Basement Makeover

1Basement Room Makeover -- A Pinch of Joy

1Basement Room Makeover -- A Pinch of Joy

Remember this unique wallpaper from the Stair Makeover we did a while back?? It was here when we moved in and  I’m so glad to say it’s no longer a part of the scenery!  Those ships have sailed into the sunset!!!    One of our projects over the holidays was to work on the Basement room.  It was a playroom, a model train room, an exercise room  and, eventually, a very tired room.  A fresh wall made that even more obvious.  Here’s what was here — besides the ships: 

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A wall full of overflowing bookshelves.  I sold many of them, donated a bunch and whittled almost 5000 down to about 500.

4a Basement Makeover -- A Pinch of Joy Model trains, cars, and anything else that had wheels  were displayed on the two long walls at head height.

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Unpainted doors covered the water meter.

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And this “lovely” carpet that has been here literally for decades — before we owned the house!

We rolled up our sleeves and got to work:

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A whole pickup load of “stuff” went to charity.  Exercise equipment, wicker furniture, toys, office material —  ruthless!  Some of it was there only because we never had   made time to move it out.  Time to go!!! 

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Wheels and Bytes replaced all the ceiling tiles for a much needed fresh look.  New lights were added.  Now we wonder how we ever navigated across the dark room to the adjacent laundry without them!  And we continued to move things out . . out. . out.  The laundry was full of things we were keeping. 

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Even the carpet came out so we could install THIS new look and a complete blank slate for starting over.  Well, except for that nautical lamp that’s always been there.  And things like the treadmill and “stuff” temporarily stored in the laundry room.  As close to a blank slate as we could get!   The bookshelves are gone, the display shelves disassembled, the walls cleaned.

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 The paneling was installed by a previous owner.  It was there (no time or money required),  in good shape and acceptable!   We painted all the exposed woodwork gray to blend with the paneling.  Getting rid of the contrast between the gray paneling and the dark stained woodwork makes the room look sooo much bigger!   I was too frugal to  buy the receptacles for Wheels to change out, but I did buy new outlet covers that blend in better.   I visited a “world renowned teaching hospital” about the same time we did this and noted they did the same thing in their gray walled waiting room!  I didn’t feel so bad — if they can be cheap, so can I!  Looks better than all stark white! 

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The ship wall was covered with white paintable beadboard paper.  Two coats of gray paint. 

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The makeover is still in progress, but you can see the direction it is taking.  Water meter doors now blend into the background with the newly painted baseboards.  Shopping the house for furniture that fits the new purpose.  Art work — framed black and white photos by Wheels from our travels. 

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It’s about time this place got a makeover!  Has the important things needed for a workout room — clock and tv! Or will it end up a man cave?  Or . . .???

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Kitchen Remodel: Improve Storage Part 3

1Kitchen Remodel  Improve Storage Part 3
1Kitchen Remodel  Improve Storage Part 3

Just a peek into the rest of the cupboards in our new kitchen.  Plus a few more takeaways for you to consider in making over your kitchen! 

2Upright Baking sheet storage

This cupboard is only 15 inches wide, but it is worth its weight in gold.  Cutting boards, cooling racks, pizza pans, trays, jelly roll pans and various sized cookie sheets are stored here.  I can take one out with ease and not have to move more than one or two pieces to do so.  Previously these were all in one pile in the garage storage!  Plus more.  I got rid of six jelly roll pans.  SIX!  I have never made a jelly roll and have no plans to ever make a jelly roll.  I use the pan once or twice a year for big sheet cakes.  I have no idea how I accumulated six!! 

3Small Drawer

This little drawer is the other 30 percent of the drawer space in the kitchen.  It is next the stove and holds essential equipment for grabbing a tool quickly without moving away from the stove.  There might be a few more items that are normally stored here.

4Microwave Dishes

Above them, is the microwave cupboard.  The items stored here are used mainly in the microwave for such things as hot cereal or reheating.  Except someone has to keep his peanut butter stashed here because it “gets lost” in the pantry.  I like him — a lot —  so the peanut butter stays :-)

5Above microwave
Above the microwave, is the cupboard for storing coffee.  The reason behind this storage choice is very simple.  I don’t drink coffee.  I can’t reach anything in the cupboard because I am too short.  Therefore the tall coffee drinkers get to put whatever they want in this cupboard.  You don’t want to know what is in the other half!!!  I don’t want to know. 

