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 purposeful house we love!

There are a number 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 house. I tackled a
few “firsts” they usually turned out so nicely. 

We completely fell in love with this format once we walked by our
framed house 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 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 may use it throughout the winter months. 

That is how the room regarded 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 amazing 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 every thing that may ultimately 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 fundamental
graphics to point out you the three sides of this room:
basement bar layout

The one home equipment we needed to contemplate 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 feel the builder of our house 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 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 provided all of the bells and
whistles — greater high quality, mushy 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
observe. I’ve used a number of cupboards for tasks over time, and these
had been by far my favourite:

DIY fridge surround

I’d 100% contemplate these for any future tasks!

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

Contractors who’re conversant in cupboard set up will know methods 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 Dwelling Depot. 

dusk cherry LVP floors

As soon as I bought the dangle 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 simple to
set up.

Not saying I ever wish to do it once more, but it surely 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 over time, however there
had been nonetheless a number of DIY tasks I hadn’t tried. That is why I am SO pleased with
what I achieved on this house! 

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!:

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 finished 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 really like a lot after which started working on the lengthy shelf (9 ft!) 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 objects from the craft retailer. I LOVE how this turned out!!

6. Including counter-to-ceiling constructed ins.

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

You know the way 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 may
be helpful but in addition look nice. One in all my final tasks 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 technique somewhat bit, as a result of I wished to
disguise that house, not use it. 

I made this one up as I went! 😂 As an alternative of constructing packing containers for above the
cupboards, I nailed some scrap wooden into the ceiling so the entrance items of
wooden may 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 high (ceiling)
and the underside. 

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

But it surely’s finished!: 

wood counters black backsplash