Hey everyone! Excited to be back talking about part of the kitchen makeover today. Besides the new amazing countertops/quartz sink and the cabinet hardware which I’ve shown you all, there is something else cool to show you. And this could easily be a DIY project for you too. I just lucked out and had the guys who were doing the countertops do this too and knock it out in one shot. And I’m so thrilled we have a desk area in the kitchen now!!
Isn’t that so cool? I just love it. I love making any spot in our home functional, even if it’s just a small part of the wall. We don’t have much wall space in here because the breakfast room is all windows. And remember I used to have that little grey stand in here that I redid? Here’s a pic if you forgot.
I liked that stand (even though my lamp was too big), but as far as functional, it really wasn’t. It was a good spot to hold my chalk for the chalkboard, and then of course underneath that skirt is our internet router that I was trying to hide. But other than that, that’s about it.
When I first started the countertop job I wondered if it was possible if we could make a little desk area in that spot. And when the guys came over for the initial consult, they said sure and that it would be an easy job. I was SO excited. Excited that the kids will have a little space to work and draw on, a place for a laptop and a place where my husband can work too. Because he doesn’t really use my desk in the office. Probably because I’m always at it. :) And I am not calling this a kitchen command center because it is not that. This area is meant to stay clean and pretty and not a paper organizer.
Emma LOVES to draw and there always is paper and a journal on this desk but I cleaned it off for the photos. :) The only thing it doesn’t have is a little drawer underneath which we can always add later on if we want. But for now I just keep everything in the kitchen drawer to the left, and that works well.
When I envisioned our desk, I saw it as an extension of our countertops, like exactly what my mom has in her kitchen.
Ack sorry for all of the bluriness from her phone picture!
But anyway, I wanted our desk to drop down like hers as a little extension and built-in area.
So I just showed the guys that picture and that’s what they did, and I used the same measurements of the height of the desk as my moms too.
I was so pleased!
And this could be easily done in your home too but this is all they did. It looked really easy.
They nailed in the 2 corbels (that were custom built) and the support/brace on the back wall. Then they just nailed the wood pieces right on top.
Then all they had to do was put on the laminate just like they did the countertops and put on the special edge and that was it. And of course if you do this yourself, you’ll have to determine what support system you’ll need. If you are using granite or something heavier, naturally you will need some very heavy duty supports. And I didn’t have them build it all the way to the window. It’s actually an inch or inch and a half away from the edge of the window. Mostly so I can still hang long curtains there. Priorities y’all.
I painted the corbels the same as the wall color (SW Balanced Beige) so they blend in better instead of having white or something where it sticks out.
Now, since we do still keep our internet router down here (the wires connect up on the backsplash behind that wicker basket with the towels in it. Dumb, I know), I had them drill out a hole in the back of the desk so I could run cords and wires through easily.
The hole stays hidden from the lamp base. Sneaky.
But that does leave us with this mess still on the floor.
We are going to hang up a little shelf on the back wall underneath the desk that the router can fit it. Yes it’s annoying, but it’s a sacrifice and it’s only temporary. And luckily my big pretty chair covers it all. :)
Got that at Marshal’s for a steal and I love it! It’s SO comfy. I wanted to get one of those cute stools from Target that would slide in and out but that seating wouldn’t be tall enough for little kids.
Here are a few more pictures for you.
The chalkboard quote I found on Pinterest, but could not find a source. If you know of it let me know! But I just love our new little kitchen nook. It feels good to really use every inch of square feet in your home that you can. It’s kind of like we just added on another little mini office. Love it!
Do you have a little extra wall space where you could do something like this? I bet you can find something! I’ve always wanted something like this in our living room, but we literally only have 1 real wall in there. The other wall is windows, and the rest of the room is open. So the kitchen is the next best thing. :)
For more info on the laminate countertops read this post. And I promise guys–next week I will reveal the white kitchen!! Can’t wait. :)