Kitchen Nook Remodel

Kitchen Nook Remodel

In House Remodel by Pauline Henderson14 Comments

I really have no clue.

I’ve spent so much time trying to decide what to call this space in my kitchen, that I’m almost embarrassed.


Desk area?  “Area” feels too big.

Kitchen nook? Nook?  That word is weird if you think about it.

And then there’s the guilt.  I feel a little guilty for stressing over what to call my little space, when kitchen spaces like this were considered a luxury when I was growing up.  (I am speaking for myself here.)

These mental speed bumps come up all the time.  I’m okay with that because let’s face it, I don’t have a choice.  It’s how my brain works.

So having typed some rambling lines, I’ll jump right in now.

kitchen desk area before update

Before I spout off a list of what was wrong with this “area”, let me express my gratitude for having a roof over our heads.  This home was designed and owned by my husband’s grandparents.  I appreciate the love and detail that went into it, and I mean no disrespect with any comments that I make.  (Like when I express my confusion over the low height of the desk top.)  We have owned it and lived here for over 5 years, and the fun in making it “ours” has just begun.

Now, here’s my list of  “wha…?” ‘s

  • I had issue with the low desk (previously stated)
  • The overhead cabinets were overly big  (great for hiding stuff, but hard to reach and remember what was up there)
  • Cork board  (not a fan of it)
  • The floor  (that’s actually my fault, because I had the carpet removed)

So, here was my plan:

plans to remove things from kitchen

Simple enough, right?

Then here’s what came next:

kitchen remodel desk area

Remember those old land lines?  Where the phone had a cord, and it went into the wall?  Yeah, I do.  Good times.

By the way, I turned off all necessary breakers before beginning this project.  In fact, I kept the power to these outlets and wires “OFF” for the duration of this project.  Those wires look scary, and I have a fear of being zapped.

When I had removed what I didn’t want, I had to sit around for a few days and let it look like this.  I also had to leave my tools around and not worry about putting everything away, because hey- it’s a legitimate construction zone.  (I love justified chaos.)

Eventually, I came up with a plan:

kitchen desk

I’ll skip ahead to the “after” and then break it down after that:

kitchen redo

( The frame with built with my Kreg Jig )

Some key features:

  • Tin ceiling tiles
  • Light fixture
  • Crown moulding art
  • Scrap wood desk top
  • Upcycled glass dry-erase board
  • Recycled newel post legs
  • Painted floor design

I should also point out the extra space on the left side of the desk.  After raising the level of the desk top, I took advantage of the space to create a little open shelf perfect for stuffing papers and frustrating my husband.  On the right side, I also created a ledge for storing a rusty pulley.  Everyone needs a place to store a rusty pulley.

Now I’ll break it down a little.

Starting with the top, I used some rusted tin tiles and some reclaimed wood shingles.

I decided to do it at an angle instead of a drop down, to keep it feeling airy and spacious.  I love vaulted ceilings, and this was a way to bring in a tiny bit of vaulty-ness.  (I inherited vaulted ceiling love from my mom.)

ceiling tiles in kitchen redo

My original crown moulding art piece is featured in my tutorial HERE.

I also installed a lighting fixture that I purchased from LOWE’S for about $29.00.  This was the most expensive part of the project.  Really.

Upcycled Glass Dry Erase Board


This piece of glass was found at ReStore for $3.00.  Judging by the sticker that was on it, it was intended as a shelf for an Ikea furniture unit.

legs for a desk

I used skinny fabric tape to map out lines on the concrete prior to painting with latex paint.  I distressed the paint a little bit with sandpaper, which gave it a slate-like look.  I’m sure more paint will wear away with time and traffic, but that’s what I planned on.  It might actually end up looking better, after more wear.

industrial decor

Here is a close up of a pulley I found last summer.  Everyone can appreciate a close up of a pulley.  (Check out my Instagram for a pic from that day.)

Kitchen Nook Remodel

Oh!   And this is what it looks like with the computer.

kitchen after photo

That’s all folks!

I’m sure it will be cluttered with papers, a rubber band, loose change, and a Hot Wheels car immediately following this post.  :)

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  1. karen

    Pauline this looks amazing!!! I love the explanations and that new desk top is gorgeous! I am so impressed you moved the electrical wiring. That is so beyond my skill set!

  2. Amy @ StowandTellU

    Every detail is beautiful. Removing those cabinets makes it such a better use as a work space and I love you mix of materials from the wood to the industrial light fixture.

    1. Author
      Pauline Henderson

      Thank you Amy. I agree. The cabinets overhead combined with the low height of the desk sometimes felt a little heavy and claustrophobic. (If that makes sense.) Thanks for reading!

  3. Patty

    Love the changes!!! Need some detail about the desktop, please?!?! And, what did you do with the cabinets?

    1. Patty

      NEVER MIND on the desk details….I’m a NEWBIE to your site and as I was checking out your other projects, I came across the serving tray. I answered my own question! My guess is that you salvaged the cabinets for something better?!?!

      1. Author
        Pauline Henderson

        I will be doing a post about the desktop soon. You’re correct! The cabinets WILL be something better one day! :) I’m sure I’ll eventually need them in another space in the house.

  4. Mindi

    Holy Guac!! This looks SOOOO much better! I love the desk top, the amazing moulding art, the shingles and tin tiles…what is not to love?! I found you on Hometalk and I am asking myself why on earth have I not seen your blog before? It’s all good, because I am now following you…and I love Provo…spent seven years of my life there. And the floors, did you paint them? They look awesome too.

    1. Author
      Pauline Henderson

      LOL, thank you so much! So many nice things packed in one little comment. It’s a small world, I love Provo as well. Thanks for the follow too, and yes, I painted the floors with some latex paint. It’s a temporary solution meant to tide me over until we can do flooring for the rest of the kitchen/dining/family room. I’ve got quite a road ahead of me. (There is a wall or two that needs to come down, windows to be made where there are no windows, and doors… blah blah blah.) I thought I’d start with this little area first. Thanks again, for your kind words. :)

  5. Candy

    I did the same counter top in my kitchen. I love the look but am not happy with the finish. I’m anxious to hear how you finished yours.

  6. Kelly

    Did you talk about the desktop process anywhere on your blog? It looks like reclaimed boards with an almost live edge…would love to know if this is something you built…and if so how :)

    1. Author
      Pauline Henderson

      It is made up of leftovers from a local woodworking shop, and when they get their slabs of wood, there is a raw edge on those slabs. The shop cuts this edge off, which leaves me a lot of nice small pieces with raw edges. I’m going to be posting about how I made this desktop soon. Thanks!

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