Thursday, June 25, 2015

DIY Coffee Bar

Wow. It has been a long time since I have been here. I noticed that my beer bottle lights were very popular on Pinterest and other blogs and it made me miss blogging about my crafty adventures so here I am. I am back and here to stay!

Let's jump right into it. I am going to start with a quick post to get your head spinning with ideas.


I inherited an old china cabinet which I couldn't bring myself to get rid of, but it was so dusty and well, ugly.  I'd also promised myself that my house would someday have a coffee bar.  If only there was some sort of solution to my two problems.  Hmm...  wait, I've got it!  Turning an old, ugly, but not worthless piece of furniture into something awesome for your residence is easier than you think.  That is, as long as you make your husband do all the work while you "supervise."  I personally supervised from just over the rim of a margarita, but you can choose the method that suits you best.  Anyway, on to the tutorial.

For this project, we used: An old china cabinet, a screwdriver, a Black and Decker oscillating multi-tool, and some Behr semi-opaque colored stain.  (Please note, we were not sponsored or compensated in any way by any of the above named brands, it just happens to be what we used.  We also do not make any claims that these products are superior to any other comparable items.)

First all of the handles, doors, glass panes, drawers, and shelves were removed.  This makes sanding and staining much easier.  Next up, sanding!

Sanding was accomplished much more quickly and easily than I thought possible, by way of the multi-tool.  The whole thing only took a couple hours.  The doors were also sanded, separate from the cabinet.
After sanding, it was time to stain.  The cabinet required two coats total, along with some touch-ups.  We bought three of the sample size cans, and ended up with more than one can left over, so I would say 2-3 should be plenty for most furniture.

After the stain was applied and allowed ample time to dry, my hubby reassembled the cabinet, and mounted screw hooks to the back wall for cup hangers. Since the back of the cabinet was pretty thin, he put a small board on the back of the cabinet and screwed the hooks into it, for stability.  I put shelf paper (from dollar tree!) in to make it look pretty. The letters up top are also custom made, and will be covered in another tutorial.  (Please note, the words "another tutorial" will smartly link to said tutorial.  Just as soon as I actually write it.)

Beyond this, customize it any way you like.  For example, I added in baskets in place of the drawer, and my favorite chipped teacup.



Wait, why would I love a chipped teacup?


Well there you have it.

Add in a coffee machine, some gasket jars and a cute little cappuccino shaped shaker for cocoa powder, and you are all set!

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