Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Cabinets.com. All opinions are 100% my own.
OH BOY! This is exciting! I have been looking forward to this post all freaking week and I can’t wait to show you everything we have planned for our basement kitchen.
Ok…first let me tell ya, if you have been on vacay or swamped with work or on a blog break, we had friends move into our basement. We’ve known them forever and they have three kids with one on the way and are house hunting but for now they needed a place to live and we offered up our partially finished basement. They said yes and the rest is history. The great thing about this basement space is that it has lots of square footage for a basement. The bad part is that “partially” in partially unfinished label. It had no laundry and no kitchen. So this post is all about our kitchen planning….because you can imagine with three kids, you need a kitchen.
Here’s the floor plan so you can see where everything is…..go ahead and get your bearings….
Rewind to 2009….when we were house hunting, this is what it looked like….the room I am standing in is the living area (entertainment room) and looking at the doorway to the kitchen…
The kitchen had this weird window to the back hall….we call it the pass-through because the only thing we could imagine was that they had a gas grill back there and passed hot sausage through this window to serve at the bar….
We drywalled over it….because we don’t have a single friend that likes sausage. Kidding….because we don’t like weird holes in our walls.
Jeremy also removed the bar area because it was a terrible use of space. Obviously at one point there were cabinets down here but we never saw them and imagine that they were either removed prior to sale or stolen.
After a quick paint job and a patch job to the floor…here is what it looks like today…
The back wall is the one that has all the plumbing lines. This one makes sense for any water usage…like a sink, dishwasher, and fridge because then we wouldn’t have to move drains and all that.
It is right next to a wall that we have ‘back access’ to….so that makes it a lot easier to add electrical and all that. We figure that an L shape kitchen would be the perfect solution and utilize the most space.
This is the wall that we can access the back side. It will be the wall for a range and for cabinetry. I am thinking a tall pantry cabinet in here because that is one thing that this space lacks….storage!
Across the room is a little corner that we are not going to really touch. We figure that we have this small table frame that we can add wheels to and make it a movable island. When it isn’t in the center of the room, it can be pushed to this corner and used as a small breakfast bar. So that is the ONLY thing that we had for this space and the only thing that is staying.
The lighting situation is kinda bleek. It has one light that is smack dab in the center of the room. Since this space doesn’t have a single window – two doorways (one small to the dining room and one large to the living room), it feels really depressing. So we are adding more recessed lighting so that the entire space is bright and feels clean and fresh. I also want to add some accent lighting….more on that later.
Okay….so are you ready to see what we have planned so far? This is our preliminary inspiration board. It will make for a kitchen that has a simple industrial vibe that has loads of storage and should be classic enough to last for years….
First…the overall plan is to use a simple monochromatic color scheme, have loads of texture and use hard-wearing materials. We want to add that industrial vibe with concrete countertops but also with incorporating some wood open shelving, stainless appliances and dark hardware. The classic touches will come with the cabinetry – OMG SHAKER STYLE – and a farmhouse sink and a clean color palette.
We knew that the first step in this kitchen adventure was sourcing cabinets and we looked at tons of different options before finally landing on Cabinets.com.
I know that you are thinking…of course, you love them…they are sponsoring this post. Well…just for full disclosure, we picked out their ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets in the shaker style (these are called Titusville and the door style name is Shaker Maple White) and were ready to pull the trigger far before we were getting anything for free. I spent hours looking at different styles and different quality and different price points and I always came back to the RTA cabinets at Cabinets.com. Jeremy and I even called them up to use their free kitchen designer because let’s face it….I know what I like but I am no kitchen designer.
Then when Jessica (their kitchen designer extraordinaire!) called me and asked me some more detailed questions, I knew that the plan they had up their sleeves was awesome. They even provided two options for me. And both blew my socks off. Seriously. My feet are cold.
This is plan #1 – this has the layout I requested complete with full pantry areas and tall cabinets. The range has a microwave/hood combo over it.
I love that the cabinets on the fridge side and the range side are the same height and it adds to the overall balanced effect for the open shelves.
