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).
The cabinets were a plain white builder-basic style with simple brushed nickel knobs.
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.
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.
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.
Some much needed personality was added to the plain cabinet doors with shaker style trim made from pieces of 1/8″ MDF.
The furnace room doors were given a makeover with more 1/8″ MDP applied in a shiplap pattern and new matte black handles.
The industrial storage unit was moved in front of the new shiplap doors and is still used as a dedicated coffee station.
The waterfall style countertop creates an attractive view from the sofa and divides the space naturally.
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!