Constructing customized counter-to-ceiling shelving within the basement kitchenette.
That is the final mission I lately completed up in our basement kitchenette
mission — 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 few foot from
the nook on the left facet of the room:
I had huge 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 practical) can be a greater use of
I’ve at all times had a curved arch element in thoughts for this wall, and toyed round
with a number of concepts over the previous few months. I figured the simplest option to
implement one thing like that was to construct one thing tall on each side so I
may add the arch in between.
Our new counter to ceiling constructed ins have been the proper answer!
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 facet in opposition to 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 initiatives are at all times like a puzzle for me. I take pleasure in determining
make them work, however that is most certainly not how knowledgeable would do
And that’s OK! Do not let that cease you from attempting related initiatives in your
own residence. It is going to come out simply positive in the long run 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 have 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 stuffed 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 coloration is matched to our cupboards, here is the formulation:
Every unit has 4 cubbies, however when you do that it out it may be personalized
to your wants! We preserve some barware and some ornamental gadgets on there —
they don’t seem to be tremendous huge, simply massive 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 attempting each methods a number of occasions through the years, I a lot want to construct
these in place. I discover the match is a lot better that means. It simply depends upon
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 after I hung the artwork within the center, we fairly
favored it as is:
So now I am not so certain I will 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 feel will probably 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 will probably be a taller bar prime/peninsula popping out from
there. I am engaged on that plan proper now, however I will share the complete room
reveal earlier than that mission begins.
That is how this facet of the room began final fall:
And here is the way it appears 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 huge. 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 may
nonetheless do this. The ending particulars will probably be enjoyable to determine.
This countertop shelving would additionally create much more storage in a toilet,
so long as you could have the area.
We have packed a whole lot of kind and performance into this little kitchenette alcove in
our basement! This has been such a enjoyable mission — I will share the (nearly)
ultimate reveal quickly!
When you have any questions on this mission, please let me know within the