Lately, it feels like we’re juggling a lot of projects between our home, our office, and launching our store. It feels amazing to officially cross the office kitchenette off of our to-do list this week! I’m very excited with how this little space came together. We’ve been spending so much time here, in preparation for our launch, I know this little corner will make this place feel more like home. Having a refrigerator to keep our lunch cold, enjoying morning coffees, and being able to look at this beautiful vignette is a game changer in our office. Click through for some fun before & after images, product links & sources, and to see the finished makeover. This rental office is really starting to shape up and feel like ours!
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I am thrilled to have partnered with Build.com for this project, because it’s one of my go-to resources for fixtures, appliances, tile, construction materials, etc. They have the BEST selection of home improvement products including trendy and traditional styles, designer lines (like Brizo- that beautiful faucet we installed), lots of finish options, and new technologies at competitive prices… all in one place. Consumers and designers alike, can find what they need to create their own personal aesthetic. They carry a huge amount of brands and products. We actually order from them often!
This is what the kitchenette looked like when we moved into the space, pictured above. This office was previously rented by a concrete construction company. Even after some serious cleaning and scrubbing, I just couldn’t get the existing kitchenette to look clean (especially the sink). After a few long days of cleaning and working at the office, Emmett & I quickly learned we would need to purchase a small refrigerator sooner rather than later. I knew I wanted a Smeg, and of course that led to a “makeover” because Smegs are just so pretty. I couldn’t install an awesome apartment-sized fridge next to the basic cabinetry (apparently, it’s not in my nature). I toyed with the idea of painting the cabinets for a quick makeover, but then decided it would be relatively quick to just replace them altogether. Ready to see how it looks today?!
One thing led to another and here we are! We tiled the back wall, replaced the lower cabinets, swapped the upper cabinetry for floating shelves (Emmett built those), bought our beloved Smeg, installed a new sink & faucet, and of course- I styled everything. It looks a thousand times better!
The space is also more functional. I opted for a large, single basin Elkay composite sink…. which will come in handy for both dishes and cleaning.
I should also mention- you’re getting a LOT of sneak peeks at products that will live in my store, Tuesday Made. Most of the styling items are from our shop, which is very exciting! It was really fun to play with and style so many beautiful objects I’ve selected over the past six months and incorporate them into the kitchenette.
The backsplash tile might be my favorite part of this makeover! That honed, graphic marble is pure perfection. After seeing this installed, I’m thinking I’ll need to order more for our home. We have yet to renovate two bathrooms, a laundry room, and a mudroom- all of which, would make amazing backdrops for this stunning tile. I’m digging the movement and variation within the marble.
One reason, Build.com was at the top of my list for this project was because they offer cabinetry. I only needed two cabinets for this project, since we did away with the uppers. I ordered a 36″ sink cabinet and a 21″ three-drawer cabinet. Both are inset and were super easy to install. They have soft close drawers and are very nice! We ended up color matching our Smeg, and painting the cabinets for a cohesive look… but these cabinets do come in a few different colors.
Emmett built the walnut floating shelves for me, and added the decorative end pieces (the black wrapped bracket detail). They are so beautiful and really helped to open up the space. Plus, it was a fun opportunity for me to style in some of our products. You know how much I love styling!
The floating shelves also allowed for open storage above the fridge, which was previously unused space. Speaking of the fridge, Emmett & I are super excited to have a place to store drinks and snacks. After working lots of long 15+ hour days, we quickly realized the importance of having food & water at the office. Although the fridge is currently only stocked with water and beer (late night work priorities, haha!), it will provide plenty of cold space for the two of us. Right now it’s just Emmett & I… we don’t have employees, so it’s more than enough space.
The espresso maker has also been a game changer! I figured having something compact, quick, and easy would be our best bet in the little kitchenette. It doesn’t take up much counter space and looks pretty minimal. I’ll also say- the coffee has been wonderful.
The cabinetry hardware is actually the same brand we used in our kitchen at home… Amerock brand. It’s heavy, great quality, comes in a variety of finishes, and is affordable. I selected these oval knobs, paired with a couple of these beautiful cabinet pulls.
The countertop material is basic, solid surface. We were able to secure a remnant from Emmett’s work, and they fabricated it for us. It’s just plain black, which works well in this tiny space.
The faucet is another favorite fixture of mine… this is the Brizo Rook in polished gold. We had a similar Brizo faucet in our first home, which prompted me to make the purchase again. It’s an awesome kitchen faucet with a handy pull-down feature, and you can also toggle from stream to spray.
As promised, I wanted to link the main sources for you. Click directly on the items to be redirected to the source- or use the numbered links below the collage to shop…
01: honed marble tile // 02: 21″ inset cabinet // 03: elkay undermount sink // 04: smeg refrigerator // 05: amerock cabinet knob // 06: brizo kitchen faucet // 07: amerock cabinet pull // 08: 36″ inset cabinet
If you’re planning to renovate a space or are looking for fixtures and materials, be sure to keep Build.com in mind. They offer consumers and professionals (designers, builders, architects, etc), exclusive pricing on the best selection of products- with stock you can depend on. Every single item for this space arrived in a timely manner, which seems rare these days!
The boys have been loving their new role as “office dogs” and already think they run the place… typical management. Ha! I’d love to hear your thoughts on our little kitchenette makeover. As always, if you have any questions (including sources), please leave them for me in the comment section below! I hope you enjoyed this one. It was a really fun project and I’m incredibly happy with how it turned out.