however we might
nonetheless try this. The ending particulars might be enjoyable to determine.
This countertop shelving would additionally create much more storage in a rest room,
so long as you have got the area.
We have packed a variety of kind and performance into this little kitchenette alcove in
our basement! This has been such a enjoyable challenge — I will share the (virtually)
ultimate reveal quickly!
When you have any questions on this challenge, please let me know within the