interiors & styling

Office Kitchenette Makeover

Office Kitchenette Makeover - roomfortuesday.com 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!

Office Kitchenette Makeover - roomfortuesday.com 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?!

Office Kitchenette Makeover - roomfortuesday.com 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!

Office Kitchenette Makeover - roomfortuesday.com 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.

Office Kitchenette Makeover - roomfortuesday.com 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.

Office Kitchenette Makeover - roomfortuesday.com 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.

Office Kitchenette Makeover - roomfortuesday.com 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.

Office Kitchenette Makeover - roomfortuesday.com 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!

Office Kitchenette Makeover - roomfortuesday.com 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.

Office Kitchenette Makeover - roomfortuesday.com 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.

Office Kitchenette Makeover - roomfortuesday.com 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.

Office Kitchenette Makeover - roomfortuesday.com 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.

Office Kitchenette Makeover - roomfortuesday.com 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.

Office Kitchenette Makeover - roomfortuesday.com 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

Office Kitchenette Makeover - roomfortuesday.com 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!

Office Kitchenette Makeover - roomfortuesday.com 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.

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  • Reply
    Peggi
    November 17, 2020 at 5:40 am

    Sarah, friend, it feels like you’re juggling a lot of projects because…you’re juggling a LOT of projects! I’m tired just thinking about it.🤣 Of course you had to makeover the entire kitchen once you got that adorable Smeg! (Give a mouse a refrigerator…) I just love every detail! The color-matched cabinets and that faucet! The veiny marble tile is stunning…and oh! the pretty walnut shelves with the black brackets! And, naturally, the sneak peeks of all the beautiful wares from your shop! That round cutting board with the square inset handle caught my eye immediately! The match holder with the spherical cork stopper! So lovely and exciting! And, for real, Build.com is super amazing! As a person who lives in the middle of nowhere, I have definitely found their extensive selection invaluable. (kitchen sink, range hood, entry locksets…)
    I have to say that I’m not seeing a treat jar anywhere on those stunning shelves. Middle management can’t keep up a grueling schedule without sustenance! Amazing work, as always!💜💪🎉

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      Sarah
      November 17, 2020 at 10:19 am

      HAH! You are so right. It’s all fun and exciting though… who needs sleep anyway?! Give a mouse a refrigerator- that is EXACTLY what happened. You know me too well! Emmett built those beautiful shelves and came up with the brackets. They’re really gorgeous in person. The round cutting board is one of my favorites from our shop- good eye on spotting the brass inlay handle detail :) Working with Build.com for this project was so exciting for us! I’ve used their products and loved them for years, so I was ecstatic they thought highly enough of my work to partner. It has been a dream collab. It really is a handy resource if you live in the middle of nowhere, especially- we’ve been there and have done the same thing. Big thanks to you and Danna for looking out for our doggos. Ha! I still don’t know how I managed to forget a treat jar?! Their favorite Trader Joe’s salmon snacks are tucked in one of the drawers, but I feel like a countertop jar has to happen. Middle management has been snacking on way too many pretzels today (thanks to my S/O who gives into their begging faces… eye roll). Have an awesome Tuesday, Peggi! xo

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      Anne H
      November 17, 2020 at 12:16 pm

      YES, to treat jars for the pups AND the humans. Most excellent observation, Peggi!

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        Sarah
        November 17, 2020 at 1:27 pm

        Hahah!! You all are very persuasive. I guess dog cookies for the pups, and human cookies for the people is in order. Lol!

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    Colleen
    November 17, 2020 at 6:07 am

    My goodness that kitchenette is gorgeous 😍 Love, love, love it! Every detail is complete perfection. So excited for you…….You’ve got so many exciting things happening! So happy for you 🥂
    Now that kitchenette would be perfect for our cottage we inherited this year. It’s the perfect color palette, size and that smeg refrigerator would be amazing! We just have to replace the crumbling stone and mortar foundation 😳 and deal with the deck that’s falling down first 😱 If we can find a contractor that is 🙄
    Can you share any details about your new store Tuesday Made? When will it open? Exciting!

