Constructing customized counter-to-ceiling shelving within the basement kitchenette.
That is the final venture I lately completed up in our basement kitchenette
venture — 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 ended the ledge and tile a couple of foot from
the nook on the left facet of the room:
I had massive 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 each side so I
might add the arch in between.
Our new counter to ceiling constructed ins had been the proper answer!
I wished the image ledge I constructed over the tile to butt up proper towards
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 facet towards the wall:
The 1×3 board alongside the entrance is the ornamental trim that the ledge runs
of those countertop bookcases might be nailed into these on one facet and
some scrap I positioned behind the 1×3 on the opposite:
These tasks are all the time like a puzzle for me. I get pleasure from determining the right way to
make them work, however that is almost definitely not how an expert would do
And that’s OK! Do not let that cease you from making an attempt related tasks in your
own residence. It’s going to come out simply advantageous in the long run with the right ending
my bookcase cabinets. Try our eating room window seat bookcases
to see how I construct the shelving a part of these inbuilt shelving items.
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 gentle grey paint shade is matched to our cupboards, this is the components:
Every unit has 4 cubbies, however should you do that it out it may be personalized
in your wants! We preserve some barware and some ornamental objects on there —
they are not tremendous massive, simply giant sufficient:
I constructed one shelving unit (the one towards 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 occasions over time, I a lot want to construct
these in place. I discover the match is significantly better that method. It simply is dependent upon
what you’re feeling most snug with:
My plan was to put in the backsplash tile on the wall between the 2 items
after which construct the arch, however once I hung the artwork within the center, we fairly
favored it as is:
So now I am not so certain I am going to do the arch…we’ll wait and see. I
am certain 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 towards the top of the counter
as a result of finally there might be a taller bar prime/peninsula popping out from
there. I am engaged on that plan proper now, however I am going to share the complete room
reveal earlier than that venture begins.
That is how this facet of the room began final fall:
And this is the way it seems to be now with the easy bar bookcases constructed as much as the
We nonetheless have loads of countertop area because the shelving items are solely 12
inches deep and 18 inches extensive. The gorgeous storage is nice for a bar space
Now I sort 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 toilet,
so long as you’ve the area.
We have packed loads of type and performance into this little kitchenette alcove in
our basement! This has been such a enjoyable venture — I am going to share the (virtually)
remaining reveal quickly!
When you’ve got any questions on this venture, please let me know within the