Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Cabinets.com. All opinions are 100% my own.
Let the games begin! (cue Katie lowering the kitchen torch onto the huge pedestal and lighting it on fire while looking rather svelte in a pair of running spandex pants).
If you didn’t know….I am super excited….like OLYMPIC sized excited to share with you the progress in the basement. It’s been a long time coming! We had friends move in the end of January and the number one question that we get is “How long are they staying?” followed by “Are you done with the kitchen down there yet?”. The answers to those questions are “I don’t know” followed by “No…but I’m hoping to wrap the last few simple things up in the next two weeks!”
What does that mean here for you guys? It means you get a play-by-play of everything we did a while back and a big happy basement kitchen reveal in the end!
As you may remember, there was a big open space when our friends moved in. We were planning on making it a dreamy kitchen and started the entire process by first scoring some appliances for great prices and then planned out a great space with the help of a designer from Cabinets.com
Now…here’s where it gets crazy. You can’t just throw a kitchen cabinet and a fridge in a space and call it done. There is some really functional things you have to work out first. This part of the process is hair-pulling-crazy because you have to think about things that are tedious and not fun. Things like electrical and plumbing and outlet locations and lighting.
For us, we decided to work from the top down. We started with the ceiling….the previous lighting situation just wasn’t cutting it.
Jeremy added six recessed lights and I patched all the other holes. Then we painted the ceiling and all the trim.
Jeremy also prepped the walls for the cabinetry by removing or cutting the molding on the floor.
In the back hallway (the other side of the first photo wall!) Jeremy removed the drywall and had a bunch of electrical and plumbing to do to make a laundry nook and address all the needs of the kitchen space.
He tackled plumbing for the first time….ever…and so far, so good. That’s huge for him because there are two things we just don’t mess with….water or gas!
He was taught a lot by our neighbor Mr. Larry who built his entire house (!!!) and he helped out a ton. We owe him dinner….if we can find a baby-sitter 🙂
Jeremy addressed the electrical stuff really fast because the appliances needed to be hooked up pronto. We wanted to make sure our friends had a fridge and a range ASAP because let’s be honest…it’s hard to live without the ability to cook your own food!
I’ll give more details on the electrical and plumbing stuff when I talk about the laundry nook. Stay tuned for that my fellow DIYers!
Once the nitty-gritty was done, it was time to implement the kitchen plan. If you can recall, we came up with a plan that was very soft-industrial-farmhouse. It all started with the prettiest cabinets (shaker style…swooon!)….and that is what I wanted to show ya today.
We got help planning the kitchen cabinets from a designer at Cabinets.com (that’s where we ordered our cabinetry from and I am such a huge fan of their products!). Then we just went through the itemized list the designer gave us and we had everything delivered. We saved some big bucks by going with their RTA style cabinetry (RTA stands for Ready To Assemble) and purchasing during one of their 25% off sales.
I gotta admit that when everything showed up at our door, I was a little intimidated and questioned our sanity.
I mean….I believe we are capable of assembling cabinets….but me being pregnant and constantly fighting a cold and the kids running amok and we still have to work to pay the bills and all that?! I doubted for sure! Now that I have seen them installed and seeing how quality they are….I know we made the right decision!
So cut to the freaking chase, right Katie?!
Here’s a little video I made of us as we did the assembly. It’s fun to try to find the Bower boy cameos 🙂 We did a couple different style cabinets so you can see how easy it was.
Yes, I chose Better Together as the song….because, get it?!, the cabinets are better together 🙂
The other wall started off like this….
And this was the kitchen design mock up….
And here it is with the real cabinetry….
If you can’t watch the video, basically it is this wall….
And here is the design (except the upper cabinets are taller than this mockup)….
And our final cabinetry result….
Dontcha love the lines along with that hardware?! I think they are a match made in heaven!
I have a whole video full of my favorite features of these cabinets….but for now, just know that I am obsessed with these floor to almost-ceiling cabinets. They are awesome for smaller kitchens that don’t have a pantry! Air-high-five-t0-basement-cabinets!
And because I am a nerd, I had to show you this fun gif. Yes….I am slightly obsessed with these cabinets.
So more details….these are the RTA Titusville Cabinets. You have to assemble them yourself but they are easy because there are a slew of videos that take you through the step-by-step process. There are some basic tools that are required….a stapler, a brad nailer, wood glue and a drill/screwdriver. Everything else is sent to you! We recommend doing the assembly on a folding table and doing it with a friend. We actually do LOVE these and recommend them to everyone we know personally.
Whew! Next up in this space….details on WHY we love the cabinets and more info on that beautiful hardware!
p.s. If you are looking for cabinetry….Cabinets.com does run sales periodically so you can sign up to be notified of the next sale on their website…click here and sign up at the bottom of the page under “SIGNUP FOR DISCOUNT ALERTS”.