The left wall in this picture is where the kitchenette was installed. This is what that rec room wall looked like before the construction. There is a 28" deep shelf that transitions to a 12" deep shelf. It is a 24" tall concrete ledge, that runs behind the kitchenette cabinets and behind the french door refrigerator. For reference, the rec room door to the laundry room/basement stairs and then the kitchenette triple sink are to the left of the ledge pictured here.
Kitchenette with 25” by 76” wall hung granite countertop. Heavy steel 27” in-wall free hanging shelf brackets from The Original Granite Brackets company. Used cabinets and granite from Craigslist.
The rec room had newly installed flooring. It is Corte-Plus waterproof luxury vinyl plank flooring, laid overtop the existing concrete floor. This 24’ by 23’ room used 18 of the 19 cartons of Coretec Plus - #50LVP207 (507 sq. ft.). That order included 2 matching T-mold, for the transition to the tile in the french door entryway, and the 90 lineal feet of natural white oak shoe molding. The total uninstalled order cost $2,316.10, including tax and shipping.
I wanted guests to easily find glasses and plates. These two open-shelf wall cabinets hold a lot of glasses and plates, in just a 16 inch wide space. They were custom built by MIDWEST CLASSIC FURNITURE & CRAFTS. The open shelf cabinet, on the left, is mounted onto a refrigerator cabinet side panel, left over from a kitchen remodel.
The base cabinet pullout spice rack (open), has a bottle cap opener for a handle. The tall cabinet end panel and the base cabinet end panel were also left over from a previous kitchen remodel. They were re-stained using the Minwax English Chestnut stain, so they all match the upper and lower kitchen cabinets factory stain. The two open shelf cabinets were stained to match, when they were built by Midwest Classic Furniture and Crafts, as a special order.
This picture shows all three granite countertops. The main countertop is on the left. It is 34.75" deep by 118.75" long by 1.25" thick. The wall-hung countertop is 25" by 72". The mobile countertop cabinet is 21" by 82". The granite slabs cost $500 total on Craigslist, but the deliveries cost $800 total. Add another $150 to the delivery guys to square off a notch. Not cheap, but well priced for what I got.
You can see the concrete ledge behind the base cabinets and behind the refrigerator. The base cabinets are 18" deep by 35" tall by 36" wide, so they are not normal 24" deep base cabinets. The 18" base cabinets plus the 13" deep concrete ledge required a deeper than normal countertop. That was a blessing, because the used countertop was 34" deep by 118" wide by 1.25" tall. I LOVE the deep countertop!!!
A white 9” by 16” polypropylene cutting board slides into two aluminum channels, attached to the upper cabinet by four tiny bolts. When not in use, this cutting board takes up no countertop space, but it is within easy reach when it is needed.
Kitchenette - I don't think refrigerators are too deep, I think countertops are not deep enough. This granite countertop is 34 inches deep. The wall cabinets are 14.5" deep, and they have lazy susans in them to hold smaller items. The base cabinets are only 18" deep, as there is a 12" deep concrete ledge behind the base cabinets and the refrigerator in this recreation room.
kitchenette with 25” by 76” wall hung granite countertop. Seven heavy steel 27” wide in-wall free hanging shelf brackets were used. They are from The Original Granite Brackets company, and cost $353. The used cabinets and used granite countertops were all found on Craigslist.
The wall with the door is the wall that the kitchenette was installed on. From left to right: triple sink, passage door to stairs/laundry room, three wire rack pantry units that sit on the ledge, french door refrigerator sitting in front of the ledge, two open shelf wall cabinets, set at right angles, and the three 36" wide base cabinets under the three 36" wide upper cabinets.
Six Craigslist 36" wide kitchen cabinets, were originally installed for a pantry but got returned. They were $600, not including delivery. The bottom cabinets are 34.5" tall by 18" deep and have no toe kick. The top cabinets are 30" tall by 14.5" deep. The Craigslist granite countertop is 34.5 inch deep by 118 inch long by 1.25" thick. It was $300, not including delivery.
Six Craigslist kitchen cabinets and a 34 inch deep by 118 inch long Craigslist granite countertop installed in my kitchenette. There is a 12" wide by 24" tall cement ledge underneath the back foot of the countertop. The countertop rests on a 2"x4" ledger board, screwed into the back wall, and sits on the 34.5" tall by 18" deep base cabinets. There is no recessed toe kick. These were all built to be pantry cabinets, but got returned and listed on Craigslist.
Appliances are located on the back foot of the 34.75" extra-deep main countertop. That leaves plenty of of uncluttered countertop space in the front. Having this arrangement is something I have wanted to try for years now. It works out great day-to-day. If this was the main kitchen, maybe I would try a line of flip-up appliance garage doors, to hide the clutter.
Sometimes the work-in-progress kitchenette in the rec room gets cluttered with renovation supplies and tools. This was the week the 18" by 82" granite-topped mobile countertop was being made. The mobile cart is not pictured here. It is made of two four-wheel carts under double-thick plywood base, topped with a granite slab. Getting that mobile countertop cabinet completed was worth the temporary mess.