But the wall of cabinetry here with the microwave hood seemed like A LOT of white cabinets….
Now for option #2….remember…this is what we are currently working with….
Option #2 has varied height cabinets which really looks super dynamic from this view. Also it has a range hood that extends all the way up (BIG FAN HERE!) but that would mean that we would have to find an alternative place for the microwave (I’m thinking inside the pantry).
As much as I love the dynamic effect of different height cabinets, I don’t love that from this view because then the cabinets are not even on either side of the open shelves.
Overall though….SUPER IMPRESSED with the mockups. And they were super fast and very helpful in allowing me to imagine what we were actually going to purchase. So I decided that I wanted the range hood….obviously….and because we were going to lose cabinet space by putting the microwave inside the pantry and because we would lose the microwave cabinet, that we should opt for the higher height cabinets. That way we have a smidge extra storage and I still get that balanced look on the open shelving.
We printed off our cabinets-to-buy list and that’s when Jeremy decided that he would contact Cabinets.com to see if they could give us a discount. They said YES and we also hit it right as they started their 25% off sale! Even though we did have to pitch in for the cabinets, it was such a good feeling knowing that whoever was in this space, they would be getting top of the line cabinetry. And let me tell ya….yesterday we started the assembling process (more on that later) and I have to admit….I am CRAZY jealous. These are so freaking nice. Like way nicer than what I have in my kitchen. Soft-close drawers….substantial feeling doors….perfect finishes…the green monster had me DROOLING.
We also got our appliances! We had a strict budget and hit up floor models so that we could get stainless steel Whirlpool brand. I’ll be sharing our tricks to get the best price here soon. Basically we got all three appliances for $1200…including tax…which is a great price.
Sooo now here is where I need some help. I have been going back and forth on all fronts, trying to figure out what would be the best fit for down there and I am kinda on the fence about three different areas. So I thought that maybe if I put it to a vote, I would get some clarity.
First…the hood. I love the look of the ready-to-go hood in the designer mockups. BUT they are pretty pricey. I have scoured Craigslist and have looked into buying floor models but they all are much more expensive than getting a smaller range vent and building a custom cover. Kinda like what we did for our kitchen. Jeremy is full on the ready-to-go page but I am kinda leaning toward custom built because it would be cheaper and lend itself toward the industrial vibe if we did it right. What do you think?
Second point of contention….the backsplash. I have been all over pinterest and the things that stand out to me for industrial inspired kitchens are two types of backsplashes….white subway tile with darker grout or brick. Both have a cool imperfect vibe about them and they are both LOADS of texture…which I LOVE. I am leaning toward the brick because we could get cheap panels and do the ENTIRE WALL which is a huge statement. The brick we could remove down the line if it goes out of style. The tiles are more classic but I would not be able to remove them and they would cost more and I would only do them to the bottom of the shelving and bottom of the hood….so not as big a statement. Also they are more permanent. I feel like taking the risk on the brick would be good but it’s also harder to clean…and since it’s not my space, is that a big task to put on someone else? What would you pick?
Last but certainly not least is lighting. I am thinking six recessed lights in the whole kitchen and then we need something to add drama….like accent lighting over the open shelving. I have scoured and searched and really don’t want to spend more than $100 on additional lights. The options I have found are both great with my industrial mindset (how many times have I said industrial in this post?!? gah!) and they both would fall right around $100. The track lighting….well…it’s track lighting….but it’s cool track lighting. And I could aim it straight down over the shelves or adjust them all in the same direction and make that shelving/sink area feel very refined. The pendants are from ikea and I think three of them would look really striking. They would make a huge statement. Plus, each pendant is only $30 so it would be a huge budget saver. I know that I could probably find other pendants at similar prices but these black ones would be classic with the matte black and are a little bigger so unless craigslist comes through…I like that I can get these easily.
What do you think? Would you take the risk?
A huge thank you to everyone who is taking the time to vote. And if you are in the market for cabinetry…I really hope you check out Cabinets.com. They truly wowed us with their customer service and the quality of their product. They 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”.