6Corner cabinet

There was a blind corner cupboard in this space before.  Total waste of space!  Just look at what can be stored in this easily accessible space!!!!  The herbs used in cooking are here.  I’m working on reducing the number of containers.  When things are stored helter skelter it is easy to buy duplicates because you can’t keep track of what you already have!  The tall jars are gummy vitamins that won’t fit in the medicine cabinet. 

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The beverage cupboard.  The guys are big coffee drinkers, I like tea.  There is quite a variety of drinks that go in and out of this cupboard.  No K- cups because the supply officer (me) forgot.  I’m in the doghouse — but they like to eat so I see forgiveness on the horizon.  The bottom shelf holds exactly a dozen mugs.  We had to reduce the number a lot — let’s just say this is not even half of what used to be in the kitchen!  The top shelf has two dollar store glass mugs that have become a favorite because they are huge! 

Takeaway:

  • Good design will help maximize the storage space and functionality in any kitchen.
  • Adequate storage space will allow you to keep track of what you own so you can use it.
  • Getting rid of duplicates and unused items will simplify your life enormously and reduce the amount of storage space needed.
  • Your kitchen should fit your unique needs!
  • Have a reason for storing things where you do.  Don’t just look for an open spot, think things through.  Store like with like.

  Begin the Kitchen Remodel   Transition Kitchen   3 Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen 

  Kitchen Storage Part 1   Improve Kitchen Storage Part 2    Improve Kitchen Storage Part 3 

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Kitchen Remodel: Improve Storage Part 2

Kitchen Remodel Improve Kitchen Storage Part 2


Kitchen Remodel Improve Kitchen Storage Part 2

The peninsula is the main work space in my kitchen, as it is in many kitchens.  Chopping, mixing, rolling out cookies, kneading bread dough — a lot of food preparation happens here. So you’d think that storage in the peninsula would have to do with food preparation.  Like most kitchens, this one falls a little short of the ideal.   I like anything that requires less time on chore stuff and  makes life easier so come along and I’ll show you some of the ideas behind this part of the kitchen storage. 

3Kitchen Storage - Large Drawer -- A Pinch of Joy
This drawer represents a full 70% of the drawer space in the kitchen!  The left half is closest to the dining room  so that’s where the tableware is stored.  The right half does indeed have tools for food preparation and is used at the peninsula –  ideal!  Dividers essential in staying organized.  It also helped that I sorted out the broken and maimed pieces to toss.  The back divider has plenty of the miscellaneous stuff that is occasionally used  — like the yellow handled fork that Wheels used as a toddler.

4Storage for Pots and Pans -- A Pinch of Joy

The two cupboard doors open to reveal pullout shelves — LOVE them!  No more standing on my head sorting through messy piles of pots and pans!   Remember the Kitchen Aid mixer took up half of this space in the old kitchen.  And ALL the pots and pans were in the other half on the bottom shelf except for the half shelf above that held a pile of the smaller pans.  Huge improvement in storage space — even if the pots and pans are all used on the stove on the other side of the kitchen.  The grill is used on the counter next to the stove.  It’s okay — not a big kitchen and I need more exercise.  Oh yeah, see the cling wrap on the left — It has a slide cutter so I can roll off what I need and cut it without taking the box out of the cupboard.  On the other side is a box of sandwich bags so I can just reach in and pull one out.  I use both of these multiple times a day.  At the peninsula — so that keeps the spirit of the keep it where you use it ideal alive!  Right???

Corner Lazy susan Kitchen Storage - A Pinch of Joy

New and improved lazy susan.  The corner lazy susan was one thing I liked about the old kitchen — expect for the gap all around when it was closed.  This one — no gap.  It also holds twice as much as the old one!!!  I found that if I filled the space available I could have enough weight to bog down the turntable.  A little moderation in spacing and a bag full to donate helped solve that problem.  I used my cake frosting turntable to place cooking spray and oil front and center since that seems to be the items I have to hunt for the most.   Now I can just open the door and grab without spinning the cupboard turn table. The little turntable catches any drips and is easy to pull out and wash when needed. I’m still liking the storage containers I told you about when I reorganized the old lazy susan.  Since I use the peninsula for mixing, these items are very convenient to point of use. 

