Today I have another exciting transformation for you – our basement farmhouse kitchenette! This space is part of my mum’s private area in the lower level of our house. It’s not a full kitchen, but it has everything she needs to make breakfast in the morning or a snack while she’s working in her office down the hall.

Let’s take a look some before photos shall we? It’s a small area that was not really functioning the way my mum was hoping. 

The table was originally bought for eating at, but was very large in the space and ended up being placed against the rarely used double doors to the furnace room (there’s another door around the corner).

Basement apartment kitchen BEFORE PHOTO | Basement Apartment Kitchen | House by the Bay DesignThe cabinets were a plain white builder-basic style with simple brushed nickel knobs.

Farmhouse Kitchenette cabinet doors BEFORE PHOTO | Basement Apartment Kitchen | House by the Bay Design

Behind the sofa was a little industrial storage unit with a pine top my dad had made years ago. It provided some extra storage for the coffee maker and small microwave.

Farmhouse Kitchenette Coffee Station BEFORE PHOTO | Basement Apartment Kitchen | House by the Bay Design

The goal was to open up the space so that it felt less cramped while continuing to have a sitting area (preferably one with a better view of the TV!) and bring in more personality with some farmhouse style. 

And Voilร ! 

Farmhouse Kitchenette by the Bay Design | Basement apartment kitchen design
To add a seating area with extra storage a sofa table-like island was added using IKEA kitchen cabinets and a DIY wood countertop. It has a combination of drawers and open shelving.
Farmhouse Kitchenette | Basement Apartment Kitchen | Kitchen island waterfall counter by House by the Bay Design

Some much needed personality was added to the plain cabinet doors with shaker style trim made from pieces of 1/8″ MDF. 

Farmhouse Kitchenette | Basement Apartment Kitchen | Kitchen cabinet door makeover by House by the Bay Design

The furnace room doors were given a makeover with more 1/8″ MDP applied in a shiplap pattern and new matte black handles.

Farmhouse Kitchenette | Basement Apartment Kitchen | DIY shiplap door makeover by House by the Bay Design

The industrial storage unit was moved in front of the new shiplap doors and is still used as a dedicated coffee station.

Farmhouse Kitchenette | Basement Apartment Kitchen | Shiplap coffee station by House by the Bay Design

The waterfall style countertop creates an attractive view from the sofa and divides the space naturally.

Farmhouse Kitchenette | Basement Apartment Kitchen | Kitchen island waterfall counter by House by the Bay Design

Mum is very happy with her new space which is both more functional and less cramped! Tutorials will be coming soon for the shiplap and cabinet doors so you can recreate these easy (and inexpensive) DIYs!

Farmhouse kitchenette makeover before and after | House by the Bay Design

3 Comments on Farmhouse Kitchenette Makeover

  1. Laurie Collins
    June 6, 2017 at 7:19 pm (3 months ago)

    Great ideas!!!

    Reply
    • Casey
      June 6, 2017 at 9:06 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks Laurie!

      Reply
  2. Via B Design
    June 15, 2017 at 3:35 pm (2 months ago)

    This kitchen looks more functional now, but unfortunately there is less desk space. Like what you did though!

    Reply

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