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      Sarah
      November 17, 2020 at 10:12 am

      Thank you, Colleen!! We definitely have lots of be excited for lately :) I truly appreciate your kind words and support. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I also think this small setup would be great for a cottage or cabin. If we ever do one of those, we’ll probably go this route. It was budget-friendly and still looks beautiful. Sorry to hear about your foundation issues- that’s always a bit scary, as it can be expensive. Structural issues are never fun. I’m crossing my fingers and am hoping it won’t be as bad as you think! As for Tuesday Made, we’re hoping to launch the website by the end of the month (that’s my goal anyway)… we’ve been working crazy hours trying to photograph and upload everything. It’s taking much longer than we expected, but I want to make sure everything is beautiful and perfect. Ha! We are shipping to Canada, too :) Hope you’re having the best week. xo

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    Hannah
    November 17, 2020 at 6:48 am

    What a beautiful transformation of a compact space!

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      Sarah
      November 17, 2020 at 10:09 am

      Thank you so much, Hannah! :)

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    Lauren
    November 17, 2020 at 8:15 am

    How I love this transformation so much!!! I second what Peggi said…we knew it would end up being a renovation because if you give Sarah a Smeg…lol. Not mad about it! It’s beautiful!! I wish all office kitchenettes were this inviting. I think my favorite is also the tile…that graphic marble speaks to my soul, and looks outstanding with the color on the Smeg and the cabinets. And Hello Tuesday Made items!! I see some pieces from shops I follow and I’m super excited for this! I can’t wait to be able to shop already! You and Emmett did an incredible job, as always, and I’m excited for the two of you to feel more at home in the new office. And, just sayin, that rug was made for those cutie fur babies to live on! 😂🤣 Dare I say they make it pop?! Lol.

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      Sarah
      November 17, 2020 at 10:06 am

      Thank you, Lauren! Haha, you two know me well :) Since we bought the Smeg, I felt like it had to be done. Lol! That marble tile is my favorite too… the natural veining is super gorgeous in person. We have so many beautiful things for the shop I’ve spent the past 6 months curating and finding. I seriously can’t wait to make our site live. We’ve been working tirelessly to get everything uploaded. My hope is by the end of the month. Whew! So much work, but it will be worth it! In the meantime, the puppers are living their best life being office dogs while we work long hours. Ha! Hope you’re having a great week! xo

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    Danna F
    November 17, 2020 at 8:57 am

    This kitchen is the most beautiful “office kitchen” I have ever seen! Wow, just love everything!!! I want this kitchen in my home!!! The backsplash, wood shelving, faucet, Smeg…hello! Emmett did a great job on the shelving. Beautiful! Cannot wait for your store to open. I also want to know if there is a ‘treat jar’ for your management babies? I’m going back to just sit and look at your pictures!

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      Sarah
      November 17, 2020 at 10:03 am

      Thank you, Danna! This was such a fun, fast project for us. I love spending time at the office working now! HOW COULD I FORGET A TREAT JAR?! The doggos thank you, and I will definitely be adding one to the shelves. Their current snacks live in the cabinets, but I love your idea of keeping them out (like we would at home). We’re working around the clock over here to try to get the website finished, so we can finally launch the store. We’re so close :) Hope you’re having a lovely day! xo

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    Katie
    November 17, 2020 at 9:15 am

    OMG…the floating shelves detail is just….great!!! Love it. Would you share the paint color of cabinets? It matches the smug perfectly. You guy are awesome.

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      Sarah
      November 17, 2020 at 10:01 am

      Thanks, Katie! Those were all Emmett… I can’t take credit for the pretty shelving. Ha! Happy to share the paint color- I flipped through a BUNCH of paint decks to find a color match for our Smeg. It ended up being White Swan (927) by Benjamin Moore. It’s a nice creamy color. Thanks so much for your kind words :) Have a great day!

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    Tracy
    November 17, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Beautiful! Wonderful job.

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      Sarah
      November 17, 2020 at 10:22 am

      Thank you, Tracy :) Have a great day!

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    Julie Rossman
    November 17, 2020 at 11:48 am

    And then your fingernail polish matched so perfectly with your kitchen showcasing too. I’m sure your whole style extends to your wardrobe too (which I’m not at all interested in because I don’t care about clothes) and I just love the elevated comfort you bring to a space as simple as a kitchenette. I’m looking forward to your shop and I have my eye on that cork ball top jar.

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      Sarah
      November 17, 2020 at 12:04 pm

      Haha! That was a happy accident. I haven’t painted my nails hardly at all this year, but got the itch to. I’m also not that into clothes, but I definitely appreciate design across all mediums. Thanks so much for your kind words and support, Julie :) I appreciate it! Have a wonderful day.

