Basement Kitchenette Reveal

Mum’s basement kitchenette is finally done and WOW what a transformation!

The sink and faucet featured in this post were sponsored by BLANCO. I only work with brands I know, love, and can honestly recommend. All opinions are my own.

The original setup that our builder had put in was functional, but basic. The cabinets didn’t make use of all the space available and mum was limited to a small under counter fridge.

We were inspired to create a more beautiful space that gave her the option for a larger fridge but still had lots of storage. 

All the cabinets from ikea and use the GRIMSLÖV doors in off-white. We did a mix of solid and glass front doors to add a bit of variety and added a TORNVIKEN open cabinet for wine storage.

The countertop is laminate and also from Ikea. It was very easy for a DIY installation, but cutting it to size, making the hole for the sink and gluing on the provided edge binding.

The small “island” is made from two IKEA cabinets with a gap between them for a barstool. The counter and back panel are pine boards from the hardware store finished with beeswax.

The sink and faucet were both sponsored by BLANCO (the same brand we used in our main kitchen). We love our silgranit sink upstairs, so mum wanted the same material in her basement kitchenette. She picked the DIAMOND 1 model which gives her lots of space to hand wash any dishes and also holds a drying rack (freeing up counter space!).

The faucet is the ALTA model also from BLANCO and it fits so perfectly in the space. It has all the features mum wanted (pull out with spray, swivel) but is only 10.25″ tall – which is important when you have less than 13″ of space to work with!

For both the sink and faucet we picked the Cinder finish (a dark grey/black) to compliment the concrete look countertop and the brick-style backsplash tile.

The fridge is an apartment size 24” counter depth model that has a compact little bottom freezer (great for ice cream) and the existing 18″ dishwasher is a big time saver.

To try and keep as much stuff off the counter as possible, we moved the Ikea kitchen cart that was originally up in my office down to create a little coffee bar. It also holds cookbooks and has space for a small microwave.

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