Living room alcove transformation

As soon as we moved into this house I had my heart set on built in alcove units, but Ben was a little worried it would narrow the room.

After lots of research (and nagging) I had our joiner give us a quote and we got him booked in just before Christmas. We decided to just build in one alcove to allow more flex for freestanding furniture or an occasional chair and I think that was definitely the right decision.

It look a little back and forth with the joiner to settle on the actual designs but we got there in the end with simple shaker doors and two full width shelves (with a third spare one in case we wanted a narrower gap).

It look the joiner a little while to build them in his workshop and a few hours to fit them and straight away we could see the difference to the room. Instead of our bulky tv stand that encroached on the room, the unit is completely streamlined and opened up the area to give much more space.

Just after it had been fitted

It also created tonnes of storage space to house the tv equipment and the shelves for some pretty faffing!

Next it was time to pick colours! I’m the most indecisive person ever with paint but we decided to keep the whole room really neutral and bright and we went for a Johnstones match of Farrow & Ball Strong White in eggshell.

Ben gave it a couple of coats of primer and two coats of the paint using a mini roller and we are so happy with how it turned out – really flawless as opposed to brushing by hand.

We finished the units with handles from our absolute favourite Armac Martin. We purchased our kitchen handles and knobs from the Armac Martin Queslett collection, which we are still completely in love with and make the kitchen feel even more special, so we are big fans!

This time we chose the timeless MIX handles in satin nickel which is a beautiful classic and yet contemporary brushed finish. They are the perfect touch for the unit and really stand out against the white paint. Handles available here.

Armac Martin MIX handles

The handles were kindly gifted to us by Armac Martin but we are proud customers too.

Before (all freestanding furniture)
After, including the new alcove units

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