Kitchen Storage -- Appliance Garage -- A Pinch of Joy

The appliance garage was supposed to be another point of use storage space.  The literature on the cabinets said the opening would let the mixer slide in and out with ease.  What the literature did NOT say was that the Shaker style tambour door bottom takes up almost two inches of the “opening” so there was no way the mixer would fit in.  The store designer had only the literature to go by as well — but more accurate information made available would have been very helpful!  Instead, I keep my toaster and a small basket of health supplies there which is also very convenient — not a loss.  You saw the mixer in the tall storage cupboard in Part 1.

7Upper Cabinet Kitchen Storage -- A Pinch of Joy Storage

The old cupboards did not use all the wall space available for the upper cabinets.  This does — from the window to the edge of the peninsula.  The cupboard above the appliance garage was also a problem.  The designer told me I needed to use a two door cabinet to “balance” the two doors on the adjacent cabinet.  I had my doubts because it was so hard to access that cupboard anyway — short people have to lean way across the peninsula to reach the furthermost spaces.  But I let him talk me into it.  Big mistake. Something else I learned — flush mount doors do not open “all the way”.  Not only did I have to lean way across, I had to make contortions around the cupboard door as well.  That shortened my reach and that storage was really wasted.  You can see the solution.  I went back and ordered a new single door for that cupboard! 

Upper Cabinet Baking Storage -- A Pinch of Joy

Now I can open the door and reach what is on the first two shelves.  The top shelf used to have a collection of extras — made great garage sale inventory.  Now it holds a baking dish and a platter that I use occasionally and don’t mind getting the step stool to use them.  The plastic bin is just at the range of my reach, but I can snag the handle and pull it out to get to the extra measuring and mixing utensils stored inside.  The spices are mostly used in baking — another point of use for the baking zone.

11Dinner Ware -- Kitchen Storage -- a Pinch of Joy
Dinner ware storage right above the dishwasher.  I can stand between the front of the lazy susan and the dishwasher open door to unload the dishwasher directly into this cupboard.  Left handed Wheels unloads everything onto the counter and then shuts the dishwasher door and loads the cupboard — a two step process.  Tall Bytes just leans over the dishwasher door and pitches the dishes into place.  Ahem. . . .  Note the open position of the flush mounted door — that’s as wide as they open so you almost have to be standing in front of the cupboard to access it.   By standing on tiptoe, I can reach the dishes on the top shelf if they are stored with the edge of the dish on the edge of the shelf.  Push them back an inch — no.  And there is no hole drilled for lowering the shelf — the manufacturer makes these decisions for you.  These are all little things that make a big difference in functionality — but most of the time are ignored when planning storage. 
End of Peninsula with extra doors as design element -- A Pinch of Joy

Here’s what we did with the doors from the end cabinet.  Made them a decorative element on the end of the peninsula!  Adds the perfect finishing touch, methinks!!  (Bad light and shadows on a rainy day — sorry)

Take away:

  • Think about how you and your family use your kitchen.  Can you designate  zones for baking, cooking, doing dishes?  How can you store the items needed for those tasks close to the zone where they will be used?  In an ideal kitchen, there will be clear zones with storage accessible within that zone so people aren’t zigzagging around the kitchen to do one task. 
  • If you can’t have an “ideal” kitchen, make thoughtful adaptations you can use to make the storage space as functional as possible.
  • When you have doubts about the functionality and accessibility of storage space, stick to your guns.  You are the ultimate authority on how your kitchen will work for you!
  • Ask questions, ask questions, ask questions.   Box stores don’t have samples of everything, but try to get as much information as possible.  Hopefully you can take from my experience and think of questions that will get YOU your dream kitchen.   
  • Be flexible. 

  Begin the Kitchen Remodel    Transition Kitchen    3 Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen  

  Kitchen Storage Part 1

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