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It's almost crunch time, folks. Our awesome contractor Basement Spaces has been working these last few weeks to take us to what the design trade calls "base building" - from demolition, through installing studs, electrical and plumbing, to primed drywall - and we're almost there! That is a little scary to me because everything beyond this point... painting, installing cabinetry in the craft area and laundry room, installing flooring, all tilework, installing all bathroom fixtures, building the cutest littlest playhouse ever, and all trimwork... is up to us!
First up, figuring out the cabinetry for the craft area. Of all the items going into the basement, cabinetry has the longest lead time (about 4-6 weeks) so it was one of the things we needed to decide first. Since we would be using kitchen cabinetry for the craft area, the banquette seat, and general storage, it made sense to meet with a kitchen designer. Meet Amber, Kitchen Designer at The Home Depot Yorkdale location.
For the colour, I was immediately drawn to Sharkey Grey. Its just so "Martha", isn't it? Then it was on to finding a countertop. Since the countertop would be subjected to everything from crafts paints to hot glue, exacto knives and paper punches, it had to be durable and resistant to staining. Corian fit the bill. Here are a few colours that caught my eye. Can you guess which one made the cut?
Amber also helped me pick the basement flooring but I'll save the How's and Why's of that for another post. It is good idea to pick all your main finishes together though so that you establish the colour palette and set a direction for the rest of your decor decisions.
A few other decisions we tackled: cabinetry hardware...
|How gorgeous are those brass handles? And they're affordable too!|
Now that we had the "look" identified, it was time to move on to figuring out the actual cabinet configuration. More on that coming up next!
Have you ever worked with a kitchen designer? Any kitchen design tips you want to pass on?