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    Anne H
    November 17, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Goodness lady, I knew it was going to be good, but I couldn’t have even imagined it’d be THAT good! What a difference. (Side note: does your landlord know how LUCKY he is?!) The space not only looks 1000x better, it looks 100x BIGGER! Absolutely love the cream colored Smeg and matched cabinets. I adore the warmth they bring over bright white and I’m kinda shocked at how well they work with the more white marble backsplash, too. And, once again, you’re so great at mixing metals! The walnut shelves with the black brackets (that also bring in the counter top color) bring just the right amount of warmth and contrast. The only thing missing (besides treat jars for the doggies AND humans), is a little bar for the inevitable HH’s at the office. ;) PS – loving the TM sneak peek – totally eying that awesome mini lamp and cutting board w/ the brass inlay, so I hope you have a LOT of those in stock! ;-D PPS – loving your nail polish, too! Please dish. (Ha, ha, see what I did there? Yea, I crack myself up a lot these days. Have to, am I right?) Seriously, fantastic job, Sarah!

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      Sarah
      November 17, 2020 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you so much, Anne! My landlord happens to be Emmett’s boss (not sure if you remember, but I designed their offices), so he gave me full reign… which was super cool of him. I’m lucky to be able to do whatever I want with the space, and I’m glad he trusts my design eye. Speaking of Emmett- he did a fantastic job with the shelves. I’m so glad everyone is noticing how beautiful they are. As for the bar, there is definitely beer in that fridge, ha! We should probably get some proper liquor decanters though. I’ll have to channel Mad Men. lol! I have to tell you about my nail polish, because I’m very passionate about it. I discovered a cool company called Static Nails, and it’s the only nail polish I use now! It lasts forever (like a gel), but you don’t need one of those lights. They have the BEST colors. Their “sweater weather” palette is my favorite. Anyway- I’m not a nail polish person, but I guess I am now. I can’t wait to share all the goodies from our shop because I’ve been hoarding the prettiest things since May, and it has been so hard to keep all these pretty things to myself. SO SOON!! Have a great day, Anne :) xo

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        Anne H
        November 17, 2020 at 10:26 pm

        Absolutely remember you doing their offices, but had no idea E’s boss is your landlord. Very cool he trusts you and your vision. Smart man. Have not heard of Static Nails, although there seem to be SO many new nail companies…at least according to my Instagram ads! LOL! Their colors are beautiful-love how saturated they are. What color is that that you’re wearing? Did you do their Pop-On Nails, too then? I’ve never tried faux nails, except at Halloween, but theirs are definitely intriguing. Thanks so much for sharing!

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          Sarah
          November 19, 2020 at 1:12 pm

          Yes! I’m really lucky he trusts me. Haha! IG is also showing me a lot of new nail companies… who knew?! I haven’t tried their pop-on nails… I keep super short nails because of projects , and I just can’t do the press on ones. They never stay. I’m strictly a polish gal these days. No more acrylic, gel, or press on for me. I haven’t had any of those in a year, so this is my new favorite thing. I’m wearing Bordeaux in the photos- it’s still holding up and looking beautiful :)

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    Alex
    November 17, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    This is a lovely transformation! I am curious about that little lamp on the shelf. I’ve been looking for something similar without success. Are you able to share where it is from?

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    Teri
    November 17, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Beautiful job, Sarah! I need more details about those awesome brackets. Hope you’ll share!

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      Sarah
      November 19, 2020 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks Teri!! Emmett built those- they’re actually just three wood pieces he nailed together and painted black, to cap off the ends :)

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    Tina
    November 18, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Looks so so good!! I’m about to tile, but my marble doesn’t contain veins like this! Maybe I’ll change it out! Can you share the grout type and color you used?

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      Sarah
      November 19, 2020 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you, Tina! I love LOVE that tile. The veining is so beautiful- especially in person. We used “Warm Gray” grout by Mapei.

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        Tina Stevens
        November 27, 2020 at 11:33 am

        Hi Sarah,
        Purchased the tile and I’m ready to recreate this beautiful look. Would you mind also sharing the size of the spacers you used?
        Kind regards,
        Tina

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    Nancy
    November 18, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Love everything about this! Do you have a resource for the rug?

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      Sarah
      November 19, 2020 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you, Nancy!! The rug is vintage :) I have a GIANT collection with similar options coming to my shop in a couple weeks, once we launch.

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        Nancy
        November 19, 2020 at 12:33 pm

        Yay! I’m rug shopping after a remodel and will be anxious to see what you’ll have available :)

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          Sarah
          November 19, 2020 at 12:40 pm

          So exciting, Nancy! I’m editing rug photos for my website as we speak :)

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